NUI Galway Scientists Sign up for FAMELAB

Feb 04 2016 Posted: 09:56 GMT

First time a regional heat has been held in Galway

Ten NUI Galway scientists will battle it out for a place in the national final of FAMELAB, the largest science communication competition in the world. This is the first time ever that a regional heat for the international competition has been held in Galway. The competition will be held on Tuesday, 9 February, at An Taibhdhearc Theatre at 7pm and is free to attend.

The ten scientists come from a variety of backgrounds, from a Professor of Mathematics to a researcher in medical device design. Presentations will answer a range of questions from ‘Can biomaterials fix a broken heart?’ to ‘Will we use light to control the brain?’ to ‘How can coral reefs survive in cold, wet Ireland?’.

The competing scientists will be given a total of three minutes each to explain their research, or any scientific concept, as clearly, simply and charismatically as possible, to a public audience and a panel of judges. This will be followed by three minutes of questions from the judges and the audience. Scientists are given the instruction that they can use ‘only what they can carry with them onto the stage’ to help illustrate their stories.

Two finalists will be announced on the night and will be sent forward to a communications master class in Dublin on 19-20 March. They will then compete in the Irish final of FAMELAB which will be held in the Science Gallery in Dublin on Thursday, 7 April.

The overall national winner will attend the Cheltenham Science Festival, UK in June 2016 and will compete in the FAMELAB International finals.

The judges include:

  • Professor Dónal Leech, Dean of NUI Galway’s College of Science
  • Michelle Ní Chróinín, Press Officer, NUI Galway
  • Dr Miriam Haughton, Lecturer, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway
  • Brendan Smith, Education and Community Outreach Officer, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway

To attend FAMELAB please register at Follow the Galway competition on @FameLab_Galway.


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