FameLab Global Science Communications Competition to be held in Kerala

FameLab India, Global Science Communications competition - South India finals on 30 November 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 

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  • Overwhelming response from South India: Shortlisted participants from leading institutions of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Karnataka
  • Finalists to receive exclusive two-day masterclass in science communications from eminent science communicator Prof Iain Stewart, Plymouth University, UK
  • FameLab finals on 30 November 2016, 4 p.m. onwards at Tagore Theatre Thiruvananthapuram is Open to ALL, entry is FREE!
  • Winners will compete at India Nationals with the India Finals representing India at FameLab International Grand Finale at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in June 2017

FamelabFameLab, the world’s largest science communications programme brought to India by British Council, has received an overwhelming response from South India. With entries from top educational institutions from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Karnataka, 30 participants have been shortlisted to compete at the South India Finals scheduled on 30 November 2016. The regional winners will compete at the India finals later, to be held at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune in January 2017. The India winners will represent the country at the FameLab International Grand Finale at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in June 2017.

FameLab aims at presenting scientific concepts in an interesting and innovative manner to the general public. The South India finals will have representation from institutions such as IIT-Madras; University of Kerala; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and Manipal University, Karnataka. The 30 participants will participate in an exclusive masterclass, where they will receive training in science communication from eminent science communicator Prof Iain Stewart from Plymouth University, UK before the South India Finals. This training provides a life-skill helping STEM workers reach new audiences with science.

Commenting on the encouraging response from South India, Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India, said, “We are overwhelmed with the response we have received for FameLab in South India. The applications reinforce the fact that Indian youth are brimming with fresh scientific ideas and an innate need to express themselves. With the global platform that FameLab presents, science communicators get an opportunity to further their skills and enhance their potential.

Dr Suresh Das, Executive Vice President of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Principal Secretary S & T Department said: “Congratulations to all the teams who have successfully made it to the South India Regional Finals of FameLab to be held at Thiruvananthapuram. KSCSTE is very happy to be associated with this exciting event.”

Prof P K Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala said,” FameLab would help to communicate scientific concepts and outcomes to the society. By jointly organising the regional finals in Thiruvananthapuram, we are adding great value to higher education.”

The British Council is partnering with the University of Kerala and the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) for the regional finals in South India.

Join us for the FameLab finals on 30 November 2016, 4 p.m. onwards at Tagore Theatre Thiruvananthapuram. Open to ALL, entry is FREE!

FameLab encourages scientists and STEM workers to inspire and excite new audiences with science. The training and competition format provide a platform for STEM workers to show the public the exciting side of science; enhance their communication and presentation skills; engage with like-minded individuals; and join a unique, international alumni network.

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