FAMELab2016 regional heat winner

FameLab judges and entrants

Marine Biogeochemistry PhD student Emma-Lou Smith has won the regional heat of FAMElab2016, held at LJMU.

FAMELab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three-minute presentations with no PowerPoint.

Previous winners of FAMELab have gone on to travel the globe, deliver TED talks, inspire school children and feature on radio and TV.

Candidates are judged on three criteria: content, clarity and charisma! Each participant - a young researcher, student or science teacher - introduces the topic of her or his choice in three minutes and is judged by a panel of professionals from the fields of science communication, research, and the media.

Emma-Lou won with her presentation entitled Sea Salt… and Vinegar? and will now go on to the regional final. 

Judge Dr Zoe Knowles commented: “We were all impressed with Emma’s use of simple props, confident delivery and a clear science message that had left us thinking and wondering ‘what if…?’ For me that’s great science communication.”

The runner-up was Raquel Medialdea Carrera,  a PhD student from the University of Liverpool.


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