Welcome remarks at The Royal College of Science Union's annual science communication competition

Welcome remarks at the RCSU Science Challenge Grand Finale 2022

Vanessa Madu receives award as overall Imperial winner

Vanessa Madu receives an award as Overall Imperial Winner

Group shot of all the winners and shortlisted finalists

All the winners and shortlisted finalists at the RCSU Science Challenge Grand Finale 2022

Lord Robert Winston and Trinity Stenhouse

Lord Robert Winston and Trinity Stenhouse from the RCSU in discussion at the Grand Finale 2022

Winners for 2022

Professor Richard Templer's 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.

Winner: Clare Jin

Runners up: Masha Ullah-Radiguet and Mukta Sandeep Burde


  • Achyuth Sriniva Rajagopalan
  • Amelie Kearns
  • Ayushi Thakur
  • Charmee Panchal
  • Elaab Tsegaye
  • Lai Yan Tung
  • Rachael Lam
  • Qiuyu Duan
  • Misaki Hiroya

Dr Paulo Ceppi's question

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

Winner: Marianne Peuch


  • Alexandra Khromova
  • Arran Kinnear
  • Clark Khaylle H.Lopez
  • Jasmine Withers
  • Jennifer Carless
  • Jonathan Panett-smith
  • Lauren Lendrevie
  • Margaret Liu
  • Wangxing Guo
  • Simra Yousaf
  • Noyonika Smanta
  • Saii Anandita Prakash

Imperial College London Winner

Vanessa Madu

Professor Kathy Sykes' 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?

Winner: Zerlynde Goik

Runner up: Muhammed Omar Farooq


  • Anika Mhetras
  • Catherine James
  • Dhruv Gadgil
  • Jap Annette Hoi Ching
  • Seren Wardle

Lord Robert Winston's question

Winner: Pyncha Soottreenart

Runners up: Milo SmithDominika Grabik and Nina Van Derlip


  • Annesha Rajesh Tandel
  • Caitlyn Koay Yen Zi
  • Charlie Owen
  • Eleanor Gill
  • Evelyn Elspeth Dike
  • Fedra Androulidaki
  • Isabela Maria Codo Costa Barra
  • James McNeill
  • Joshua Odonnell
  • Kiran Vijay
  • Oliver Gaunt
  • Rohan Selva-Radov
  • Ved Bhagavathula
  • Yash Pincha
  • Zaigham Aizad

Past winners


Overall winner

Imperial (individual)

Oliver Nash

Schools (Individual)

Cem Muminoglu

Schools (Team)

Nikita Kurgan, Amika Piplapure, Chloé Lesjongard and Narthana Jayaweerasingham

Overall runner-up

Imperial (Individual)

Maria Emily Jenkinson Alvarez

Schools (Individual)

Emma Vestergaard Poulse

Schools (Teams)

Surabhi Srivastava, Jaya Bhardwaj and Isabella Smith

Category: Imperial (Individual)

First place

Lauren Wheeler

Oliver Nash

Maria Emily Jenkinson

Second place

Suthinee Phanuvatsuk

Shahbanno Ahmad Hussain

Blazej Jozef Rzeszowski

Third place

Julia Dabrowska

Hannah Jayne Knight

Isabela Maria Codo Costa Barra

Category: Schools (Individual)

First place

Emma Vestergaard-Poulsen

Megan Twum-Barima

Freddie Evans

Cem Muminoglu

Second place

Casey Dylan Abrahams

Daniel Keith Chan

Shivi Gupta

Nicole Baxter

Third place

Nizara Ziaudeen

Suvek Sarda

Katie Hogben

Sophie Hodge

Preesha Jain

Category: Schools (Teams)

First place

Anna-Sophie Fellows, Roksan Keyhanian, Sarah Aruliah

Nikita Kurgan,Amika Piplapure, Chloé Lesjongard, Narthana Jayaweerasingham

Rachel Wai Yee Tam, Yiqian Wu, NianYi Lim

Surabhi Srivastava, Jaya Bhardwaj, Isabella Smith

Second place

Polina Ivanushkina, Phoebe Bonner, Lia Tzouves

Shrish Janarthanan, Abhay Nischal, Tara Aksoy

Leona Ahamed, Tarini Deleep, Tanvi Sattiraju

Charlie Aram, Natasha Sweeting, Eliza Tabachnik, Arabella Heath

Third place

Charmee Panchal, Riya Gupta, Dhaksh Rajesh

Tanushree Nag, Isha Atreja, Natalia Potemska

Alen Saracevic, Ludovica Riegler, Una Saric

Filip Kennedy Amelia Doyle Kyra Shankar

Avni Ladwa, Kiara Patel, Thulasii Gowripalann, WenyueZhu


Science Challenge 2019

Prof. Armand Leroi's Question 'How will A.I.s turn art into science?'


Anita Chandran Overall winner (Imperial)

Igor Sterner Overall winner (School)

Schools runners-up

2. Aayushi Jhaveri
3. Lara Tatli

Imperial runners-up

2. Abdul Zafar
3. Shun Wong

Lord Christopher Fox's Question: 'Imagine/project how A.I. will improve people's lives by 2035. Propose the role of natural Scientists in making this happen.'


James M Harrison (Imperial)

Natalia Kubala (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Matthew Lewis
3. Maddy Board

Imperial runners-up

2. Isabelle Zhang
3. Ayoub Bencheckron

Dr. Dalal Alrajeh's QuestioN: 'A.I. nowadys plays an instrumental role in developments in the natural sciences - these have included predicting chemical reactions, discovering protocols for stem cell differentiation and most recently, predicting 3D shapes of proteins (DeepMind, Google). In the future, could A.I. replace human scientists and why?'


