From left to right: Elena Pagter, Helen Horkan and Fiona Malone. All posing on stage at the Galway FameLab Regional Heat.

Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, all FameLab Ireland regional heats will take place online in 2021.  There will be four heats in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick and we would ask you to register for the regional heat closest to you if at all possible.  

What to Expect - Heats

  • After you fill in the application form, FameLab team will get in touch to confirm the application and advise the next steps.
  • To ensure all entrants have a level playing field, you will upload your recorded 3 minute talk before the regional heat. See advice on submitting your 3-minute talk below.
  • Each online regional heat recording will run like a live event. Your talk will be played in order and the judges will ask you questions afterwards and will also give feedback where possible.
  • Each regional heat will be broadcast to public audiences online (Facebook/Youtube) within two days of the recording.  All participants will be encouraged to join and interact with viewers via the chat function. Tickets for heats are available here.
  • Winners who proceed to the national final will be selected and announced by the judges. Viewers will also vote for a special audience prize.
  • For all heats, a short sci-comms training session will be offered free to presenters beforehand. Information on these will be provided when you apply.

Recording And Submitting Your 3-minute Talk


  • 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') 
  • You don't need to introduce yourself in the video - our MC will do it on the night!

If you'd like to make your recording the best quality possible, follow our Top tips for presenting virtually. However, the judges will not be 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 a Dropbox folder - link to the folder will be shared with you once you apply.
  • A member of FameLab team will check the video to make sure it follows FameLab rules (above) and is of acceptable quality (we can see/hear you clearly)
  • Any questions or problems, just contact us at

If you can't make one of our online regional heats, you can apply to the nationwide video competition instead. Please keep in mind that the nationwide video competition takes place after all the regional heats, and entrants will not be eligible for 2,5-hour online regional training.