Along with more than 30 countries worldwide, the British Council and Cheltenham Festivals teamed up again to bring FameLab to Ireland in 2017. Through our nationwide video competition and four FameLab regional heats in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick, the top 10 newest voices from the world of science and engineering across Ireland were selected to take part in the FameLab national final at the Science Gallery Dublin back in April.
Armed only with their wits and a few props, the 10 finalsits were challenged to explain an aspect of science in just 3 minutes. All presentations were then judged according to FameLab’s golden rules – the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma. It was a truly unpredictable, entertaining and informative evening where audience members were given a unique snapshot into the world of science, engineering, maths and technology - from the physics behind Guinness to the power of placebo and the science of figs.
The winner of the FameLab National Final was Dublin-based researcher Deirdre Robertson who impressed both judges and the audience with her talk on Parkinson's, 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete'. Deirdre will now go on to represent Ireland at the international FameLab finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival, UK in June 2017.
Second place went to NUI Galway's Joanne Duffy who presented on 'The Gene Genies' (e-coli, the good guy) and third place to Ross Murphy from County Louth with his talk, 'What Does It Mean To Be You?'.
If you missed the FameLab Ireland 2017 final, don't worry as you can still watch it in full by clicking on the 'Watch Now!' button above. Links to the top three talks are also given below. So sit back, relax and enjoy the science!
FameLab is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festival in the UK. The British Council has licence to deliver the competition in over 30 countries internationally. NASA has licence to deliver the competition in the USA. FameLab International is co-produced by Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council. In 2017, FameLab Ireland is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and is supported by Cpl Resources Plc and Henkel Ireland Limited. It is managed by the British Council Ireland in collaboration with Newstalk 106-108fm, NUI Galway, Science Gallery Dublin, University College Cork, the University of Limerick and the following research centres: APC Microbiome Institute, iCRAG, Infant, IPIC, MaREI and the Tyndall National Institute.