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 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 sitxth year running, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and the British Council España are launching a new 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: Shortlist and selection – Those interested can take part via the competition Website from 1st December 2017 until 1st February 2018. 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. There will be a semifinal for those selected in a public event and the jury.
  • 3rd stage: MasterClass: Those selected for the final of Famelab España 2018 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 2018 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 2018). 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.