The biggest science communication competition in the world

FameLab is an international competition to find and support the world's most talented new science communicators. Participants have three minutes to win over the judges and audience with a scientific talk that excels for its content, clarity and charisma. Cheltenham Festivals held the first FameLab in 2005. Its partnership with the British Council in 2007 took the competition global, and to date, more than 40,000 scientists and engineers have taken part from across the world.

FameLab South Africa inspires the next generation of scientists and researchers to gain invaluable communication skills, and meet amazing like-minded people.  They also become part of a growing network of scientists, researchers and engineers able to clearly and imaginatively explain their work to the general public. In South Africa, FameLab has been delivered by a partnership including the British Council, the South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa.

The 2021 FameLab South Africa National Final competition will be broadcast by NRF-SAASTA on Wednesday 20 October 2021

Learn more about FameLab South Africa’s impact by reading this booklet of perspectives from local alumni.