What is FameLab?

What is
FameLab ?
FameLab is an exciting competition for young researchers
What is the aim of FameLab ?
The aim is to find the new faces of Science in Switzerland
What do you have to do ?
Impress the judges by giving an original and entertaining 3 - minute talk in English
What should you keep in mind when preparing the talk ?
The talk should be scientifically accurate and understandable to a lay audience
Who can participate :
All nationalities of scientists, researchers and science teachers between 18 and 35 years of age working or studying in Switzerland

The FameLab competition started in 2005 from an original idea at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Its purpose is to nurture the communication of science by identifying and training talented young people working in science. Through an innovative format, FameLab encourages scientists to inspire and excite the public with a vision of 21st century science. It supports these young scientists in developing ideas and presentation skills for broadcast and general audiences. The goal is to give an entertaining and original 3-minute talk that is scientifically accurate and engaging.

The competition is comprised of the following phases:

  • Local Heats – Selection of participants from individual universities
  • Master Class – A master class is given by UK communication experts in order to train the 10 semi-finalists in oral expression. Only semi-finanlists who have attended the master class will go on to the national final.
  • National Final – A maximum of 10 finalists compete before a jury and the public. Both select a winner. The Swiss national winner selected by the jury will represent Switzerland at the international FameLab final in the UK.
  • International Final – International final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Thanks to a partnership with the British Council, FameLab went global in 2007, with competitions now held in 22 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US. Globally more than 3,800 people have taken part in its competitions. The University of Zurich and CERN partnered with the British Council Switzerland in 2011/12 to bring FameLab to Switzerland, and the event now includes participants from the University of Geneva, University of Berne, EPFL and the ETH.

Read more about recent FameLab heats in Zurich and Geneva.