FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world.
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 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.
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.
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 and Research and Innovation Foundation of 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.