FameLab is not just another talent show for scientists: its magic formula truly helps real scientists show off their communication skills. Successful candidates will have to impress the judges by giving an original and entertaining 3-minute talk. In the words of one of the participants in the Swiss competition: “I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't only a competition, and there were also plenty of opportunities to network with other young researchers and to get valuable feedback on our public speaking and science communication skills.”
The contestants are judged on the content, clarity and charisma of their talks. The result is an amazing collection of speeches that are inspiring, educational and accurate, despite their brevity.
Since 2012, CERN has been a partner of FameLab in Switzerland and since 2014 also in France. The 2015 FameLab International Final in Cheltenham, UK, was a triumph for CERN as Lillian Smestad, member of the AEgIS collaboration from the Norwegian Research Council won the second place! The competition was very hard, with 27 countries participating in the international semifinals and only nine making it through to the finals. This was also the first year that CERN took part as a “country”.
This year CERN is running again its own Famelab event: if you want to become the new star of science communication, go to the website, read the rules, record a video (3 minutes long maximum!) of your talk and send its URL to the organisers before 1 April 2016. The best videos will be selected to participate in the Masterclasses – an important training opportunity with trainers coming from the BBC and entirely offered by CERN – and will go on to compete for the title of “CERN winner” at the final that will be held on 12 May.
The competition is open to young researchers (up to 35 years of age) with a valid CERN account. The winner of the competition will go on to participate in the international final that will be held during the 2016 Cheltenham Science Festival.
Enter the competition now! Read the rules and visit the website for more detailed information.