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FameLab International, the science communication competition owned by Cheltenham Science Festival and delivered globally by the British Council, is back this year in a new interactive online format this November.

FameLab national finalists from 20 countries will take to the virtual stage to deliver their three-minute presentations on a range of topics from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to battle it out for the title of global winner 2020.

Watch Semi-Final 1 here: 11 November, 4pm GMT
Talks from participants representing Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, Thailand and the UK. Judges: Christina Melidou, Suzi Gage and Sheena Cruickshank.

Watch Semi-Final 2 here: 12 November, 4pm GMT
Talks from participants representing Australia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland and Spain. Judges: Nadia El-Awady, Giles Yeo and Martin Coath.

Vote for your favourites here

Watch the announcement of finalists here: 16 November, 12pm GMT

Watch the International Final: 26 November, 4pm GMT
Judges: Jon Chase, Roma Agrawal and Eduardo Sáenz De Cabezón.

FameLab is the only international science communication competition designed to find, train and mentor scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for research with the public. Participants from around the world engage and entertain you 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 current research.

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What is FameLab?

FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival. Since the beginning of our partnership with the British Council in 2007, over 10000 scientists and engineers from 31 countries have participated, with country winners coming together for the International FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival each June. The result is a vibrant global network of scientists and engineers engaging with international audiences.

FameLab has been a great chance to meet inspiring people who are doing and communicating wonderful research around the world. Learning from each other, encouraging each other and building networks that will last into the future has been a brilliant experience, and one that I’ve been very lucky to be a part of.

Tim Gordon, FameLab International Winner 2019


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