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Let’s talk science!


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.

FameLab Netherlands

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
                                                 Fully digital

10 September :                      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

Winnaars FameLab: resistente bacteriën en evil cloners
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.

Meteorites and gut bacteria are the winners of FameLab 2019
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.

Chemistry rules at FameLab Groningen
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.

FameLab Groningen: The Force in your cells and kind chickens
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.

Passionate about science? Famelab needs you!
Posted on: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.
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.

Spin waves and free will win FameLab qualifying round
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.

Come and watch FameLab
Posted on:02 February 2016

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

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