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.
Science communication is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. Science communication forms a bridge between society and science, and helps to spread knowledge and create interaction. 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.
Since the first Dutch edition of Famelab, the University of Groningen organises a preliminary round. 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. Eleven contestants have been selected for the 2020 national heat of the Netherlands. 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, which is unfortunately cancelled due to the covid-pandemic. The program and the timeline of the FameLab 2020 edition have been adapted.
Meanwhile, the national heat took place on 10 September. You can watch the national final and announcement of the winners via the British Council website.
The jury awarded the overall FameLab Netherlands prize to Liza Cornet from Leiden University. Liza will represent the Netherlands in the FameLab International Final in November 2020 and will be competing against 19 other national winners from across the world.
06 February: Deadline application for FameLab
20 February: Plenary training session at FSE
27 February: Feedback session
05 March: Local Finals Famelab, Groningen
March and April: Tailor-made training sessions for National Finals
End of June: Two-day Masterclass, all expenses paid by FameLab
: National Finals Netherlands
Fully digital, can be followed via livestream
Further information will be added
11-12 November: Semi-Finals
16 November: Announcement of Finalists
26 November: International Finals
Winners of the National Finals win an expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival 2-7 June 2020. Here you can meet FameLab participants from all over the world, engage with audiences and other science communicators, and immerse yourself in the vibrant festival programme. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the 2020 edition of the festival and the final have been adapted. Check the website of the British Council for the most recent updates.
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.
Attending FameLab? We are also hosting a 3 minute thesis competition together with Groningen Graduate Schools. Why not attend both?
News overview FameLab
|Posted on:||10 March 2020|
Het Kasteel te Groningen vormde donderdag 5 maart het decor voor de inmiddels traditionele wedstrijd in de wetenschapscommunicatie, FameLab. Elf onderzoekers stonden te popelen om hun wetenschappelijk onderzoek uit te leggen in een drie-minuten-presentatie zonder PowerPoint.
|Posted on:||04 April 2019|
The University Museum was the venue of this year’s Groningen heat of the international science communication competition FameLab, which took place on 28 March.
|Posted on:||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.
|Posted on:||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.
|Posted on:||02 November 2016|
The university of Groningen will host FameLab, the international science communication competition for young scientists.
|Posted on:||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.
|Posted on:||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.
|Posted on:||02 February 2016|
Come and watch the Groningen heat of FameLab 2016, on 11 February!