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Friday 07 June 2013 -
20:30 to 22:30
Cheltenham Science Festival

Don’t miss the seventh consecutive year of our science communication competition!

FameLab Greece 2013 Winner

And the winner from Greece is Nikos Stavrou! Enjoy the presentation Nikos made at the FameLab International 2013 Semi-final at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

FameLab International 2013

Who will be crowned champion of FameLab International 2013?

Watch the Grand Final of the 'Glastonbury of Science' direct from The Times Cheltenham Science Festival via live-streaming.

Friday 7 June 2013 – live stream starts just before 20.30.

What is FameLab?

FameLab is an international talent competition organised by the British Council to find the best new talent in science communication.


FameLab is a registered trademark of Cheltenham Festivals, one of the UK’s premier cultural organisations delivering four of the country’s leading Festivals: Jazz, Literature, Music and Science.

FameLab was set up in 2005 by the Cheltenham Science Festival in partnership with NESTA with sponsorship and in-kind support from Pfizer, Silicon 19, Channel 4 and The Daily Telegraph. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen FameLab go global and over the years the competition has been held – to huge acclaim – in over 20 countries worldwide.

The idea behind the FameLab is to take science out of the classroom and make it fun, and to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm with the general public.

It aims to encourage young scientists to inspire and excite public imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century. We are searching for the new faces of science in Greece, people who are able to develop their ideas and presentation skills for a non-specialist audience.

Am I eligible?

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over resident in Greece who has a university degree – or who is studying for one – in a science subject.

Eligibility criteria (PDF, 64 kb)

How do I enter?

Complete and return the registration form, and then turn up at one of the qualifying rounds in Athens or Thessaloniki and present any scientific topic to our panel of expert judges. Impress them with your knowledge of science, clarity and charisma and you could be selected to compete in the final!

Deadline for submission of registration forms: 19 April 2013

What happens at the Qualifying Round?

You will be given a maximum of three minutes in which to impress the judges. The panel will be looking for exciting and engaging talks that can be understood by a general public adult audience. Your talk may be in English or Greek. Props are allowed but you must be able to carry them on and off stage with you – there is no set-up time or assistance and no table to put them on. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted.

What exactly am I expected to do?

Inspire and excite public imagination by giving an entertaining and original talk  in either English or Greek that is scientifically accurate in front of a live non-scientific audience. The judges are looking for three qualities: content, clarity and charisma. So make sure your subject matter is well chosen and clearly put across, that your facts are correct, and that you let your passion for your subject shine through!

What happens at the Final?

The finalists will be asked to give a new presentation of up to three minutes on a contemporary science topic that is different from that presented at the qualifying round. The judges will ask the finalists questions on the topic and give them feedback.

Who are the judges?

Leading figures from the world of science and media

What are the prizes?

The participants chosen to go through to the final will be invited to a free Masterclass weekend in science communication led by experts from the UK and Greece.

The FameLab Greece winner chosen at the final will win an all-expenses paid trip to the UK for the Cheltenham Science Festival on 4–9 June 2013, where he/she will compete in FameLab International 2013 together with the winners of the other FameLab competitions taking place around the world.

Other prizes:

  • 1st prize: laptop; 2nd Prize: video camera; 3rd Prize: MP4 player.
  • Audience award: at the final, the audience will vote for their own favourite finalist.
  • All the finalists will have a number of networking opportunities with other science communicators in Europe and take part in British Council events.

 Qualifying Round: Athens

When Wednesday 24 April 2013, 18.00
Where National Hellenic Research Foundation
48 Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue
116 35 Athens

Qualifying Round: Thessaloniki

When Thursday 25 April 2013, 18.00
Where British Council
Emporiko Kentro Plateia (4th floor)
43 Tsimiski Street
546 23 Thessaloniki


When Saturday 11 May 2013, 15.00–22.00
Sunday 12 May 2013, 10.00–15.00
Where British Council
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens

Grand Final

The 12 finalists chosen at the qualifying rounds that took place in Athens and Thessaloniki, equipped with new presentation and science communication skills gained at a Masterclass with Quentin Cooper, will make a presentation of up to three minutes on a contemporary science topic of their choice and prove ... that science is truly magic!

Our 12 finalists are:

Athens Qualifying Round

  • Ivan Juric
  • Metaxia Kritsidima
  • Athanasios Koustenis
  • Marina Lantzouni
  • Dimitris Makris
  • Alexandros Morelas
  • Nikolaos Moustakas
  • Dimitris Nikolaidis
  • Alexandros Rouchitsas
  • Nikos Stavrou

Thessaloniki Qualifying Round

  • Maria Papakonstantinou
  • Michalis Vafopoulos
When Monday 27 May 2013, 18.00
Where National Hellenic Research Foundation
48 Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue
116 35 Athens
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For further information, please contact us:

Athens Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr & 210 369 2337
Thessaloniki Chrysoula.Melidou@britishcouncil.gr & 2310 378 314

FameLab is being organised in collaboration with the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Kindly supported by the Greek Physics Association, Athens Radio 9.84, culturenow.gr, EPIXEIRO and Science Illustrated.

Media Sponsor: VimaScience