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Sign up now for FameLab 2018 – Can Oxford win the UK’s favourite science competition again?

Thursday 16th November 2017

FameLab is back! Science broadcaster and astrophysicist Chris Lintott and science writer Georgina Ferry join Science Oxford on the hunt for the region’s best new science communicators.. Could it be you?!

Could you explain a concept in science, mathematics or engineering in just three minutes without using any slides? Do you have the content, clarity and charisma to impress our judges and persuade them that your talk is worthy of a place in the FameLab UK final?

Famelab is a UK-wide competition to find the new voices of science and engineering. Oxford competitors have a great record of making it to the final (and doing really well) and in 2016 our heats generated both the eventual winner Kyle Evans and the runner-up Jase Taylor. Science Oxford runs the heats and coordinates all the entrants.

“Famelab was an interesting challenge. It was fun, and my fellow contestants were fantastic.” Guy Fletcher-Wood, 2017

“FameLab was a massive learning opportunity, not to mention really exciting! It gave me the chance to try out different styles of presenting to find out what worked for me. Since FameLab, I’ve carried on communicating science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds including working as a science presenter for the Royal Institution, performing science comedy and disseminating my own PhD research to a wider audience.” Rob Shalloo, Oxford & FameLab UK national finalist + runner-up 2015

“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.” Francesca Day, 2015 Oxford finalist

The 2018 Oxford heats take place at St Aldates Tavern in Oxford on the 31st January and the 1st February. This year the judges include amazing science broadcaster and astrophysicist Chris Lintott and eminent science writer Georgina Ferry.

The regional final will take place at The Bullingdon, Cowley Road on Wednesday 7th March 2018, with a special training session for finalists on 23rd February.

It’s an amazing competition and we want to encourage everyone who has ever thought of doing some science performance to have a go – including past entrants who’d like to give FameLab another go.

To register, go to

Watch past contestants on our YouTube channel.

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