FameLab International 2020 goes online

FameLab International, the science communication competition owned by Cheltenham Science Festival and delivered globally by the British Council, was delivered in a new interactive online format in November 2020.

FameLab national finalists from 20 countries took to the 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 2020, streamed on the FameLab YouTube channel.

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What is FameLab?

Could you inspire and educate a live audience about your work in science, technology, maths or engineering – in just three minutes? If so, why not take part in FameLab in your country.

FameLab is an international competition to find and support the world's most talented new science communicators. Participants have three minutes to win over the judges and audience with a scientific talk that excels for its content, clarity and charisma.

Cheltenham Festivals held the first FameLab in 2005. Its partnership with the British Council in 2007 took the competition global, and to date, more than 10,000 scientists and engineers have taken part.

Why should I take part?

The British Council runs FameLab competitions in around 25 countries each year, and the winner of each national competition travels to the UK's renowned Cheltenham Science Festival in June to compete in the FameLab International Final. Delivering their talk to a live audience, the international finalists battle it out for first place to take home a prize and the glory! 

Networking and learning opportunities are central to the FameLab experience. Not only will international finalists meet and network with fellow participants from all over the world, they will also have the chance to hone their science communication skills by taking part in a masterclass with a highly-experienced international trainer.

The benefits continue beyond the competition as participants join the ranks of FameLab alumni, a global network of science communicators who are passionate about sharing their knowledge.