If you think you can explain a scientific concept to a general audience, in just three minutes, then why not enter? You could become the new face of science; represent Bangladesh at the FameLab International finals in the UK, and open doors to national and global opportunities in science communication!

FameLab is the world's leading science communication competition. It is designed to inspire, motivate and develop scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders. 

A partnership with the British Council and The Times Cheltenham Science Festival has seen more than 9000 emerging scientists and engineers participate from over 30 countries since 2007. FameLab Bangladesh is funded by the First Security Islami Bank Limited. It is managed by the British Council to boast an amazing network of science communicators, all skilled and committed to share their work and knowledge with public audiences nationally and internationally.

Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition!

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The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and older who is working in or studying technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics or maths in Bangladesh. This includes private and public sector employees.

We welcome:

  • Lecturers and researchers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, including specialist science teachers with a science degree
  • People who work on applying science, engineering, technology or mathematics (e.g. patent clerks, statisticians, consultants to industry)
  • University students of science, technology, mathematics or engineering aged 18 and over
  • People who apply science, technology, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies
  • People who apply science, technology, engineering or mathematics in industry or business

We cannot accept:

People who are already working professionally in public engagement with science, including:

  • Press or PR officers, even for science-related organisations
  • Artists who work on science-related themes
  • Performers whose shows are about science or engineering
  • Science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly with the public
  • Journalists and broadcasters (as their main or only job)
  • Non-specialist teachers

    Please contact us at famelab.bd@britishcouncil.org if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Important dates

FameLab Bangladesh 2018 will be hosted in the following phases:

1. Initial Heats : 18-24 March 2018 at British Council Auditorium, 5 Fuller Road, Dhaka

2. National Heat: 12 April 2018 at British Council Auditorium, 5 Fuller Road, Dhaka

3. International Finale in the UK: 5- 10 June 2018 at Cheltenham Science Festival

What happens at the initial heats?

FameLab Bangladesh 2018 will have initial heats or auditions in Dhaka for the participants across Bangladesh. The heats will be held at the British Council, Dhaka University campus office. All heats will take place between 18 to 24 March 2018. Participants will be notified on their schedules.

The order of the day

  • You will present your three minute talk to the FameLab judges.
  • The judges will ask questions after each presentation and will also give feedback where possible.
  • Winners who will be proceeding to the national final will be announced after 24 March 2018.

The rules

  • Presentations must be no longer than three minutes (content will not be judged after this time limit).
  • PowerPoint is not allowed.
  • No background music (unless this is what you are talking about).
  • Props are permitted but are limited to what you can carry on stage. There is no time for set up once on stage. Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition!

Get Tickets

Family and friends are encouraged to come along and lend support to competing FameLabbers. By joining the audience you can create a lively atmosphere for the contestants.

If you are interested to cheer the FameLabbers, let us know your name, contact number, e-mail address, age and gender through an e-mail at- famelab.bd@britishcouncil.org by 15 March 2018 and pre-book a seat just in case you miss it! Seats will be available on first come first serve basis.