If you think you can explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just three minutes, then why not enter FameLab? You could become the new face of science, represent Cyprus at the FameLab International  final in the UK, and open doors to global opportunities in science communication!

FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world.

FameLab is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders. Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.

UK involvement

The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. 

Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.

History

Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 FameLab has grown into the world leading science communication competition.

The partnership with the British Council, begun in 2007, has seen the competition go global, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. 2014 sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition.

FameLab in Cyprus

Based on the highly successful FameLab® UK model, FameLab® Cyprus is a national talent competition to find the best new talent in science communication. The winner of FameLab® Cyprus will then represent Cyprus in the FameLab® International competition held in Cheltenham, UK in 2019.

Originally created by the UK’s Cheltenham Science Festival, the idea of the competition is to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the general public. FameLab Cyprus is organized by the British Council in partnership with SciCo Cyprus. 

In Cyprus, FameLab has been running since 2011 and already boasts an amazing network of 77 science communicators, all skilled and committed to sharing their work and knowledge with public audiences nationally and internationally.

Successes at the International Competition: First prize in 2011 with Mrs. Myrtani Pieri and shared second prize in 2012 with Mr. Ioannis Karypidis.

Cyprus Competition

The aim of FameLab

The aim of is to encourage scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to inspire and excite public imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century. We are searching for the new faces of science in Cyprus, who will be able to develop their ideas and presentation skills for a TV and non-specialist audience.

What will happen

Entrants have three minutes to impress the judges and the public by giving an entertaining and original oral presentation that is scientifically accurate and also engaging to a non-scientific audience. At the national level the presentation is preferable to take place in English, since English language is a requirement of the international competition. However the jury may consider applications with presentations into national languages.

Who can enter

Participants must be 18 years old or above, citizens of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) or citizens of third countries legally residing in the area under the control of the RoC for the last 6 months prior to the submission of their application, pursuing studies or working in a scientific field in science, engineering or mathematics. Employees of the British Council, Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation or SciCo Cyprus and their immediate relatives are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Applications are welcome from

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over working in or studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine with a very good knowledge of the English language – Undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, professors, scientists and researchers are all welcome to apply!

May not be considered eligible

  •  press, journalists, people working in the media or public relations officers
  •  professional artists or performers
  • journalists or broadcasters (as their main or only job)
  • previous FameLab prize-winners (i.e. those who won first, second or third prize at the national final)

Applications

Find the Application Form (en) here.

For more information on Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Deadline for applications:  Friday 15 February 2019

Important deadlines

  • Deadline for applications:  Friday 15 February 2019
  • Short list of applications:  End of March 2019
  • Semi-final Dates: Thursday 18 April to Friday 19 April 2019
  • 2-Day Masterclass:  Saturday 4 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019
  • Final at CybC:  Wednesday 15 May 2019

The prizes

The ten finalists win a two-day ‘MasterClass’ in science communication lead by a qualified UK trainer, where they will learn media and presentation skills. The three top finalists will win first, second and third prize awards.

The overall FameLab® Cyprus winner will win an all expenses paid trip to the Cheltenham Science Festival in Cheltenham, UK to compete in the FameLab® International competition.

First Prize: 1000 euro

Second Prize: 500 euro

Third Prize: 250 euro

Contact us

To find out more about FameLab in Cyprus, please send an email to famelab.cyprus@gmail.com

More to watch

Many FameLab talks from the past five years are available on our Youtube channel

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