Thursday 20 December 2018

After the successful launch of FameLab in 2018, this year the British Council brings again FameLab to Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong. The registration is now open and it will end on January 25, 2019. 

British Council organised a launching ceremony for the FameLab 2018-19 on 20 December 2018 at the British Council Auditorium. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest of the event.

There have been over 200 registrations nationwide after the launching of Famelab last year. The science competition, created by Cheltenham Festivals and co-produced by the British Council, aims to discover up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective. A partnership between FameLab and British Council, since 2007, has seen the competition go global with more than 9000 young scientists and engineers participating to date.

“FameLab has made science into a fun subject. It is the world's leading science communication competition and it’s designed to encourage, stimulate and develop scientists and engineers to actively engage with young minds in public groups and stakeholders.” said Professor Abdul Mannan. 

Each contestant in the FameLab competition will deliver a three-minute presentation on their chosen topic. Every presentation will be judged according to the golden rule of the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma. After the initial round of auditions in the three cities beginning in February 2019, selected participants will travel to Dhaka to participate in Masterclass conducted by a renowned scientist from the UK. Here the finalists will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth idea of how to generate and materialise unique scientific ideas and to present those in creative ways on-stage within three minutes. The final National Gala round will be held in Dhaka on March 22, 2019, where one FameLabber will be selected to represent Bangladesh at the International Cheltenham Science Festival in London, UK.

Finalists from across the five continents will compete to be named as the most interesting, accessible and charismatic science communicator by a panel of expert judges. The final will take place at The Arena in front of a packed Cheltenham Festival audience. Thousands will watch the live-stream around the world.

The registration link is

People can keep up with all of the action on Twitter by following @FameLab and @CheltSciFest, and join the conversation using #FameLab.

Notes to Editor

FameLab® is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals in the UK. The British Council has license to deliver the competition in 25 countries overseas.

 For further information please contact:

Arshia Aziz, Director Marketing, Marketing, British Council Bangladesh


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