FameLab 2014 Times / Dates / Locations


FameLab 2013 International finalists

I would like to register for FameLab UK 2014....

Heats: please note you only need to attend one heat at each location, winners from the heats will be chosen to progress to the regional final.

Regional finals: between 5 to 10 winners from each heat will progress onto the regional finals, so make sure you leave these dates free in your diary.

If you progress to your regional final you will need a different 3 minute presentation to the one you used in the heat.

Please see here for the full list of competition rules.

Please note: an informal training session is offered at all locations. Although this is not compulsory, it is highly recommended as it will clarify the rules and the criteria used by the judges, make you aware of local opportunities in science communication and give you hints and tips on doing a great presentation.

Heats are taking place in...

Aberdeen and Edinburgh

To help with your FameLab heats, The University of Aberdeen are offering some training at Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen, 12 November 2013, 1.30-.4.30pm. REGISTER here for Aberdeen training.

The University of Edinburgh will also offer training at Teviot Row House between 10.00am - 12.00 noon on Mon 11 Nov 2013 (no need to pre-register).

Heats Aberdeen, Satrosphere Science Centre, Tue 12 November 2013, 6.00pm  

Heats Edinburgh, Teviot Row House, The University of Edinburgh, Mon 11 November 2013, 1.00-3.00pm

Final, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 30 November 2.00-4.00pm.


Heat Thinktank, Birmingham, Sat 18 January 2014

Final, Thinktank, Wed 29 January 2014.


To help with your FameLab heats, the University of Cambridge is offering training at the Cambridge Science Centre on 9 Jan 2014, 6.30-8.30pm.

Heat 1, The Portland Arms Cambridge, 16 January 2014, 7.00-10.00pm, please arrive by 6.30 pm.

Heat 2, The Portland Arms Cambridge, 23 January 2014, 7.00-10.00pm, please arrive by 6.30 pm.

Final, Cambridge Science Centre, 30 Jan 2014, 7-10pm, please arrive by 6.30pm.


To help with your FameLab heats, Cardiff University are offering some training at Cardiff University in the Glamorgan Building room-1.56 from 7- 8pm on 22 October 2013, 7pm with STEM engager, TV & radio presenter Huw James.

Heat, The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Thu 21 November 2013, 7.00-9.00pm, please arrive by 6.30pm.

Final, Techniquest, Cardiff, 28 November 2013, 7pm, please arrive by 6pm.


To help with your FameLab heats, the University of Surrey is offering some training at the Bar des Arts Centre from 1pm on Tue 14 Jan 2014.

Heat 1, Bar des Arts Centre, Guildford, Tue 14 January 2014, 7.00-9.30pm 

Final, Heart + Soul, Manor Park Campus, University of Surrey, 23 Jan 2014, doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start.


To help with your FameLab heats, the Science Museum is offering some training at the Science Museum from 11am - 12pm on Sat 2 Nov 2013.

Heat 1, Science Museum, London, Sat 9 November 2013, 9.45am - 5.30pm*

Heat 2, Science Museum, London, Sat 16 November 2013, 9.45am - 5.30pm*

 *You will be assigned a specific time when you sign up

Final, Science Museum, Wed 27 November (part of Science Lates), time tbc.


To help with your FameLab heats, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is offering some training at the Museum from 10 - 11am on Fri 7 Feb, 2014.

Heat 1 & 2, Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester, Fri 7 February 2014, 12.00 - 3.00pm

Heat 3, Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester, Fri 7 February 2014, 6.00 -7.30pm  

Final, Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester, Fri 14 February 2014, 6.00-9.30pm.


Heats followed by regional final, Centre for Life, Newcastle, Sat 30 November 2013, 10.00am

Remember to prepare two talks as you may be one of the finalists going through to the regional final on the same day.


To help with your FameLab heats, Science Oxford is offering some training at the on 20 Nov 2013, 6-7pm at the Manos Cafe (please email Emma Clare <emma.clare@scienceoxford.com> to register for this)

Heat 1, Oxford Hub, Tue 3 Dec 2013, 7.30pm, please arrive by 7pm

Final, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 12 Dec 2013, 7.30pm

Video Heat

Contestants should upload their videos to YouTube and add the appropriate link in your registration form or email it to us: famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com. The deadline for video entries is midnight 31 December 2013.

Please note that videos should:

  • Be up to 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after this time limit)
  • Contain no editing or special effects
  • Not involve other people or excessive props
  • Have no background music (unless this is what you are talking about)

During January 2014 one video entry winner will be selected for the UK National final.

One winner and one wildcard will be selected from each local final. One (possibly two) of the ten wildcards selected will join the winners at the National Final to be held at The Bloomsbury Theatre, on 23 April 2014.

To prepare them for the final, successful contestants will take part in a weekend MasterClass in February/March 2014.

FameLab supporters 2014

Hub, First Floor, 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford