The Pre-selection Panel is composed of Scientific Morocco members. This Pre-selection Panel will review all the application we received. In addition to the information you provided through the application form , your video will be judged according to the following criteria:
A jury of 5 selected unbiased Moroccan scientists and science communicators will review and score the top group of applications as determined by the Pre-selection Panel.
The top 40 videos, as decided by the Jury’s evaluation, will be moved to the Semi-Finals
Meet the jury members. Click on the picture to read the bio
Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Science, and Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Prof. Eddaoudi received his master's and doctorate in Chemistry from Denis Diderot University (Paris VII) in Paris, France. Prof. Eddaoudi is a member of the American Chemical Society. He received the Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2004 and 2007) and the Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award (2005 and 2008) from the University of South Florida. He was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award in 2006. Prof. Eddaoudi has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and universities since 2002. Prof. Eddaoudi was selected in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers and world’s most influential scientific minds (2014). His contribution to the field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been highly visible in peer-reviewed journals, as evidenced through his recognition by ISI in 2007 as one of the top 100 most cited chemists of the past 10 years.
Dr. Dalal Najib is the Team Lead for science and engineering capacity building at the Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) Division of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She is the program director for the Arab-American Frontiers program of Science, Engineering and Medicine at NASEM in partnership with MENA based S&T institutions. She also works on the PEER (Partnership for Enhanced engagement in Research) program where she oversees the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Central Asia regions portfolios. Dr. Najib first joined the National Academies as a Mirzayan Science and Technology policy fellow at the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB). She holds a PhD in space physics and engineering from University of Michigan, under the NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (NESSF).
Mohammed Makha received his PhD in physics from Angers University in France (2014). He worked as a postdoc at the laboratory of photovoltaic materials in Nantes University, then he joined the Swiss federal laboratories for materials science and technology as a scientific researcher from 2014 to 2017. His research interest is focused on the thin film materials for electronic applications. He recently got a specialized masters in technological innovation and project management, and he is currently working as a consultant in the field of innovation management and funding. Dr. Mohammed Makha joined Scientific Morocco initiative in 2015. He was the president of the jury for “Morocco Science Awards - Best scientific paper “, an event we organized in 2015. He authored and co-authored more than 30 scientific papers on materials for energy applications.
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.
Dr. Mohammed Khenfouch is a nanomaterials scientist and professional Physicist. His interest in this field took flight during his MSc studies (Master in physics of materials and nanostructures) and has persisted till now, after he completed his PhD studies in July 2013, in the group of polymers and nanomaterials of the USMBA with a thesis titled: Elaboration and Physical and chemical studies of Graphene based nanocomposites for optoelectronic applications. His PhD study involved nanocomposites and devices for energy and optoelectronic applications inc. Solar cells, LEDs and Gas sensors. His active involvement in nanoscience research has helped him to gain a broad level of expertise and knowledge in materials science, especially in nanocharacterization and nanofabrication techniques with a deep practice in the fields of energy efficiency and nuclear waste management. In an attempt to take part in the fascinating nanoworld, and to contribute to its ambitious challenges, Mohammed undertook a postdoctoral position within the UNESCO-UNISA AFRICA Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology at the College of science, engineering and technology of the University of South Africa.
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 must provide feedback on 5 other applications by March 31st 11:00 AM (Casablanca Time), in order to fulfill this requirement.
You'll find the details about this process in your dashboard
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.
The Final Score, which will be used to decide the 24 Finalists, is calculated with the following considerations:
The top 24 Semi-Finalists, as decided by the final score, will be named Finalists
The 24 Finalists will be interviewed in-person at the US Embassy in Rabat to select the 12 winners.