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Famelabber, Andrew Pontzen wins Lord Kelvin Award Lecture for Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Each year the British Science Festival offers five awards to honour professional scientists or engineers in the early stages of their career, who show outstanding skills in communication to a non-specialist audience. Congratulations to 2009 FameLabber Andrew Pontzen, who has won the 2011 Lord Kelvin Award Lecture for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

Each year the British Science Festival offers five awards to honour professional scientists or engineers in the early stages of their career, who show outstanding skills in communication to a non-specialist audience. Congratulations to 2009 FameLabber Andrew Pontzen, who has won the 2011 Lord Kelvin Award Lecture for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

 

Top tips for budding science communicators

FameLab International 2011 finalists discuss their top tips for budding science communicators with the Nature Network

FameLab International 2011 finalists discuss their top tips for budding science communicators with the Nature Network

 

Famelab proves Science has got Talent

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival hosts the International Final of the world’s greatest science communication competition, Saturday 11 June, 2030, the Winton Crucible, Cheltenham Town Hall

Five years after it first left the UK, the FameLab competition is returning once again to Cheltenham with 14 national winners ready to battle it out in front of millions of viewers in their home countries. The young scientists from across three continents will compete to see who is the most exciting, accessible and charismatic science communicator in the world, in a format run in partnership with the British Council.

 

What the 2009 FameLabbers are up to now…

As we start the new FameLab UK competition we asked the 2009 NESTA FameLab competition winners what they’ve been up to...

As we start the new FameLab UK competition we asked the 2009 NESTA FameLab competition winners what they’ve been up to...

UK Winner Tom Whyntie and fellow finalists Matt Baker (famous for being the first person ever to give a 3 minute poem as his NESTA FameLab Final performance) and Andrew Pontzen have been developing and presenting ‘climbing the tree of physics at science festivals – see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STPZBL8N-dE

 

FameLabbers at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival - 2011 (June 7-12)

Now entering its 10th year the Festival continues to go from strength to strength and, since 2005, has been used as one of the main showcases for UK FameLab alumni. This years 6 previous participants will be taking part in various events.

INTERNATIONAL FAMELAB FINAL 2011, Saturday June 11

Doing more for international relations than any UN conference, this year’s FameLab competition took place in 17 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. Hot-footing it to Cheltenham, the winners fight it out in the 2011 final of finals hosted, by the 2009 Audience Vote winner Matt Parker.

 

THE MATRIX: REALITY OR FICTION?, Tuesday 7 June

 

FameLab celebrated in nature blog

As part of a Nature Network blog mini series focusing on science festivals, Sharon Bishop, the Executive Director of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, and Kathy Sykes, Festival Director and Professor of Sciences and Society at Bristol University talk about the festival... and about FameLab!

As part of a Nature Network blog mini series focusing on science festivals, Sharon Bishop, the Executive Director of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, and Kathy Sykes, Festival Director and Professor of Sciences and Society at Bristol University and talk about the festival... and about FameLab!

Read more at http://blogs.nature.com/u6e5b2ce1/2011/06/01/cheltenham-science-festival

 

Matt Parker

Matt Parker is best described as a Stand-Up Mathematician who does everything in his power to make more people excited about mathematics. After studying Mathematics and Physics in Australia Matt now works as a maths teacher in a London secondary school. Around this he takes every opportunity to give talks to friends, family and strangers about mathematics and why he is so passionate about it. Matt was voted winner of the Audience Award at the NESTA FameLab 2009 Final and performed as one of the ‘Boffins' in the comedy science game show ‘Not Rocket Science' at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

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Matt
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Parker
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London
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UK
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Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2009
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Mathematics
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Mathematics
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Winner of the Audience Award at the NESTA FameLab 2009 Final

Matt has a highly successful Math based comedy act 'Stand Up Mathematics' presented across the UK.

With Timandra Harkness Matt was a huge hit at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their 'Your Days are Numbered - the Maths of Death'

He represented the UK in the 2010 International FameLab Final as a 'guest' competitor whilst the UK competition was on hiatus.
Performed in the comedy science game show ‘Not Rocket Science' at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2009

Performed stand-up maths comedy in Einstein's Garden at Green Man Festival 2009

Working with Johnny Ball on a maths theatre show for school children as part of Maths Live!

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English
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Mathematics
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http://www.standupmaths.com/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/sep/29/statistics-lies-abuse
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/31/nerds-rule-world
 

Shini Somarathne

Shini Somarathne completed a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 1999. She then immediately continued to study at Brunel University to complete an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) by December 2004.

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Shini
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Somarathne
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UK
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Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
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Field: 
Engineering
Speciality: 
Mechanical Engineering
Qualifications: 
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering Engineering Doctorate (EngD), Brunel University
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Work for various independent science-orientated TV production companies, including Fulcrum TV, Oxford Scientific Films and Windfall Digital

Topics of Interests: 
Computational Fluid Dynamics
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http://shini.tv/
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Chris Rowlands

Chris Rowlands is currently studying Chemistry at Imperial College London. Although he has no formal training in science communication, he has experience as a part-time magician, juggler and amateur cellist. He is also the author of a series of articles about juggling entitled "Ten Things I Can Do That You Can't" for Imperial's student newspaper. Chris is a member of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders (Class of 2003) and was the recipient of an Ernest Oppenheimer Studentship to study for a PhD at Cambridge.

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Chris
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Rowlands
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Cambrigde
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UK
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Country Finalist
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2005
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Chemistry
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BSc Chemistry, Imperial College London
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Part-time magician and juggler

 

Bex Lloyd-Evans

Rebecca (Bex) Lloyd-Evans recently graduated with a first in Human Sciences from UCL. In her final year she specialised in the neurobiology of mental illness and creativity and her findings have been published in "Recent Advances in Creativity". Since graduating she has worked on a BBC science documentary, a sci-art film funded by the Wellcome Trust and for a social and political film set in the Middle East.

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Bex
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Lloyd-Evans
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Cambrige/London
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UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Neurobiology
Qualifications: 
BSc Human Science, University College London
Public engagement experience: 

Work on a BBC science documentary

Work on a sci-art film funded by the Wellcome Trust

Topics of Interests: 
The neurobiology of mental illness and creativity
 
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