The British Council and Ciência Viva (the national agency for Science and Technology Communication) are looking for new talent in Communicating Science.
Ten finalists compete to become the Portuguese representative in the international FameLab final that takes place in June in the United Kingdom, during the Cheltenham Science Festival.
The 2013 Famelab Audition took place on 27 April at the Centro Ciência Viva in Sintra.
Twenty-one candidates were willing to make a three minute presentation about a scientific topic of their choice, before a jury of science communicators, comprising António Granado, Carlos and José Vítor Fiolhais Malheiros.
We selected 10 contestants who will now participate in the "masterclass" on science communication that takes place on 11 and 12 May at the Centro Ciência Viva in Estremoz.
And 19 May sees these 10 finalists present their work at the national final, held at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon.
The ten finalists are:
- Ana Penha
- Elsa Abranches
- Filipa Cardoso
- João Sotomayor
- Joni Fiona van Leeuwen
- Manuel Valença
- Marta Azevedo
- Rita Andrade
- Rita Nunes
- Vera Novais
More information about the contestants
In Portugal, FameLab is organized by Ciência Viva and the British Council.
You can watch the previous finalists here.
FameLab is an international competition of science communication in which 20 countries are currently involved. Each participant makes a 3-minute presentation of a scientific topic to a general audience.
Originally created by the UK’s Cheltenham Science Festival, the competition aims to take science out of the classroom and make it fun, and to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm with the general public.
Leonor Medeiros, an archeologist, and the national winner of FameLab 2011, explains here what it was like participating, what she has gained from the experience, and why applying to FameLab is definitely worth it!