FameLab Galway is Calling on Scientists and Science Enthusiasts

FameLab Galway 2020 winners pictured l-r: Elena Pagter, Helen Horkan and MC Fiona Malone. Photo: NUI Galway
May 10 2021 Posted: 14:38 IST

NUI Galway is calling on scientists and science enthusiasts to enter FameLab, the world’s largest science communication competition held in 30 countries. For the ninth year running, one of four regional FameLab Ireland heats will take place virtually in Galway on Thursday, 10 June.

With science becoming increasingly specialised, those working in the field can struggle to explain their projects to colleagues let alone to the general public. The FameLab competition, an initiative of the Cheltenham Science Festival, recognises this and challenges up and coming scientists, engineers and mathematicians to explain a complex idea in a simple and engaging way. By entering FameLab, participants will begin a journey with like-minded people, build their networks and expand skillsets essential for developing their career.

The Galway event is being managed by the British Council and NUI Galway, and forms part of the annual FameLab Ireland competition. The Galway competition is open to a range of people who apply, work on, teach or study science:

  • People who apply science, technology, engineering or mathematics in industry or business.
  • Those working on applying science, engineering, technology or mathematics (ranging from patent clerks, statisticians, consultants and industry).
  • People who apply science, technology, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies.
  • Lecturers and researchers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, including specialist science teachers with a science degree.
  • University students of science, technology, mathematics or engineering aged 18 and over.

Armed only with their wits and a few props, previous finalists in the FameLab Galway heat have delivered short three-minute pieces on pertinent science concepts. Expect to hear anything from why men have nipples, how 3D glasses work and is nuclear energy a good or bad thing? Presentations will be judged according to FameLab’s “3 Cs”: Content, Clarity and Charisma.

Winning contestants from FameLab Galway will attend a communication masterclass and participate in the FameLab Ireland final in September. The winner will represent Ireland at the online FameLab international finals. 

An initial information briefing will take place virtually on Thursday, 13 May from 12pm-1:30pm at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/famelab-galway-briefing-2021-tickets-150080668319.

To enter the FameLab Galway heat, please complete the online registration form https://www.britishcouncil.ie/famelab/enter-competition/apply by Tuesday, 1 June.

FameLab Galway online regional heat is partnered with NUI Galway, GMIT and a number of research centres: Insight, MET (Medical and Engineering Technologies), CÚRAM and Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Software at NUI Galway.

For further information about FameLab Galway contact event organiser, James Blackwell at james.blackwell@nuigalway.ie.


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