FameLab 2018 - and the winners are....
On Wednesday 9 May ten young scientists competed in the FameLab National Final held at TivoliVredenburg. Jair Santanna from the University of Twente convinced the jury with a passionate and energetic story about cyber security. He will attend the Cheltenham Science Festival in June and will represent the Netherlands in the International (Semi) Final with winners from 27 countries from around the world. Marcel Eleveld from the University of Groningen won the Audience Award and will get a speaking slot at TEDx Alkmaar.
The ten Finalists in FameLab Netherlands were selected at five heats organised in partnership with the AMC/University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen/Science LinX, University of Twente and Wageningen University & Research. All Finalists participated in a Masterclass in Media and Science Communication hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, our national FameLab partner.
FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective… in just three minutes! Since its birth at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into arguably the world’s leading science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council (since 2007) made FameLab expand to 31 different countries. With more than 9000 young scientists and engineers participating so far.
Communicating science accessibly and attractively is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. FameLab helps young scientists acquire valuable skills to communicate their work to non-scientific audiences. By doing so, researchers not only challenge common stereotypes of scientists, but also help to justify public funding for their research.
FameLab in the Netherlands
FameLab started in the Netherlands in 2014 and already boasts an amazing network of 50+ science communicators, all skilled and committed to sharing their work and knowledge with public audiences nationally and internationally.
Do you have what it takes?
If you think you can explain a scientific concept to a general audience, in just three minutes, then why not enter? You could become the new face of science, represent the Netherlands at the FameLab International finals in the UK, and open doors to national and global opportunities in science communication!