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It’s a win at FameLab UK final!

Thursday 26th April 2018

Lucy Guile, a junior doctor based in Bristol, has won the final of FameLab UK 2018. At a thrilling final in London yesterday Lucy, who came through the Oxford heats of the competition, beat off competitors from across the UK to be crowned the queen of science chatter. She talked about the hygiene hypothesis – in other words, is the five-second rule on eating food that’s been on the floor safe for us?  And in a slightly competitive twist, the runner-up – Hans Pfalzgraf – came through the Cambridge heats.

Famelab UK aims to find the new voices of science and engineering. People with a gift for creating an engaging story around either their own scientific research or an area of science they find interesting, were given just three minutes to win over a panel of judges and audience. Previous participants have included teachers and oil engineers, as well as junior doctors.

The Oxford regional final was hosted by Science Oxford back in March. Eight brave contestants, including Lucy took part, performing their three-minute skits in front of judges that included Alison Woollard, scientist and Academic Champion of Public Engagement with Research at the University of Oxford. At that final, Lucy gave a fascinating and hilarious talk, which wowed the audience and sent her straight through to the national final at the Science Museum.

Luiza Patorski, our events manager, said: “Lucy has been brilliant throughout the competition – she has such an engaging style of communicating with an audience and relates her topic in a way that everyone can understand. We wish her all the best for the international final.”

Joanna Bagniewska, a former international FameLab winner and judge, says:  “Huge congrats to Lucy Guile for winning FameLab UK. She’s gone through from the Oxford round and I judged her back in February.

Kyle Evans, another FameLab UK winner to come through the Oxford heats, said “Go Lucy!

The International FameLab final takes place at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June. For more information, go to:

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