What is FameLab?
FameLab is the world's biggest science communication competition designed for scientists and engineers who can explain science, technology and engineering concepts in ways that interest and entertain the general public.
If you work in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) and can explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just three minutes, without the use of presentation slides, this is the competition for you. All you have to do is win over the judges and crowd with a scientific talk, judged on content, clarity and charisma.
Why take part in FameLab?
FameLab offers you the chance to build skills essential to modern STEM workers, join a network of alumni from all over the world, and win a trip to the UK for the FameLab international finals.
FameLab has helped thousands of scientists communicate their research, and launched successful careers in science communication.
Here’s what a previous participant said about the experience:
‘Most of us described it as one of the best experience we’ve lived. It sounds a bit cheesy, but it really is true. It was a short but intense experience, and it definitely made me want to do more science communication, to keep improving the skills...’ Francois-Xavier Joly – Winner FameLab France 2015
FameLab also gives you the chance to win an exclusive two-day masterclass from UK science communication experts. You’ll learn the tricks to captivate audiences with science, build confidence in public speaking, and make a new network of friends.
Who can enter FameLab?
FameLab is open to anyone working in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine), including school STEM teachers, researchers and PhD students. We cannot accept people already working professionally in science communication, as the idea is to find and develop new talent.
Generally there is a lower age limit of 21, but check the details of the programme in your country (see below).
Find out more about eligibility requirements.
How to apply for FameLab
- Enter FameLab in your country. See the list of countries confirmed or likely to be running FameLab in 2017 below.
- Submit a video entry or participate in a local heat live (differs between countries).
- Participate in a two-day masterclass.
- Put your new skills to work in the national final, in front of a live audience and judges.
- Fly to Cheltenham Science Festival, UK, to take part in the international final (one winner).
The following countries are confirmed or likely to be running FameLab in 2017.