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...

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

Matt Parker, winner of the Audience Award in 2009 has since gone on to develop a highly successful Math based comedy act 'Stand Up Mathematics'. With Timandra Harkness, Matt was a huge hit at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their 'Your Days are Numbered - the Maths of Death', and he has been working with Johnny Ball on a maths theatre show for school children as part of Maths Live! Matt will be making a return to the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2011 to guide us through the International Final

Lewis Dartnell has continued to work on a number of different science films, TV documentaries and news shows. He can regularly be found delivering public lectures around the world on all aspects of science and technology.

Alistair Linsell has been involved in a variety for science festivals including Durham, Cheltenham and Newcastle Makers Faire. He's spoken at public engagement events with Vitae North Yorkshire, taken part in a specialist factual competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and been on an expedition to The Lost World in Venezuela with a documentary crew.

Simon Foster has been working as a science teacher and has been developing a website to help GCSE students with their science exams – see http://www.studydoctor.co.uk/site/. He has also recorded a short film for teachers TV in the Canary islands, you can watch the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOxtiUPdHiM

Zoe Schnepp is now a post-doctoral fellow at the prestigious Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany.

Becky West emigrated to Australia in December 2009 to do a PhD in the reintroduction biology of rock-wallabies. She will be presenting at the Jane Goodall Youth Summit in June 2011 on the role of reintroduction projects in conservation. When she’s not chasing rock-wallabies through the bush she also works part time for the RiAus (Royal Institute GB's sister).