The British Council and the RDI Programme have invited young Egyptians with a passion for science to join the 6th season of FameLab Egypt Competition. The aim is to seek the best Science Communicator in Egypt to represent the country in the International Competition at Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom in June 2015. Egypt was ranked third in the International Competition in 2010 & 2011, and was among the top ten in 2012 and participated in the semi-finals in 2013 and 2014.
Applicants have to be Egyptian; aged between 18 – 35; working or studying basic, life or engineering sciences and have outstanding communication and presentation skills. They will be required to present before the FameLab Jury Panel a scientific topic in an interesting way in only three minutes without using power point presentation or any other electronic presentation tools. The jury will assess the content, as well as the applicant’s clarity of talk and charisma on stage.
The twelve finalists will attend a MasterClass in Science Communication, where they will have the opportunity to work with a science communicator/media trainer to improve their presentation skills for their last round in the Final Competition in Cairo in April 2015.
FameLab is an International Science Communications Competition initiated by Cheltenham Science Festival and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in the UK in 2004.
The competition was introduced to Egypt in 2009 in support of the government’s efforts to advance science and to build a culture that understands and supports the positive role science plays in the economic and social well-being.
The 2015 edition sees competitors from Australia, Benelux, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
1 February 2015