British Council launches Famelab competition, calls for Egyptian science geeks

Mohamed Soliman , Sunday 29 Sep 2019

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British council launches Famelab competition

The British Council in Egypt has announced the launching of the 11nth season of the Famelab competition in cooperation with the Academy of scientific Research (ASRT) for enthusiastic scientists to demonstrate their capabilities to win a trip to the UK.

According to competition's rules, the contestants must explain a scientific concept in three minutes using simple props that they can carry onto the stage. The winner will get to compete with peers from all around the world at the annual Cheltenham Science festival.

Famelab is open to anyone between 18 and 40 working in or studying technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics or math.

The deadline to submit applications is 2 November, and successful candidates will be notified by email. They will need to submit their three-minute video audition between 10 November 2019 and 5 January 2020, the winner will go on to the international final, which will take place in the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Historically, the competition has attracted Egyptians from 26 governorates, engaging youth and identifying bright minds all over the country, and helping them advance their careers.

Last year, Egyptian pharmacologist Nada Ali was the national winner, and she climbed her way to the finals in the UK with her presentation on how bacteria fight back against antibiotics.

"While the competition allows us to stir a conversation around science, it also contributes to the employability for people in STEM. Better understanding of research means better understanding of its wider relevance to society," said Shaimaa Al-Banna, head of the Science Programme at the British Council.

Al-Banna added that it also help non-scientists understand how discoveries make communities healthier and lives better.

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