2020 Judges

Meet the 2020 VYT International Competition Judges

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Virginia (Ginny) Barbour

Virginia (Ginny) Barbour

Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) and Professor at Queensland University of Technology

Prof Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, which she joined in 2015, and Advisor to the Office of Research Ethics & Integrity and the Library at QUT.

In 2004 she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She was the journal’s first Chief Editor, ultimately becoming PLOS Medicine and Biology Editorial Director. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) from 2012-May 2017.

She has a medical degree from Cambridge University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has been involved in global advocacy for open access and innovation in scholarly communication since 2003, including advising on development of open-access and related policies to a diverse group of organisations. She is currently on the NHMRC's Research Quality Steering Committee.

Graeme Base (Photo by Robyn Base)

Graeme Base

Author & Illustrator

Graeme Base has been writing and illustrating for children for over 35 years, with worldwide bestsellers Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Waterhole known and loved by millions around the world. The recipient of over thirty Australian and international publishing awards, and with global sales exceeding six million copies, he has established himself as one of Australia's pre-eminent creators of imaginative works for children.

A passion for music and theatre has led him to adapt three of his titles for the stage, writing the book, music and lyrics for all three: The Sign of the Seahorse (MSO at Melbourne Concert Hall 2002, Kennedy Centre Washington 2009), My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch (Vic Arts Centre 2006) and Jungle Drums (2008).

During the 1990’s Graeme teamed up with Ewan Burnett of Burberry Productions to create a 40 x half hour cgi television series based on Animalia. To date the series has been sold into over 110 territories worldwide and in 2009 won a Daytime Emmy for best musical score.

Whilst continuing to publish in Australia with Penguin/RandomHouse and HarperCollins, in recent years he has developed a close relationship with Chinese publisher Changjiang Children's Press and is working on a trilogy of titles inspired by this part of the world.

Graeme lives and works in Melbourne.

Deb Verhoeven (Photo by Deb Verhoeven's photographer)

Deb Verhoeven

Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Deb Verhoeven is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Prior to this position she was Associate Dean of Engagement at UTS.

An agitator, commentator and critic, Deb is a longstanding advocate and leader in academic-community engagement. In 2013 she was recognised as Australia’s most innovative academic for her efforts in creating crowdfunding opportunities for academic researchers. Deb is a former CEO of the Australian Film Institute and was inaugural Deputy Chair, National Film and Sound Archive (Aust.) as well as former Chair of the widely read film journal Senses of Cinema and was Editor for the journal Studies in Australasian Cinema (Intellect).