A competitor presents her research at the FameLab regional  heat held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in July 2014.
A competitor presents her research at the FameLab regional  heat held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in July 2014. ©

Kris Qua/NASA

FameLab was an international science communication competition that was founded in 2005 by the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Described as 'American Idol for scientists', FameLab participants were asked to present their scientific research to a panel of judges in only three minutes, without a PowerPoint slideshow or additional supporting materials. The program encouraged scientists from all scientific disciplines to develop the skills they need to share their research with others in an innovative and exciting way.

In the United States, FameLab was co-sponsored by the British Council and NASA. During its third season, regional heats for FameLab took place throughout the United States and online during 2014 and 2015. The winners from each regional heat continued on to the national US tournament in April 2016. Winners from the US then competed in the international final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2016.

April 16-17: Regional Heat at Stony Brook University

FameLab's fourth regional heat of the season will be hosted by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, New York.

More details on the competition to follow.

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