About the judging panels

Judging panel application 2014

Our expert adult panel will meet in April to choose a shortlist of their favourite science books written in 2013. Once the six best books have been selected we will be handing over the task of picking a winner to those who should know best – young people aged up to 14 across the UK.

Judging panels can be in schools, libraries, science centres or youth groups: participation is open to any groups who are able to read and discuss the shortlist and vote for what they think is the best book. 

Become a judging panel for 2014 by registering online before Monday 28 April 2014.

Thanks to the generosity of the publishers, we are able to offer 75 groups a set of the shortlisted books to allow them to form judging panels. Panels who do not receive a set of the books from the Royal Society are welcome to take part in the process if they can access the shortlisted books from elsewhere.

Each judging panel mirrors the short-listing panel, electing their own Chair, holding judging meetings, discussing the merits of each book and submitting their vote and comments.  All participating groups have an equal say in deciding the winner. Each group receives a judging pack and participation certificates for each of the judges taking part. The results from all the groups are then collated by the Royal Society to determine the winner.

We ask that each judging panel is overseen by a responsible adult, who will ensure the judges provide their decision, and supporting comments and information to us. 

Copies of the shortlist and judging pack will be sent out to selected groups following the announcement of judging panels on Monday 19 May 2014.

For more information, or any questions please email sciencebooks@royalsociety.org

Judging panels are made up of groups of young people from across the UK. The map below shows the locations of our judging panels from 2013.

Applying to become a 2014 judging panel

The application process for judging panels is now open. Become a judging panel for 2014 by registering online before Monday 28 April 2014.

For more information please contact

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

Winner 2013
Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones

Shortlist 2013
See all six shortlisted books