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Invitation to FameLab International Online Final 2020

Join us for the FameLab International Online Finals as contestants beam in from 20 countries across the world.

Who will take the title of International Champion 2020? Watch and comment as international science communicators deliver their three-minute performances to a distinguished panel of judges and a global online audience.

FameLab International 2020 –  https://www.youtube.com/user/famelab/

11-12 November 16:00 GMT – Semi-Finals
16 November 12:00 GMT – Announcement of Finalists
26 November 16:00 GMT– International Final

FameLab International is the world’s leading science communication competition owned by Cheltenham Science Festival and delivered globally by the British Council. At a time when public engagement with science is more important than ever before, the FameLab International 2020 Online Finals are enabling participants to build international connections with fellow scientists and share their knowledge with global audiences.

FameLab UK – Applications close midnight, Friday 28 February 2020

Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival? Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. So why not enter…


Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Read the eligibility criteria to check you can apply
  2. Look at which regional training and heat you would like to attend
  3. Apply to take part! You will then be contacted by the regional organiser to confirm your attendance
  4. Prepare a 3-minute talk on your research
  5. Either: Attend the training session and heat at your chosen UK location. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare a second talk and attend your regional final. Or, send a video of your 3-minute talk to famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare and send us a second talk for the video final.

Apply here now

Applications close at midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.

Prizes – If you win your regional final, you will be invited to:

  • A weekend masterclass with a professional science communicator 30 & 31 May 2020
  • Participate in the FameLab UK final at Cheltenham Science Festival 1 June 2020
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival 2-7 June 2020 where you can meet FameLab participants from all over the world, engage with audiences and other science communicators, and immerse yourself in the vibrant festival programme
  • Receive up to £2000 prize money

If you win the UK final, you will be invited to represent the UK at the International FameLab Semi-Finals, and possibly the International FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival 4 June 2020!

Please contact famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com if you have any questions.

Famelab 2017 – call for scientists and engineers

Calling all scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement to participate in FameLab 2017!

FameLab is inviting scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the globe to take part in its flagship science communications competition.

Contestants have just 3 minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice.

They will be judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.

Each national winner goes on to compete against over 25 other contestants from around the world at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017.

Manchester heats take place on 1st February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry.

For more information, visit http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/about/famelab/what-is-famelab/

Enter now at: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/about/famelab/enter-now/

Posted on behalf of Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry

Final few places available for Famelab UK Manchester Heat – 2 February 2016

Scientists and engineers share your enthusiasm for your subject with others.

The search is on for the new voices of science communication! Do you think you can intrigue, entertain and explain a scientific idea or concept to a lay audience in just three minutes? Then Famelab, the UK’s biggest competition to discover new talent to engage the public in science, engineering, technology and maths is for you!

There are only a few days until the Famelab heats in Manchester – and there are just a few spaces left so sign up quickly!

The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting heats of FameLab, on 2 February 2016.

Find out more here: http://msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/famelab