FameLab 2019 comes to the National Waterfront Museum

Swansea University's Public Engagement Forum will host the Swansea heat of FameLab 2019 at the National Waterfront Museum in partnership with Oriel Science Café.

The heat will take place on Wednesday, 30 January at 7.30pm and is a free event for the public.

FameLab is the UK’s biggest competition to discover new talent in communicating science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  Anyone working in a STEM field who thinks they can explain an idea or concept to non-scientists in just three minutes is welcome to take part. Contestants should be aged 21 or over, and studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, which includes specialist science or maths teachers.

Entrants should register directly with FameLab UK and prepare a three-minute presentation.

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Competitors can simply turn up on the day of the heat to take part, but there will be an optional but highly recommended training session beforehand.

The winners of the Swansea heat – decided on January 30th - will go through to the Wales regional final, which will be held at the Waterfront Museum on 27th February. The winner will take part in a Masterclass with some of the UK’s top science communicators before competing in the UK final at Cheltenham Science Festival on 3rd June.

The national winner will then go up against more than 25 other international finalists to win the title of FameLab International Champion.

For more information visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/famelab/

Laura O’Dea, a PhD student from Swansea University’s College of Engineering, won the 2018 FameLab Wales regional final:

"Doing Famelab has been one of my favourite experiences at university. The competition provides a space for unabashed enthusiasm about all things science. 

"Along the way I got to meet so many people, fellow competitors and Science Communication professionals alike, who inspired me and challenged my perceptions of what communicating science could look like.

"Preparing for the competition encouraged me to remember all the things I love about STEM and allowed me tell some of my favourite stories I've learned over the years in a fun and playful way. Whether you get up on stage or sit in the audience, Famelab is definitely something I would encourage everyone to get involved in."