Last week I had the privilege to take part in FameLab local selection, in Bologna.

FameLab is an international competition firstly organized in England at the Cheltenham Science Festival (UK) in 2005. The intiative looked so good that the British Council (UK’s international cultural relations body) adopted the initiative. Today, more then 20 countries partecipate to the competition, and each of them have to select a national champion to send to the international final.

The competition is a Talent Scouting for the next generation of science communicators. It’s about you and your scientific-story to tell in 3 minutes. No slides. No boards. Some objects that you can carry on the stage, if you like. Three minutes to convince a jury that you worth it.

The experience at the Bologna selection was unique. I am quite used to audience and I don’t feel too stress when I have to talk about science in public. But, that evening: GOSH! What an adrenalin rush! Although many colleagues told me I looked quite relaxed, I’m quite sure I had my heart somewhere between my throat and  my tongue.

Here comes the performance, realized by FormicaBlu, a science communication gang based in Bologna:

I had the good thought to go there alone, so I shacked many hands and I met very interesting people: Michele Bertuccelli (@michelebertu) with his anthropology views, Chiara Segre with a cool DNA nackeless and Ombretta Calasanti with her fluffy E. coli toy. Each one of the participants had a very interesting story to tell, but only few made it to the final. Eventually, it’ll turn out that Matteo Cerri (@matteocerri) and me get the first and second place, respectively.

I’m very happy for this. Yes, Cage, you got it right. And for this, you won one of the two invitations I’ll get to the Nobel Prize dinner 😉

I’ll se Matteo and all the other 6 people from other Italian selections (Trento, Perugia, Naples) in Perugia in a couple of weeks for a workshop in science communication organized by Psiquadro. Then, the 4th of May, Perugia Science Fest, where we will play our worst tricks to become the nation representative in Cheltenham.

I’d like to thank all the organizers, particularly Angela Simone (@angelasimone) for the fantastic evening and all the geeky scientists I met there. I’m so happy I came to know all of you, guys: at the end, scientists just wanna have fun.

Bruce Hood - cc Cheltenham Science Festival

2 Responses

  1. Just came across your blog through LinkedIn. Just a fellow PhD student like you, starting out on my 1st year here in the UK and finding some ways to procrastinate and tadaaa..i ended up here. Enjoyed reading your blog…nice to see ways in which graduate students could find some humour and sane time in their hectic lives.

    1. Hej Glorianne!

      thank you very much for you comment! I really appreciate it! Some procrastination is absolutely necessary for a good PhD student, so you can pass by this blog as many time as you need 🙂

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