The FameLab science competition

The annual FameLab science communication competition kicks off next week. FameLab is “an exciting national competition to find talented scientists who can share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the public in an innovative and entertaining way.” There will be 7 regional heats across the United Kingdom, beginning on Tuesday 6th March at the Dana Centre in London.

You will be given a maximum of 3 minutes in which to impress the judges. They are looking for exciting and engaging talks that can be understood by a general public adult audience. Props are allowed but there is no set up time or assistance. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted…Successful contestants from the first round will go through to the regional final later in the day. For this you will need to present a different 3 minute talk to the judges and a public audience. This presentation can be on the same topic, but must be a different talk. The judges will be able to question you after each presentation and will also give you feedback where possible…At the heats you only have 3 minutes to impress the judges by giving an entertaining and original talk that is scientifically accurate but also engaging to a non-scientific audience. The judges are looking for three qualities: content, clarity andcharisma. So make sure your subject matter is well chosen, and clearly put across, that your facts are right, and that you let your passion for your subject shine through!

The competition is open to anyone aged over 21 who is working in or studying any aspect of science, technology, engineering or maths. Entrants can turn up at any of the heats without applying, but are encouraged to register online beforehand. The final will take place at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 7th June.

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  2. They are looking for content, clarity and charisma – that is, the science must be right, and also well-chosen for an adult audience. You’re aiming not only to make the audience undertsand what you’re saying, but to share your passion for the subject.

    But what MC doesn’t say is that everyone who enters gets an hour’s free training from Malcolm Love, a media producer who is paid big bucks by people like the Royal Society to give media training to their Fellows. Or even if you just want a few tips, it’s worth coming along and getting feedback from our very supportive judges.

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