The search for a new voice in science communication

A competition run by the British Council is offering the chance for science students and emerging scientists to meet and receive mentoring from a number of top industry names.

International competition ‘Famelab’, a joint initiative of the Council and Cheltenham Science Festival, aims to find the newest voice in science communication.

There are three stages to the competition; the first stage requires hopefuls to record and upload a three minute presentation on a science topic of their choice by March 3rd.

Judges will choose 15 submissions based on their strength of clarity, content and charisma.

During the second stage, these successful candidates will attend a weekend master class in science communication and make a live presentation to the Famelab judges with ten contestants progressing.

The third stage involves finalists presenting to a live audience as well as the judging panel.

The Famelab Ireland winner will be announced at this stage and he/she will go on to represent Ireland at the international Famelab finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

UCC PhD candidate Fergus McAuliffe won both the Irish and international competition in 2013. His presentation challenged human definition of life and death, using the biology of a wood frog.

Entrants must be 18 or over and studying or working in the areas of science, engineering, technology or maths.

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Aoife Geary 

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