Eoin Murphy, PhD researcher, Centre for Chromosome Biology, NUI Galway, winner of FameLab Galway 2018, for explaining his work into the capabilities of CRISPR in editing out the Huntington's disease gene for future generations. Photo: Aengus McMahon
Dec 20 2018 Posted: 11:57 GMT

NUI Galway is calling for scientists and science enthusiasts to enter ‘FameLab’ the world’s largest science communication competition held in 30 countries. For the fourth year running, NUI Galway will host a regional heat in the competition and looks forward to a high calibre of entrants once again.

With science becoming increasingly specialised, those working in the field can struggle to explain their projects to colleagues let alone the general public, and explaining what you do can be extraordinarily important. The FameLab competition, an initiative of the Cheltenham Science Festival, recognises this and challenges up and coming scientists, engineers and mathematicians to explain a complex idea in a straightforward and engaging way.

The Galway event is being managed in partnership between the British Council and NUI Galway, and forms part of the annual FameLab Ireland competition. The NUI Galway competition is open to a whole range of people who apply, work on, teach or study science, including:

  • 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.

Armed only with their wits and a few props, the finalists in FameLab Galway heat will deliver short three-minute pieces on bizarre, quirky and pertinent science concepts. Audiences can expect to hear anything from why men have nipples to how 3D glasses work, and is nuclear energy a good or bad thing. Presentations will then be judged according to FameLab’s “3 Cs”: Content, Clarity and Charisma.

Winning contestants from FameLab Galway will attend an all-expenses paid two-day communication masterclass over a weekend in March 2019, and participate in the FameLab Ireland final held at the Science Gallery, Dublin on Thursday, 11 April 2019. The winner will represent Ireland at the FameLab international finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival with representatives from organisations like NASA and CERN. By entering FameLab, participants will begin a journey with like-minded people, build their networks, expand skillsets essential for developing their career and, most of all, have a fantastic time!

Training for FameLab Galway entrants will take place in Galway on Wednesday, 30 January, with the Regional heat scheduled for Thursday, 21 February 2019 in An Taibhdhearc in Galway.

To enter the Galway heat, complete the online registration form: www.britishcouncil.ie/famelab/enter-competition/apply by Friday, 8 February or alternatively, submit an entry to FameLab Ireland by online video, visit: www.britishcouncil.ie/famelab for further details.

For further information about FameLab Galway contact Eoin Murphy at e.murphy25@nuigalway.ie and Follow on twitter @FameLab_Galway.

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