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 30 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and also the US. Globally more than 8,000 people have taken part in FameLab competitions

In Spain, six 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.

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and the British Council Spain are launching the seventh edition of Famelab España 2018, 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: Participation and selection – Those interested can take part via the competition Website from Wednesday 28 November 2018 until 31st January 2019. 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-final – Those selected at the first phase will have a personal encounter for training purposes in Madrid. In Spring there will be a semi-final for those selected in a public event.
  • 3rd stage: MasterClass - Those selected for the final of Famelab España 2019 will take part in a Masterclass which will take place on a weekend. The masterclass will be 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 - The national final will take place in May 2019 in Madrid. 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 2019). 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.