FameLab – the world's leading science communication competition

FameLab is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.

FameLab Germany final goes digital: 14 May 2020

We are very happy to inform you that the FameLab final in Bielefeld is moving online. For the first time ever, the FameLab final will be streamed live on Bielefeld Jetzt's Facebook page and their website (Bielefeld Next) on Thursday 14 May, 1800

The final will be moderated by Dr Sissy-Christin Lorenz (Bielefeld Jetzt!) and Dirk Ludewig (founder of NerdStar). Nine candidates from all over Germany have made it to the national final and will join the live stream virtually. They all have three minutes to explain a science topic of their choice as entertaining, accurate and engaging as possible. The audience is not merely able to watch but also able to ask questions in the chat and award an audience prize via voting.

  • Andre Bauer (Universität Würzburg; Computer Science)
  • Sarah Beutler (TU Dresden; Psychology)
  • Lilith Diringer (TU Dresden; International Relations)
  • Nicola Ganter (Leibniz Universität Hannover; Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr. Felix Günther (TU Berlin; Mathematics)
  • Niklas Hoffmann (Universität Bielefeld; Biology)
  • Nibedita Priyadarshini (Universität Freiburg; Microbiology)
  • Simona Schindler (Universität Heidelberg; Molecular Biotechnology)
  • Ian Stewart (Max-Delbrück-Centrum Berlin; Sensory Systems Neuroscience)

The high-class jury will also be brought in live. The jury of "FameLab Germany Live" includes the author and award-winning speaker Daniela Ben Said as well as two renowned scientists from Bielefeld: Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf, Vice-Rector for Research and Research Transfer at Bielefeld University, and Prof. Dr. Christian Schröder, Vice President for Research, Development and Transfer at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. The round will be completed by another renowned expert: Dr. Jörg Dräger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bertelsmann Foundation and Managing Director of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE). 

It is with sadness and regret that the 2020 Cheltenham Science Festival has been cancelled, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are planning to postpone the FameLab International Finals to October.  

Dates 2020

Find out more about the registration process and how to apply here.

Find out what happens at the regional heats, there are some rules you need to know about.

UK involvement

The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. 

Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.


Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 FameLab has grown into the world leading science communication competition.

The partnership with the British Council, begun in 2007, has seen the competition go global, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. 2015 sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition.

See the project in action.