FameLab 2019 winners
FameLab 2019 winners ©

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The winner of FameLab International Final 2019 was Tim Gordon, marine biology PhD student from the UK. He beat 24 other science communicators from across the world at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 5 June, watched by hundreds of people at Cheltenham Town Hall and thousands more internationally watching via live stream.

Tim is a PhD student in the bioscience department at the University of Exeter. His winning talk focused on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, and research ‘listening’ to and recording the sounds of a reef to help protect the beauty and value of ocean ecosystems. He convinced the judges through his engaging presence on stage, fine storytelling skills and his clarity of content. Tim also won over the audience at Cheltenham Town Hall to secure the audience prize.

This is the first time the UK representative has become the FameLab International Winner since the competition went global through a partnership with the British Council in 2007. 

‘This is a really amazing competition for making international links. As the world moves forward, we are seeing that our problems are becoming more global, so our solutions need to become more global. Engaging people with environmental science has never been more important - thank you to FameLab for helping me learn how to do it.’

Tim Gordon from the UK, FameLab International Winner 2019

Runners up

Two runner-up places were awarded to:

  • Athira Menon from the University of Amsterdam representing Netherlands
  • Keneilwe Moropa from Tshwane University of Technology representing South Africa

Our judges

  • Dr Beth Healey (Medical doctor; formerly worked in Antarctica at Concordia Station, and at the European Space Agency)
  • Professor Mark Lythgoe (Founder and Director of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, University College London)
  • Dr Aarathi Prasad (Research Associate at the Institute of Global Health, University College London)


FameLab International Finalists 2019
FameLab International Finalists 2019 ©

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Read more about Tim Gordon and his winning talk.