The judges are looking for somebody who can shine in content, clarity and charisma. The judges can come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds including science, science communication and media. They will determine the winners on the basis of three judging criteria: quality of content, clarity of presentation and charisma.
The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.
Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the presentation must enable the audience and judges to easily follow the talk and they should be left with a full understanding of the scientific concept chosen. The talk should be aimed at an adult, lay audience.
The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakeable quality of charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining, exciting, and who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.