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Famelab: your chance to be on stage

For a few years now, Famelab has grown into an international competition for young scientists aged 18-35 eager to share their passion.

Here is an unusual contest: participants are asked to communicate their work or interest in a 3-minute speech delivered to a general audience. In return, they get training from professionals (science communicators and media people), get invited to a Masterclass and can even make it to the finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom. The contestants are judged by professional scientists on their content, clarity and charisma. The goal is to detect the new voices for science and to find communicators able to captivate their audience.

It started in 2005 at the Cheltenham Science Festival. In 2007, the British Council adopted this competition as one of its flagship science engagement projects first in South East Europe for a pilot project, then expanding in 2010 to include 14 countries from Europe, Asia and Africa. Check out if there is a competition near you. You can also get help to host your own event.

On February 4, CERN will be hosting the Swiss semi-finals, with the finals to be held in Zurich on March 30. Anybody working or studying in Switzerland can participate. You can register up to the day of the event itself. Every one is also invited to attend the competition, which will start at 15:00 in CERN Globe of Innovation.

Don’t miss Tom Whyntie’s winning performance at the 2009 finals. Tom is a Ph.D student working on the CMS experiment at CERN. This is the most convincing speech you might ever heard about the importance of nothing.

Pauline Gagnon

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The Globe of Innovation, CERN expositions and visitors center

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