FameLab

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

Sparking a new generation of science communicators

Each year, a search is launched for the new voices of science communication.

FameLab is the only international science communication competition designed to find, train and mentor scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for research with the public. Participants from around the world engage and entertain you armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about current research.

FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival. Since the beginning of our partnership with the British Council in 2007, over 10,000 scientists and engineers from 31 countries have participated, with country winners coming together for the International FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival each June. The result is a vibrant global network of scientists and engineers engaging with international audiences.

Each year, Heriot-Watt and colleagues at the Edinburgh universities host the Edinburgh and Scottish heats of FameLab. The winner of the Scotland final gets 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. 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.

You can find out more on the Famelab website, and keep up to date with opportunities to be involved via the HW Engage Sharepoint and HW Engage Facebook.

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