Ten aspiring science communicators are set to compete in the British Council’s FameLab Climate Change Communicators Online Final to become the next influential voice on climate action.
Global audiences are invited to tune in to the online show on YouTube on 28 September 2021, 15.00 – 16.30 UK time, to watch bite-sized climate science talks from the finalists of this year’s competition who hail from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico and Brazil. The finalists will demonstrate how the latest innovations and applications of science and technology can help to tackle the climate crisis.
Each competitor will have just three minutes to present their work or research linked to climate science to win over the hearts and minds of audiences and judges alike. They will be judged on the 3C’s of FameLab - content, clarity and charisma - before the panel decides who will take home the coveted title of global winner. Audiences will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite talk to decide who will be awarded the audience prize.
The panel of judges are:
- Alice Bell, co-director at the UK climate charity Possible
- Nadia El-Awady, freelance science writer and editor
- Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, and Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, University of Oxford.
Speaking on her role, Alice Bell said:
‘The international scope of the competition is very exciting. Although climate change is an international issue, a lot of us can end up in work looking at impacts or ways to tackle it in one part of the world or another. Projects like this give us a chance to bring people from around the world together.’
‘I'm looking forward to hearing some fresh perspectives and new approaches to talking about the topic of climate change.’
Following their selection, the ten finalists have been learning the tricks of the trade through intensive masterclass training with UK science communication trainer Wendy Sadler to help hone their skills ahead of the Online Final.