FameLab International Final 2017

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FameLab International Final 2017

FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations.

Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about the latest resear

This year, Tshiamo Legoale, a geologist from South Africa, became the FameLab 2017 International Champion and Audience Vote Winner at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 8 June. 

The winning talk revolved around how plants can absorb specific metals from the environment into their tissues and how this process can be used to literally harvest gold from wheat.

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FameLab winner

'FameLab is fun! It’s educative, informative and a challenge. It challenges you as a person, as a scientist, and as a communicator. And best, it turns you into a communicator if you aren’t one.' 

Tshiamo Legoale

Two runners-up took second place: Nicole Tanner (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) representing Hong Kong and Nural Cokcetin (University of Technology Sydney) representing Australia.

Hundreds of people watched the final live at the Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham. The judges were Ellen Stofan (former Chief Scientist at NASA), Jim Al-Khalili (theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster) and Tim Slingsby (Director of Skills and Education at Lloyd's Register Foundation).

You can find out more about the FameLab competition, here.