Community Broadcasting Foundation support for FameLab confirmed until 2026

08 Jul 2024

The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) has confirmed its support of the science communication training program and competition, FameLab, for a 3-year period until 2026. With CBF’s support, FameLab will deliver specialised media training to finalists and create a podcast series that will be made available to community broadcasters.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation is a champion of community broadcasting and supports community media organisations, content producers and sector organisations, aiming to help build a thriving, impactful and resilient future for community media.

FameLab is the largest public-facing science communication training program and competition in the world. The Foundation for the WA Museum is the producer and country host organisation of FameLab Australia. 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.  

With the support of CBF, the Foundation for the WA Museum will be able to offer media training to FameLab finalists in 2024, 2025 and 2026 and work with each year’s finalists to create a series of science podcasts that will be made available as content for community radio stations. A presenter from 3RRR in Melbourne will conduct the media training and create the podcast series, which will be hosted on the Community Radio Network to ensure its availability to all radio stations in Australia.

CBF’s support will help to amplify new and diverse voices in science, support excellence in science communication content creation, and establish relationships between community media and up-and-coming science communicators.

Coralie Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for the WA Museum commented, “The Community Broadcasting Foundation has been a valued, long-standing supporter of FameLab Australia. It is wonderful that CBF will continue to support an important element of the FameLab capacity-building program for the coming three years.”

The national FameLab Australia Final will be held on stage at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth, on 26 September 2024, and also broadcast live online. Tickets to the FameLab Final are on sale now.