Watch the FameLab Astrobiology final competition on Livestream or NASA TV

NASA TV will broadcast the final round of the Famelab Astrobiology science communication competition on Monday April 16 from 7-9 pm.

Famelab Astrobiology, sponsored by NASA’s Astrobiology Program, is intended to encourage up-and-coming new scientists to hone their skills in communicating complex scientific concepts to public audiences.

Nichelle Nichols, known for her portrayal of Lt. Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series, will host this event, which also will be webcast live, at:

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Since January more than 70 early-career astrobiologists have competed in Famelab Astrobiology preliminary competitions in Houston, Denver, Washington, D.C., and online. Competing in the Atlanta finals are 11 finalists from all over the country.

Famelab Astrobiology finalists will have three minutes to explain a science topic of their choice to a public audience – no slides, no charts, and only props they can carry onstage. A panel of experts in science and science communication will judge the competition.

Famelab Astrobiology is a partnership of NASA’a Astrobiology Program, Cheltenham Festivals (UK), and the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. The winner in Atlanta will compete in the International FameLab Final at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival on June 16, 2012

FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to find and nurture British 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, and Africa. This partnership has brought FameLab to North America for the first time.