After the successful launch of FameLab in 2018, the British Council brings FameLab back to Bangladesh. FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition to break down STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) concept into three minutes presentation.

The British Council first introduced FameLab in Bangladesh in 2018, which was initiated within only Dhaka city. This year, FameLab in Bangladesh is going big, and aspiring young scientists will be auditioned from across Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet.

The British Council organised a launching ceremony for FameLab 2019 on 20 December 2018 at the British Council auditorium. The event was attended by over 100 guests representing the country’s leading universities and corporate organisations in Bangladesh, who are working and promoting science education. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest of the event.

Towhidur Rahman, Head of Higher Education, British Council then explained the process of the competition for the contestants. Each contestant in the FameLab competition will deliver a three-minute presentation on their chosen topic. Every performance will be judged according to the golden rule of the three 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 22 March 2019, where one FameLabber will be selected to represent Bangladesh at the International Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Professor Abdul Mannan appreciated the opportunity provided to the youth through FameLab and encouraged them to represent Bangladesh in the international competition. “FameLab is making science fun, and I am happy to see it is trying to engage the young generation of the country with the concepts of science,” he said.

FameLab is expected to encourage young people to be more inclined towards science education. This competition is not about exploring science concepts but more about explaining the ideas in the most interactive way which will make way for the hardest concepts to be defined in the easiest possible way. This will motivate the young science lovers of Bangladesh to give more emphasis on communication.  

The registration is now open, and it will end on 25 January 2019. Register here.