FameLab UK – are you the new voice of STEM?

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NI Science Festival is delighted to partner with Ulster University and Queen's University, Belfast as the NI National Hub for FameLab! FameLab is a brilliant competition to find the new voices of science, technology, engineering and maths. Could it be you?

We will run training for all applicants in preparation to take part in the Regional Final held in February 2024 as part of the NI Science Festival. Emer Maguire won the regional final and then the UK final in 2015 - check out her presentation here.

Regional winners go on to compete at a FameLab UK Final, hosted live at Cheltenham Science Festival. The FameLab UK winner will also represent the UK at the FameLab International Final.

Applications to take part in FameLab UK are open now and close on 15 December 2023.

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We are delighted to be part of the new FameLab UK Regional Hub Organisations for 2023-2024.

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How To Apply

Follow the link below to complete the application form.

Participant Application Form

Learn more about participating

You can access the downloadable participant Guide here.

Dates for Training

Training dates will be confirmed soon.

Please contact info@nisciencefestival.com for more information.

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Got a question? Have a look through our FAQs to see if we've answered your question here.

If you don't see your question, please feel free to get in touch with us at info@nisciencefestival.com

What are the aims of FameLab?

  1. Encourage and enable science-related researchers to communicate their work with the public in an engaging and exciting way
  2. Create an active, international community of science-related researchers who are confident and skilled in communicating their research with the public ​
  3. Facilitate an international network of trainers and institutions sharing resources, best practice and opportunities to support science communication
  4. Find and support the next generation of Cheltenham Science Festival speakers​

Am I eligible to apply?

FameLab is trying to find people who want to talk about their science, not the people who have already shifted into science communication or promotion as a full-time career.

  • Lecturers in science including social sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics or subjects, including specialist science teachers with a science degree.
  • Researchers who use existing research or meta-studies – they don’t have to be getting their hands dirty
  • People who apply science including social sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics – for example, patent clerks, statisticians, computer technicians, consultants to industry
  • Postgraduate students of science including social sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (over 21)
  • People who apply science including social sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics in the armed forces or government bodies
  • People who apply science including social sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics in industry or business

You can take a look at our FameLab UK Participant Guide for more information

What does a FameLab performance look like?

You can check out our very own Emer Maguire here talking about the science of love.

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