- Astha Singh
Communicating scientific research to the wider society requires skills and remains essential. It is an ‘art’ to be able to write about complex academic work and then to explain to ‘layman’ audience in a span of few minutes.
Here are the TOP 5 reasons why you should be a part of FameLab International
Number #5: Party Central for STEM Enthusiasts
At any FameLab semi-final you will find top researchers, science communicators, celebrity scientists and a plethora of friends and guests of the scientific community of the city; it definitely does make a party-hub for people who love Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If you are considered one of those ‘nerdy scientists’ who can’t seem to explain 5+ years’ worth of your hard work to people; this is the place for you!
Number #4: No Room for Jargon
FameLab requires you to present your research with charisma and clarity so that a 10 year old or even your grandmother could understand what you are talking about. It encourages scientists to put a narrative to their studies and explain what they found in an extremely compelling way. This also assists in selling your work to funders, incubators. So it might just help you nab that competitive grant!
Number #3: Attain ‘Celeb Status’
In 2017 FameLab, the Australian winner Dr Nural Cokcetin went on to becoming the runner up at the Cheltenham Festival International Final. Nural has since delivered a TEDx talk, presented TV programs and featured on national radio. FameLab Alumni are currently top science communicators worldwide, have founded science communication establishments or become leading researchers who are able to communicate effectively. So if you would like to gain that Science Celeb status and become famous, this may be your chance!
Number #2: Valuable Training
Some of the ‘before and after’ videos of FameLab Alumni from application to final presentation are awe-inspiring! Experienced trainers from across Australia and the UK provide bespoke coaching to participants. The winner walks away with a $1000 cash and a trip to the UK to strut your stuff on a global stage!
Number #1: Create Impact
Just like Nural Cokcetin from Australia, there are 30 international finalists who use FameLab to launch their own reputation at home. This vibrant network of scientists and engineers engage with international audiences and also interact with each other, broadening their horizons. The experience also demonstrates how impactful and meaningful their work is to society, and encourages STEM leaders of the future. Are you looking for meaning while you manually count a million samples in your lab or run 100s of data sheets into the analytical software? Here is your chance - go on and apply, it will be worth it!
The FameLab international science communication competition marks a decade in 2017. It has gone global in partnership with the British Council, in the USA with NASA and in Switzerland with CERN. FameLab International runs in over 30 countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa and each year provides hundreds of scientists the opportunity to share their novel research with the public. FameLab international is the largest science communication competition in the world and more than 7000 researchers have participated in it. In Australia, FameLab has entered into its 5th year with support of the partners and call to entry for 2018 is open until 16th Feb 2018. Semi-finals take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle and the national final 2018 will take place in Perth.