“Why did I participate in Famelab: Above all - because it's so much fun. Famelab is a truly unique experience in which I can take my enthusiasm for science and communicate it to a large audience in an energetic yet professional manner. Famelab presents a great opportunity for scientists of all ages to both learn about as well as practice science communication.”
David Davila, French winner 2014 and international audience prize winner
FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective... in just three minutes. Candidates explain a concept in science, mathematics or engineering in just three minutes using only the props they can carry on stage with them. Each presentation is judged according to the golden rule of the 3Cs: Content, Clarity and Charisma.
Communicating science accessibly and attractively is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. FameLab helps young scientists acquire valuable skills to communicate their work accessibly and attractively to a non-scientific audience. By doing so they do not merely change the common stereotype of the scientist, but also justify public funding for research.
Since its birth at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab® has grown into arguably the world’s leading science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 21 different countries. Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce together the FameLab International Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June. At the international final scientists from across Europe, Asia and Africa compete to see who is the most exciting, accessible and charismatic science communicator. Before going to Cheltenham they have already proved their scientific prowess and earned their crowns as national winners in their own countries.