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.
The first Swiss FameLab final took place in the bar bookshop sphères in Zurich. The ten best young scientists from Geneva/Lausanne and Zurich competed for the first prize: a performance at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.
The first FameLab competition took place at the theater hall of the University of Zurich on Saturday, 14th of January. Of the nine candidates, 5 were selected to participate in the weekend masterclass in science communication in Hotel Worbenbad near Biel: Bechara Saab, Sinead Griffin, Aditi Maheshwari, Fabio Ugolini and Fabian Jenny. Fabian Jenny, a PhD student in Molecular Life Sciences won the FameLab Zurich with his presentation that related fly research with novel insights in cancer signaling.