Comm-it announced as national training partner for FameLab 2024

29 Apr 2024

Comm-it is again partnering with the Foundation for the WA Museum to provide science communication training to all 2024 FameLab participants around the country.  

Comm-it is a leading science communication company led by award-winning trainer Emma Donnelly. Bringing together a consortium of passionate science-trained journalists, writers, trainers, educators and marketers, Emma and her team provide unique strategic science communication training across Australia. Her clients include CSIRO, Inspiring Australia, Universities, CRCs, start-ups and FameLab.  

FameLab is the largest public-facing science communication training program and competition in the world. The focus of FameLab Australia is to promote excellence in science communication for early career STEM researchers in universities and industry. FameLab is recognised as being a powerful means to identifying and nurturing new voices in science, with previous alumni embarking on high-profile careers in science communication and the media.    

Emma’s training expertise will be utilised throughout the year as the FameLab science communication training program unfolds. Commencing with a 90-minute online session for all FameLab applicants in order to provide a solid grounding in science communication, Emma’s training will also include an intensive two-day workshop for participants who progress to the semi-finals.  

Once the 12 FameLab finalists are announced in June, Emma will conduct a further two days of science communication masterclasses, and will facilitate the intensive science communication workshop for all FameLab finalists in Perth, before the Final. The Final will held at WA Museum Boola Bardip in September at an event open to the general public.  

Like she did for FameLab 2023, Emma’s expert training will provide career-long skills and communication confidence to participants of the program.  

Emma welcomed the opportunity of Comm-it partnering with FameLab once again to transform early career researchers into expert science communicators. 

“FameLab is an exceptional competition, and Comm-it is thrilled to be involved again. The early career researchers we get to work with are inspiring and their skills improve immensely from the start of their FameLab journey." 

Emma Donnelly

"There is no other program like FameLab in the world. Australia’s version is so supportive and the training we provide is an enormous asset to the participants. The expertise and skills that the scientists gain through this experience benefits them in all aspects of their careers and enables them to share their vital research and amplify their impact. It really does launch their careers.”  

FameLab Project Manager, Wayne Lubbe added: “The Foundation for the WA Museum strives to enhance the educational and scientific impact of the WA Museum. Science communication is integral to the WA Museum’s work, and FameLab aims to develop excellence in science communication not just in WA, but across Australia."

"Thanks to Emma, last year I saw 12 brilliant scientists transformed into charismatic storytellers, who had the ability to turn jargon-laden science research into captivating, frequently humorous explanations that made their passion for pursuing new solutions palpable. We’re incredibly excited to have Comm-it back as our national training partner for FameLab 2024. With Comm-it on board, the program will again bridge the gap between scientists and the public for the benefit of both.”