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University of Basel

Famelab: Present Your Research in 180 Seconds

How to present a complex research topic to a general audience in only three minutes? The University of Basel is looking for young scientists ready to take on this challenge and participate in the project “FameLab”.

16 January 2014

“FameLab” is inviting young scientists from the fields of medicine, psychology and the natural sciences to explain their research in 180 seconds on stage as entertainingly as possible. The short presentations can be held in either German or English. All props are allowed, as long as the participants can carry them on stage by themselves. At the end of each presentation three members of the jury will ask questions regarding the goal of the research, its methodology and purpose to society.

In addition to the prize awarded by the jury the general audience can vote for their favorite performance via Facebook and award a public choice award.

Tracking new talent in communication

The idea behind “FameLab” comes from the UK and describes a competition in which young scientists present their research topic in an original, entertaining and understandable way. The goal is to find new communication talents around the globe.

Entering the competition for “FameLab” Switzerland are ETH Zurich, the universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich, the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, as well as the British Council who holds the sponsorship of FameLab. After the regional competitions, the semi-finals will follow in March in Geneva and Zurich where, in the end of May, the national finals will also be held. All national winners will then meet in June for the international competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival in England.

Seeking participants

Scientists interested in “FameLab” are invited to sign up. Allowed to participate are Master’s degree students, doctoral students and researchers younger than 35 years and from the fields of medicine, psychology and the natural sciences. After a coaching they are able to gain a wildcard which will allow them to qualify directly for the semi-finals taking place on 19 March 2014 at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Further information and registration

The coaching in Basel will take place in the evening of the following dates: 13 February (informational event), 27 February (first coaching) and 13 March (second coaching). Contact and registration: Dr. Marc Creus, University of Basel, Department of Chemistry, phone: +41 61 267 10 63, email: marc.creus@unibas.ch

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