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SciComm survival tips from FameLab Finalist Amy Jenkins

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FameLab UK is well underway in its 2017 season and we took this occasion to ask some of our wonderful FameLab Alumni to reminisce about their time in the competition. Amy Jenkins is studying for a PhD in Subjective Cognitive Impairment and is focused on research that will identify Alzheimer’s disease 10-12 years before current diagnosis standards – read Amy’s journey through the FameLab universe.

Competing in FameLab was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend anyone to take part! It helped me develop my ability to communicate my research in a clear, concise and entertaining way.

The communication of science should be informative but also enlightening and exciting in order to capture the attention of the audience. This is exactly what I found FameLab to be all about! The benefits of engaging an audience, being the general public and scientists, with information about my scientific research area are endless. I had many very interesting conversations and made great contacts with people interested in the area I work in. Also, it raised awareness of my research area which is still currently in its infancy.

Competing in FameLab was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend anyone to take part!

Amy Jenkins, FameLab UK Finalist 2016

Inevitably I was very nervous at each stage of the competition but that is to be expected and it certainly does get easier, especially so with the support of the FameLab organising team.

The best bit about competing last year was having the opportunity to represent the region at the UK finals in London! Also, I learnt so much at the fully funded master class weekend in preparation for the UK finals! I would encourage anyone to enter FameLab, the experience I gained is invaluable!

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