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, Slovak or in English. The international final will be in English.

What are the stages? (Timeline)

FAMELAB CZECH REPUBLIC TIMELINE

  • February - March 2021
Registration closes 7 March 2021. Due to the covid-19 restrictions, we may not be able to run regional heats in their usual face-to-face form this year. Contestants may be asked to send us video entries instead. 
  • April 2021

Depending on the situation at the time, we will announce dates for regional heats or ask contestants to submit their video entries.

  • May - June 2021
Announcement of finalists.
MasterClass – weekend training for finalists (dates to be confirmed).
All selected finalists are expected to take part in the MasterClass training (combination of face-to-face and online learning) and the National Final in Prague. The winner of the National Final will go on to represent the Czech Republic in the FameLab International Final.
  • September 2021

 FameLab 2021 National Final in Prague (date to be confirmed).

  • November 2021

 FameLab International 2021 Final, Cheltenham, UK (date and form to be confirmed, depending on the situation closer to the time).

 

How do I enter?

Please fill in the registration form (below in Downloads section) by 7th March 2021 and send it to: dasa.sephton@britishcouncil.cz.

We will contact you by email to confirm the receipt of your application and provide further details about your participation in the competition.

What will happen at the competition

  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we may not be able to run in-person regional heats this year. Contestants may be asked to send us video entries instead.
  • Our panel of judges will watch either live presentations or video entries and select the national finalists.
  • On stage or in the video, contestants will have a maximum of 3 minutes in which to impress the judges. They will be looking for exciting and engaging talks that can be understood by general adult audience.
  • Minimal props are allowed, but PowerPoint presentations are not permitted. (Examples of successful FameLab talks: Youtube Famelab Channel videos). 
  • The three-minute talk will have to be either in Czech, Slovak or English.
  • Up to 10 finalists will be chosen.
  • The finalists go through to a MasterClass training weekend, after which they are asked to prepare another three-minute presentation for the National Final. Situation permitting, we are hoping to run the National Final in-person with a (probably limited) audience in September.
  • The audience / e-audience will vote for the audience / e-audience prizes. 

Who are the judges

Our judges have background in:

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

What will I win?

  • All national finalists will receive a two-day Masterclass in science communication – working with top science communicators and media trainers to develop their media and presentation skills.
  • The national FameLab winner (decided at the National Final in Prague) will attend the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK and represent the Czech Republic in the FameLab International Final. (Date and form to be confirmed)
  • There will also be several other prizes including the audience vote and special awards from FameLab sponsors and partners.
  • Each candidate will have the opportunity to meet other science enthusiasts and gain access to the FameLab Czech Republic and FameLab International networks.
  • Alumni may be invited by our national partners to take part in public engagement events both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
  • Appreciation of the audience (regardless whether live or online) for sharing information and your passion for science!

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