Judging Panel

Meet the fantastic judges for Quantum Shorts 2016! These people will select the winner and runner-up to receive the top prizes.

Alex Winter

Alex is a filmmaker and writer. His latest film Deep Web is an award-winning documentary about the online black market Silk Road, and the trial of its creator Ross Ulbricht. The film had its world premiere at the SXSW film festival in 2015, followed by a global festival tour and US broadcast premiere on the Epix network. His previous movie Downloaded was made for VH1 and premiered at SXSW in 2013, among other festivals around the world. It’s a feature-length documentary about Napster and the digital revolution. Alex started in the business as a child actor, and is known for being Bill S. Preston, Esquire, from the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure franchise. His other directing credits include Freaked, Fever and The Idiot Box. He ventured into quantum film-making in 2016 in collaboration with Caltech, directing the viral hit Anyone Can Quantum. That short film features Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd battling each other in a quantum chess match, with narration by Keanu Reeves. alexwinter.com

Artur Ekert

Artur is the Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Professor of Quantum Physics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK. His main research interest is information processing in quantum systems. Artur is a co-inventor of quantum cryptography, which uses the fundamental laws of physics to guarantee perfectly secure communication. He has worked, communicated with and advised several companies and government agencies. He is a recipient of several awards, including the 1995 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the 2007 Royal Society Hughes Medal. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. In his non-academic life he is an avid scuba diver.

Brian Greene

Brian Greene is Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University in New York. He is widely recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. He is also known to the public for his writing and media appearances. His first book The Elegant Universe has sold more than a million copies worldwide. It was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, winner of Britain’s top prize for a book on science, and the basis for an award-winning three-part NOVA special that he hosted. He is also the author of The Fabric of the Cosmos, which inspired another NOVA series. His other books are The Hidden Reality, a considered exploration of the science of parallel universes and Icarus at the Edge of Time, which dramatises insights in relativity. That story was adapted for live symphonic presentation with an original score by Philip Glass. His many other media appearances include Charlie Rose and David Letterman. Professor Greene is also chairman of the board of The World Science Festival, which he co-founded with Emmy award winning journalist Tracy Day in 2008. The festival has been hailed by the New York Times as a “new cultural institution”. www.briangreene.org

Charlotte Stoddart

Charlotte has been making short films and podcasts for Nature for almost 10 years. She occasionally delves into the quantum world to interview scientists for the award-winning Nature Podcast.  And every month the Nature Podcast features a story from the journal's science-fiction slot, Futures.  Charlotte’s filmmaking highlights include a music video about the Space Shuttles and a film about Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings.

Eliene Augenbraun

Eliene Augenbraun has spent more than 30 years making sense of science for all kinds of audiences. She is the Multimedia Managing Editor for Nature Research Group, creating engaging video and audio stories for Nature and Scientific American digital media platforms. Previously she ran her own science news company, ScienCentral, which supplied ABC and NBC News with science news. She earned a PhD from Columbia University in Biology and served as a AAAS Science Policy Fellow, an award-winning anatomy teacher at Columbia, and a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Honor Harger

Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. A curator from New Zealand, she has a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Honor brings with her over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art, science and technology. She is responsible for charting the overall direction and strategy for ArtScience Museum. Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, she was the artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, United Kingdom, from 2010 to 2014. In that role, Honor curated projects which showed the cultural impact of scientific ideas, such as Laboratory Life, Invisible Fields and Solar System. She also organised exhibitions by artists such as Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall and David Blandy, commissioned new work by Semiconductor, Hide&Seek, The Otolith Group and James Bridle, and co-founded Brighton Digital Festival.Through her career, Honor has held several key appointments in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, and has curated many international exhibitions and events around the world. From 2009-2010 she was guest curator of Transmediale, an international festival of art and digital culture in Berlin. From 2004–2008, she was the director of the AV Festival, the UK’s largest biennial of media art, film and music. She was the first webcasting curator for Tate Modern in London from 2000-2003, where she also curated events and concerts on art and technology.