Famelab Galway 2018

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The International FameLab Science Communication competition is returning to Galway in 2018!

Book your ticket to attend the Galway Regional Heat during which participants will compete for two places in the Ireland final. Scientists from a variety of backgrounds will offer presentations that will answer a range of questions.

The competing scientists will be given a total of three minutes each to explain their research, or any scientific concept they like to a public audience and a panel of judges. This will be followed by three minutes of questions from the judges and the audience. On the night, participants will be judged on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation. The winner will be a charismatic presenter who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining, exciting and who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.

Successful candidates who make it through the initial regional heat stage, will be invited to attend an all-expenses paid Communication Masterclass that will help you develop invaluable STEM media and presentation skills. The Communication Masterclass will take place in Dublin on the 24-25 March 2017. The FameLab Ireland Final will be held at the Science Gallery, Dublin on Thursday 12th April 2018.


If you think you can explain a scientific concept to a general audience, in just three minutes, then why not enter? You could become the new face of science, represent Ireland at the 2018 FameLab International finals in the UK, and open doors to global opportunities in science communication!

The competition is open to:

  • People who apply science, technology, engineering or mathematics in industry or business
  • People who work on applying science, engineering, technology or mathematics (e.g. patent clerks, statisticians, consultants to industry)
  • Lecturers and researchers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, including specialist science teachers with a science degree
  • University students of science, technology, mathematics or engineering aged 18 and over
  • People who apply science, technology, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies

Training for entrants will take place in Galway on the 7th of February, with the Regional heat scheduled for Tuesday 1st March 2018. The event will be held at the Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway. Application deadline for the competition is the 16th February 2018.

To register your interest and take part in the Famelab Galway competition, Apply at:

Please note that the competition is not open to people who are already working professionally in public engagement with science, including:

  • Press or PR officers, even for science-related organisations

  • Artists who work on science-related themes

  • Performers whose shows are about science or engineering

  • Science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly with the public

  • Journalists and broadcasters (as their main or only job)

  • Non-specialist teachers

Please contact if you are unsure about your eligibility and check to learn more about regional heats.

Follow Famelab Galway on twitter @FameLab_Gaway


‘FameLab’ is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world, the winner will be a talented presenter who can explain a scientific concept to a general audience, in just three minutes.

The competition is open to scientists, mathematicians and engineers across Ireland working in industry, business, research, academia, education, public service or other sectors, including specialist post-primary science teachers and third-level students of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

FameLab Ireland 2017-18 is managed by the British Council in collaboration with Newstalk 106-108fm, NUI Galway, Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and the University of Limerick.

FameLab Ireland 2017-18 is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and is supported by Cpl Resources Plc and Henkel Ireland Limited.

Famelab Galway Organising Commitee 2018:

Joanne Duffy, Famelab Alumni School of Natural Sciences , Pat Ryan Famelab Alumni School of Natural Sciences, Muriel Grenon School of Nautral Sciences & Rachel Quinlan School of Maths, Amy Herron, British Council Ireland

Thanks to Andre Flaus School of Natural Sciences for support in organising the poll on the evening of the competition.

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