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Training, Heats & Finals

FameLab UK holds heats and regional finals in different locations around the country, trying to make the competition accessible to as many researchers as possible.

These provide great opportunities to receive training, meet new people and gain experience in presenting to a live audience. See the table below to find your nearest regional training, heat and final for 2020, then apply here!

Location Training Heat Final
Cambridge 6 & 9 April – Venue & Time tbc 6 & 9 April – Venue & Time tbc 27 April – Venue & Time tbc
Edinburgh 19 February – Heriot-Watt University 11 March – Heriot-Watt University 15 April – Edinburgh Science Festival, 8pm
Glasgow 6 February – James Watt South Building, University of Glasgow, 10am – 12:30pm 10 March – DRAM!, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, 5:30 – 8pm 15 April – Edinburgh Science Festival, 8pm
Hull 6 March – University of Hull 13 March – University of Hull, 4pm 26 March – The Northern Final (Sheffield and Hull) Tamper Seller’s Wheel 7 – 9pm
London 27 March – Natural History Museum (Lates), 5 – 7pm 3 April – Natural History Museum, 4 – 6pm 24 April – Natural History Museum (Lates), 7.30pm
Oxford Applications are now closed Applications are now closed 6 March – Science Oxford Centre, 7 – 9pm
Sheffield 13 February – University of Sheffield, 6.30 – 8.30pm 27 February – University of Sheffield, 6.30 – 8.30pm 26 March – The Northern Final (Sheffield and Hull) Tamper Seller’s Wheel 7 – 9pm
Swansea Applications are now closed Applications are now closed 26 February – National Waterfront Museum, 7.30pm
Video N/A – see below 1 March – 11.59pm 5 April – 11.59pm

Applications close the day before the heat in each location

If you cannot attend any of these but still wish to take part, then you are invited to participate in the video heat. Whilst you will not receive a training session, this may be more convenient for you and you still gain experience in preparing and presenting a short talk on your research.

The specific criteria for video entries are as follows:
1. Videos must be 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after 3 minutes)
2. Videos should be filmed once, without any editing or special effects
3. You should be facing the camera while giving your presentation
4. Videos should not involve other people or excessive use of props
5. Videos should not include background music (unless this is something you are talking about)
6. If you are selected as one of the top few participants, you will need to prepare and send us a second video of a different presentation

Please contact famelab@cheltenhamfestivals.com if you have any questions, or apply today!