FameLab - Talking science

FameLab 2017

Registration for FameLab 2017 closes on 27 February.

What is FameLab?

FameLab aims to discover up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective... in just three minutes.

If you think you can explain a concept in science, mathematics or engineering in just three minutes using only the props you can carry on stage with you, then enter the FameLab competition. Each presentation will be judged according to the golden rule of the 3Cs: Content, Clarity and Charisma. 

WHY FAMELAB?

Communicating science accessibly and attractively is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. FameLab helps young scientists acquire valuable skills to communicate their work accessibly and attractively to a non-scientific audience. By doing so they do not merely change the common stereotype of the scientist as “the geek in the white lab coat busy doing strange things”, but also justify public funding for research.

FAMELAB PARTNERSHIP

FameLab® has grown into arguably the world’s leading science communication competition. Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June. This partnership since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 21 different countries. At the international final scientists from across Europe, Asia, America and Africa compete to see who is the most exciting, accessible and charismatic science communicator. 

To enter FameLab you must be:

  • Over 21 years old 
  • Working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the Czech republic. This includes private and public sector employees.

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Eligibility criteria

We welcome:

  • Lecturers and researchers in science, engineering or mathematics subjects, medicine, including specialist science teachers with a science degree.
  • People who work on applying science, medicine, engineering technology or mathematics. 
  • University students of science, mathematics or engineering (21 or over). 

However, we can't accept people who are already working professionally in public engagement with science, press or PR officers, artists, performers, journalists and broadcasters, science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly with the public.

Please contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Rules

The judges are looking for somebody who can shine in content, clarity and charisma:

Content: The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.

Clarity: Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the talk is important; as well as making sure the audience and judges can follow the talk and are left with an understanding of the scientific concept chosen.

Charisma: The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality of charisma. The winner will clearly be the one who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining, exciting, who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.

During the regional heats, you can choose to present either in Czech or in Slovak. The international final will be in English.

What are the stages?

FAMELAB CZECH REPUBLIC 2017 TIMELINE

  • 27 February: Deadline for submitting applications for FameLab 2017
  • 11 March - 1st regional heat, Prague
  • 25 March - 2nd regional heat, Zlín 
  • 21-23 April - MasterClass for finalists
  • 14 May - FameLab 2017 Czech National Final, Prague 
  • 6-11 June - FameLab 2017 International Final, Cheltenham, UK. 

How do I enter?

Download the registration form (below), fill it in and send ot to us by 27 February 2017

We will contact you by email to confirm the receipt of your application and inform you of the details.

Come to the regional heat closest to you and present, in Czech or in Slovak, any scientific topic to our panel of judges. (Don't forget to invitе your friends and family to come and watch and support you!)

What will happen at the competition

  • You will be given a maximum of 3 minutes in which to impress the judges. They are looking for exciting and engaging talks (in Czech or in Sloavak) that can be understood by a general public adult audience.
  • Minimal props are allowed but there is no set up time or assistance. Power Point presentations are not permitted.(If you want to be inspired by successful Famelab presentations, you can watch the Youtube Famelab Channel videos). 
  • Your three-minute presentation will have to be either in Czech or in Slovak.
  • The judges will question you after each presentation and will also give you feedback where possible.
  • Up to ten finalists will be chosen from the 2 regional heats
  • The finalists go through to a MASTERCLASS and then go to the FINAL. At the national final you will be asked to give a second 3 minute presentation.
  • An audience will be present and vote for the audience prize. 

Who are the judges

Our judges have background in:

  • Science
  • Science communication
  • Media
  • FameLab (former finalists)

What will I win?

  • The finalists will win a 2-day Masterclass in science communication. You will work with science communicators and media trainers to develop your media and presentation skills.
  • The overall FameLab winner chosen at the Final in Prague will attend the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK and represent the Czech Republic in the FameLab International competition.
  • The winners will receive various prizes including an Audience Prize and special Awards.
  • Each candidate will have the opportunity to meet other science enthusiasts and gain access to the FameLab Czech Republic and FameLab International networks.
  • Laureates may be invited by our national partners (Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic, Czech Centres, Tomas Bata Foundation, Adeto, Czech Academy of Sciencies) to take part in public engagement in science events in the Czech Republic.
  • But most of all you will definitely win the appreciation of the audience for your passion for science!