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Improve your skills with our expert sci-comm training PLUS you could win $1,000 and a trip to the UK to present at the international finals!

By taking part in FameLab you will gain invaluable communication skills, meet amazing like-minded people and become part of an increasingly exciting network of scientists and engineers able to clearly and imaginatively explain their science to the general public. The winner of the 2018 national final will also win $1,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the UK to take part in the international FameLab finals!

Communication training and masterclass

One of the greatest benefits of the competition is the comprehensive training sessions that are offered to ALL contestants who are invited to attend one of the live events in Australia.

The training sessions focus on developing media, presentation and communication skills and aim to empower individual scientists and researchers in speaking about their work to a wide range of audiences.

All FameLab semi-finalists will attend a half-day training session. This is followed in the evening by a public event where you will present your three minute talk to a supportive crowd (family, friends and fans all welcome!) and panel of judges.

If you are selected as a FameLab Australia finalist, we’ll invite you to travel to Western Australia, where you’ll join the other national finalists for a hands-on training masterclass with our esteemed UK-based International FameLab trainer. There, you will learn why public engagement is important, develop invaluable media and presentation skills, and get the opportunity to network with scientists from many different scientific fields. 

FameLab training focuses on:

  • performance and presentation tips
  • confidence-building
  • conquering stage fright
  • storytelling techniques
  • body language, and
  • how to translate your research into ‘plain English’


The Australian winner, runner-up and 'people’s choice' recipient will receive trophies at the Australian national final.

$1,000 AND a trip to the UK!

The overall national winner will receive $1,000 cash prize and will be invited to attend the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK to compete in the FameLab international final!

Here, a world of opportunities will be opened up as you network with fellow scientists from across the globe. Each participant will have the opportunity to meet other science enthusiasts and gain access to international networks.

Finally, you will undoubtedly win the appreciation of the audience for your incredible research and passion for science!