Katarina Cisarova, a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, wins the Swiss FameLab competition 2017. Katarina comes from Slovakia but studied molecular biology in Italy and bioinformatics at the University of Lausanne. In her PhD she focusses on bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data of patients suffering from rare degenerative eye diseases and rare forms of eye cancer. Katarina will represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition in Cheltenham in June.
Ten finalists from six different countries and seven different universities and institutions participated in the Swiss FameLab final in Basel. Their contributions were evaluated by a jury consisting of Sina Henrichs, Vanya Loroch and Jennifer Fowlie. Jennifer was one of a number of former FameLab participants present at the event: Oskari Vinko, Ossama Khalaf and Jana Linnick just to name a few.
The Swiss radio station SR DRS 3 reported on the FameLab Final in their Input program "Science goes public".
After the great success of FameLab competitions in more than 15 countries across 3 continents, Switzerland has now decided to come aboard. In this competition in science popularisation, young scientists from the public and private sector have 3 minutes to present their research in an entertaining and original way, understandable to a broad audience. Winners of the regional competitions in Zurich and Geneva will receive prizes and attend a weekend workshop in science communication, which will prepare them to convince the judges and audience at the national finals in Zurich.