The competition was set up in 2005 “to find and nurture scientists and engineers with a flair for communicating with public audiences”. Each competitor gets 3 minutes to talk – without Powerpoint and with only the props that he/she can carry onto a stage – about a scientific, engineering, mathematical or medical concept of his/her choosing in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. Each competitor is asked up to 2 minutes of questions before the judging panel selects a winner.
When will it be held?
Regional heats and finals will take place between November 2015 and March 2016. Successful regional finalists will be invited to take part in a free masterclass and the UK national final in April 2016. The winner of the UK national final will progress to the international final and compete against other countries’ winners for the “FameLab International Champion” title at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2016.
Am I eligible to take part?
Yes! The competition is open to people 21 or over who study or work in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics in the UK. As a trainee patent attorney, you could for example talk about a particularly interesting piece of technology you have been helping to patent (with the client’s permission, of course). As well as getting the thrill of performing live, you would have excellent opportunities to network and to raise not only your own profile but also that of your client, that of your firm, and that of the UK patent profession.
CIPA’s President Andrea Brewster and Chief Executive Lee Davies have been to a FameLab event and are keen to help CIPA student members who want to take part for themselves: both have extensive public speaking experience and a passion for communicating!
If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Informals Honorary Secretary Ben Charig.