What it is

FameLab is an international scientific talks competition which started up in 2005 from an original idea at Cheltenham Festival, with the main purpose of nurturing the communication of science by identifying, training and introducing new talents, new spokespeople working in science, with an innovative format: short scientific talks.

Since 2007, thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab has gone global, with competitions now held in more than 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and also the US. Globally more than 5,000 people have taken part in FameLab competitions

In Spain, three editions have already been held and have proved to be a complete success. They have filled theatres and have promoted a new scientific diffusion format that has made major inroads: the scientific talk, programmed by cultural organisations throughout the country.

For the fourth year running, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and the British Council España are launching a new edition of Famelab España 2016, with the collaboration of "la Caixa" Foundation.

The competition in Spain this year consists of the following stages (more details in the Rules Section):

  • 1st stage: Shortlist and selection – Those interested can take part via the competition Website from 24th November 2015 until 2nd February 2016. The organisers will then make an initial selection of participants who will then go on to the second phase, which involves video-recorded presentations.
  • 2nd stage: Preliminary encounter and semi-finals – Those selected at the first phase will have a personal encounter for training purposes in Madrid. If more than 16 candidates are selected because of their quality, two semi-finals will be arranged in two Spanish cities; this will take place between March and April 2016. If less than 16 candidates are selected, only one semi-final will be held.
  • 3rd stage: MasterClass: Those selected for the final of Famelab España 2016 will take part in a day-long Masterclass given in English by experts in communication techniques so as to polish up their oral expression and enhance their communication skills.
  • 4th stage: National final: National final in May 2016 in Madrid with a live presentation in public before the jury. The jury will select a winner to take part in the international final at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

  • 5th stage: International final: The Spanish winner will take part in the FameLab International final at the Cheltenham Science Festival (June 2016). More information on the festival at http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/

Famelab: the Olympics of scientific communication!


Photos of the semi-finals and final of Famelab España 2013 and 2014.