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The closing date for entries has passed. The information below is provided for reference only.

Entrants must follow these competition rules:

  • You have three minutes to present any scientific, engineering, mathematical or medical topic of your choice in English that must relate in some way to the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’. Your talk must not exceed three minutes - not even by one second! 
  • You cannot use a PowerPoint, animations, other electronic presentation or audio recording
  • You can only use small, physical props that you have by the side of you when recording
  • You must not read off a script of your talk when presenting
  • Your talk must be recorded in one take
  • Your video should not be edited to include digital features such as a soundtrack, additional voiceovers, graphics, stylised filters or captions.
  • If you make it through to the Online Final you have to prepare a second talk (which can be on the same topic but must be demonstrably different in content)
  • Video entries will be judged by a panel of judges based purely on the recording of your talk
  • All entrants must be available to take part in the masterclass training and Online Final in September; the overall winner must be available to take part in the FameLab International Final.
  • In the FameLab Climate Change Communicators Final, finalists will give their talk online to a live a judging panel of 3-5 judges who will additionally have up to two minutes to ask questions after each talk

All presentations will be judged according to the 3Cs of FameLab:

  • Content: The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.
  • Clarity: Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the talk is important; as well as making sure the audience and judges can follow the talk and are left with an understanding of the scientific concept chosen. The talk should be aimed at an adult, lay audience.
  • Charisma: The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality of charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining and exciting - they will not only be able to communicate the science but also share their passion for it.

In considering the ‘Content’ all presentations must clearly relate to the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the competition rules, please contact:

famelab@britishcouncil.org