History of FameLab
FameLab started at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, and since then it has grown into one of the world’s leading science communication competitions. The aim of the competition is to find, develop and mentor young science and engineering communicators. The result is a celebrated alumni of young scientists and engineers able to get everyone ‘talking science’ in the media-intensive environment in which we live.
In 2007, a partnership established with the British Council saw the competition go global, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 31 different countrie with new countries taking part each year. Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Final, which is held at the Cheltenham Science Festival every year in June.
FameLab in Australia
The competition began in Australia in 2014 and has attracted a diverse and vibrant range of early-career researchers. FameLab has gone from strength to strength in Australia, with 170 researchers taking part in the competition to date.
In 2019, FameLab is being produced by the Foundation for the WA Museum.