PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENCE?
LOVE TO COMMUNICATE?
New frontiers await scientists in every field of research, whether on land, under the sea, or in space. From our origins as humans to the origins of our Solar System, from species’ interactions in an ecosystem to Earth’s interaction with the Sun, from climate change to the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe, sheer curiosity and passion for knowledge will always keep us at the cutting edge of exploration.
In today’s media-intensive environment, your ability to convey your science can reshape the face of science exploration and discovery.
FameLab asks…how are you exploring Earth and beyond?
Let's Talk Scientific Exploration!
At regional heats throughout the US over the next 18 months, join early career scientists from numerous disciplines and compete to convey your research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides, no charts, just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging.
Winners from the FameLab Exploring Earth and Beyond regional competitions will face off at National Geographic headquarters in DC in April, 2014 for a grand prize and the chance to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014.
Beyond the competition element, the heart of FameLab is to improve your communication skills! At each preliminary event there will be a workshop with training in the principles and practices of good communication.
Preparing for and Participating in the Online Heat
Can’t make it to any of the regional heats? No problem! FameLab EEB will include an online heat, allowing you to compete from home.
- Register through this website (see below) and select “online” from the dropdown menu when selecting the heat you wish to participate in.
- You will receive a follow up email from FameLab EEB organizers with further direction on how and when to send us your video.
- Your video should:
- be up to three minutes long (content after this time limit will not be judged)
- no editing or special effects
- no other people or excessive props
- not contain any background music
- Recording quality will not be assessed.
- Online competitors advancing to the online final may be asked to submit a second three-minute piece.
Are YOU Eligible?
- Those actively doing research in fields such as:
Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrobiology,
Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology,
Climatology, Conservation, Ecology,
Geography, Geology, Heliophysics,
Paleontology, Planetary Science, Oceanography
- Graduate students (both MS and PhD)
- Postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers within 5 years of receiving PhD or MS
- Upper division, advanced undergraduate students and mid-career scientists will not be turned away, but the focus is on early career.
- International (non-US citizen) scientists who are currently working and studying in the US are welcome.
- Science communication students and professionals are NOT eligible.
Interested in competing? Fill out this registration form and we will follow up with more information. If you'd prefer to be on our mailing list for now to receive info on upcoming regional heats, sign up here: MAILING LIST.