Sharon Omiwole holding an oversized cheque after winning FameLab 2018 surrounded by fellow FameLabbers and the judges from the final.

Our FameLab Ireland 2021 competition is now open!

How does it work?

Due to on-going Covid-19 restrictions, the FameLab Ireland competition will take place online in 2021. As a result, some elements have had to be changed slightly but the overall structure and quality of the programme remains the same.

FameLab Ireland Initial Briefings

To find out more about this year's competition and to whet your appetite with a few science communication tips and tricks, register to attend one of our lunchtime briefings (please try to register for the briefing which is nearest/most relevant to you):

Briefing Location Date Time Registration Link
LIMERICK 04 May 12:00-13:30 Register here
AN TEAGASC  05 May 12:00-13:00 Register Here
CORK 06 May 12:00-13:30 Register here
GALWAY 13 May 12:00-13:30 Register here
*DUBLIN 17-20 May 12:00-13:30 Register here

* There will be 4 Dublin briefings (DCU-18 May, RCSI-19 May, TCD-20 May, UCD-17 May). You will be able to choose the institution/date that works best for you by clicking the 'Dublin' registration link above. 

Please note the dates and times for briefings are subject to change.

Apply for FameLab Ireland

As in previous years, before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part.

  1. If you are, fill out and submit the online application form. Again, please select the regional heat that is closest to you if possible.
  2. We will confirm receipt of your application and will contact you by email to inform you of the next steps. If you apply to take part in one of our 4 regional heats, you will be offered a free 2-3 hour online science communication workshop. Participation in the workshop is not mandatory but is advised.
  3. And of course, don't forget to tell your friends and family to watch and support you!


FameLab Ireland Regional Heats


24 May

10 May

13 May


10 June

17 May

20 May

GALWAY 08 June


 24 May

27 May

DUBLIN 15 June


31 May

03 June

VIDEO  N/A 30 June N/A

Please note the dates and times for regional heats are subject to change.

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

Find out how to apply by video!


  • 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
  • Video entrants will NOT be eligible to participate in a regional heat science communication workshop
  • Any questions or problems, just contact us at

What happens next?

Successful participants from the initial regional/video heat stage will progress as finalists to the FameLab Ireland 2021 national event.  As an Ireland finalist, you will be invited to attend an online Communication Master Class programme that will help you further develop invaluable STEM media and presentation skills. Further details, including dates for the Ireland master class and national final will be sent to all successful candidates following the regional heat stage. 

The FameLab Ireland master class and final are expected to take place in September-October 2021. The FameLab international finals at the Cheltenham Festivals, UK will be held in October-November 2021. All events will be online

Terms and conditions

  • Full availability to attend both the FameLab Ireland master class and final are mandatory for all applicants. In addition, the winner of FameLab Ireland should be available to take part in the FameLab international finals, Cheltenham Festivals, UK. We will publish dates for each of these events as soon as possible.
  • Candidates involved in the FameLab Ireland national 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 online 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
  • The FameLab Ireland management team reserves the right to amend the programme format and calendar of activity at any point on grounds of force majeure.