Saturday 18 September 2021


A  Bangladeshi student make it to the top 10

The British Council has recently announced the names of the ten international finalists who will compete at the ‘FameLab Climate Change Communicators Online Final’ to be held in September 2021. A Bangladeshi contestant could make a place on the finalist list.     

The ten shortlisted finalists have been selected by the adjudicators based on video entrants, a three-minute video talks on the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’ from around the world. The video entries focused on myriads of climate science topics to tackle the climate crisis, ranging from clean energy to coral reef preservation.        

The finalists are - Aditi Chandra, engineer and entrepreneur at Kay Bouvet Engineering, India; Arka Chakraborty, student at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh; Danny Joseph Daniels, CVO at Lombris, Mexico; Emiliane Daher Pereira, a researcher at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; John Leo Algo, Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Campaigns at Living Laudato Si’ Philippines, Philippines; Larissa Cunha Pinheiro, PhD student in Nuclear Engineering at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mayur Bonkile, PhD student at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India; Minh Anh Le, research assistant at Institute of Health, Economics and Technology, Viet Nam; Navjeet Kaur, PhD student at University of Mumbai, India and Pallavi Pokharel, a recent graduate of Kathmandu University, Nepal.  

The finalists will now take part in online training and networking activities, including a two-day online masterclass with the leading science communicator Wendy Sadler to hone their skills before the final. After the final, the top FameLab Climate Change Communicator will progress through to the FameLab International Online Final to be held in November 2021, one of the world’s leading science communication competitions. 

Adrian Fenton, Senior Consultant in Public Engagement at the British Council, said, ‘We had a great response to FameLab Climate Change Communicators, and we thank everyone who took the time to create and send us their video entries. It’s been so inspiring to have received such high quality, personal entries from around the world from individuals who share our passion for building trust in climate science.’

Dr Ahmed Alboksmaty, Research Associate in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, and member of the judging panel for the FameLab Climate Change Communicators video entry round, said, ‘It was an honour and a pleasure to watch the video entries tackling a range of climate science-related topics. We had some tough decisions to make, but the ten finalists stood out with their content, clarity, and charisma – and really made us want to hear more! I’m sure they will benefit from the training, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the International Online Final.’

Global audiences will have the chance to hear the finalists at the FameLab Climate Change Communicators International Online Final, which will be streamed on the British Council’s YouTube channel on 28 September.

It is mentionable that ‘FameLab Climate Change Communicators’ is one of many activities the British Council is delivering as part of The Climate Connection programme: the British Council’s global platform for dialogue, cooperation, and action against climate change.

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