Return of FameLab aims to ignite bright sparks at Museum of Science and Industry

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 January 2014

Why is wearing red an advantage in sport? Why do men have nipples? How do cabbages keep warm in winter? Manchester's annual FameLab poses the questions

A photo of a man in an orange t-shirt standing on stage in front of a screen of his face
FameLab 2013 winner Leon Vanstone© MOSI
A lucrative prize lies at the end of the Museum of Science and Industry’s FameLab competition. Given three minutes to unravel their chosen complex subject, the best “communicators” from the regional heats, starting in February, could end up at the National Final at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre in April, where the winner will receive £1,000 and the distinct possibility of travelling the globe.

Running since 2005, this science soapbox aims to find presenters of the future.

“Science communication is all about inspiring people about science and breaking down traditional preconceptions of the typical scientist in a white coat,” believes Marieke Navin, the Director of the Manchester Science Festival who is a former National Finalist in the competition.

“So you can expect to be entertained with comedy, or amazed by fantastic performances, and learn some incredible facts at the same time.

“It is free to attend but we advise booking as there are a limited number of places.”

Entrants working in or studying science fields are encouraged to try and impress a panel which includes three university experts and BBC Science reporter Victoria Gill.

  • Email Susannah Williams or visit to take part or attend. North West regional heats take place at the museum on February 7 2014, with a public event on February 14.

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