FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. It is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.


FameLab Malaysia started in 2015. The British Council collaborates with the Malaysian Industry- