Famelab is an annual UK-wide competition to find the new faces of science communication. It is run by Cheltenham Science Festival and was founded by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Participants have three minutes to engage a general audience with science using no powerpoint, though props and visuals are allowed. Heats are run across the UK in around nine localities in November/December and finalists from each of these proceed to a national final the following April.

Aberdeen FameLab training and heats will run on the 8rd December 2015 between 16:00 and 18:00, at Satrosphere Science Centre. Staff and Students from the University of Aberdeen please visit coursebookings for more details and to sign up. If you are not at the University of Aberdeen and wish to participate please contact Sonia.Watson@satrosphere.net 

Finals have taken place at the Cheltenham Science Festival and, in 2013, on the London West End Stage. The winner and runners up at the overall final receive cash prizes while all finalists are given masterclasses in science communication by some of the UK's experts in the field.

The University of Aberdeen hosts one of the Scottish regional heats with the University of Edinburgh hosting the other. We also put into place a mentoring programme for our staff and students with Satrosphere  encouraging participation. Key content includes:-

  • Putting across your message in an engaging manner within a 3-minute time constraint.
  • Considering the structure of the routine and the use of language including awareness over use of jargon, acronyms and complex terms.
  • Tips and hints on giving a good performance including physical behaviour and interacting with the audience
  • Use of props and metaphors in the delivery to help establish key messages

Aberdeen FameLab training and heats will run on the 8rd December 2015 between 16:00 and 18:00, at Satrosphere Science Centre. Staff and Students from the University of Aberdeen please visit coursebookings for more details and to sign up. If you are not at the University of Aberdeen and wish to participate please contact Sonia.Watson@satrosphere.net