FameLab Romania judges
The 11 FameLab Romania finalists will be judged by:
- Raed Arafat, Secretary of State, Head of the Department of Emergency Situations at Ministry of Internal Affairs in Romania
- Cristian Presură, main researcher at Philips Research, author of a series of popular science books and experienced science communicator
- Corina Sas, professor at University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom, with a teaching and research focus on human-computer interaction
- Emil Toescu, associated teacher at the University of Birmingham (UK) and at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Pecs (Hungary) and art and science programmes consultant
The 3Cs of FameLab
The judges are looking for somebody who can shine in content, clarity and charisma.
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.
Additionally, the judges expect from this year’s contestants and their presentatons, regardless of field and theme, to facilitate the general public's understanding of the importance of scientific discoveries and current technological developments in addressing current issues of our world, such as global warming, and to help limit the propagation of pseudo-science and conspiracy theories based not only on existing gaps in the level of scientific education within communities, but also on widespread proliferation of fake information that makes people no longer able to distinguish between scientific truth and fiction.
Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the presentation must enable the audience and judges to easily follow the talk and they should be left with a full understanding of the scientific concept chosen.
The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The winner will be a charismatic presenter who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining, exciting and who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.
Judges in fhe FameLab heats and final can come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds including science, science communication, media - and they may even be FameLab alumni.