Becky Parker, MBE, Head of Physics at Simon Langton Grammar School, has inspired many students to pursue science. She won the first RAS Patrick Moore Medal for outstanding work as a teacher of astronomy.
Brittany Wenger won the 2012 Google Science Fair's Grand Prize for building a cloud-based neural network to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer.
Chris Lintott is co-presenter of BBC’s long-running series Sky at Night. He also runs Zoouniverse, a successful collection of citizen science projects that investigates galaxy formations to discover planets and more.
Dave Barney, physicist, is the project leader for the CMS experiment’s electromagnetic calorimeter. He has worked as the experiment’s outreach coordinator and served as chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group.
Eliezer Rabinovici is vice president of SESAME and physics professor at Hebrew University. A theoretical physicist, his area of research are quantum field theory and string theory.
George Church is director of personalgenomes.org, which provides the world’s only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental and Trait data. He is also a professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
Gian Giudice was appointed the 2013 International Jacques Solvay Chair in Physics. A theoretical physicist at CERN, he studies what the Higgs measurement might mean for the fate of the universe.
Hiranya Peiris is a reader in Astronomy at University College London and coordinator of the CosmicDawn project. She studies the fossilized heat of the Big Bang for clues about the physics that governed the very early universe.
Ian Foster is director of the Computation Institute in Chicago. His research on high performance distributed and parallel computing has many calling him 'father of Grid computing'.
Physics + communication
James Gillies is the Head of Communication at CERN. He holds a DPhil in particle physics from the University of Oxford.
Philosophy + language
John Searle is the Slusser Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language at UC Berkeley. He is most known for his Chinese room argument and concept of consciousness as a biological phenomenon.
Lee Cronin is the Regus Chair of Chemistry at University of Glasgow. He explores how chemistry can revolutionize modern technology. His lab has created a 3D printer that could make matter come alive.
Medics + Engineering + environment
Londa Schiebinger is Stanford University’s John L Hinds professor of History of Science and director of the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment.
Marc Abrahams is editor and co-founder of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. He started the Ig Nobel Prizes honouring achievements that make people laugh, then think.
Maria Ferrante is a soprano singer who was ‘discovered’ in a voice class at university. She has studied with great singers like Franco and travelled to China to learn from Jiang Jou, the bel canto master. She has collaborated with many musicians worldwide. She also has four solo CDs to her credit, including Christmas in Worcester, Best Kept Secrets and Sea Tides and Time.
Maya Tolstoy is a marine geologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Her research interests include mid-ocean ridge earthquakes and the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.
Rolf Landua, PhD in particle physics and research physicist at CERN, is Head of CERN’s Education Group, presenting particle physics through exhibitions and guided tours to the public and aiming to innovate physics teaching at schools.
Steve Goldfarb is a physicist from the University of Michigan, working on the ATLAS experiment. He is currently the Outreach & Education coordinator for the experiment and lead singer of the Canettes Blues Band.
Steve Myers is the head of CERN’s Office of Medical Applications. He steered the operation of the Large Hadron Collider from 2010 to 2012. By July 2012, the collider had produced enough events to allow ATLAS and CMS experiments to discover the Higgs boson.
Tim Smith is a physicist and Group Leader of CERN’s Collaboration and Information Services, which runs audio visual, conferencing, digital library, ePublishing, video conference and webcast services for the CERN user community.
Physics + Education
Tom Whyntie was the STFC-funded ‘Researcher in Residence’ for the CERN@School (link sends e-mail) project. He completed his PhD and worked as a Research Assistant at Imperial College London’s High Energy Physics Group.
Zehra Sayers is a founder of Sabanci University and co-chair of SESAME's Scientific Advisory Committee. Her interests include studying 3D structure to function relationship in biological macromolecules.