FameLab International 2018 is here!

FameLab International 2018 is here!

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...
FameLab 2018: Sustainable science

FameLab 2018: Sustainable science

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...
Talking science? FameLab 2018 is here!

Talking science? FameLab 2018 is here!

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...
FameLab SA 2017 semi-finalists!

FameLab SA 2017 semi-finalists!

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...
Research at Wits – A FameLab Win

Research at Wits – A FameLab Win

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...
Wits Centres of Excellence Announce 2 Semi-Finalists

Wits Centres of Excellence Announce 2 Se...

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...
Beaming Semi-Finalists from UFS/CUT Heat

Beaming Semi-Finalists from UFS/CUT Heat

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...
FameLab Heat part of UNISA Research and Innovation Week

FameLab Heat part of UNISA Research and ...

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...
Making Medicinal Plants Move – TUT Chooses Winners

Making Medicinal Plants Move – TUT Choos...

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...
SKA Semi-Finalist Wins a Trip to Mauritius

SKA Semi-Finalist Wins a Trip to Mauriti...

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...