Osakari, 2015 FameLab International winner accepting the prize on stage
The 2015 FameLab International winner, Osakari, on stage accepting the prize ©

FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world!

If you think you can explain a scientific concept in just three minutes, and are interested in developing your presentation and communication skills, FameLab is for you!

Communicating science to a lay audience is a growing priority for researchers worldwide. Indeed, the involvement of public audiences in designing research pathways has huge benefits in achieving successful outcomes and is increasingly recognised as a very important aspect of research agendas.

FameLab helps STEM workers acquire valuable skills to communicate their work accessibly and attractively to a non-scientific audience. The competition offers contestants training masterclasses, which focus on presentation and communication skills and aim to empower individual scientists and researchers in speaking about their work.

What's more? If you’re chosen as the winner of FameLab India, you could find yourself travelling to the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK to represent India at the FameLab International grand final!


Eligibility criteria

We welcome:

Anyone between the age of 20 and 40 years as of 1 June 2016, who is:

  • A student of science, mathematics or engineering
  • A scientist or researcher
  • A lecturer in science, mathematics and engineering subjects
  • Applying science, mathematics and engineering in Industry or Government

We cannot accept:

  • Press of PR officers even for science-related organisations
  • Artists who work on science-related themes
  • Performers whose shows are about science or engineering
  • Science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly in public
  • Journalists and broadcasters
  • Non-specialist school teachers

Why should you participate?

The aim of FameLab is to encourage scientists to inspire and excite the public’s imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century. 

Participants will benefit from the following:

  • Learning why public engagement is important
  • Enhancing your communication and presentation skills
  • Training by expert UK communicators in an exclusive 2-day masterclass
  • Networking with like-minded individuals during, and after, the competition
  • Joining a unique alumni network of thousands of FameLabbers
  • Meeting people from many different scientific fields
  • Social Scientists

Zonal Final Winners


10 December, British Council Office, Delhi

Bhavya Khullar, Noida

Priyanka Dasgupta, New Delhi

Vatika Gupta, Ghaziabad


30 November, University of Kerala

Gayathri Sankar, Thiruvananthapuram

Prabahan Chakraborty, Bangalore

Rini Sharon, Chennai


7 December, KIIT Bhubaneshwar 

Manjishtha Bhattacharya, Kharagpur

Priyanka Talukdar, Guwahati

Samriddhi Bhutani, Kolkata


16 December, IIT-Bombay

Mayur Bonkile, Mumbai

Ravina More, Pune

Sumeet Kulkarni, Pune

Winners from the National Finale

The three National Final winners will represent India to battle it out  at the FameLab International Grand Finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017

  1. Mayur Bonkile, Mumbai - Winner
  2. Rini Sharon, Chennai - First runner-up
  3. Sumeet Kulkarni, Pune - Second runner-up 

FameLab background

  • Cheltenham Festivals began FameLab in the UK in 2005 but, with British Council involvement since 2007, the programme is now truly international, taking place in 27 countries in 2016. 
  • National FameLab programmes currently run in Australia, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam. 
  • There is growing, unprecedented global FameLab network of 5000 multi-disciplinary, multi-national, early-career researchers, connected with research, industry and education networks, that are helping to address the issues of diversity and mobility (including social mobility) to support the future growth of the STEM pipeline and the wider social economic benefit this delivers. 
  • More than 200 local partners including ministries of education, ministries of science, universities, science foundations and academies already support FameLab, underlining its importance to science communication across the world.