VIP Judges

The VIP panels take part in the final round of judging of The Big Bang Competition at The Big Bang Fair.

The next UK Finals will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 14 March 2019.

In a Dragons-Den style interview, the panels will interview exceptional students from across our Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories, to decide the winners and runners-up of the prize of either the GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year or the GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year.

The Big Bang Competition VIP Judges 2019

"I’m really chuffed to be a judge at the finals of The Big Bang Competition. It’s always great to meet young people who, like me, are excited and enthralled by the possibilities of science and engineering. I cannot wait to see all their projects!"

Rick Edwards, television presenter

"Every time I judge these awards, I cry! The sheer passion, inventiveness and determination of the young engineers is inspiring and gets me all emotional. Can't wait to meet this year's finalists."

Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer of the Shard

"A big part of engineering and science is all about messing stuff up and learning from your mistakes, so my advice for those taking part in the Competition is not to be scared of talking about what went wrong with your project or getting nervous and saying what seems like silly things (we all do it!). The mistakes engineers make help us deliver awesome projects more effectively in the future, and they're the things that will have ultimately made you the world's leading expert in your own project!"

Shawn Brown, UK Young Engineer of the Year 2010

"It is an honour to be judging at this year’s Big Bang Finals in Birmingham. The day provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise those young people who have been inspired by the sciences and to celebrate their achievements. I look forward to seeing all of the students’ projects and helping to support their future growth within STEM."

Dr Jaclyn Bell

Read our blog about the 2019 panel