FameLab 2017 winner Tshiamo Legoale (second from the right) and runners-up Nicole Tanner (second from the left) and Nural Cokcetin (right), with the BBC's Quentin Cooper at Cheltenham Science Festival ©


Cheltenham Festivals produced the first FameLab in 2005. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go international, with more than 9,000 young scientists and engineers participating to date.

Selected participants join an exclusive two-day intensive masterclass led by expert UK trainers.

'FameLab is a fantastic training programme that encourages scientists to find their voice and explain what they know in a compelling and engaging way.' 
Dallas Campbell, FameLab International Trainer 2016

FameLab Alumni have given TEDx talks, written books, presented television programmes, started science communication companies and become successful researchers able to communicate effectively.

You can find out about the FameLab International Final 2017 here.

How the competition works and how to enter

Each year the British Council organises national competitions in more than 30 countries. The winners of the national competitions travel to Cheltenham Science Festival for the FameLab International Final. 

For information on participating in next year's FameLab, see our current science opportunitiesFacebook and Twitter, where we will post details when available. You can also visit the FameLab Youtube channel

FameLab runs in these countries

Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia (jointly with Latvia), France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Kazakhstan, Latvia (jointly with Estonia), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, the UK and Vietnam