The winner of the FameLab International Final in 2018 was Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah, a biological science lecturer from Malaysia. She beat 27 science communicators from across the world at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 7 June, watched by hundreds of people at the Arena in Cheltenham and online. 

Her winning talk focused on tuberculosis control. She convinced the judges through her calm, engaging presence on stage, her fine storytelling skills and the clarity of her content.

Siti is the second Malaysian FameLab International Champion – Professor Dr Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam won the title in 2016.

 ‘When I get on the stage and I am about to speak and have dropped all of that anxiety and nerves and just commit to that moment. It is really quite magical. Being able to have that connection with the audience is great. I had the opportunity thanks to FameLab.’

Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah

Runners up

Second place was awarded jointly to Vanessa Pirotta (Macquarie University) representing Australia, and Veli Vural Uslu (Heidelberg University) representing Germany. 

The audience vote winner was Mihnea-Ioan Nicolescu (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest) who represented Romania.

Our judges

  • Vivienne Parry (science writer and broadcaster)
  • Clifford Johnson (Professor in Physics and Astronomy, author and science communicator)
  • Farrah Nazir (Acting Creative and Partnerships Lead, Wellcome Trust).

More to watch

Many FameLab talks from the past five years are available on our Youtube channel.

All the Famelab 2018 finalists on stage