Wednesday, 08 November 2017

FameLab® is back again with a new generation of young scientists competing to showcase their talents at the UK’s biggest search for voices of science. British Council and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology have partnered to give young Egyptian scientists the opportunity to participate in FameLab® 2018.

FameLab® competition is now a world leading science communication competition that since 2007 has seen a global participation of more than 9000 young scientists and engineers aged from 18-40.

Each year one winner and two runners-up from Egypt travel to the UK to participate in Cheltenham science festival connecting young scientists and researchers across the world.

Contestants will have just three minutes to pitch a concept in science or engineering to the panel of judges which include eminent scientists, science communicators and public figures.

Each judge will assess the finalists’ presentations according to the golden rule of the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma. Finalists from across six continents will compete to be named as the most interesting, accessible and charismatic science communicator.

This year, six heats will be running through FameLab® 2018 across different governorates in Egypt from 31 October 2017 – 14 April 2018 as per the below schedule: 

Launch the call 31 October 2017 
Deadline for applications   30 November 2017 
First heat   23 December 2017  Cairo
Second heat   3 February 2018 Alexandria
Third heat   10 February 2018 Ismailia
Forth heat   17 February 2018  Minia
Fifth heat   24 February 2018 Beni Sueif
Sixth heat   10 March 2018  Cairo
National Final   14 April 2018 Cairo

Finalists will participate in the Master Class with an expert in media and communication skills, before competing for the title of FameLab® Egypt 2018 Champion at the National Final Competition in April 2018. All they need is to apply here.

This year’s competition is supported by The American University in Cairo, Ain Shams University, Minia University, Al Alfi foundation, Alexandria University, Beni Sueif University, Innovation Hub (iHub) and Misr El-Kheir foundation.

FameLab® is an international competition initiated by the Cheltenham Science Festival and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in the UK. FameLab® International is delivered by Cheltenham festival’s global partner the British Council.

Notes to Editor

For media enquiries, please contact:

Hend Kamal, Communications Officer, British Council Egypt

Tel: + 20 (2) 3300 644

Mobile: + 20 (0)109 7949 160 


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.

Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

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About the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology

The academy is an experienced organisation which plans and organises the projects for the best scientists in Egypt to offer them experience and knowledge and strategic researches. The academy also offers consults for the government and the supreme council for science and decision makers in the science and technology field.

The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology was launched in September 1972 under presidential decree number 2405, described as the national organisation responsible for science and technology in Egypt.

In 1988, presidential decree number 377 was issued to determine the academy’s roles, responsibilities and activities.

For more information please visit the Scientific Research and Technology website.

You can also keep in touch with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology through the Facebook page.