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Let’s talk science!

On March 28, 2019 the regional final of FameLab, the science communication competition, takes place. Come support your favorite science communicator!

Date: Thursday March 28 2019

TIme: 20:00-22:30

Location: University Museum Groningen


FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective… in just three minutes! Since its birth at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into a worldwide science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council (since 2007) made FameLab expand to 31 different countries. With more than 9000 young scientists and engineers participating so far.

Communicating science accessibly and attractively is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. FameLab helps young scientists acquire valuable skills to communicate their work to non-scientific audiences. By doing so, researchers not only challenge common stereotypes of scientists, but also help to justify public funding for their research.

Tips, tricks and criteria

In order to prepare your three-minute-talk the British Council has compiled a couple of handy tips, tricks and criteria.

FameLab Netherlands

FameLab takes place at 6 universities in the Netherlands. In Groningen it is organized by the University of Groningen. In preparation for the regional heat the University of Groningen offers two training sessions to the participants to further develop their three-minute-talk. At the regional FameLab heats two winners are selected to go on to the national FameLab heat. In preparation for the national heat another two day training session is offered. The winner of the national FameLab heat will go on to the international heat during the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Toastmasters training


1 February 2019           deadline application

8 February 2019           selection day (in case of too many applicants)

19 February 2019         first training (by Hakuna Matata)

Week 9/10                     second training (by Toastmasters and MindMint)

28 March 2019              FameLab final Groningen

April 2019                      Training for finalists in the national final

May 2019                       FameLab national final

June 2019                       FameLab international final

Attending FameLab? We are also hosting a 3 minute thesis competition together with Groningen Graduate Schools which will be held on March 13th, 2019. Why not attend both?

News overview FameLab

Chemistry rules at FameLab Groningen
When:14 March 2018

On Thursday 8 March ten young scientists gathered at Groninger Forum for the regional heat of FameLab Netherlands, the annual international science communication competition organized by the British Council. The aim was to share their passion for science with the audience in a three-minute presentation.

FameLab Groningen: The Force in your cells and kind chickens
When:14 March 2017

FameLab gives young researchers just three minutes to inspire people to see the world from a different perspective. The regional qualifier in Groningen was on 9 March.

Passionate about science? Famelab needs you!
When:02 November 2016

The university of Groningen will host FameLab, the international science communication competition for young scientists.

FameLab: juryprijs voor uitdijing heelal, publieksprijs naar Groningen.
When:26 April 2016

Welke wetenschapper kan het beste zijn onderzoek uitleggen aan het publiek? Daar gaat het om bij FameLab, een internationale wedstrijd waaraan honderden jonge onderzoekers uit meer dan 25 landen aan meedoen.

Spin waves and free will win FameLab qualifying round
When:12 February 2016

Report on the Groningen qualifying round of FameLab, the international competition for young scientists who want to explain their work to the general public.

Come and watch FameLab
When:02 February 2016

Come and watch the Groningen heat of FameLab 2016, on 11 February!

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