1st year of FameLab in the Czech Republic

How did it all start?

FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with NESTA to find and nurture scientists and engineers with a flair for communicating with public audiences.

Since 2007, thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab has gone global. In the USA, our partner NASA delivers the competition.

FameLab International has now arrived in over 30 countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa and every year gives hundreds of scientists the chance to get involved with science communication. More than 7000 researchers have participated in FameLab International so far.


  • March: registration of contestants 
  • 3 April - 1st regional heat, Prague
  • 10 April - 2nd regional heat, Zlín
  • 15-17 April - MasterClass for finalists: Liblice
  • 8 May - Czech National Final, Dejvické divadlo, Prague
  • 9-12 June - FameLab 2011 International Final, Cheltenham, UK

National final of FameLab 2011

Sunday 8 May 
Dejvické divadlo, Prague 6

The first year of the competition was organised under the auspicies of Jiří Drahoš, Chairman of the Czech Academy of Sciencies and with support of Karel Janeček Foundation.

Our FamLab 2011 finalists:

Ing. Kateřina Polívková, VŠCHT
Bc. Marie Rodinová, Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy
Mgr. Sabína Čujová, Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy
Mgr. Petr Zouhar, Fyziologický ústav AV ČR
Marcel Šihor, Vysoká škola báňská – Technická univerzita Ostrava
Bc. Martin Mikeš, Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy
Ing. Jitka Čejková, VŠCHT
Ing. Michal Babič, Ústav makromolekulární chemie AV ČR
RNDr. Helena Janíčková, Fyziologický ústav AV ČR
Ing. Alena Michalcová, VŠCHT

The FameLab 2011 jury

The expert jury of Mgr. Martina Mašková (radio presenter), Prof. Václav Pačes, Czech Academy of Sciences (chair), Dr. Michael Londesborough (chemist and science communicator) and Martin Myšička (actor) had the difficult task of deciding who would win the prizes donated by the British Council, Karel Janeček Foundation, Tomáš Baťa Foundation and the Czech Academy of Sciencies.

Meet the winners of FameLab 2011 Czech Republic

Overall winner: Michal Babič / Ústav makromolekulární chemie AV ČR

Audience prize: Michal Babič / Ústav makromolekulární chemie AV ČR

Joint prize awarded by Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the British Council: Ing. Kateřina Polívková / VŠCHT (visit to the Cheltenham Science Festival)

Czech Academy of Sciencies prize: Mgr. Petr Zouhar / Fyziologický ústav AV ČR 

Would you like to see what happend at the Czech national final and at the MasterClass training? Watch this video.

You can see some photos from the final here.  

FameLab 2011 finalists on stage of Dejvické divadlo theatre
FameLab 2011 finalists on stage of Dejvické divadlo theatre ©

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FameLab 2011 Czech Republic winner Michal Babič
FameLab 2011 Czech Republic winner Michal Babič also won the Audience Prize both in Prague and in the International FameLab Final in Cheltenham. ©

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Ing. Kateřina Polívková (University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague) won the prize awarded jointly by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the British Council. ©

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Mgr. Petr Zouhar won the Prize awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences and left with the latest model of iPad. ©

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FameLab 2011 judges: (from left) Mgr. Martina Mašková, Dr. Michael Londesborough, Prof. Václav Pačes and Martin Myšička ©

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FameLab International Final 2011

Czech FameLab 2011 winner Michal Babič took part in in the international FameLab final in Cheltenham, UK competing against national winners from other 14 countries. His performance won hearts of the audience and Michal was awarded the Audience Prize. 
Watch Michal's performance in Cheltenhamu here.

FameLab 2011 Echoes, 6 November 2015, Prague

All Czech finalists of FameLab 2011 returned to Dejvické divadlo in November with science inspired show.

See photos from the show

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