Wednesday 11 November 2020 to Thursday 26 November 2020

FameLab is a global science communication competition designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

The 2020 Ireland competition was won back in April by Simon Spichak, an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar at University College Cork. He is interested in the non-neuronal cells in the brain, the microbial cells in the gut and how they communicate during early life. He will now represent Ireland in the FameLab international finals coming back this year in a new interactive online format!

FameLab national finalists from 20 countries will take to the virtual stage to deliver their three-minute presentations on a range of topics from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to battle it out for the title of global winner 2020.

SAVE THE DATE! The online events will be streamed live on the FameLab YouTube channel:

  • 11-12 November, 4pm: Semi finals. Tune in on 12 November to watch Simon wow the judges and the audience!
  • 16 November, 12 pm: Announcement of finalists
  • 26 November, 4pm: International final

Quentin Cooper will once again host the event – this time from a studio in Cheltenham – and will be joined virtually by a panel of judges as well as audiences from around the world who will all have the opportunity to vote for their favourite talks.

Competing with 20 other countries across the globe, Simon will attempt to emulate the Ireland's past success in the competition, following in the footsteps of Fergus McAuliffe and Padraig Flood, both previous winners of the acclaimed FameLab International title.  

At a time when public engagement with science is more important than ever before, the FameLab International 2020 Online Finals represent an important development in the programme’s history, and will allow our participants to continue to build connections with fellow scientists and share their knowledge with global audiences.

 - Adrian Fenton, Senior Consultant at the British Council

So if you fancy a night of surprises, laughs, drama and STEM genius, be sure to tune in! 

You can also follow all the action on Twitter: #FamelabInternational2020   #Believeinscience   @famelab_ireland