Held annually in over 30 countries across the globe, Famelab is the world’s largest science communication competition.

The University of Limerick held a regional heat on Wednesday 16th November 2016 in the Analog Devices Building.  The event was managed in partnership between the British Council and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, UL in association with the SFI Discover Programme.

With science becoming increasingly specialised, those working in the field can struggle to explain their projects to colleagues let alone the general public.  And explaining what you do can be extraordinarily important. The organisers of FameLab have recognised this and challenge up and coming scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to explain a complex idea in a straightforward and engaging way.

Over 5,500 participants have taken part across the globe so far. Aside from great prizes including all-expenses paid 2 day communication master class, contestants will have the chance to represent Ireland at the Famelab international finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017 with representatives from organisations like NASA and CERN. By entering FameLab, contestants l begin a journey with like-minded people, build networks, expand skillsets essential for career devilment and, most of all, have a fantastic time!

For me FameLab was a great experience!’ said Fergus McAuliffe, an Environmental Scientist from Cork, who scooped the international FameLab crown for Ireland in 2013. ‘As there are a number of different rounds you will improve as you progress. This is helped by all of the training you receive (free of charge of course) from some of the world’s top science communicators. By being involved, your communication and public speaking skills will be honed and these will be of use to you in many fields down the line. And most importantly it is great fun – getting to meet many other people from around the world who share the same passion as you for science communication’.

Liz McBain, British Council Ireland, said ‘We are delighted to see Famelab at the University of Limerick and to witness the competition growing from strength to strength in Ireland.  We have some of the most talented STEM professionals but talent isn’t enough.  In this global economy, they need also to learn to communicate their science to local and international audiences – to investors, to partners, to colleagues and even to the wider public. Famelab provides an ideal platform to do this’.