Exciting final for FameLab South Africa

Exciting final for FameLab South Africa

Forget what you think you know about scientists.

Do yourself a favour and meet the next generation. They’re fired up and they’re out to change the world.

The FameLab finalists intrigued and entertained the audience and judges with their science talks at the national final at SciFest Africa in Grahamstown. Nine phenomenal finalists took to the stage but there could only be one winner and it is…Raven Motsewabangwe from the North-West University in Mafikeng. Raven impressed the judges with his talk on viral infections and conveyed information to the audience about medical responses through vaccines and antivirals.

The runners-up were Gugulethu Mabuza from the University of Johannesburg/CSIR and Cornelis van Niekerk from the University of Pertoria.

FameLab is an international competition which was brought to this country by Jive Media Africa in order to grow the discipline of science communication. The competition is delivered in South Africa by Jive Media Arica, the British Council with generous support from the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement and a number of other partners.

The 2014 winner, Raven, will represent South Africa in the international final in the United Kingdom in June this year. Stay tuned for more news.