Dr Jamie Gallagher performing at Cheltenham Science Festival
Dr Jamie Gallagher performing at Cheltenham Science Festival

Sparking a new generation of science communicators

The search is on for the new voices of science communication! Edinburgh is hosting heats of FameLab, the UK’s biggest competition to discover new talent to engage the public in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM).

If you currently work in STEM and think you can explain your research in an engaging way to non-specialists in just three minutes, we want to hear from you!

So if you think you have what it takes visit the FameLab website to register. The winner of the Scotland final will get the chance to take part in a weekend masterclass led by experts in media and communication skills, before vying for the title of FameLab UK champion at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2020. The FameLab UK winner will then go on to represent the UK at the FameLab International final, competing with countries all around the world!

Participants receive training in science communication before presenting their research in an engaging way to a live audience and are judged on content, clarity and charisma, and the best go through to the next round.

The Edinburgh heat will take place at The Three Sisters pub on Wednesday 11 March.

Video entries

If you are based in the Orkney, Galashiels, Dubai or Malaysia campuses and cannot attend the heats in person, you can take part by submitting a video entry. Please email hwengage@hw.ac.uk to register your interest and be kept up to date with details for the training workshop.

Competition details

Full details about the competition, including eligibility, rules and prizes, are available on the Cheltenham Science Festival website.

Key dates for FameLab 2020
Date Event
Wednesday 19 February Edinburgh Science Communication Workshop
Wednesday 11 March Edinburgh heat
Wednesday 15 April Scottish region final
Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 May Weekend masterclass (regional winners only)
Monday 1 June UK final (regional winners only)
Thursday 4 June International final (national winners only)

Key information

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