About Famelab

FameLab® is a registered trade mark of Cheltenham Festivals, one of the UK’s premier cultural organisations delivering four of the country’s leading Festivals: Jazz, Literature, Music and Science.

FameLab History

FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with NESTA to find and nurture scientists and engineers with a flair for communicating with public audiences. Since 2007, thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab has gone global, with competitions now held in 20 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. Globally more than 3,800 researchers have taken part. The result is a vibrant network of exciting scientists and engineers engaging international audiences but also engaging with each other, broadening each other’s views of what it means to be working in science right now.

What FameLab Achieves

FameLab sets out to support and encourage those working in science and engineering to use the skills they learn to communicate their work to society as a whole, not just colleagues and peers.

Some of the competition’s much vaunted alumni have found outlets for their skills within the mainstream media from TV to Radio, but the vast majority continue to play active roles in research, manufacture and policy development, whilst undertaking complementary public activities.

We are very proud of their success. It is through developing an international network of 'alumni' from FameLab that we derive so much satisfaction: watching people from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures start to work together, often spontaneously, to deliver outstanding science communication projects.

We are pleased to be doing our part in helping establish science as a valuable asset in diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. When 20 national finalists come together in Cheltenham for the International Grand final all barriers are broken down. Science is a universal and unifying factor where ever we are - provided that the knowledge of such is wide spread and not just for an elite group.

FameLab - it really works!