Royal College of Science Union

Previous Winners

Do you need some inspiration? We have uploaded all of the winning and shortlisted entries from the previous Science Challenge years to give you a little head start. We change the questions each year so don't go looking here for quotes, but you are more than welcome to take some ideas on how to structure your essay.

SciChal 2020

Science Challenge 2020

To be announced


SciChal 2019

Science Challenge 2019

Prof. Armand Leroi's Question

"How will A.I.s turn art into science?"

Winners

Imperial

Anita Chandran Overall winner

Schools

Igor Sterner Overall winner

Schools runners-up

2. Aayushi Jhaveri

3. Lara Tatli

Imperial runners-up

2. Abdul Zafar

3. Shun Wong

Lord Christopher Fox's Question

"Imagine/project how A.I. will improve people's lives by 2035. Propose the role of natural Scientists in making this happen."

Winners

Imperial

James M Harrison

Schools

Natalia Kubala

Schools runners-up

2. Matthew Lewis

3. Maddy Board

Dr. Dalal Alrajeh's Question

"A.I. nowadys plays an instrumental role in developments in the natural sciences - these have included predicting chemical reactions, discovering protocols for stem cell differentiation and most recently, predicting 3D shapes of proteins (DeepMind, Google). In the future, could A.I. replace human scientists and why?"

Winners

Imperial

Ronan Docherty

Schools

Nouri Ezaz Nikpay

Schools runners-up

2. Minseok Ryu

3. Diya Salahudin

Imperial runners-up

2. Juanita Bawagan

3. Zaynah Ahmed

Lord Robert Winston's Task

"Human consciousness is the great unsolved puzzle in biology. How can we make artificial intelligence?"

Winners

Imperial

Patrick Masso Walsh

Schools

Sophia Sergeeva

Schools runners-up

2. Emike Akagbosu

3. Khoo Jaylen


SciChal 2018

Science Challenge 2018

Dr Shini Somara's Question

"To what extent have giant leaps in scientific progress been influenced by shifts within the scientists themselves?"

Winners

Imperial

Yue Wang

Schools

Layana Sani

Schools runners-up

2. Roberto Parisi

3. Beverley Luu

Dr Felicia Yap's Question

"Select a scientific discovery or technological development from the past 5 years. Now, imagine a single day in the year 2048. How will this breakthrough affect daily life?"

Winners

Imperial

Max Festenstein

Schools

Tamanna Jithesh

Schools runners-up

2. Grace Lee

3. Yunzhe Li

Prof. Lord Oxburgh’s Question

"In June 2017, a giant iceberg the size of Delaware broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in West Antarctica, creating an 80 mile long crack in the ice. How do relatively small shifts, rifts and changes lead to a long lasting effect on our planet's climate?"

Winners

Imperial

James Harrison

Schools

Serena Qiao

Imperial runners-up

2. Lloyd James

3. Georgia Green

Dr Martin Archer's Question

"What small area of current research do you think has the potential to revolutionise our lives and why?"

SciChal 2015

Science Challenge 2015

Mun Keat Looi's Question

Tell me a story of (about or from) science. Who are the characters? What is its beginning, middle - and how does it "end"?

Winners

Imperial

Dimitrios Karponis Overall winner

Schools

Joel Holmes Overall winner

Schools runners-up

Alexandra Constantinou

Qingwei Zhang

Imperial runners-up

Catherine Saunders

Harald Grantham-Hill

Prof. Sue Gibson's Question

What would you like to discover and why?

First Place

Imperial

Daniel O'Reilly

Schools

Peter Gobbett

Schools runners-up

Chian Ying Xuan

Tahirah Uddin

Imperial runners-up

Daniel Marx

Stefan Grossfurthner

Ruth Whincup's Question

How do we get the next generation interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)?

First Place

Imperial

Joon Faii Ong

Schools

Kathryn Jaitly

Schools runners-up

Abbie Currington

Akhil Sonthi

Imperial runners-up

Ray Otsuki

Mayurdhvajsinh Gohil

Prof. Philip Moriarty's Task

Why should I believe a scientist? (Video challenge)

Overall Winner

Lawrence Berry Westminster School


Science Challenge 2014

Prof. Fay Dowker's question

What does science tell us about the nature of time?

Winners

Imperial

Paul Boes

Schools

Ella Creamer

Schools runners-up

Hannah Coop

Abbie Currington

Imperial runners-up

Lucy Binfield

Sarah Byrne

Pallab Ghosh's question

Write a letter to my five year old daughter, Charlotte, about how one or more areas of science, technology, engineering or medicine that fascinate you will have developed by the time she is at University and which subject you would encourage her to study and why?

First Place

Imperial

Emma Wills Overall winner

Schools

Rebecca Daramola Overall winner

Schools runners-up

Jesse Cheung

Assankhan Amirov

Imperial runners-up

Anne-Hermine Allain

Vanessa Place

Jon Kudlick's question

How should we decide which species to prioritise for conservation?

First Place

Imperial

Timothy Thomas

Schools

Chung Yee Chan

Schools runners-up

Arthur Li

Matthias Butler

Imperial runners-up

Batool Raza

Nicole Levikov

Dr Jad Marrouche's question

Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.

Overall Winner

Matthew I Murchie Imperial College

Runners Up

Imperial

Bernadeta Dadonaite

Schools

Dania Badran


Science Challenge 2013

Sir Roy Anderson's question

What are the scientific challenges facing the development of pathogens against vaccines with hyper-variable genome sequences?

First Place

Imperial

Ben Bleasdale

Schools

Elena Rastorgueva

Second Place

Schools

Abbie Currington

Third Place

Imperial

Shing-him Cho

Schools

Devang Metha

Sir Brian Hoskin's question

Is public debate a good forum for discussing science issues such as climate change?

First Place

Imperial

Nicholas Thapen

Schools

Matthew Willis

Second Place

Imperial

Daniel Marx

Schools

Jennifer Thorpe

Third Place

Imperial

James Bezer

Schools

Elizabeth Bowes

Lord Robert Winston's question

Why are so many students being put off studying science at school?

First Place

Imperial

Amanda Diez

Schools

Theresita Joseph

Second Place

Imperial

Amelia Chong

Schools

Cavin Corriette

Third Place

Imperial

Sebastien Wood

Schools

Alice Pritchard

Dr Jad Marrouche's question

Explain a scientific concept of your choice in a 3-minute video.

Overall Winners

Sang Eun Lee

Mei Ran Abellona U

Bernadeta Dadonaite

Runners Up

Imperial

Richard Flint

Schools

Joshua Banner