Man crouching on stepping stones in a stream talking to a group of children
Taking research out of the lab through public engagement is essential to reach diverse audiences and to instil trust in science to tackle climate change. ©


Today’s young researchers, scientists and advocates for change are addressing critical global challenges that will impact on all our futures.

Taking research out of the lab through public engagement is essential to reach diverse audiences and to instil trust in science to tackle climate change.

FameLab Climate Change Communicators is one of many activities the British Council is delivering as part of The Climate Connection programme in the run up to COP26 - the UN conference on climate change taking place in the UK this November. The aim is to harness the power of people all over the world to connect and collaborate through culture and education to combat climate change.

In summer 2021, we launched FameLab Climate Change Communicators, a special edition of the FameLab science communication competition.

The competition was open to entries from aspiring science communicators from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam.  

Entrants were challenged to film and submit a video of themselves giving a compelling three-minute talk in English relating to the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’.  

Ten talented finalists who impressed the judges with scientific storytelling were selected to progress to the next stage and receive a two-day online masterclass with leading science communicators to help hone their skills.  

About FameLab

Tim Gordon being presented with award at the FameLab International Final 2019.
Tim Gordon on stage at the FameLab International Final 2019. ©

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FameLab® is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals in 2005. Its partnership with the British Council in 2007 took the competition global, and to date, more than 40,000 scientists and engineers have taken part.

Through the competition’s 15-year history, FameLab has become a much-celebrated part of the UK science scene with involvement from well-known scientists including Vivienne Parry, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Jim Al-Khalili.

In 2020, FameLab International moved from the festival stage to a 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, streamed on the FameLab YouTube channel.

2021 marks the 15th and final year of the FameLab International competition delivered globally in partnership with the British Council. This year’s event will offer an exciting programme of interactive online heats – and a celebration of the partnership which has led to a global science communication phenomenon.

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