Entries were judged by a panel nominated by ULab partners as well as by public vote. The judges were:
Professor Fernando Blasco, Professor of Mathematics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain Professor Fernando Blasco, a mathematician at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, uses magic to introduce the public to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, and sudoku. His approach to maths seems at first whimsical, yet through his explanations mathematical concepts become easier to understand. The author of two books on maths and magic, he collaborates with TV shows in Spain and is frequently invited to perform in university classrooms, civic centres, and science museums.
Dr. Julien Bobroff, Researcher, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, at Université Paris Sud, France Dr. Bobroff, a physicist specializing in superconductivity, creates spaces that encourage the public to engage with the physical sciences. In 2011, Julien and colleagues in France created a website to explain superconductivity and related scientific concepts to the public. He has written an interesting essay explaining levitation that asks whether the floating mountains in Avatar will ever exist.
Jamie Darwen, Head of Student Experience & Enrichment at University of the West of England, United Kingdom Jamie Darwen led a strategic national project on student community engagement for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, working with universities around the United Kingdom to recognise, reward and build capacity for volunteering and other engagement activities. Previously, he established and then managed the volunteering programme at the University of Warwick. He has recently taken up a new role at the University of the West of England, including responsibility for developing initiatives to enrich the student experience through engagement with wider communities, from local to international.
Professor Patrick Dewilde, Director of the Technische Universität München Institute for Advanced Study, Germany Professor Dewilde currently directs the Institute for Advanced Study at Technische Universität München. Prior to his directorship at the Delft Institute for Microelectronics and Submicron Technology, Professor Dewilde built a strong reputation for research excellence during a 40 year career in academia. He has made several significant contributions to the field of Electrical Engineering, and was recognized as an IEEE Fellow in 1981 for his significant research in Network Theory.
Dr. Pilar Fernández de Pablos, Coordinator of Outreach Unit, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain Dr. Fernández de Pablos received her doctoral degree in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2004. After carrying out several years of research on condensed matter physics, she applied her experience to public outreach. Dr. Fernández de Pablos has coordinated the Outreach Unit of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid since December 2005. The Outreach programme at UPM aims to promote the visibility of the University as a knowledge generator and to bring society and science closer together.
Paolo Pomati, President of European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers' Association and Head of Press Office UPO- Università del Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli), Italy Paolo Pomati, journalist and writer, has published books, manages two magazines (Vercelli and Rome), and has a working relationship with periodicals, radio stations, newspapers, and publishers. He teaches Communication Sciences in various institutes and universities. He volunteers to preserve and promote Italy’s cultural heritage and resources. His first novel was published in March 2008 and another book gained a special award at the Grinzane Hanbury Prize.
Mario Santamaria, Head of Media Relations CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors), Italy Mario Santamaria plans and manages communications training, websites, international education fairs as Head of Media Relations at CRUI. He holds a Masters degree from the Universitá degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, and has studied Anthropology, Sociology, Italian Literature and Visual Arts.
Chloe Sheppard, Senior Policy Manager, Public Engagement with Research, RCUK Strategy Unit, United Kingdom Chloe Sheppard is Senior Policy Manager for Public Engagement with Research within the RCUK Strategy Unit, leading on researcher policy. She has worked in public engagement for ten years and was most recently at The Royal Society, supporting their Science in Society programme and then as Science Communication Manager with responsibility for the Society's public events programme. Chloe studied biological sciences at the University of Exeter (BSc) and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.
Professor Florian v. Wangenheim, Professor of Service & Technology Marketing at Technische Universität München, Germany Professor v. Wangenheim received his doctoral degree from the University of Mainz, Germany (2002). In 2007, the American Marketing Association awarded him the best service paper award. He has received various research awards from organizations such as the Academy of Management (AoM), the German Federal Ministry of Higher Education (BMBF), the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), the German Marketing Association (DMV), and the German Association of Business Professors (VHB). Professor v. Wangenheim collaborates with companies such as BMW, Lufthansa, T-Online, and Siemens, among many others.