FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. It was initiated by Cheltenham Science Festivals in the UK, and has been brought to Qatar by the British Council in partnership with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Participants of FameLab are expected to deliver an entertaining and original three-minute talk about any scientific topic without using PowerPoint or other electronic presentation tools and with limited use of props. The talk must be scientifically accurate, but also engaging to a non-scientific audience.
Activities and Schedules:
Science Communication Skills Training (18 – 22 February)
A week-long science communication skills training in Arabic and English delivered by science communication trainers
Auditions (25 – 26 February)
Two-day search for the 12 finalists
FameLab Master Class (11 – 12 March)
Two-day advanced science communication training course delivered by one of the leading communicators in the UK
QNRF’s National Scientific Research Competition (14 March)
The national finals at the QNCC, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Winner of FameLab Qatar will win a trip to the UK to represent Qatar in the FameLab International Competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival, while the runners up will receive a cash prize to spend on science projects or research. More than 215 application forms have been received.
FameLab is aiming to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 in raising the level of participation in science and research. British Council and Qatar National Research Fund intend to build a culture that understands and supports the positive role science plays in economic and social growth, and to provide a platform for young scientists to present and share their ideas in a clear and simple way, as well as to support and develop science communication skills for students and teachers/faculty in schools and universities in Qatar. The target audience is school and university students, STEM teachers and professors, researchers and professionals.