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FAMELAB is back!!!

the 2020 submission process is open!


FameLab is a prestigious global science communication competition created by Cheltenham Festival and produced globally with International Partner, the British Council.

FameLab is designed to find the most charismatic up-and-coming scientists from around the world. Competitors are armed only with their wits and a few props – and the result is an enlightening and exciting adventure into incredible research projects!

We are inviting scientists, mathematicians and engineers across Australia to take part in the world’s longest running science competition. Since 2007, FameLab has seen more than 10,000 early career scientists and engineers from across the globe participate.


“It’s a huge privilege to be able to represent Australia at the International FameLab competition. We have world class scientists and science communicators in this country and being able to share the wonder of science with people is an amazing experience.”

Dr Paola Magni, Murdoch University
2019 National Final Winner and Audience Choice
FameLab International Finalist

Dr Paola Magni’s FameLab presentation can be seen on the Royal Institute Australia website here.

FameLab Australia is produced by the Foundation for the Western with National Partner, the Western Australian Museum. Australian

For more information the 2019 FameLab Evaluation Report can be down loaded here







Applications for FameLab in 2020 will close on Monday 25 February 2020, COB.  

To enter applicants will need to complete an online form and submit a three-minute video, talking about their research. This video can be made on your phone speaking direct to camera. It is not expected to be a professional production. We are more interested in the warmth of your presenting style and your natural, authentic personality shining through! If you have a video of your 3MT presentation, sending a link to this is fine. If you have a video of your 3MT presentation and your charisma shines through, it is OK to send a link to this. Alternatively apply what you have learn from your science communication experience so far and speak straight to camera in a relaxed and informal way. We encourage the use of props!

To apply you will need:

  • your video uploaded to YouTube (submission is via weblink) a list of the research projects you’ve done
  • a 200-word explanation of your research in third person narrative. (The research explores …. Rather than “my research”)
  • a short explanation (50 words)
  • a bio (50 words) in third person narrative
  • your contact details
  • please check the boxes to confirm you are available for the dates of the semi-final near you and the national final
  • a referee (ie; supervisor, manager etc). We will need their name and contact details (including phone number)

Express an interest to participate in a FameLab Q&A Sessions – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth – Weeks of 10-21 February 2020

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2020 DATES



Queensland                 Tuesday 31 March, Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Western Australia      Friday 3 April, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
New South Wales       Wednesday 8 April, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Victoria                        Tuesday 21 April, Venue TBA

National Final

Western Australia 
Wednesday 29th April, State Theatre Centre, Perth



FameLab is looking for inspiring and active research scientists who want to share their work with the world!

Eligible applicants are:

  • 21 years old or older
  • Researchers or post-doctoral fellows working in STEM within universities, research institutes, government bodies and industry who have completed a PhD within the last five years
  • Students who are currently undertaking MSci or PhD qualifications in STEM
  • The competition is open to citizens or permanent residents of Australia* who are pursuing studies or working in a scientific field
  • Entrants will be asked to provide evidence of their research. Accepted sources of evidence include publications, conference titles, posters or evidence of internal review from a director, dean or head of an organisation.

* International (non-Australian citizen) scientists who are currently working or studying in Australia are welcome to apply, but they must be able to demonstrate a formal affiliation with an Australian institution

We do not accept applications from

People who are already working professionally in public engagement with STEM, including:

  • Current science communication students and professionals
  • Employees of the British Council and their next of kin
  • Those who have participated in a previous FameLab National Final event

Terms & Conditions and Competition Rules   |   More information about eligibility   |   Information about the rules



Contact FameLab Australia for more information:

Melissa Callanan
Project Director (WA)