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

How to register?

Registration for Famelab India 2017 is now closed.

Regional Science Communication Workshop Dates

There will be a two and a half day residential science communication workshop arranged for all shortlisted applicants. It will be jointly delivered by UK and Indian facilitators. 

Region Dates Venue
South India 27 to 29 November 2016 University of Kerala
East India 04 to 06 December 2016 KIIT Bhubaneswar
North India 8 to 10 December 2016 IIT Delhi
West India 13 to 15 December 2016 IIT Bombay

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.

Why is science communication important?

Science is part of almost every aspect of our lives. Although we rarely think about it, science makes extraordinary things possible. It tells us about the past, helps us with the present, and creates ways to improve our future.

Communicating science accessibly and attractively to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. By doing so they not merely change the common stereotype of the scientist as 'the geek in the white lab coat busy doing strange things', but also justify public funding for their research.

What does the UK have to offer?

The UK is the world leader in the area of science communication – there are academic programmes in the field and a number of annual, exciting science festivals. Science Communication is a recognised profession and the UK’s experience in science communication has changed the way the media report on scientific topics.

One of the biggest prizes for all FameLab finalists is the opportunity to attend a science communication masterclass lead by the best UK trainers in this area.

What happens at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival?

The Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts, produced by Cheltenham Festivals. It is a rare opportunity for the public to come face-to-face with around 300 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers. The festival promises a mix of serious debate, live experiments and surprising discoveries.

Every year breaks yet another record with numerous scientists from around the globe heading to Cheltenham for the FameLab International Final. Finalists from across the world compete to see who is the most exciting, accessible and charismatic science communicator.

Countries that participated in FameLab International 2016

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