What is FameLab?
FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations.
Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about the latest research.
FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. Together Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Grand Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June. NASA has license to deliver the competition in the USA in the field of planetary sciences.
In 2013 Cheltenham Festivals launched FameLab Academy in association with EDF Energy. FameLab Academy sees the competition entering secondary schools under the same ‘three minute’ model, increasing confidence and communication skills in students.
Famelab gives you a snapshot into the world of science and engineering and is dedicated to answering both bizarre and pertinent questions from ‘Why do men have nipples?’ to ‘Is nuclear energy a good or bad thing?’
As an audience member you will also be involved in the show, with the power to judge the contestants along with an esteemed panel of scientists, journalists, writers and public figures. Winners will be decided based on accurate and well-balanced content, the clarity of their communication and the presence of charisma. By engaging with the public, contestants have the chance to further their careers and open up future communication possibilities, enabling them to tear down barriers between science and the rest of society.
This is your chance to witness the forefront of scientific research, amaze friends with surprising facts and interact with the people responsible for tackling some of the biggest global issues in the world today.