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Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition!

Applications are now open for FameLab Ireland!

  1. Fill out and submit the online application form

  2. We will confirm receipt of your application and will contact you by email to inform you of the next steps

  3. Go along to your chosen regional heat (or UCD/TCD mini-heat) and present your scientific topic to our panel of judges! If it's a public heat, don't forget to invitе your friends and family to support you!

Regional Heats:

FameLab Ireland 2017-2018 will have 4 regional heats.



Regional Heat: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 8pm, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Application Deadline: Midnight, Friday 26 January 2018

FameLab Introductory Training: Friday 19 January 2018, 10am-4pm, Tyndall National Institute 

NB: Places are limited for the training day, so act quickly and register your interest by emailing: simon.elliott@tyndall.ie 



Regional Heat: Friday 2 March 2018, Science Gallery, from 4pm

Application Deadline: Midnight, Friday 23 February 2018

FameLab Introductory Training: Tuesday 27 February 2018, Wynn’s Hotel, 5-9pm 

Two mini-heats in Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will take place in 2017-18. The top presenters from the TCD and UCD mini-heats will go straight through to the Dublin regional final. All other Dublin applicants will apply through preliminary rounds as required (semi-finals etc) and the top presenters will join TCD/UCD mini-heat winners in the Dublin regional final.



Mini-heat: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 1pm, UCD Cinema 

Application Deadline: Midnight, Friday 26 January 2018

FameLab Briefing & Introductory TrainingMonday 22 January 12.30-2pm, UCD Innovation Academy Lounge, UCD Science Centre Hub

NB: If interested in attending the introductory training on 22 January, please register with alex.boyd@ucd.ie in advance.



Regional Heat: Thursday 1 March 2018, An Taidhbhearc, 7pm

Application Deadline: Midnight, Friday 16 February 2018

FameLab Introductory TrainingWednesday 7 February 2018, 6pm, location tbd on NUIG campus


Find out what happens at the heats, there are some rules you need to know about.

*The deadlines for the Limerick regional heat and the TCD mini-heat have now passed. 

Can't make the heats? Find out how to apply by video!


Video entry details


  • Videos should be up to 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after this time limit)
  • Contain no editing or special effects
  • Have no background music (unless this is what you are talking about)
  • Not involve other people or excessive props (follow the guideline for the live heats which is 'a prop you can carry on stage') 

We are not assessing video/filming quality. We simply need to be able to clearly hear and see you, so there is no problem submitting entries filmed on a smartphone or camera etc.


  • Upload your video to YouTubeVimeo or another video hosting site and copy the link. Please note: you do not have to list the video as 'public'. Upload it as 'hidden' or 'private' if you prefer
  • Fill out the online application form making sure to include the link to your video in the relevant field within the form
  • The deadline for submission of video entries is midnight, Sunday 04 March 2018
  • Any questions or problems, just contact us at famelab@ie.britishcouncil.org

What's next?

If you are successful at the initial regional/video heat stage, you will be invited to attend an all-expenses paid Communication Masterclass that will help you develop invaluable STEM media and presentation skills. Further details will be sent to all successful candidates following the FameLab Ireland application deadline, Sunday 04 March 2018.

The Communication Masterclass will take place in Dublin on 24-25 March 2018

The FameLab Ireland Final will be held at the Science Gallery, Dublin on Thursday 12 April 2018.

Both the FameLab Ireland Masterclass and Final are mandatory for all applicants. Please remember to keep these dates free as it might be you attending!

Terms and Conditions

  • Please note that candidates involved in the FameLab Ireland Final will not be permitted to use the same presentation they used in the regional/video heats. Instead you will be required to alter the content and style of an existing presentation or present on a completely new topic. Each candidate should decide on the theme(s) of their presentation(s).
  • By taking part in a FameLab Ireland regional/video heat, you agree to fully participate in the programme, to abide by the judging panels' decisions and to fully accept the rules and conditions of participation as agreed by the FameLab Ireland management team. For further details, contact famelab@ie.britishcouncil.org
  • The FameLab Ireland management team reserves the right to amend the programme format and calendar of activity on grounds of force majeure.