Phakiso Mohlala | 28 October 2017

As we know, Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it, Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing and science of today, is a technology of Tomorrow. So it is important for you to know about the FameLab competition and also take part in it to change the world.

FameLab is an initiative of Cheltenham Science Festival's and is an international competition that promotes engagement with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovations. It provides a platform for audience engagement and creates space for scientists to find their voices and develop their communication skills. It is implemented in partnership with the British Council, The South African Agency For science and technology Advancement (A business unit of the National Research Foundation  (NRF), has a mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of Science, engineering and technology in South Africa), and Jive Media Africa.

As an individual who follows Science, I believe that Science will change the world. I [therefore] encourage people to take part in the competition. As it says on FameLab information sheets and website, “If you think you can explain a scientific concept to a general audience in three minutes, then why not enter? You could become the new face of science and represent South Africa at the FameLab International final in the UK”. I too, reiterate these words.

By taking part in FameLab you will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, gain invaluable communication skills, and meet amazing like-minded people. Importantly you will also become part of an increasingly exciting network of scientists and engineers able to clearly and imaginatively explain their science to the general public.

The following people may apply:

  • Lecturers and researchers in science, engineering or mathematics subjects, including specialist science teachers with a science degree.
  • People who work on applying science, engineering technology or mathematics (e.g. patent clerks, statisticians, consultants to industry).
  • University students of Science, Mathematics or Engineering aged 21 to 35.
  • People who apply science, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies.
  • People who apply science, engineering or mathematics in industry or business.


Follow these steps to enter the competition:

  • Fill in the online registration form on the FameLab website.
  • They will contact you by email to confirm receipt of your application and inform you of the details and next steps.
  • Attend the heat leg of the competition closest to you and present your Scientific topic to a panel of judges (don't forget to invite your friends and family to support you!)


All participants who are selected as semi-finalists at a FameLab South Africa heat will receive R500 gift vouchers and all expenses paid master class training. Semi-finalists who make it through to the finals travel all expenses paid to the National Final. Here the winner will receive a cash prize of R 5000 and the two runners-up will each receive R 2500. The winner will travel all expenses paid to the international master classes and final at Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom.

As Sci4Ubuntu, we encourage you to take part in this competition. We know and believe that Sci4Ubuntu and Famelab have common goal - to ensure that science/information/knowledge is accessible to all most particular to those who could not access it before.