FAMELAB® South Africa

Overview

FameLab® is an international science communication and public speaking competition that promotes science and technology by creating a platform for young scientists to find their voices and reach public audiences. Within the context of government’s commitment to science engagement through the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Engagement Framework, FameLab speaks to key strategic aims in developing science communication and promoting and popularising science for public audiences.

Entry requirements

Direct entries or video entries by young scientists aged between 21 and 35, working or studying in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. Entry registration forms and competition rules can be downloaded from www.britishcouncil.org.za.

Host

FameLab® is an initiative of Cheltenham Science Festival, United Kingdom. The British Council, in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa, coordinates the FameLab competition in South Africa.

Benefits

The purpose of FameLab is to provide a platform for scientists and researchers to nurture their public speaking skills, especially researchers from historically disadvantaged communities who lack opportunities for public engagement to develop these skills. Participants benefit by enhancing their communication and presentation skills through competition and training; being part of multi-disciplinary science discussions by networking with other scientists from diverse disciplines in South Africa and internationally; and being part of the growing community of passionate scientists on an international scale. In addition, partner organisations benefit by identifying and nurturing science communication talent; building capacity for science engagement and professional communication within their organisations; and profiling their work in scientific development and innovation.

Target

Young scientists aged 21 to 35, studying or working at a South African institution in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or innovation. In addition, other institutions, science councils, science/engineering associations or organisations are invited to host their own heat.

How it works

Young scientists aged 21 to 35, studying or working at a South African institution in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or innovation. In addition, other institutions, science councils, science/engineering associations or organisations are invited to host their own heat.

Cost

Free entry to all participants.

Awards

In addition to a cash prize of R5,000, the winner of FameLab SA wins an all-expenses paid trip to the UK to participate in the international finals. Two runnersup are awarded a cash prize of R2500 and 20 semi-finalists received book vouchers to the value of R500 each. As an added benefit, all participants can develop their science communication skills through workshops that are hosted at various stages of the FameLab competition implementation.

Competition timelines

Heats run from July to March the following year. The Masterclass and semi-finals are hosted in March; the national finals between April and May; and the international finals are hosted at the beginning of June each year.

For more information ,go to :

Anisa Khan

(011) 560 9312

Robert Inglis

(033) 342 9382

Joanne Riley

(012) 392 9349