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.