FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition that aims to discover charismatic early career scientists who can inspire people to see the world from new perspectives.
The Fogarty Foundation has partnered the the Foundation for the WA Museum to establish FameLab Academy, a schools initiative for Years 9 and 10 students to encourage their interest in STEM and develop their science communications skills.
The FameLab Academy National Finals, held in Perth, showcase some of the country’s brightest minds as they tell science stories in just three minutes, with no props, no jargon, and no PowerPoint. Researchers explain why their work matters, in ways non-researchers can understand.
I enjoyed being with ‘fellow nerds’ and being able to inform others on a topic that I really enjoyed learning and researching about. I loved learning about everyone else’s topic and the whole vibe of the day was supportive and relaxed. It really helped my self-confidence and public speaking.
In 2021, finalists from nine schools around Western Australia presented their work at Heath Ledger Theatre in front of an audience of nearly 300.
Stella was the 2021 FameLabs Academy winner, presenting The Appendix – is it a ticking time bomb? Presentations were on topics across the spectrum of STEM topics from the subconscious dreaming mind to Einstein’s theory of gravity. The finalists gave exceptional presentations and learned a lot during their time with the mentors.
The Foundation is pleased to continue supporting FameLab Academy to scale in 2022.