Famelab 2021
Our search for talent, creativity and science is on. #Famelab is back!


FameLab is an international scientific talks competition designed to nurture the communication of science via new ways of engaging with society involving all those working in the field in one way or another, so as to find the new voices of science worldwide.

The project began in 2005 at Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK and has quickly become established as an international benchmark, now being held in more than 25 countries round the world thanks to its partnership with the British Council.

FameLab is intended to inspire and motivate young scientists and engineers to actively popularise their fields of work via an innovative format – stand-up talks, in direct contact with the public.

The Spanish FameLab competition, being held here for the nineth time in our country, is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).


1st Phase

Shortlist and selection

Videos will be sent in, after which an initial selection will be made of participants to go on to the second phase based on their video performances.

2nd Phase

On-line meeting


An online meeting will be set up for selected participants in the first stage.  At this first meeting participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other as well as  perform their monologues in front of peers.

3rd Phase

Finalists selection

Those selected at the first phase will receive personal training during a weekend working session in Madrid.

At the second session participants will perform their monologues in front of a designated jury. This jury will select the participants who will continue to the next stages.

4th Phase



The chosen finalists of FameLab España 2021 will take part in a two-long masterclass given in English by experts in communication techniques to improve their speaking technique and enhance their communication skills.

5th Phase

National Final


The national final will be held in Madrid in September 2021 with a public talk given live in front of a jury. The jury will select the three best participants and the best of them will represent Spain in the international final at Cheltenham Science Festival.

6th Phase

International final

The Spanish representative will participate in the FameLab International final at Cheltenham Science Festival (Autumn 2021).

The bodies involved in rolling out FameLab are: 

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, F.S.P. (FECYT, from its Spanish initials) is a public foundation under the Ministry of Science and Innovation. FECYT was founded in 2001 with the aim of promoting scientific research of excellence as well as the development and technological innovation necessary to increase the competitiveness of Spanish industry and improve the quality of life of citizens, encouraging collaboration between agents involved in R & D and the dissemination and communication of research and innovation results.

The British Council is the United Kingdom's organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries.

Alejandro Sánchez, ganador de Famelab 2020

El ingeniero aeroespacial Alejandro Sánchez se impuso al resto de participantes con el monólogo “Marineros del siglo XXI”, en el que explica cómo funciona el sistema GPS. Este alicantino de 24 años acaba de terminar un Máster en Navegación por Satélite y Telecomunicaciones con el que ha descubierto técnicas que permiten incrementar la seguridad en vuelo.