FameLab 2018: the Amsterdam edition

25 January 2018

Get ready for fast paced presentations of complex research from all disciplines, string theory to sexual selection, computational learning to the chemistry of Rembrandt’s oil paintings. FameLab is an international competition for young scientists in science communication, co-hosted by the UvA Faculty of Science and AMC.

Are you a PhD candidate or post doc, between 21 – 40 years, into science and eager to explain scientific concepts to a general audience…in just three minutes? 

Take the challenge

Three minutes. No slides. Just science. Contestants will present their research in front of a jury of judges with various experience in science communication. These judges will select the best 2 participants based on FameLab marking criteria (content, clarity and charisma). These contestants will then continue on to the national heat at Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, and if successful, to the FameLab final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

The Amsterdam heats

Preliminary rounds will be held by the contestant’s faculty either UvA Faculty of Science (FNWI) or Faculty of Medicine AMC-UVA. Here contestants will receive valuable training to aid them in the next steps of the competition. Depending on the number of participants, performances during this preliminary training may be judged to see whether the next round is achieved. 

  • Preliminary Faculty of Science - 19 February (13:00 - 17:00)
    This round is especially for participants of the Faculty of Science and includes a workshop and video recordings of your three-minute pitch. Training will focus on the  content of your pitch. Training will take place at location Science Park 904.
  • Preliminary Faculty of Medicine – 6 or 8 February 2018
    This round is especially for participants of the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Workshop Faculty of Science & Medicine – 9 March 2018
    The best candidates from the preliminaries will be allowed to participate in a workshop in presentation skills in the venue where the Amsterdam heat will take place. This workshop is from 9.30 - 13.30 at SPUI25
  • Amsterdam heat – 15 March 2018 
    Listen to cutting edge research from the University of Amsterdam in the heart of Amsterdam. Whether a contestant or spectator, you’ll get inspired by fast-paced science. The heat is held from 18.30 – 22.00 at SPUI25.

The pitch of Bert Verknocke, former Post doc at the UvA and winner of FameLab Netherlands 2016

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Why take part?

First of all, you get a unique experience in improving your presentations skills. But there are prizes too. All the winners of the regional heats get a 2-day Master Class run by some of the best science communicators in the world (all expenses paid). And the winner of the national final wins a trip to the UK in June to attend the Cheltenham Science Festival and compete in the FameLab International.

Please note that we expect all participants to be available on: 9 March, 15 March (Amsterdam heat), 12 & 13 April (Communication Master Class) and 9 May (FameLab Netherlands Final at Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht). Preliminary training dates TBC.

For whom is it?

FameLab is a competition for young scientists (21-40 year) in the natural sciences, mathematics, informatics, engineering and medicine. This includes PhD candidates, Post Docs, but we also welcome Master’s students. See the website of FameLab for specific rules about eligibility.

Deadline 14 February 

Ready to apply? Complete the online registration before 14 February 2018. The application will ask for your motivation for participating in FameLab, a brief explanation of your presentation topic (50 words), and a short biography (200 words). An email confirmation will then be sent to confirm the receipt of your application and inform you of the details and next steps.


Send your email to famelabamsterdam@gmail.com

Published by  Faculty of Science