2014 International FameLab at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.
2014 International FameLab at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

Applications for FameLab Australia 2015 closed on Friday 27 February 2015. 


The first thing to do is to identify an area of interest to you in your research that you think might work as an engaging presentation. This topic should be the subject of your online application and the presentation you’ll give at the State Heats, if you are selected to compete in them.

 If you are successful in making it to the National Final round, you will be asked to prepare a second presentation, which can be based on the same research, but must be sufficiently different to your first presentation.

If you are chosen to attend the FameLab International final in Cheltenham, you will need both these presentations up your sleeve.

To be considered for the first round of FameLab Australia, you must register, using the online application form (There will be a link to it at the bottom of this page from Tuesday 27 January - Friday 27 January 2015).


On the application form, you’ll be asked to provide a link to a 3-minute video of you, pitching the research topic you think is the most compelling.

In your video pitch, you may convey your ideas using small props, song, dance… anything you think might help to get your message across in an engaging way, BUT you may NOT use electronic media. That means no slides, charts, printed images or PowerPoint displays. And try to keep the jargon to a minimum – an audience of non-scientists should be able to understand what you’re saying without having to hit the books first!

Your video should:

      • be up to 3 minutes long (content after this time limit will not be judged)
      • not include editing or special effects
      • feature no other people or excessive props
      • not contain any background music.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t worry too much about having a polished ‘performance’ in your video. We really just want to meet you and to see how passionate you are about science. Don’t stress, either, about the recording quality of your video – clips filmed in natural light, on your phone or iPad are fine.