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Title of Initiative / Project
Name of Organiser
Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) y el British Council
Start and ending date of the Initiative
2013 - 2014 (once a year)
European, National
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Type of deliverables
Thematic area
Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Biology, Technology, ICT, Science , Other
Language of the deliverable
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world. This international competition of scientific monologues encourages science communication through to new avenues of approach to society.
The project was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenhalm Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. It has been present in Spain since 2013 thanks to the collaboration of the British Council and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).
Its main objective is to promote dissemination of science by identifying, training and publicizing new talent, new spokespersons among those working in science through an innovative format, scientific monologue.
The competition is designed to inspire and motivate those devoted to science and technology areas to actively participate in the dissemination of their work through an innovative format in this field, the monologue, in direct contact with the public. This design allows to approach new scientific knowledge to all audiences, with a brief monologue that uses clear language, it is fun and entertaining.
More Information
This project, which began in Europe and arrives to Spain in 2013, encourages communication of science through fun short monologues. It is very interesting because scientists and researchers themselves are the ones that are disseminating science through a series of short videos, using a simple and clear language. The topics are diverse, ranging from concepts in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics ....
However one might consider it as a limited resource because the amount of videos available is small and they are not organized by topics.

A sample of the videos available are:
Adipocytes and the effect of fat in our body
Mathematical theorems
Fight against pathogenic bacteria
Fermat theorem
Teachers’ Opinion
These videos are very interesting for their use in the classroom because they are very short and show some aspects of science in a fun way, which increases the motivation and interest of students throught science. Unfortunately there are few videos on the web.
Students’ Opinion
We like the videos, science is explained in a very funny way and we laugh a lot. Everything is easier, we understand it better and we remember more information of the explanations given.

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Date: 2015.03.03

Posted by Anna Sanchis (Spain)

Some of the monologues are hilarious. But all of them are very interesting.
Scientists are talking about their work, its funny, but they seem so excited and professional that is an inspiration for many teenagers.
"Science is not boring" is the main message. They demonstrate that it is not only fun, is exciting, is gratifying.
I watch some of the monologues in TV. Nowadays, the second channel of the Spanish public television is showing one each week in a program called: "Órbita Laika" I want to recommend it.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.