Tuesday 28 April 2020 -
18:00 to 20:00

FameLab, the world’s leading science communication competition, is back! Held in more than 30 countries, the British Council and Cheltenham Festivals have teamed up again to bring FameLab to Ireland in 2020.

Armed only with their wits and a few props, the top newest voices in science, technology, engineering and maths from across Ireland will give 3 minute talks on always fascinating, sometimes bizarre science concepts. Expect to hear anything from ‘Why do we die?’ to ‘I’m a zombie and so are you’ and ‘Plastics, no so fantastic’. Presentations will then be judged according to FameLab’s golden rule – the 3 Cs: Content, Clarity and Charisma.

The FameLab Ireland final will be an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and give you a snapshot into the world of science. As a viewer, you will also have the power to judge contestants along with an esteemed panel from academia, media and industry. The winner of FameLab Ireland will then go on to represent the nation at the FameLab International Finals, Cheltenham Science Festivals, UK in the autumn of 2020.

Aside from our 10 great finalists from across the country, our MC will again be Newstalk’s Jonathan McCrea and our interval act will be artist and science communicator, Emer Maguire – she has recorded her set already and there’s a ‘lock-down’ song that’s really worth tuning in for. 

As this is our first virtual final, we wanted to have some experienced judges and, as such, are very happy to be joined by two former panel members, Dr Niall Smith, Head of Blackrock Castle Observatory and Judith Moffett, Director Cpl Resources.  In addition, we’re excited to say that Gillian Burke, television broadcaster/producer, including for the BBC’s Springwatch series will be our third judge. 

So be sure to tune in to witness leading scientific research, amaze friends with surprising facts and interact with individuals in Ireland responsible for tackling some of the biggest scientific issues in the world today.

Given the current situation in Ireland with regard to Covid19, our Famelab National Final will now take place in a virtual studio. We look forward to connecting our participants, our judges, our host and of course our audience both in Ireland and internationally. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.


FameLab is an initiative of the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. The British Council has licence to deliver the competition in over 30 countries internationally. In 2019-20, FameLab Ireland is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is supported by Cpl Resources Plc and Henkel Ireland Limited. It is managed by British Council Ireland in collaboration with Newstalk 106-108fm, Science Gallery Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and multiple science research centres.