Emmie Chiyindiko, FameLab SA Winner and MSc student at the University of the Free State is in the United Kingdom this week, hoping to secure a place in the FameLab International Final 2018!

FameLab winners from 30 countries will participate in the semi-finals that take place over three rounds on Wednesday 6th June at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

The international finalists will then battle it out on Thursday 7th June between 9.45pm and 11.15pm (SA time) in front of a live audience and the judges: Vivienne Parry (science writer and broadcaster), Clifford Johnson (Professor in Physics and Astronomy, author and science communicator) and Farrah Nazir (Acting Creative and Partnerships Lead, Wellcome Trust).

The event will also be live streamed here > www.youtube.com/user/famelab

South Africa’s Tshiamo Legoale took the prize in 2017 – will Emmie (below, 2nd from left) also enlighten and entertain her way to the top?

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To do so, Emmie will have to effectively communicate her research in under 3 minutes. Emmie’s work focusses on using techniques such as electrochemistry and computational chemistry to explore how various metal complexes can be used to increase the efficiency of industrial processes.

Jive Media Africa has been a key partner in rolling out FameLab SA since 2013. Click here to host this international competition in the year ahead > Expression of Interest Form

FameLab is an international competition by Cheltenham Festivals designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public. With over 30 participating countries, it has been dubbed the ‘Pop Idols of Science’! FameLab South Africa is made possible by a partnership between the British Council, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement together with research communication specialists Jive Media Africa.

Creating conversations between science and society to address the sustainable development goals was the focus of the 2018 FameLab South Africa final held at the Future Earth conference at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

Emmie Chiyindiko, a Masters student at the University of the Free State, won the title of FameLab South Africa champion with a talk which had the audience engaged from the beginning. She used the analogy of a relationship match-maker to explain the role of catalysis in food, water and energy production. She will travel to the international competition in the United Kingdom in June to represent South Africa.

Runners-up, Sebabatso Maifadi from the University of South Africa and Buhle Buyana from the University of Fort Hare also impressed the audience and judges, linking their research to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Director of Jive Media Africa, Robert Inglis, highlighted the importance of the communication skills developed through FameLab for “having conversations about science which can ultimately lead to solutions for a more sustainable and equitable future”.

The format of the FameLab competition requires participants to present their research to a panel of expert judges within three minutes. Their talks are judged on content, clarity and charisma.

Deputy CEO of the National Research Foundation, Dr Gansen Pillay, praised the young researchers for their commitment to engaging the public in their research and will hold further discussions with all the finalists about the future of science in South Africa.

Anisa Khan, at the British Council, expressed her delight that there were so many women among the finalists, saying, “We must ensure that all voices are part of the science conversation.”

Do you want to host this international competition in the year ahead? Click here > Expression of Interest Form

Huge congratulations to the 2018 finalists:
– Nyasha Chimhandamba (finalist) – University of Cape Town
– Nobuhle Mweli (semi-finalist) – South African Environmental Observation Network
– Darryl Herron (finalist) and Khavharendwe Rambau (semi-finalist) – Science Forum South Africa
– Brian Rathabe (semi-finalist) – University of Limpopo
– Emmie Chiyindiko (finalist and 2018 winner) – University of the Free State
– Sylvia Mokuoane (semi-finalist) – Central University of Technology
– Bonisiwe Seshabela (semi-finalist) and Sebabatso Maifadi (finalist and runner-up) – University of South Africa
– Thlangelani Nghondzweni (semi-finalist) – Tshwane University of Technology
– Buhle Buyana (finalist and runner-up) – University of Fort Hare
– Sinethemba Makhanya (finalist) and Olaperi Okuboyejo (finalist) – University of the Witwatersrand
– Puleng Maleko-Boyce (finalist) – Nelson Mandela University

FameLab is an international competition by Cheltenham Festivals designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public. With over 30 participating countries, it has been dubbed the ‘Pop Idols of Science’! FameLab South Africa is made possible by a partnership between the British Council, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement together with research communication specialists Jive Media Africa.

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How can researchers change the world? Only by sharing their ideas with audiences outside of their disciplines. The FameLab competition creates opportunities for researchers to develop public presentation skills. Find out how you can get involved.

I was very humbled by the opportunity to come here for the very first time in my life to meet wonderful people and extremely good scientists. I got to hear what everybody else in the world is doing. FameLab has been an amazing journey from the beginning to the end.” – Tshiamo Legoale, a South African Geologist at Mintek, winner of FameLab International 2017 (above)

Watch Tshiamo’s winning talk here: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/famelab/famelab-international-2/international-final-2017/

Calling all STEM researchers and institutions!

