What is FameLab?

FameLab is an international competition designed to engage and entertain by challenging young scientists to communicate their science to a public audience in under 3 minutes. Talks are fun and engaging, making science relevant to everyone, without using jargon or formal presentations. Talks are judged on content, clarity and charisma.

Who can enter?

Entrants must be 21 to 35 years of age and currently registered, studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in South Africa.

Why should you enter?

Enhance your presentation skills through competition and training by some of the world’s best science communicators.
Network with scientists from diverse disciplines.
Be part of the growing community of passionate scientists, from around the world. Get noticed – put your science on a national and international platform.

How can you enter?

There are multiple heats taking place around the country. Register online to participate at an institutional or public heat, by completing the registration form. Visit https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab for more info.

Where are there heats?

Heats are running between August 2020 and August 2021. The institutional heats are organised by partner organisations for the representatives of that institution. Open heats are open to all, regardless of institutional affiliation. Each heat is preceded by a science communication and public speaking workshop in order to develop skills, prepare participants and instil confidence. See below a list of upcoming virtual workshops and heats for 20/21 cycle:

SAASTA-sponsored Open Heats:

• Northern Regional Heat – University of Limpopo and University of Venda – 16 & 17 February. 
• Central Regional Heat – Central University of Technology, University of the Free State and institutions from Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal – 2 & 3 March.
• Southern Regional Heat – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and other institutions from the Eastern and Western Cape – 16 & 17 March. Click HERE for registration.
• Internal NRF Facility Heat – 24 March (participants must be affiliated to an NRF Facility)

If your institution is not hosting a heat, keep an eye on social media for announcements about how to register for SAASTA’s Open Heats.

Institutional heats:

• North West University – 10 and 11 February
• African Health Research Institute – 11 and 12 March
• Centre of Excellence in Mathematics and Statistical Sciences – TBC
• University of Witwatersrand – TBC
• UNISA – 11 and 12 August 2021

What can you win?

National winner will receive a R5 000.00 cash prize and the chance to represent South African in the FameLab International finals. National runners-up will win R2 500.00 cash prize each. Semi-finalists will receive science communication masterclass training delivered by world renowned trainers.

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