In today’s Britit blog post we will be telling you about the exciting competition ‘Famelab’. We’ll also introduce you to the winner of the Polish Famelab finals who will be representing Poland in the global finals this June.
What is FameLab?
FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations.
Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about the latest research.
FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 7000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 40 different countries. Together Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Grand Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June.
In 2013 Cheltenham Festivals launched FameLab Academy in association with EDF Energy. FameLab Academy sees the competition entering secondary schools under the same ‘three minute’ model, increasing confidence and communication skills in students.
Famelab gives you a snapshot into the world of science and engineering and is dedicated to answering both bizarre and pertinent questions from ‘Why do men have nipples?’ to ‘Is nuclear energy a good or bad thing?’
The contestants are judged by the audience and by an esteemed panel of scientists, journalists, writers and public figures. Winners will be decided based on accurate and well-balanced content, the clarity of their communication and the presence of charisma. By engaging with the public, contestants have the chance to further their careers and open up future communication possibilities, enabling them to tear down barriers between science and the rest of society.
Introducing Poland’s representative…
Poland has been an active member of the Famelab competition since 2012
Out of all video entries from across Poland, 25 semi finalists were selected and took part in the semi-final stage of the competition
10 finalists received a 3-day science communication training and then competed at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw on the 13th May
After an entertaining final, Tomasz Sulej was announced as the winner. Tomasz is a palaeontologist and has led expeditions to Greenland, Russia and Tunisia. He has also identified new locations which have Triassic fauna in Poland and every year he organises study trips for students from all over Europe to the locations. Tomasz is also busy at home as he has four lovely children!
Famelab International Final LIVE
You can support Tomasz in the live Famelab final: www.facebook.com/FameLabInternational – on 8 June at 21.30 CET.