FameLab SA equips you with communication skills through an engaging and entertaining competition. Learn how to overcome complex language to explain your research with clarity and confidence, boost your national and international profile and meet new people.

Do you have the charisma to win FameLab SA 2018?

Contestants need to clearly convey a scientific concept of their choice in just 3 minutes to a judging panel that includes leading researchers, media personalities, and science policymakers.

Register now: https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

Congratulations to the finalists of the Science Forum South Africa heat held in December 2017:
Khavharendwe Rambau (PhD candidate based at the HySA infrastructure, CSIR)
Darryl Herron (PhD candidate at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute)

Jive Media Africa is excited to provide the necessary training for FameLab SA participants ahead of each heat.

Upcoming Training & Heats

14 February – Tshwane University of Technology – Training
15 & 16 February – University of Limpopo – Training & Heat
20 & 21 February – University of the Free State and Central University of Technology – Training & Heat
28 February – UNISA – Training
1 March – UNISA – Heat
2 March – Tshwane University of Technology – Heat
6 & 7 March – University of Fort Hare – Training & Heat

Register to host a FameLab SA heat: https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

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FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

South Africa’s researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have shown us their excellent public speaking and science communication skills during FameLab SA 2017.

In each heat, contestants were asked to convey a scientific concept of their choice in 3 minutes to a panel of judges including leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers. They were judged on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentations.

Congratulations to all the semi-finalists – they have taken part in masterclasses at the British Council with UK-based broadcasting journalist Quentin Cooper and Jive Media Africa’s Robert Inglis and Sthabile Mazubane ahead of the semi-finals.

The FameLab SA semi-finalists are: 

ASSAF – Clarissa Van der Loo
Central University of Technology – Zanele Matsane
CSIR – Tshepo Makgoba
Mintek – Nanji Sheni and Tshiamo Legoale
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – Wynand van Lesenoord
Rhodes University – Otto Joseph
Science Forum SA – Michael Bodunrin and Saneliswa Magagula
SKA South Africa – Vereese van Tonder
Tshwane University of Technology – Mapula Razwinani and Ntombikazi Jojo
University of Cape Town – Ursula Rohlwink and Dr Sheetal Silal
University of Limpopo – Mukundi Munyai
University of South Africa – Fulufhelo Mudau
University of the Free State – Oluwasegun Kuloyo
University of the Witwatersrand – Lungile Khambule
DST NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences – Aviwe Matiwane
DST NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials – Phylis Makurunje

 

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals on the 24th March – @JiveMediaAfrica – tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for the contestants!

 

Congratulations to all the FameLab SA 2017 semi-finalists – it has been a privilege to work with you!

Congratulations to all the FameLab SA 2017 semi-finalists – it has been a privilege to work with you!

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) hosted FameLab SA for the first time this year. Showing their commitment to science communication training and the competition, three media and communications professionals judged the competition: Journalist, Sibonelo Radebe, the Business & Economy Editor of The Conversation Africa; Elna Shütz, Content Producer and Presenter at Wits Radio Academy and Shirona Patel, the Head of Communications at Wits.

Lungile Khambule impressed them all and moves on to the national semi-finals!

Lungile works in the Department of Chemical Pathology at Wits, researching how to diagnose viruses, such as TB, metabolic diseases and even vitamin deficiencies more effectively, before they become a risk for patients.

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Lungile!

 

Wits FameLab SA Winner, Lungile Khambule presents her science

Wits FameLab SA Winner, Lungile Khambule presents her science

 

Judges at Wits

The judges: Journalist, Sibonelo Radebe, the Business & Economy Editor of The Conversation Africa; Elna Shütz, Content Producer and Presenter at Wits Radio Academy and Shirona Patel, the Head of Communications at Wits.

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

The University of the Witwatersrand Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation and aims to “concentrate existing research excellence, capacity and resources, to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive”.

The Centres of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Strong Materials, and Mathematics and Statistical Sciences came together to participate in FameLab SA.  Phylis Makurunje and Aviwe Matiwane both won places in the semi-finals!

Phylis is a PhD student at Wits under the CoE in Strong Materials. Her research focusses on aerospace materials, working towards increasing the speed of travel by utilising materials that can withstand such harsh flight conditions.

Aviwe’s research is under the CoE in Paleo Sciences; she is studying through Rhodes University and is based at the Albany Museum. She is researching plants from the Middle Permian, developing a database that can be used worldwide to identify plant species from this period.

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Phylis and Aviwe!

 

Phylis Makurunje and Aviwe Matiwane both won a place in the national FameLab semi-finals!

