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Let’s talk science!

The international outreach and engagement competition FameLab is back! Do you, as a up-and-coming scientist, want toinspire people to see the world from a new perspective? Now is your chance! FameLab participants each get three minutes to tell their reserach story, without the use of PowerPoint. A jury will judge the presentations on the three C's: Content, Clarity and Charisma. They will pick the two most inspiring scientists of the evening.

On March 5, 2020 the regional final of FameLab, the science communication competition, takes place. Sign up now!

If you don't want to participate, but you are curious about the stories of the scientists, then join us! Support the participants during their presentation as audience. You can reserve your ticker here!

Date: Thursday March 5 2020

TIme: 20:00-22:30

Location: Het Kasteel 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.

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.

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

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. 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.


The road to Cheltenham

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
24/25 April:                          Two-day, expensed paid Masterclass by FameLab

1 3 May:                                 National Finals Netherlands

2-7 June:                                International Finals during Cheltenham Science
                                                Festival, England

Winners of the National Finals win an expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival 2-7 June 2020 where 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

Attending FameLab? We are also hosting a 3 minute thesis competition together with Groningen Graduate Schools which will be held on March 11th, 2020. Why not attend both?

News overview FameLab

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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