Inspiring young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders
FameLab represents a global science communication success story, supporting the British Council’s mission to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through education and cultural exchange.
The FameLab phenomenon
FameLab heralded a new approach to public engagement in science around the world through events, masterclass training and the creation of new networks. This science communication training was an invaluable source of professional development to FameLab participants, helping to inform their approach to working with and training the next generation of STEM students and researchers.
FameLab’s ethos of cultural and scientific exchange proved to be a winning formula around the world. Over the competition’s 15-year history (from 2007 to 2021), FameLab International engaged over 40,000 participants from more than 30 countries and reached an audience of millions. In those remarkable 15 years, the Romanian edition of the competition engaged over 200 participants locally.
The competition’s 200 international partners – which included world-leading scientific organisations such as NASA and CERN – played a key role in the FameLab success story by lending their support, networks and expertise to help generate in-country interest and engagement.
FameLab in Romania
FameLab Romania started in 2007 and has been the only local competition which encouraged and supported science communication among the younger audience. The competition featured regional heats in cities across Romania, as well as an annual national final in Bucharest, delivered with the support of partner universities and sponsors from across the country.
Watch FameLab Romania content on the British Council Romania's YouTube channel
Watch FameLab International content on the Cheltenham Festival’s FameLab YouTube channel
Watch FameLab-inspired content on the British Council global YouTube channel
Visit the Cheltenham Festivals website to learn more about the future of FameLab