British Council announced the winners of the 6th FameLab National Competition held in Qatar, one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world, following the national finals in the country which was held on 4 October 2021. 

FameLab was initiated by Cheltenham Science Festivals in the UK, and brought to Qatar by the British Council in partnership with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – a member of Qatar Foundation – and supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The winner of the adult category will go on to represent Qatar in the online international FameLab finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom.

FameLab

FameLab is a competition for scientific communication where the participants present scientifically proven ideas to a general public audience in just three minutes. The judging is based on clarity, scientific content and performance on stage. The participants in FameLab are divided into two categories: students (school students from 15 years old) and adults (including teachers and researchers).

Nearly 300 participants took part in this year’s FameLab competition, all were trained to compete to reach the finals. Twenty participants who made it to the finals received intensive science communication training delivered by experienced and qualified international science communicators from the UK. More than 200 people watched the finals. The winners were announced at the end of the ceremony.

Students Category Winner Khalid Fahd
Students Category Winner Khalid Fahd
Adults Category Winner Fatima Omar
Adults Category Winner Fatima Omar

Students’ category winners

  • 1st Place: Khalid Fahd (Qatar Science and Technology Secondary School for Boys)
  • 2nd Place: Justen Pacer (Philippine School)
  • 3rd Place: Zainab Ladha (The Next Generation School) 

Adults’ category winners

  • 1st Place: Fatima Omar (University of Birmingham)
  • 2nd Place: Muhammad Umar Jamil (Texas A&M University)

Omar will represent Qatar at the international finals at Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

British Council Qatar Director Sam Ayton said she is delighted at the overwhelming response that FameLab has had again in Qatar this year. She said that their success is the fruit of outstanding collaboration with strategic partners, QNRF and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

According to QNRF Executive Director Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, the contestants applying to the FameLab competition year by year have been impressive with their talent and passion, and this year is no different.

Their performance in the national finals and achievements at the international stage is a testament to the success of the national level efforts to promote STEM education in Qatar.

Dr Al-Taie said that over the past six years, FameLab has helped them identify effective and engaging science communicators who will go on to play an important role in Qatar’s journey towards becoming a leading international centre of scientific research and development.

We are grateful to the British Council for joining us in offering this unique competition in Qatar and to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for supporting our capacity-building efforts.

I congratulate all the contestants participating this year and wish the adult category winner all success in the international finals.

 Visit britishcouncil.qa for more information about the FameLab National Competition in Qatar. 


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