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Australia’s First FameLab

Support early-career researchers as they vie for a trip to the UK.

Passionate Aussie scientists are in the spotlight talking science. No jargon, no lab coats – props, music and poetry optional…. but they’ve only got 3 minutes.

Join them for a drink in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for the State Heats of FameLab Australia – a competition that gives early-career researchers the chance to talk about their science in plain English.

The finalists will perfect their pitch with help from experts in communication and presentation, and we’ll help them tell the media and science community about their work, as we have done with Fresh Science for 16 years.

Come along for a drink and support the FameLab finalists from your organisation at the State Heats in the next few weeks.

The best from each state will jet over to Perth for the National Final in May, and the overall winner will head to the UK to represent Australia at the FameLab International Grand Final, at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June.

First up, in Brisbane on Tuesday 25 March, hosted by the University of Queensland:
Central Queensland University, James Cook University, the University of Queensland and QAAFI

At Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 27 March:
Macquarie University, The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

In Victoria, at Scienceworks on Wednesday 2 April:
The University of Melbourne, Monash University and MIMR, Deakin University, the Baker IDI, the East Gippsland Shire Council and CSIRO’s Materials Science and Engineering Division

In Western Australia on Tuesday 8 April at Fremantle’s Maritime Museum:
Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Telethon Institute, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Australia

And finally, in Adelaide on Thursday 10 April, we’ll welcome contestants from South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT, including: The University of Adelaide, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, plus interlopers from ANU in Canberra, the Menzies Research Institute, the University of Tasmania and the Delft University of Technology.

All events are free to attend and all are welcome, but spots are limited. For catering, please RSVP at

FameLab is an initiative of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. FameLab Australia is presented by the British Council, Cheltenham Festivals and Fresh Science; and supported by Inspiring Australia, the Western Australian Museum and the British High Commission, Canberra.