Communicating science to a lay audience is a growing priority for researchers worldwide. By doing so, they not only change the common stereotype of the scientist as “the geek in the white lab coat”, but also justify funding for their research, and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. This course is organized in cooperation with the British Council.


The format of the competition is similar to talent shows on TV. Contestants have just three minutes to charm the audience and jury with clear scientific content, without use of audiovisual presentations. Presentations are judged on three criteria: Content, Clarity and Charisma.

Participants in the training are free to enter the competition, or just follow the training.

Scheduled dates

Amsterdam UMC training and pre-heat

  • 19, 20, 21 April 2021 (expected)

    FameLab regional heat Amsterdam UMC

    • 11 May 2021

      FameLab national Final

      • 1 June 2021 (Dutch Technology Week, TU Eindhoven)

          Target Audience

          Amsterdam UMC PhD candidates (both locations AMC and VUmc).

          Study load

          28 hours, which is comparable to 1.0 ECTS.


          Famelab is a training in presenting your research for a lay audience and an exciting competition to pitch your research. The training focuses on presenting your research in a common language understandable to a non-scientific audience, e.g. by using analogues and props.

          Number of participants

          Maximum 8 per training session, max. 16 for pitches.


          A participation certificate is issued. Attendance is registered.

          Course Coordinator

          Marjanne Meinsma.

          More information

          For more information check the website of the British Council.


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