FameLab International is back this November, which will see researchers from the science, engineering, maths and technology fields representing 20 countries compete on the virtual stage to vie for the title of world’s best science communicator.
The pressure is on as each competitor will have just three minutes to communicate their specialist knowledge with the audience in an accessible and engaging way - and will be watched by a global audience as well as a panel of expert judges including geneticist and BBC presenter Giles Yeo, structural engineer Roma Agrawal and science rapper Jon Chase.
Battling it out in FameLab International 2020 are young researchers representing Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK.
In true international tournament style, the national representatives will first compete in semi final heats on 11-12 November, with the winners going head-to-head in the international final on 26 November which will be streamed on the Famelab YouTube.
FameLab is an international scientific talks competition which started up in 2005 from an original idea at Cheltenham Festival, with the main purpose of nurturing the communication of science by identifying, training and introducing new talents, new spokespeople working in science, with an innovative format: short scientific talks. Since 2007, thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab has gone global, with competitions now held in more than 30 countries. Globally more than 10 000 people have taken part in FameLab competitions.