FameLab 2018 winner smiling with award surrounded by members of the jury and keynote speaker clapping.
Famelab Hungary 2018 Final © Szigeti Tamás/MTA

What is FameLab?

FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition. It spotlights the science communicators of tomorrow, who can show off their area of expertise in a truly engaging way. Participants have three minutes to impress the judges and public, demonstrating world-class content, clarity and charisma

Communicating science is an ever-growing priority worldwide. If experts can turn complex ideas into something accessible and attractive they:

  • Encourage future generations of scientists
  • Increase public understanding of science and its role in society
  • Generate support and funding for their work

Make it funny, make it informative, make it inspirational - we are looking for someone who can shine!

FameLab International

Cheltenham Festivals launched the first FameLab in 2005, and in 2007 partnered with British Council to take the model worldwide. Since then more than 9,000 scientists have participated from all around the globe.

This year nearly 30 countries will host their own national competitions, creating a network from Europe and America to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Learn more at

Cheltenham Science Festival – FameLab International

British Council – FameLab 2020

FameLab – YouTube 

FameLab Hungary

In 2020, together with the Hungarian Academy of Sciencies, we organised FameLab Hungary for the third time.


We welcome:

  • University students in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering). You must be 18+ to enter. 
  • Doctoral candidates, lecturers and faculty members in STEM subjects.
  • Specialist schoolteachers with a relevant degree (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, IT teachers).
  • Professionals working on applied research in the STEM field. 

Those already working in public engagement with science are not eligible for FameLab - this includes press or PR officers, artists, performers, journalists and broadcasters, and Science Centre staff who work primarily with the public.

Please contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility.


  • You have only three minutes for your talk.
  • Your talk must be about a science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths-based topic.
  • You may not use PowerPoint or other presentation software.
  • Props are limited to what you can carry on stage (and there is no time for set up!). 
  • Your talk is a solo performance. You cannot bring other people on stage to assist your talk.  
  • If you qualify for the national final you will need a second presentation – this can be on the same general topic, but must be demonstrably different in content.
  • Presentations will be delivered in Hungarian or English for both rounds (the local heat and national final). FameLab International Finals at Cheltenham are held in English, but this should not deter you from applying. The qualifying participant from Hungary will join scientists from around the world, and language support can be provided as needed.
  • Participation in the master course is mandatory in order to take part in the final.


Do you want to join a global network of scientists, at the cutting edge of research? FameLab Alumni have given TEDx talks, written books, become Ministers and CEOs, and been awarded for pioneering research in their fields.

Finalists will join an exclusive two-day masterclass led by expert UK trainers, building their skills in communication. The national winner will also travel to Cheltenham Science Festival for the FameLab International Final, building partnerships that cross borders, subjects and systems.


  • 31 January 2020: Registration opens
  • 23 March 2020: Deadline for submitting applications
  • 31 March 2020: Heats (online)
  • 29 August to 30 August 2020: Masterclass for the finalists
  • 16 September 2020: National Final (online)
  • November 2020 (date to be confirmed): FameLab International Final (online)

Get Inspired!

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