Ronan Docherty (Imperial)

Nouri Ezaz Nikpay (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Minseok Ryu
3. Diya Salahudin

Imperial runners-up

2. Juanita Bawagan
3. Zaynah Ahmed

Lord Robert Winston's Task: 'Human consciousness is the great unsolved puzzle in biology. How can we make artificial intelligence?'


Patrick Masso Walsh (Imperial)

Sophia Sergeeva (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Emike Akagbosu
3. Khoo Jaylen

Imperial runners-up

2. Jakub Dranczewski
3. Lorenzo Signore


Science Challenge 2018

Dr Shini Somara's Question: 'To what extent have giant leaps in scientific progress been influenced by shifts within the scientists themselves?'


Yue Wang (Imperial)

Layana Sani (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Roberto Parisi
3. Beverley Luu

Imperial runners-up

2. Daisy Roger-Simmonds
3. Sanziana Foia

Dr Felicia Yap's Question: 'Select a scientific discovery or technological development from the past 5 years. Now, imagine a single day in the year 2048. How will this breakthrough affect daily life?'


Max Festenstein (Imperial)

Tamanna Jithesh (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Grace Lee
3. Yunzhe Li

Imperial runners-up

2. Francine Tran
3. Veronika Sigutova

Prof. Lord Oxburgh’s Question: 'In June 2017, a giant iceberg the size of Delaware broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in West Antarctica, creating an 80 mile long crack in the ice. How do relatively small shifts, rifts and changes lead to a long lasting effect on our planet's climate?'


James Harrison (Imperial)

Serena Qiao (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Jeremy Boyle
3. Fiona (Jianing) You

Imperial runners-up

2. Lloyd James
3. Georgia Green

Dr Martin Archer's Question: 'What small area of current research do you think has the potential to revolutionise our lives and why?'


Patrick Masso Walsh

Isabelle Worssam

Schools runners-up

2. Ping Zhu
3. Millie Knight and Sophie Mallison

Imperial runners-up

2. Jakub Dranczewski
3. Jonathan Davies and Rielly Newbold


Science Challenge 2015

Mun Keat Looi's Question: 'Tell me a story of (about or from) science. Who are the characters? What is its beginning, middle - and how does it "end"?'


Dimitrios Karponis (Imperial)

Joel Holmes (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Alexandra Constantinou
3. Qingwei Zhang

Imperial runners-up

2. Catherine Saunders
3. Harald Grantham-Hill

Prof. Sue Gibson's Question: 'What would you like to discover and why?'


Daniel O'Reilly (Imperial)

Peter Gobbett (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Chian Ying Xuan
3. Tahirah Uddin

Imperial runners-up

2. Daniel Marx
3. Stefan Grossfurthner

Ruth Whincup's Question: 'How do we get the next generation interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)?'


Joon Faii Ong (Imperial)

Kathryn Jaitly (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Abbie Currington
3. Akhil Sonthi

Imperial runners-up

2. Ray Otsuki
3. Mayurdhvajsinh Gohil

Prof. Philip Moriarty's Task: 'Why should I believe a scientist? (Video challenge)'

Overall Winner

Lawrence Berry Westminster School

Runners Up

Dania Badran

Michael Florea


Science Challenge 2014

Prof. Fay Dowker's question: 'What does science tell us about the nature of time?'


Paul Boes (Imperial)

Ella Creamer (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Hannah Coop
3. Abbie Currington

Imperial runners-up

2. Lucy Binfield
3. Sarah Byrne

Pallab Ghosh's question: Write a letter to my five year old daughter, Charlotte, about how one or more areas of science, technology, engineering or medicine that fascinate you will have developed by the time she is at University and which subject you would encourage her to study and why?


Emma Wills (Imperial)

Rebecca Daramola (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Jesse Cheung
3. Assankhan Amirov

Imperial runners-up

2. Anne-Hermine Allain
3. Vanessa Place

Jon Kudlick's question: 'How should we decide which species to prioritise for conservation?'


Timothy Thomas (Imperial)

Chung Yee Chan (Schools)

Schools runners-up

2. Arthur Li
3. Matthias Butler

Imperial runners-up

2. Batool Raza
3. Nicole Levikov

Dr Jad Marrouche's question: 'Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.'


Matthew I Murchie (Imperial)

Runners Up

Bernadeta Dadonaite (Imperial)

Dania Badran (Schools)


Science Challenge 2013

Sir Roy Anderson's question: 'What are the scientific challenges facing the development of pathogens against vaccines with hyper-variable genome sequences?'


Ben Bleasdale (Imperial)

Elena Rastorgueva (Schools)

Second Place

Abbie Currington (Schools)

Third Place

Shing-him Cho (Imperial)

Devang Metha (Schools)

Sir Brian Hoskin's question: 'Is public debate a good forum for discussing science issues such as climate change?'


Nicholas Thapen (Imperial)

Matthew Willis (Schools)

Second Place

Daniel Marx (Imperial)

Jennifer Thorpe (Schools)

Third Place

James Bezer (Imperial)

Elizabeth Bowes (Schools)

Lord Robert Winston's question: 'Why are so many students being put off studying science at school?'


Amanda Diez (Imperial)

Theresita Joseph (Schools)

Second Place

Amelia Chong (Imperial)

Cavin Corriette (Schools)

Third Place

Sebastien Wood (Imperial)

Alice Pritchard (Schools)

Dr Jad Marrouche's question: 'Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.'


Sang Eun Lee

Mei Ran Abellona U

Bernadeta Dadonaite

Runners Up

Richard Flint (Imperial)

Joshua Banner (Schools)