Ever wondered what makes a volcano erupt or a bee buzz? Science is no longer a geeky subject, and FameLab has just made it more fun. FameLab is the world's leading science communication competition. It is designed to inspire, motivate and develop scientists and engineers to actively engage with young minds in public communities and stakeholders. The British Council, in partnership with the Times Cheltenham Science Festival, has seen more than 9000 emerging scientists and engineers participate from over 30 countries since 2007. This year, for the first time, the British Council launched FameLab Bangladesh in association with First Security Islami Bank Limited, ICT division, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Times Cheltenham Science Festival.
This entire event is segmented into three major stages. The first stage began with the regional auditions, otherwise known as "heats" for participants across Bangladesh. We received more than 200 registrations for the auditions nationwide. The British Council held the auditions, otherwise known as "heats" Dhaka University campus office. All heats took place in between 18 to 22 March 2018.The judges of these heats were Dr Timothy Green, Mathematician & Physicist, Mr Mynul Islam, Head of Technologies, Multimedia Content and Communications Ltd and Ms Humaira Akhter, Professor, University of Dhaka. They have critically judged the participants based on their content, clarity and charisma. The judges had a tough time selecting 12 National Finalists out of all the participants. The second stage of FameLab was the Master Class with a renowned scientist from the UK. In this stage, the national finalists had a two-day master class session with Mr Huw James, Scientist and Adventurer. This event took place at the British Council auditorium on 31 March and 1 April 2018. Here, the finalists had 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. They all had individual grooming sessions from the trainer as well as from the judges, to prepare themselves for both the National FameLab Finale and Cheltenham Science Festival.
The finalists are now preparing for the secong stage which is the national gala round to be held on 12 April 2018 from where one FameLabber will be selected to represent Bangladesh at the international Cheltenham Science Festival
The British Council constantly engages in opportunities to promote sustainable industrialisation and innovation. Its aim to bring FameLab in Bangladesh opens up platforms of opportunities for young minds to contribute to their country’s development.