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FameLab International is an exciting competition, which aims to discover the world's brightest minds in science and engineering. This global competition has become an established model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers and sharing their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.

About FameLab Romania

In 2014 we are running the 7th edition of FameLab Romania. The global competition is open to anyone, aged between 18 and 35, studying or working in science, technology, engineering, medicine or mathematics. English pronunciation and speaking skills at intermediate level will be necessary for contestants who progress to the international phase of the FameLab competition.

Registration

Registration for the online selection and face-to-face events is now closed. The face-to-face selection events took place in Iasi, during the Iasi Science Festival, and in Bucharest at Politehnica University, "Grigore Antipa" National Museum of Natural History and the Faculty of Medicine.

 

Judging criteria

The judges include experts in the fields of science, science communication, media and communication. They are looking for somebody who can present their topic with clarity and charisma.

Content: The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.

Clarity: Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the talk is important; it needs to ensure that the audience and judges can easily follow the talk and that they are left with an understanding of the chosen scientific concept.

Charisma: The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality of charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the topic easy to consume, entertaining and exciting.  They need to not only able to communicate the science but also share their passion for it.

What are the stages of the competition?

12 finalists will be selected from the regional heats and the online video entries. The chosen 12 will progress to the national final.

The FameLab Romania 2014 National Final will take place in Bucharest, on Thursday, 22 May 2014.

To prepare them for the final, successful contestants will take part in an all expenses paid weekend master class delivered by British and Romanian experts in science communication.

The winner of the national final will compete in the FameLab international final at the UK's Cheltenham Science Festival, from 3 – 8 June 2014. More than 20 FameLab winners from across the globe are expected to take part.

Prizes

Winning FameLab contestants will meet like-minded people and receive training and mentoring by some of the best science communicators in UK and Romania.

The winner of the FameLab Romania Final 2014 gets an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK to represent Romania in the FameLab® International competition, at the Science Festival in Cheltenham, between 3 - 8 June 2012.

Intel, the main parter, will be offering a tablet with an Intel processor to the winner of this year's final.

Xerox Romania, which supports the British Council in running the 2014 FameLab Romania competition, will also award prizes consisting in multifunctional equipment to the winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up of the final.

Humanitas Publishing House will be offering books to all contestants attending the final.

Useful resources

Be inspired and watch the presentation delivered by the winner of FameLab Romania 2012, Flavia-Bianca Cristian. You can also watch other award winning presentations from previous FameLab competitions that have taken place in Romania, UK and other countries on the FameLab YouTube channel.