FameLab Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about FameLab. If you can't see what you're after here, please don't hesitate to contact us at enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au or on +61 2 9326 2022.

What do you mean by 'peer-reviewed' research?

We ask that the research you present for your FameLab application has been published and peer-reviewed at least two times. This way, we can be sure of it being 'good science'. If you are part of a research team or lab, you do not have to be the main author of the research. We do ask, though, that it is research you have been working on. If you have questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I am not an Australian citizen. Can I still enter FameLab?

Yes! We welcome applications from International (non-Australian Citizen) scientists who are currently working and studying in Australia. However, you must demonstrate a formal affiliation with an Australian institution on your application.

What am I expected to do in my presentation?

You should present an aspect of your research that you personally think makes an interesting story to a non-science audience and that you are personally excited about. You can be as creative in your approch to presenting it as you like, making sure that you DON'T include diagrams or Powerpoint presentations and that you DO remember to adhere to the three 'C's of FameLab - Content, Clarity and Charisma.

The best way to see what makes a great FameLab presentation is to watch videos of some of the International FameLab finalists from years past. 

Who are the judges?

At each State Heat and at the National Final, there will be a panel of judges that will include science and media experts, as well as representatives of the British Council and FameLab partners. We will announce who the judges will be here in the coming weeks.