20 young scientist have registered for the Swiss FameLab semi-finals planned in Lausanne on 29 March and in Zurich on 30 March. Originally the participants come from all over the world, including countries outside of Europe such as New Zealand, China, South Africa, Russia and the USA. But of course we also have European contestants!
Ossama Khalaf, PhD student at the EPFL, won the Swiss FameLab competition 2016 and represented Switzeraland at the international FameLab competition in Cheltenham.
In september 2016 he also participated in the "Hall of FameLab" and won the jury and the audience awards. Hall of FameLab is an annual spin-off event of FameLab held at the Natural History Museum, London in front of a live audience. The event is part of a larger night of science communication called Science Uncovered.
Oskari Vinko a masterstudent of the ETH Zurich wins the Swiss and the International FameLab competition 2015!
In Cheltenham Jennifer Fowlie competed against 23 FameLab finalists from countries all over the world including South Africa, Egypt, Hong Kong, Australia, Romania and South Korea. Unfortunately she didi not make it to the international final.
At the Swiss FameLab final 2014 in Moods in Zurich nine participants competed for the possibility to represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition. The Scottish physicist Jennifer Fowlie (University of Geneva) was selected by the jury to travel to the Cheltenham Science Festival in June. The audience prize went to Simone Bottans.
Ten Swiss finalists participated in the FameLab master class that was held together with the national finalists from the French FameLab competitions. The master class offered the finalists specialist communication training and this was conducted by the two British professionals Quentin Cooper and Timandra Harkness.
For the Swiss semi-final in Geneva which took place on 27 March in the Globe at CERN, sixteen participants registered. The jury awarded the first prize to Philippe Kobel. Giovanni Porcellana and Jennifer Fowlie were the winners of the audience prize.
Thirteen young researchers participated in the Swiss semi-final in Zurich on 19 March 2014 in bQm. Jon Ashley from the University Hospital in Basel was selected by the jury as number one. Daniele Scopece from EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology) received the audience award.
Twenty-one finalists participated at the FameLab semi-finals in Cheltenham on 6 June 2013. Unfortunately the Swiss candidate Donal Hill did not make it to the international FameLab final.
Didac Carmona, a biochemist, born in Spain and researching in Austria, has won FameLab International 2012.
During the final, Didac impressed the panel and captivated the audience with his pitch on programmed cell death. His talk included suicidal cells shooting, stabbing and exploding themselves all for the good of the organism.