Phylis Makurunje and Aviwe Matiwane both won a place in the national FameLab semi-finals!

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

It’s the first time the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Central University of Technology (CUT)  took part in FameLab SA. Jive Media Africa trained the participants in communication and media skills the day before the heat, held at Centenary Complex on the UFS campus in Bloemfontein.

Oluwasegun Kuloyo from UFS and Zanele Matsane from CUT won the jointly-hosted heat!

Oluwa is researching a common yeast that lives in the human body, Candida albicans. In healthy people, it is not harmful, but it becomes dangerous in HIV and cancer sufferers. Oluwa’s research aims to find a drug-free method of treating the Candida.

Zanele is studying Supply Chain Management in the South African construction industry. She is focussing on building relationships and collaborative practices that can be implemented on any site and which will contribute to reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Oluwa and Zanele!

 

Contestants and judges

From left: Judge – Ms Oteng Mpete (Media Liaison Officer UFS); Judge – Professor Willie du Preez (Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing CUT); Semi-Finalist – Oluwasegun Kuloyo (UFS); Semi-Finalist – Zanele Matsane (CUT); Judge – Dr Elizabeth Conradie (Manager: Idea Generator CUT)

 

Jive Media Africa is proud to work with young South African researchers and scientists to improve their communication and media skills.

Jive Media Africa is proud to work with young South African researchers and scientists to improve their communication and media skills.

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

The University of South Africa (UNISA) FameLab heat was part of the institution’s Research and Innovation Week. UNISA also opened the competition to contestants from other institutions, and there was a wide variety of research topics to hear about.

Fulufhelo Mudau (above, 2nd from right) joins the group of FameLab SA semi-finalists – well done!

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) plays a significant part in rolling FameLab out in South Africa, and Dr Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka from the agency judged the heat along with Professor Ndikho Mtshiselwa from UNISA.

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Fulufhelo!

 

UNISA FameLab SA contestants with the judges – Dr. Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka from SAASTA and Professor Ndikho Mtshiselwa from UNISA

UNISA FameLab SA contestants with the judges – Dr Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka from SAASTA and Professor Ndikho Mtshiselwa from UNISA (4th & 5th from left)

 

FameLab SA – an opportunity to learn communication skills to share your STEM research

FameLab SA – an opportunity to learn communication skills to share your STEM research

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) participated in FameLab SA for the first time this year – the contestants were excited to be part of this internationally renowned competition, communicating their science and research for the opportunity to represent TUT at the semi-finals.

Congratulations to Mapula Razwinani who won the TUT heat! She moves on to the masterclasses and the semi-finals along with runner-up, Ntombikazi Jojo, competing for the national FameLab title. Mapula has been researching how medicinal plants can be used to make cartilage in the human body and was excited to share her passion for her science.

Runner-up Ntombikazi Jojo will also be going through to the semi-finals. Ntombikazi is a full-time masters student at TUT from the Department of Chemical, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.

The TUT participants attended science communication skills and media training with Jive Media Africa, to prepare for the competition.

Jive will be tweeting live from the semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Mapula and Ntombikazi!

 

Semi-finalist, Mapula Razwinani, with Dr Rita Raseleka, Director of Research and Innovation at TUT

Semi-finalist, Mapula Razwinani, with Dr Rita Raseleka, Director of Research and Innovation at TUT

 

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

 

The South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the biggest scientific instrument ever built. Listening to their scientists really gives one a sense of the magnitude of the endeavour and the excitement of the discoveries waiting to be made.

FameLab, one of the world’s biggest science communication competitions, taking place in over 30 countries – provides the perfect platform for STEM researchers to share their work and develop skills in science communication. The SKA contestants were privileged to have retired NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Deputy Chief Technologist, Jim Adams, judge the heat.

Vereese van Tonder advances to the semi-finals AND wins a trip to Mauritius to be a part of a SKA Science Communication workshop. The heat included representatives from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) who demonstrated the power of mathematics for solving real-world problems.

Jive will be tweeting live from semi-finals, follow @JiveMediaAfrica, and tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for Vereese!

 

Judging the SKA heat were Busi Maqubela from the Cape Town Science Centre; Ziyaad Halyday from SKA South Africa and Jim Adams, retired NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief Technologist

Judging the SKA heat were Busi Maqubela, from the Cape Town Science Centre; Ziyaad Halyday, from SKA South Africa and Jim Adams, retired NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief Technologist

 

Vereese van Tonder explains her science during the SKA FameLab heat

Vereese van Tonder explains her science during the SKA FameLab heat

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab


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