COVID-19 and impact on FameLab International 2020

Following the cancellation of Cheltenham Science Festival due to COVID-19, an announcement on plans for FameLab International is available on the Cheltenham Festivals website:

Read the FameLab International Finals 2020 statement by Cheltenham Science Festival

FameLab national events are being planned for revised dates and/or in digital formats where possible. For the latest situation in your country, please check your national FameLab webpage/social media channels.

Read the British Council Education response to Covid-19

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.

FameLab 2020

We are delighted that the following countries have confirmed their participation in FameLab 2020:

Want to take part in FameLab 2020? Visit your country's FameLab webpage for details on how to get involved - please note that FameLab has different opening and closing dates in each participating country.

FameLab 2019

Read about the 2019 winners.