Tuesday 29 June 2021
 

A global search is on for the next influential voice on climate action who can inspire and connect with audiences across the world to help build trust in climate science. 

’We are excited to bring this special edition of FameLab to global audiences in the lead up to the COP26 conference. Whether you’re an early career researcher, working on climate change projects - or simply passionate about explaining climate science to new audiences - we would love to hear from you,’ said Adrian Fenton, Senior Consultant in Public Engagement at the British Council.

FameLab Climate Change Communicators is open to entries from aspiring science communicators from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Turkey, Uganda and Vietnam.  

Entrants are challenged to film and submit a video of themselves giving a compelling three-minute talk in English relating to the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’.  

Ten talented finalists who impress the judges with scientific storytelling will be selected to progress to the next stage. They will receive a two-day online masterclass with leading science communicators to help hone their skills.

The finalists will then go head-to-head on the virtual stage to battle it out for first place in the FameLab Climate Challenge Communicators Online Final to be streamed on YouTube in September 2021.

The top FameLab Climate Change Communicator will progress through to the FameLab International Online Final in November 2021, one of the world’s leading science communication competitions. 

To find out more, interested applicants are encouraged to join the online introduction workshop on 24 June, Thursday 16:00 to 17:00 or on 1 July, Thursday 22:30 to 21:30 Philippines time. 

FameLab® is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals. 2021 marks the 15th and final year of the FameLab International competition delivered globally in partnership with the British Council. This year’s event will offer an exciting programme of interactive online heats – and a celebration of the partnership which has led to the global science communication phenomenon.  

FameLab Climate Change Communicators is one of many activities the British Council is delivering as part of The Climate Connection programme: the British Council’s global platform for dialogue, cooperation and action against climate change. It connects more than 200 million people from the UK and the rest of the world through collaborative and creative solutions to the climate crisis. 

To know more about the competition and apply, please visit www.britishcouncil.org/famelab-climate-change-communicators.

Notes to Editor

The FameLab Climate Change Communicators website is www.britishcouncil.org/famelab-climate-change-communicators 

Images available on request. 

Interested applicants for FameLab Climate Change Communicators can sign up to attend a Microsoft Teams introduction workshop on 24 June or 1 July to find out more. Info on the introduction workshop here www.britishcouncil.org/education/he-science/famelab-climate-change-communicators/online-intro-workshops

Video entries for FameLab Climate Change Communicators are accepted until 27 July. 

The online competition will be streamed online in September 2021.  

About FameLab 

FameLab® is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals in the UK. The British Council has license to deliver the competition overseas. For more information, visit www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/public-engagement/famelab 

About The Climate Connection  

The Climate Connection is the British Council’s global platform for dialogue, cooperation and action against climate change. It connects more than 200 million people from the UK and the rest of the world through collaborative and creative solutions to the climate crisis. 

For more information, visit www.britishcouncil.org/climate-connection

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.