What is FameLab?

FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations. Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props that they can carry onto stage – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about the latest research.

FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.

Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. NASA has license to deliver the competition in the USA in the field of planetary sciences.

FameLab UK Grand Final in London

Following 18 heats, 8 regional finals and 2 video rounds, our 10 FameLab UK finalists from all over the UK will meet in London to battle it out: Keen to take home the title of FameLab UK champion and a prize of £1750 to further their careers in science communication these young scientists will again have only 3 minutes to present their topic to our panel of judges before facing a thrilling question round. Come to the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 22 April 2015 (7pm) to see the competitions last round live on stage!

Tickets will be available mid-March.

For more information on the UK competition please visit the Cheltenham Festivals Website, Twitter or contact Hanna Goldschmidt (hanna.goldschmidt@cheltenhamfestivals.com; 01242 537299).

FameLab International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival

Together Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Grand Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June. The 2015 FameLab International Final will feature the winners of FameLab competitions held in over twenty countries across five continents. Ten of these international finalists will be shortlisted in the semi-finals and go on to compete in the International Grand Final on Thursday 4th June in the EDF Energy Arena.

The 2015 edition sees competitors from Australia, Benelux, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom competing to be FameLab International Winner 2015.

For more information about FameLab International visit the British Council’s website, our Facebook page or contact Tim Slingsby.