We organise the regional heats and final of FameLab UK – a brilliant competition to find the new voices of science, technology, engineering and maths. The most engaging, creative and daring individuals in science battle to surprise and fascinate a general public audience with unbelievable facts and unforgettable performances. They are also watched by three judges and have just three minutes to impress on a STEM topic of their choice. Powerpoint slides and lecture notes are not allowed! Oxford competitors have a great record of making it to the final (and doing really well.) In 2018 Lucy Guille, a junior doctor based in Bristol, came through the Oxford Heats to become overall FameLab UK winner, and in 2016 our heats generated both the eventual winner Kyle Evans and the runner-up Jase Taylor.
The judges will be looking for the 3C’s when watching the performances – content, clarity and charisma.
Content – Does the talk have structure and a creative narrative?
Clarity – How does the contestant bring the topic to life and make it easily understandable?
Charisma – How does the contestant interact with their audience (body language, eye contact, delivery?)
The competition launches in November with heats and a regional final in Spring and the UK final in June.
Top Tips from 2018 Oxford and UK overall winner, Lucy Guile
“Taking part in FameLab was great fun. One of the most valuable aspects was receiving training and feedback from the judges. Since taking part in FameLab, I have gone on to develop and perform a solo science comedy show for the Edinburgh Fringe, with invaluable support from Science Oxford.”
‘Naked Mathematician’ Tom Crawford performed his 3 minutes in a toga.. “I think the experience of being on stage in front of a live audience really is invaluable when it comes to ‘performing maths’ – and I say ‘performing’ because that’s now how I see it. Before I would be giving a lecture or a talk about maths, but now it’s a full-on choreographed performance, and I think taking part in FameLab really helped me to understand that.” Read our Q&A here about what he got out of the whole experience and what he’s up to now..