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 (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?


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.