This year, for the first time, we have partnered with the Northern Ireland Science Festival to run FameLab and a STEM Masterclass.
FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world. It was started in 2005 in the UK by the Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5,000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 23 different countries from Hong Kong to South Africa, USA to Egypt. In the USA, NASA is our FameLab delivery partner.
The event will include presentations by FameLab contestants followed by questioning by a panel of judges. One winner will be chosen on the night to go through to the UK final.
Our Director of Science, Dr Claire McNulty, will be participating in an interactive workshop during the festival, in order to provide information on the many international science opportunities available through the British Council.
The session is part of the Department of Learning’s STEM masterclass which will also include a session by Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the Museum of Science, Boston, USA. Dr Spicer will outline some of the innovative approaches to STEM collaboration and outreach activities undertaken by the Museum.
Who should attend
The STEM Masterclass is aimed at STEM educators and industry leaders but all events are open to the general public as part of the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival which runs form 19 Feb to 1 March 2015
For those unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming Famelab at: http://nireland.britishcouncil.org
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