2016 winner Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, runner-up Noushin Nasiri and audience choice recipient Lucy Weaver ©

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FameLab is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.

UK involvement

The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. 

Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.


Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 FameLab has grown into the world leading science communication competition.

FameLab is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals in the UK. The British Council has license to deliver the competition in over 30 countries overseas. Since its birth at the Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into the world’s leading science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 9000 young scientists and engineers participating to date.

See the project in action.