About Our Panel
Konnie Huq is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. She was Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008 and since then has gone on to present shows including The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking to name a few. She is also a brilliant interviewer, having given J.K. Rowling her first ever interview in 1997 and this year interviewing Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai at Central Hall Westminster on the publication of Ziauddin's book, Let Her Fly. In 2018, Konnie signed a 3-book deal for a children’s series with Piccadilly Press. This will be her first foray into children’s books and the main character is inspired by Konnie’s own London Bangladeshi background and her love of science and being a bit nerdy. Konnie also co-wrote the second instalment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror. She is currently an ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and the British Asian Trust.
Sophie is a Wind Farm Developer in the New Energy Solutions department at Equinor. Sophie has over ten years' experience in the development of new offshore wind farms. This work builds on Sophie's passion for the marine environment, which was gained through her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. Sophie studied Marine Geography, gaining a BSc (Hons) and being awarded IMarEST's Young Marine Scientist of the year. Sophie has a particular interest in the development of new offshore wind farms as this combines a detailed understanding of the marine environment with innovative solutions to decarbonise the world's energy supply.
Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur with a lifelong love of science and technology and an evangelist for STEM, innovation and bridging the skills gap in business. Lopa is founder of direct marketing services company DMS Direct Ltd, founder & CEO of Diversity UK; a Non-Executive Director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group) and a Trustee of educational charity Raha International. She is a Technology Ambassador for STEMNET, helping to encourage girls to take up science careers. Lopa’s work has been recognised through the ‘Windrush Award’ in 2003, ‘Asian Woman of the Year’ in 2005 and an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
Dr. Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald is a superhero scientist, keynote speaker, author, and enthusiastic communicator. As a researcher, his scientific interests include particle processing and biofuels, responsible innovation, science education, scientific outreach, and superhero science.
He has given hundreds of talks in Ireland (his home country) and the Netherlands (where he is based) at schools, universities, and events such as Dutch Comic Con, La Futura 2018, the Galway International Arts Festival, and Science Week in Ireland. Most recently, he was invited to speak at TEDxBerlin where he presented on “Being a Responsible Superhero”. Barry also hosts the podcast BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science and he is the editor-in-chief of the Open Access journal Superhero Science and Technology.
He is also the author of the popular science books Secrets of Superhero Science and Secret Science of Santa Claus, both of which were published in 2016. His latest popular science book – How to Build an Iron Man Suit– will be published in October 2019.
Dallas Campbell is a broadcaster who presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes including: The Gadget Show, Bang Goes The Theory, The Sky At Night, Stargazing Live and The Science of Stupid. His documentaries, which include Supersized Earth, the aviation series City in the Sky, and Britain Beneath Your Feet, reveal the awesome scale and wonder of our man-made world. Over the years he’s given audiences a unique backstage pass to some of the planet’s most extraordinary stories, people, and locations. Dallas has also written a book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. It's the perfect gift for anyone who needs to get off the Earth quickly, or even just dreams of doing so. For Dallas science isn’t a subject. It’s an adventure. He has a lifelong passion for understanding how the world works and for exploring our relationship with science, technology and engineering – past, present and future.