Are you the new voice of science communication?

The regional heats of FameLab UK, the UK’s biggest competition for new talent to engage the public in science, start this month (October 2011).

FameLab is looking to attract enthusiastic early career scientists to take part to identify a new generation of individuals who can engage the public.  FameLab not only inspires the next generation of science communicators but excels at building the skills that will enable scientists and engineers to explain, debate, discuss and be challenged.

The competition is open to contestants over 21 years old and working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK.  Contestants have just 3 minutes to prove themselves to a panel of expert judges, with only the best going forward to the next round.

Heats are taking place in:

Newcastle - Centre for Life on 8 October 2011
Oxford - Science Oxford on 20 and 25 October 2011 (final on 17 November)
Cardiff - Chapter Arts Centre on 12 November 2011
Glasgow - Glasgow Science Centre on 19 November 2011
London - King's College London on 23 and 30 November 2011 (final on 30 November)
Manchester - Museum of Science and Industry on 3 December 2011

Contestants who can't attend one of the regional heats will also be able to submit their entries online.

The UK National Final will take place on 21 March 2012 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Contestants taking part in the final will get the chance to take part in a weekend FameLab Master Class with Professor of Sciences and Society at Bristol University, Kathy Sykes, and experienced trainer, specialising in media and communication skills, Malcolm Love.  The UK winner, chosen at the final, will win a place in the International Final and take home £1000 for themselves and up to £750 to spend on a science communication activity, whether it's attending a conference, further training or developing a new event or activity.

If you want to find out more, or see videos of previous entries, please visit or contact Claire Rocks, the FameLab UK manager, on tel. 01242 264185 or 07966 768256.

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