Albert Einstein once said, “if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." And we completely agree!
That's why our international science communication competition, FameLab, asks researchers to explain their work to a non-scientific audience in three minutes in a funny and accessible way.
The competition is open to early-career researchers working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Applicants are asked to submit a short video entry and, if shortlisted, will be invited to perform live at one of the national semi-final events taking place in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA in March and April.
The most charismatic contestants will go on to present at the national final – hosted by superstar astrophysicist, Dr Alan Duffy – at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on 4 May.
At the live events, contestants have just three minutes to convey their scientific research on stage in an original, entertaining way and are judged on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentations.
All participants are provided with expert training to develop their presentation and communication skills prior to performing on stage and the winner of the national competition will win an expenses-paid trip to the UK in June. There, they will compete against contestants from over 27 countries at the International FameLab Final at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.
Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from The University of Adelaide won FameLab Australia 2016 with her brilliant horror-film tale about the caterpillar-killing wasps that are saving our potato crops and access to hot chips.
“FameLab was an amazing experience," says Erinn. "The competition was a great chance to meet other PhD students passionate about science communication in a wide range of fields, and it was inspiring to hear about their research and how they share it with the world.”
“The training we received at every level of the competition was really useful, and it was amazing to be selected to travel to Cheltenham to compete on the international stage. I would highly recommend the experience to others.”
Applications close at midnight (AEDT) on Friday 24 February 2017. Apply or find out more at www.famelab.org.au