FameLab International Final 2018 ©

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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 10,000 young scientists and engineers participating to date.

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

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

 "Famelab is terrific entertainment driven by a passion for communicating science. The competition has had a profound effect on so many of the participants, adding a whole new dimension to their skill set, vastly broadening their networks and often opening complementary careers through media, writing, shows etc about their work. Communicating science better makes it possible for the rest of us to share in, think about and discuss a whole other beautiful level of life. It demands that scientists sharpen and revise their thinking and helps all of us be more engaged in the world." Malcolm Love, FameLab trainer 2018

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 2018 runs in these countries

Malta, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Poland, Greece, South Africa, Egypt, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Korea, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Brazil, Spain, Romania, Cyprus, France, and Australia.