Who will be the next FameLab UK Champion? Join some of the best science communicators in the country as they go head to head in this battle of mind and word. Our contestants will entertain you with fascinating subjects and mind-blowing research in bite-size, three-minute talks – science geekery galore! Judged on content, clarity and charisma, expect a science showdown of unseen magnitude. The judges are TV presenter Dallas Campbell, cyber-security expert Jessica Barker and Cheltenham Science Festival’s Head of Programming Marieke Navin.

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Greg Foot is a Science Journalist on BBC TV & Radio (including BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?’), a successful Podcaster (‘Surprisingly Brilliant’) & popular YouTuber (including ‘Let’s Go Live’ & ‘BBC Earth’). He also gives talks on his science adventures & runs public engagement training around the world. He is a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Group.

Jessica Barker runs She is a leader in the human nature of cyber security, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cyber security in the UK and awarded as one of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017. Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she co-founded Cygenta, working with a variety of organisations from small creative agencies through to multi-national banks.

Dallas Campbell is one of the most versatile and well-travelled factual TV presenters working in the industry. He has filmed in some of the most extraordinary and challenging locations all over the world. Beyond television Dallas is an author, speaker and ambassador for STEM education. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and this year won The Space Achievement Media Award at Sir Arthur Clarke Centenary Awards. His book Ad Astra: an illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet charts the history, science and culture of human spaceflight.

Marieke Navin is Head of Programming at Cheltenham Science Festival. Previously, Marieke worked for 10 years at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. An ex-FameLabber herself, she performed a family show for 12 straight years at the Cheltenham Science Festival before joining the team. She has a PhD in particle physics.


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