"FameLab is a science communication competition designed to engage and entertain. Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity." writes the Cheltenham festival, organizers of Famelab since 2005, on their homepage.
For Famelab, contestants give brief, up to three minute, presentations that engage the general public. PowerPoint Slides are not allowed when they talk about their research. The participants are judged on clarity, content and communication by a panel of judges. They decide who moves on to the next round of competition - from regional heats in the participating countries, to the national finals and then eventually to the international finals, which take place at Cheltenham Science Festival.
It is no secret that many Explainables have Famelab experience. In fact the idea to start Explainables was conceived by Jesse and Daniel during the lunch break of the Famelab regionals at Stony Brook University in 2015.
Today were are starting a new series of Famelab Flashback Fridays: Over the next months we will present highlights of our Explainables at various Famelab competitions around the world. In this first episode watch Daniel explaining how we might find life in space by listening to the Heartbeat to the Stars.