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Wanted: junior judges for Royal Society Prizes for Science Books

01 February 2008

The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books aim to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible popular science books for adults and young people. For twenty years, the Prizes have celebrated a wide range of stimulating, engaging, clear and accessible science books.

Each year, the Royal Society invites groups of young people aged 10-14 to become Junior Judging Panels. These panels read the shortlisted books and select the final winner.

The Junior Judging Panels are responsible for reading, assessing and judging the six books that will be shortlisted for the Junior Prize of the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books 2008. The Junior Prize is for the best science book aimed at young people aged up to 14 years old, that was first published in English in 2007.

We will select 75 panels to receive a set of books, and a judging pack. The judging groups will be spread across the UK and come from a range of organisations. Organisations may also participate by buying their own sets of books.

The online form must be completed by 6pm on Friday 29 February 2008.

We will announce the selected groups on Friday 7 March.

The books and judging packs will be sent out during the second week in April.

Results are due in by Monday 9 June.