Science affects our everyday lives in thousands of different ways and the scientific advances of today will shape our lives in the future.
People around the world are interested in improving their lives, using and adapting technologies for their own needs, having a say in democratic processes and using new media. Particularly for the young, science and modernity are inseparable, and technology is an integral part of culture. Images of a modern UK are unthinkable without science.
FameLab is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders. Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.
The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators and learn from UK experts in the field.
Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into the world-leading science communication competition. The partnership with the British Council, which began in 2007, has seen the competition go global, with more than 5,000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. This year sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition. See the project in action.
Athens Science Festival
The Athens Science Festival is the largest celebration of science and technology in Greece. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of science and research, and promote the latest scientific developments.
Building networks and partnerships
We build partnerships, and encourage links and networking between scientists, engineers and research managers through our worldwide science network.