FameLab aims to discover up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective. Researchers have just three minutes to win over a judging panel and live audience with a scientific talk judged on content, clarity and charisma. The largest science-communication competition in the world, The British Council introduced FameLab to Australia in 2014. Now about to enter its eighth year in the country, the competition has established a strong reputation and high profile.

2021 FameLab Australia Winner Announced!

The Foundation for the WA Museum are thrilled to announce Dr Samantha Nixon from the University of Queensland as the winner of the 2021 FameLab Australia final.

Samantha’s presentation ’Fighting creepy with crawly’ explored her research behind the of use of spider venom to create new medicines for fighting parasitic disease.

Samantha and her creepy crawlies will represent Australia as they compete against scientists from 30 countries in the FameLab International Final, streaming live to the public on Thursday the 25th of November.

The national final was judged by, Director of the British Council Australia, Helen Salmon, presenter Natasha Mitchell from ABC Radio’s Science Friction, and John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University Steven Tingay.

The runner-up of the 2021 Australian FameLab final was Kate Huckstep from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, who presented ’Why a favourite pub could trigger relapse’ which uncovers the biological mechanisms behind context-induced alcohol use disorder relapse.

The public vote was awarded to Vivian Tran from La Trobe University for her presentation entitled ’Taking on the weight of the world.’

You can watch all of the amazing researchers below.



9 JULY - WA Semi-Final

7 JULY - NSW Semi-Final

5 JULY - VIC Semi-Final

2 JULY - QLD Semi-Final