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FameLab 2015 is here!

Passionate about science? Love telling people about your research?

FameLab needs you!

The International competition in science engagement is back for another great year of head to head communicating. Providing researchers in academia and industry the chance to engage a wide public audience, FameLab is a great way to get your research out there. Previous winners have gone on to travel the globe, and appear on radio and TV. The FameLab final can be found on YouTube at the foot of this post (note – the full video is nearly 2 hours long!)

Fame Lab 2015

Fame Lab 2015

Contestants have just three minutes to convey a science or engineering concept in an exciting and engaging way. If that sounds like your sort of challenge, FameLab wants to hear from you. The competition is open to anyone currently working science, technology, engineering or maths. More details can be found here.

UK competitors have the chance to win £1750 in prize money and a *weekend Master Class* with experts in media & communication skills, not to mention a chance to appear in the FameLab International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2015.

The Newcastle heats and final are taking place at the Stand Comedy Club on the 24th February 2015. The heats will run during the day and the final in the evening. To sign up please fill out this registration form

There will be an optional training session at the Centre for life, on the 9th February from 5pm-7pm. If you wish to attend, contact Duncan at duncan.yellowlees@life.org.uk

Three-Minute Thesis competition

Can you summarise your thesis in just three minutes?

Are you up for the challenge to summarise your thesis in just three minutes and explain it to a non-specialist audience?

The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development is organising a three-minute thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.

Why do it?

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Winners will be awarded research funds to pay for research and conference trips, books and other research expenses.


  • Faculty winner: £200
  • University winner: £400
  • University runner-up: £200
  • University audience favourite: £100

How will it work?

We will have three faculty heats in February and the final competition on 22nd April with our Chancellor as one of the judges. The winner of the final will take part in the national semi-final.

I had the pleasure of being present at this year’s national final competition at the VITAE conference in September. The winning presentation can be seen below:

You can see further examples on Vitae’s Conference web pages.

Who is eligible?

Current Durham University Postgraduate Research students. You are still eligible if you have submitted your thesis by the date of your faculty heat, as long as you have not had your viva.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill in the 3-minute Thesis Application Form, including a short written summary of your research and its significance.
  2. Email the form to postgraduate.training@durham.ac.uk or post / deliver it to:

Carolyn McAlhone, Centre for Academic and Researcher Development, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.

Deadline for applications: 14th January 2015