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 who love to share their enthusiasm and passion for science.

About FameLab Romania

In 2015 we are running the 8th 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 language, at least at an intermediate level, is an absolute prerequisite for the lucky contestants who will make it to the international phase of the FameLab competition.

The finest and most brilliant minds become famous at FameLab. Can you excite and entertain an audience with a concept in science, mathematics, engineering and technology in under 3 minutes? Then FameLab is for you! 

Registration

Registration is now closed. We have selected the FameLab Romania finalists during the regional heats which took place in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Timișoara between 2-25 April 2015.

Judging criteria

The judging pannel includes professionals in the field of science, science communication and media. They are looking for somebody who can present a topic with clarity and charisma.

Content: The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the chosen topic 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 enthusiastic about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality which we call charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the topic easy to understand, entertaining and exciting.  They need to not only able to communicate complex information, but also share their passion for it.

What are the stages of the competition?

16 finalists will be selected from the regional heats. The winners of the reagional heats will then enter the final.

The final of FameLab Romania 2015  will take place in Bucharest, on Friday 22 May 2015.

To prepare them for the final, all the successful contestants will be invited to take part in a weekend master class (all expenses paid) delivered by British and Romanian professionals in science communication.

The winner of the final will compete in the FameLab International Final at the UK's Cheltenham Science Festival, scheduled to take place from 2 to 7 June 2015. More than 20 FameLab winners from across the globe are expected to participate.

Prizes

The winners of FameLab reagional heats will meet like-minded people and receive training and mentoring by some of the best science communicators in UK and Romania.

1st Prize

  • 500 EUR (prize offered by Asociaţia pentru Educaţie şi Ştiinţă Hermann Oberth)
  • Mobile Travel Scanner 150 (prize offered by Xerox)
  • Moreover, the winner of the FameLab Romania Final, 2015 edition, will get a trip to the UK (all expenses paid) to represent Romania in the FameLab® International competition, at the Science Festival in Cheltenham, between 2-7 June 2015.

2nd Prize

  • Phaser 6020 Color Printer (prize offered by Xerox)

3rd Prize

  • Phaser 3020 Monocrom Printer (prize offered by Xerox)

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 which took place in Romania, UK and other countries on the FameLab YouTube channel.

Partners

In Romania, the FameLab project is supported by our partners: Xerox, Asociaţia pentru Educaţie şi Ştiinţă Hermann Oberth, Organizaţia Studenţilor Medicinişti cu Activitate Ştiinţifică, Universitatea de Medicină „Carol Davila”, Universitatea Politehnica Bucureşti, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iaşi, Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai”, Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara.

FameLab is also supported by Editura Humanitas, Librăriile Humanitas, Ziarul Ştiinţelor, Fundația Comunitară Bucureșt, Universitatea București, Ad-Astra.