Selection Process

1 — Jury Selection:

A jury of 3 selected unbiased Moroccan scientists and science communicators will carefully review and evaluate all the videos against the following criteria:

  • Scientific content
  • Language proficiency
  • Topic choice
  • Clarity
  • Delivery
  • Creative content
The top 40 videos, as decided by the Jury’s evaluation, will be moved to the Semi-Finals

2 — Peer-review:

Once the Jury selects the 40 semi-finalists, each of them will be requested to participate in the Peer-Review process.
If you’re a semi-finalist you must review and evaluate 5 of your fellow semi-finalists videos based on the same criteria as above.
You’ll receive your login details (Email/Password) to the evaluation platform after the Jury’s selection. If you don’t receive this email please make sure to check your spam folder and add the email domain ‘’ to your safe senders list.

3 — Public vote:

In parallel with the Peer-Review process, the online voting will be open on the website and will also contribute towards the final score of each video. There will be a 20-day period of open voting for these videos on the website.

4 — The final score and Finalists:

The Final Score, which will be used to decide the 24 Finalists, is calculated with the following considerations:

  • 50% is based on the Jury’s evaluations.
  • 25% is based on the Peer-Review evaluations.
  • 25% is based on the online voting: How the participants stands out in comparison to the average votes number of the 40 Semi-Finalists.
The top 24 Semi-Finalists, as decided by the final score, will be named Finalists

5 — The Interviews:

The 24 Finalists will be interviewed in-person at the US Embassy in Rabat to select the 12 winners.


This year’s edition gives the chance to each semi-finalist to actively participate in the selection process. This will be in the form of giving a chance to each participant to peer-review 5 of their peer’s applications.

Once your application is selected by the Jury as one of the 40 semi-finalists, you will be required to participate in this process. You must provide feedback on 5 other applications by April 17th at 11:00 AM GMT+1 (Casablanca Time), in order to fulfill this requirement

The 40 semi-Finalists will receive an email with more details from our team.


Prof. Rachid YAZAMI

Prof. Rachid YAZAMI

Professor Rachid Yazami, a native of Fez, Morocco, received his MS in electrochemistry and PhD in graphite intercalation compounds for lithium batteries at France’s Grenoble Institute of Technology, and then began his career at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), also in Grenoble, where he rose to research director. He was awarded the prestigious Draper Prize by The National Academy of Engineering for his invention of the graphite anode (negative pole) of lithium ion batteries.

Prof. Chaouqi MISBAH

Prof. Chaouqi MISBAH

Professor Chaouqi Misbah is the Director of Research at French National Center for Scientific Research in the Physical Laboratory of Spectrometry -Grenoble I University and the CNRS, FRANCE. His work spans from pattern formation in nonlinear science to complex fluids and biophysics. In 2002 he received a major award from the French Academy of Science for his achievements and in 2003 Grenoble University honored him with a gold medal. He also holds numerous national and international responsibilities.



Youssef grew up in southern Morocco. B.Sc. in Biology from Ibn Zohr in Agadir; M.Sc., University of Leicester; Ph.D, North Carolina State University. Youssef Idaghdour (Assistant Professor of Biology, NYU Abu Dhabi) is particularly interested in studying the role genetic and environmental factors play in shaping health-related phenotypes and how interactions between these effects trigger disease and modulate its outcome. He does most of his experimental research on mammalian systems and he focuses on metabolic traits and immune response to cancer and infection.



Najib is a Moroccan Science communicator, 2016's Web "Personality of the Year" and IT consultant. He was fascinated by the universe and astronomy since his childhood. « The stars attract you naturally. Since that time, the fascination and interest in the universe have never left me » he recalls. Najib will later study maths and sciences, obtain a degree in Telecoms from ENSTB school in France and work as an IT innovation consultant working with clients in over a dozen countries. Najib makes pop science videos in Moroccan on Youtube and blogs on his Facebook page about science.