FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. It is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.
Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.
Last year Belgium was part of the FameLab Benelux competition, and the Benelux winner, Padraic Flood, went on to win the International Final as well. This year, Belgium shall go it alone making it the first year of FameLab Belgium! FameLab Belgium is organised in partnership with our national partners KU Leuven and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The regional heats are organised in partnership with Universiteit Gent and Université de Namur.
FameLab International History
Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 FameLab has grown into the world leading science communication competition.
The partnership with the British Council, begun in 2007, has seen the competition go global, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. 2014 sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition.
Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.