Published: 03 January 2014

Science talent show comes to Surrey

FameLab, the UK’s biggest competition to find the newest voices in science and engineering touches down in Guildford later this month.

Aerial view of University of Surrey campus

Organised and promoted by the University of Surrey, the South East FameLab heats and regional final give people working in or studying science, technology and engineering the chance to share their passion for their subject in front of a live audience.

Contestants have just three minutes to pitch a concept to a panel of judges drawn from the worlds of academia, business and the media.  Each judge will assess the presentations on three qualities: content, clarity and charisma.

‘Here at Surrey, we’re committed to encouraging the science communicators of the future to take up the challenge and enthuse and inspire the public about the many wonderful things happening in the world of science and engineering,’ says Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey.  ‘We’re delighted to have been approached by FameLab to host the regional heats and final.  As a judge at previous FameLab competitions, I’d urge anyone looking for an entertaining and informative night out to come on down and join us.’

The winner of the South East heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend Masterclass led by experts in media and communication skills, before vying for the title of FameLab UK champion at the National Final – 23 April 2014 - at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the free events:

Heats – Tuesday 14 January at Bar des Arts, Guildford

Regional final – Thursday 23 January, Heart + Soul, Manor Park, University of Surrey.

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FameLab is produced and created by the Cheltenham Festivals and sponsored by EDF Energy and Endsleigh.

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