FameLab UK Finalists

Dominic Henri, Ellie Murtagh, Sam Hatfield, Simon Santamaria, Douglas Acheampong, Emma Yhnell, Samantha Donnellan, Tim Gordon

FameLab UK Final 2019: The search for the Science Comms stars of tomorrow

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Monday 3 June 7pm at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Free tickets are up for grabs for the FameLab UK Final on Monday 3 June. Eight of the finest new science communicators from across the UK are making their way to Cheltenham to battle for a place in the FameLab International Final at Cheltenham Science Festival later the same week. The winner will compete against 24 other countries to win the crown.

If Eurovision was a science communication competition it would look like FameLab.

Marieke Navin, Head of Programming for Cheltenham Science Festival, was a runner-up in FameLab UK in 2007. She commented: “It’s a truly international event where contestants are proud to represent their countries. But instead of a 3-minute pop song, they have just 3 minutes to win over the judges with their clarity, charisma and scientific content. We wish all the UK Finalists the very best of luck and know they will have a wonderful time.”

FameLab was created in 2005 by Cheltenham Science Festival to help scientists communicate to a general audience. Previous FameLab alumni have gone on to careers in broadcasting and performing, like Maggie Aderin Pocock (BBC Sky at Night) and Steve Mould & Matt Parker (Festival of the Spoken Nerd) and Kyle Evans (Born to Sum).

The interval acts will be the winner and two runners-up of Gloucestershire FameLab Academy: Year 9 pupils Arwen Borthwick-Hunter from Westonbirt School, Maya Hall from Wyedean School and Beth Browne from Chosen Hill School.

UK Finalists
  • Douglas Acheampong Cambridge
  • Sam Hatfield Oxford
  • Tim Gordon London
  • Dr Dominic Charles Henri Hull
  • Emma Yhnell Cardiff
  • Simon Santamaria Scotland
  • Ellie Murtagh Scotland
  • Samantha Donnellan Digital Winner


Tickets for the UK Final are free and are available here.
The UK Final will also be streamed via the FameLab YouTube channel.