Introducing our FameLab Ireland 2017 winner – Deirdre Robertson!
On 13 April 2017, Deirdre Robertson was declared winner of FameLab Ireland for her talk ‘Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Unfreezing the Brain’, which explains the process of visual cueing, a rehabilitation technique used to assist those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Deirdre is a psychologist who applies behavioural insights to policy and health. She is a research officer in the Economic and Social Research Institute of Ireland and an adjunct assistant professor in Trinity College Dublin. Before this, Deirdre spent a year working as a postdoctoral researcher in Columbia University in New York until her supply of Barry's Tea dwindled and she decided to move home. As part of her research Deirdre investigates how our minds affect our bodies, often without awareness, and what this means for health.
Deirdre was Ireland's representative at the FameLab international finals and competed in the second heat against Korea, Mauritius, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Vietnam, Uganda and Czech Republic. You can watch her brilliant performance at the FameLab semi-finals here (36 mins in).
Although this is where Deirdre's FameLab journey ended, she has since been offered some interesting international opportunities – watch this space!
This year’s finals featured contestants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Kazakhstan, Latvia/Estonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, UK, and Vietnam – 31 countries in total, making it the largest competition yet.
Contestants presented a three-minute presentation on their chosen topic, each of which was judged according to the golden rule of the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma.
And as for the FameLab 2017 champion? Congratulations to South Africa's Tshiamo Legoale whose talk on phytomining got the 2017 vote. You can watch the FameLab final here and see the nine finalists give it their all. If you'd like to learn more about each finalist, take a look at these short interviews.
Since its birth at the Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into the world’s leading science communication competition. A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 9000 emerging scientists and engineers participating to date. In Ireland, FameLab has been running since 2013 and is funded through the SFI Discover Programme.