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.

Would you like to be the new face of science in Romania? Join the 7th edition of the FameLab Romania competition!

Registration

This 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. 
Please note that we cannot accept people who are already working professionally in public engagement with science or who have taken part in any previous FameLab finals in Romania.

You can register for FameLab online with a video presentation or at the face-to-face selection events.

Register online 

Prepare a 3-minute video in which you present a scientifict subject of your choice and register via the online registration form. The deadline for video entries is midnight 29 April 2014.

Please note that videos should:

  • be in the Romanian language
  • be up to 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after this time limit)
  • not use PowerPoint or other presentation software
  • contain no editing or special effects
  • not involve other people or excessive props
  • have no background music (unless the music is your chosen topic).

Three video entry winners will be selected for the Romania national final in April 2014.

Register for a face-to-face event

You must drop-in to an audition session to have a chance of participating in a regional selection event. The auditions will be held just before the regional selection event begins. 
The auditions and the regional selection events are scheduled to take place on the same day, at the same venue. Although your presentation will be 3 minutes long, we encourage you to keep the whole day free. PowerPoint and other presentation software is not allowed. You are encouraged to keep the use of props to a minimum (there will be no time for set-up).
Check the dates and locations below.

Bucharest

10 April, 12.00-14.00

Location During Polifest - Politehnica University, Rectorate (313 Splaiul Independenței)
Registration

Registration is closed.

25 April, 14.00-16.00

Location "Grigore Antipa" National Museum of Natural History,  Multimedia Room (1 Kiseleff Street)
Registration Fill in the registration form available in the Downloads section below and send it  by 24 April, 13.00, to famelab@britishcouncil.ro

29 April, 18.00

Location Faculty of Medicine, Daniel Danielopolu - University of Medicine and Pharmacy ''Carol Davila''
Registration

Fill in the registration form by 25 April and send it by e-mail to famelab.umfcd@gmail.com

You can download the registration form on: www.snn.ro și www.soms.ro

Contact person: Ana-Maria ZAGREAN

Iaşi

8 April, 11.00-13.00

Location Iaşi Science Festival - “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, “Ferdinand” Conference Hall
Registration

Registration is closed.

Five to ten candidates from each drop-in audition will progress onto the regional selection. An informal training session will be given prior to the beginning of each selection event. The training session will clarify the rules and the judging criteria.

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.

You can find out more about what the judges are looking for by watching the FameLab hints and tips video.

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.

The science and technology organisations, which support the British Council in running the FameLab Romania competition, will also award prizes to the winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up of the final, as well as a special prize for the best technology project presentation.

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 International website and the FameLab YouTube channel.