Lord Robert WinstonMeet the judges

Lord Robert Winston, Science Challenge Ambassador

The ambassador for the Science Challenge for 13 years, the President's Envoy for Outreach and Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London.

Lord Winston visits many schools in the UK each year and has published lots of science books for the younger generation, such as “Evolution Revolution” and “The Story of God”. He is Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust - a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the UK Stem Cell Foundation.

Question

Why are so many citizens reluctant to accept that the Earth's climate appears to be changing? Should scientists be worried by this?

Whatever you do, above all else, write well, write amusingly, and enjoy yourself doing it. The limit for this essay is 1,000 words.


Dr Paulo Ceppi

Dr Paulo Ceppi is a Lecturer in Climate Science at the Grantham Institute. His main interest is in understanding future climate change at global scales.

Question

How do we know that we humans are causing climate change, rather than natural phenomena?

Deliver a three minute video presentation, pitched for a general audience.


Professor Kathy Sykes

"The very best part of my career has been working with incredible people, and I've got to learn from them all. Together we have created astonishing things."

Question

What message would you, as a scientist, like to deliver to a leader in your country about climate change? So, a Prime Minister or President or local leader. What evidence would you use to back up your message?

Produce a film of up to three minutes in length.


Professor Richard Templer

Professor Templer is the Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute.

Question

By the end of this decade we need to start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere if we are to avoid irreversible climate changes. I would like you to critically analyse an approach that is currently being developed from carbon dioxide removal and create a video that describes your findings for a general audience.