Call for Judges: Eskom Expo needs YOU!

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists invites professionals and university students to contribute their academic and specialised expertise by becoming judges at the upcoming Regional Science Fairs planned in 38 regions across South Africa, as well as the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).

Participating in the Eskom Expo offers an educational and inspiring experience for the diverse learners involved. To achieve this, we need judges who are experts in their fields to guide and motivate these young scientists. Judges serve as ideal role models for our impressionable youth, and mentoring a young scientist is a rewarding way to share your knowledge and give back to the community.

Professionals such as engineers, doctors, veterinarians, teachers, lecturers, researchers, scientists, and IT professionals are being sought. Teachers can earn SACE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, while scientists registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Other professionals can obtain credit through their respective professional bodies.

Judges are essential in making the interview experience positive for every participant, supporting Eskom Expo’s mission to inspire young researchers and foster a love of science. To qualify as a judge, candidates should:

  • Hold a qualification in any field of science, including natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, medical sciences, engineering, or IT;
  • Be specialists or practitioners in any field of science, preferably related to scientific inquiry;
  • Possess a teaching qualification in any field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

To judge at a Regional Science Fair, please click here to contact the Regional Science Fair Director in your area. Applications are now open for judging at the Eskom Expo ISF. Click here to apply online.

Additional information

  1. The Eskom Expo ISF 2024 will be taking place from 24 to 27 September 2024 at the Emperors Palace Hotel and Conference Centre, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng.
  2. Only Judges who have judged a minimum of three times at Regional Science Fairs can apply to be an ISF Judge.
  3. ISF Judges will be trained in August 2024.
  4. All ISF Judges will judge approximately four projects virtually anytime between 01 to 15 September 2024. Typically, the judging should take about two hours – per project.
  5. ISF Judges are required to be at the ISF in Gauteng on Tuesday, 24 September 2024 for pre-judging AND on Wednesday, 25 September 2024 for judging interviews.
  6. Should you require accommodation; a shared room can be provided for one night only on Tuesday, 24 September 2024. This will be confirmed in due course.
  7. Please note, Eskom Expo does not provide Judges’ transport to the ISF.
  8. Once your application to judge has been approved, you will be sent the ISF 2024 Programme; the Assessment Sheets; and Ethics Checklists. These documents are also available here.
  9. Closing date to register as an ISF Judge: 15 July 2024

When you register, please ensure you enter:

  • your active cell number;
  • an email address which you check often;
  • your highest academic qualification;
  • your professional registration (if applicable);
  • the number of years of judging experience at Regional Science Fairs and the Eskom Expo ISF.

For Regional Science Fair dates and venues, click here.

For further information, please send an email to:

There are 8 comments
  1. Xolile G Mazibuko

    I am Natural Science and TECHNOLOGY Departmental Head won National Teacher’s Awards position 1 under category Natural Sciences representing KZN at a National level. I would like to judge Science Expo as I have passion in Science.

    • JeVanne Gibbs

      Hi, please click the link to apply.

  2. Hi I am a natural NS/Tech and mathematics teacher.I hold a NPDE majored in Natural Science,English and Mathematics.I also have a Bed (Hon)degree in education management.I am interested to help in judging of Science Expo.

    • JeVanne Gibbs

      Hi Busisiwe, please click the hyperlink in the article to apply.

  3. How do you join the eskom expo

  4. Nelly

    Is it possible to get involved like being a judge or something yet I’m a 1st year student studying Mechanical Engineering. I do have experience In the competition, was a participant for a few years.

    • JeVanne Gibbs

      Hi, you are most welcome to apply to judge.

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