FameLab 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.
The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide.
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.
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. 2015 sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition.
FameLab in Romania
FameLab Romania started in 2007 and it's the only competition in Romania which encourages and supports science communication among the younger audience. The competition featured national heats in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara with the support of long-term local partners (national universities) and sponsors (Intel, Xerox, Hermann Oberth Association and many more) and it has involved so far:
- Over 800 young researchers, university teachers and students who have entered FameLab
- Top Romanian and UK experts in communication, presentation skills and media relations who provided training for the finalists
- Famous figures from the areas of science and media who have joined FameLab as members of the jury, such as: Alexandru Mironov (most active science promoter in Romania), Cristian Lascu (Chief Editor at National Geographic), media journalist Sanda Nicola, science researchers Magda Stavinschi, Marius Leordeanu and actor Andrei Aradits.
- Significant media coverage including the FameLab finals being broadcast by TVR 2 (2007 – 2013) and Digi World (2014)
To see presentations from previous FameLab Romania finalists, visit our YouTube Channel.