FameLab, the international science communication competition for young scientists and engineers is launching in the Belgium for the first time in 2015 with the support of the Universities of Leuven, Ghent, Namur and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. With only three minutes to impress the judges, candidates can use whatever props they can carry to present their chosen subject to a live audience. Previous candidates have answered questions such as “Will we ever live on Mars?”, “Is 3D printing the second industrial revolution?”, and “Why do men have nipples?”. The closing date for applications is 3 April 2015.
The Walloon selections takes place on 18th of April in the Pedro Arrupe Amphiteatre of the Universite de Namur and is moderated by Andre Füfza, renowned Professor for Mathematics and Astrophysics. Panel members include amongst others Baudoin Jambe, Director within the Directorate general Economy, Employment and Research. The entertainment comes from TADAM (www.tadam.be). The Flemish selections take place on 23th of April at Het Pand in Ghent. In Ghent, the evening will be moderated by Lieven Scheire (comedian: Neveneffecten, Basta and De Laaste Show) and judges include Katleen Bracke (VRT) and Jeroen Reygaert (VRT).
Ten finalists chosen from the Walloon and Flemish heats win a 2-day Masterclass in science communication at The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, working with leading science communication professionals to develop their media and presentation skills, before going
The FameLab Belgium Finale on May 12 at the STUK (Leuven) is moderated by comedian Jeroen Baert. Stand-up comedian Henk Rijckaert, known from ‘Zonde van de zendtijd’, is part of the final judging panel including representatives from VRT.
The overall winner of FameLab Belgium travels to the UK in June to attend the Cheltenham Science Festival to take part in the FameLab International Final, competing against other finalists from 25 countries across the world, to see who will be crowned the 2015 FameLab International champion!
FameLab gives candidates the opportunity to:
- meet and connect with other science enthusiasts and become part of the FameLab Belgium and FameLab International networks;
- develop vital communication skills; and
- share their passion for science with the public.
What the participants say...
FameLab is fantastic, it opens a direct dialogue between scientists and the public, and I’m so glad to have been a part of it this year. Benelux finalist 2014 Padriac Flood beat nearly 2,000 scientists from 22 countries to be crowned the FameLab International Champion 2014
I had a chance to practice and improve my communication skills, meet unbelievable people, learn, laugh, be inspired and most of all have an amazing time. Myrtani Pieri, International Winner 2011
Since its birth at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab® has grown into arguably the world’s leading science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries across the world. Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council co-produce the FameLab International Final held at the Cheltenham Science Festival each June.
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