Grand finale for science communication competition FameLab International

Categories: 2021 | News

Tags: Science Communication | FameLab

Dubbed the ‘World Cup of the science world’, FameLab International science communication competition is set to take place on 25 November.

This is the final time the competition created by Cheltenham Festivals will be delivered globally in partnership with the British Council. 

Researchers from the science, engineering, maths and technology field will connect online and compete on the virtual stage to vie for the title of world’s best science communicator.

The pressure is on as each competitor will have just three minutes to communicate their research with the audience in an accessible and engaging way - and will be watched by a global audience as well as a panel of expert judges:

  • Rogério Martins, Portugal: author and broadcaster 
  • Tara Shine, Ireland: environmental scientist and policy adviser 
  • Julia Wheeler, UK: journalist who regularly chairs events at Cheltenham Science and Literature Festivals

Judges and audiences alike will cast votes for their favourite talks and determine who will take home the glory and coveted title of international champion.

The ten international finalists are

  • Bozhidar Stefanov – assistant professor in chemistry at TU Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Alex Cloherty – PhD researcher in autophagy at Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands
  • Hugo Cui – PhD researcher in statistical physics of machine learning at EPFL, Switzerland
  • Jerzy Łątka – researcher at the Faculty of Architecture Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Letago Kgomoeswana – master’s student in climatology at North-West University, South Africa
  • Samantha Nixon – postdoctoral researcher in biomedical science at The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Eman Amer – dentist at the Ministry of Health, Egypt
  • Jesús Victorino Santos – genetics researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / CNIC, Spain
  • Danny Daniels – chief executive officer of Lombris, Mexico
  • Sirawit Ittisoponpisan – lecturer in bioinformatics at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

UK science communicator Greg Foot will present the upcoming International Final. Speaking on his role, Greg said:

‘It’s always a fun night hosting FameLab. It’s interesting and inspiring too as the short talks the finalists give are brilliant - entertaining, intriguing, and sometimes mind-blowing!’

‘Join us for the International Final - you will again get to vote for your audience favourite. And our judges will crown the FameLab 2021 International Champion!’

2021 marks the 15th and final year of the FameLab International competition created by Cheltenham Festivals and delivered globally in partnership with the British Council, involving over 40,000 participants and more than 200 partner organisations giving support to FameLab in over 40 countries.

Watch the FameLab International 2021 Online Final live on the FameLab YouTube channel on 25 November at 16.00 GMT.

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