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Communicating science to a lay audience is a growing priority for researchers worldwide. By doing so, they not only change the common stereotype of the scientist as “the geek in the white lab coat”, but also justify funding for their research, and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

What Is FameLab International?

FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new faces of science across the world.

  • Open to anyone working in/studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths.
  • Competition format similar to talent shows on TV. Contestants have just three minutes to charm the audience and jury with clear scientific content.
  • Presentations are judged according to FameLab’s golden rule of the three Cs: Content Clarity and Charisma.
  • High profile partners around the world include NASA, CERN, Ministries of Education, Science centres and leading local universities.


FameLab® is a registered trade mark of Cheltenham Festivals. FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with NESTA.  Since 2007, thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab has gone global. We now deliver the competition in 31 countries across the world and co-produce the International Final.

How does FameLab work?

FameLab identifies trains and mentors young scientists to communicate clearly and effectively with the general public and the media. How does FameLab work?

  • 10 to 12 national finalists selected through heats held across the country
  • All national finalists get media and communication skills training (Masterclass) from UK and local experts
  • After the training there is a National Final to choose the country winner who will compete in the International Final in the UK
  • The International Final, during the Cheltenham Science Festival each June, brings together people from all over the world to share their passion for science. 

Who does FameLab reach?

  • 31 countries in 2017 (including Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Korea, Australia, Italy, Switzerland  and South Africa)
  • 200+ partner organisations
  • Approximately 7000 scientists and engineers in total have taken part  All engaged in a multi-disciplinary network with each other and with the UK
  • Over 250,000 video views on You Tube 3.5 million people watched the 2013 national final on online Egyptian TV

FameLab Netherlands

Since 2014 the Netherlands is taking part in FameLab as well. For the coming 2018 edition, the heats will be organised and hosted by 6 Dutch universities. The Masterclass is hosted each year by the national partner, the Netherlands Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW). More information and dates for the coming edition in the Netherlands can be found on the British Council Netherlands website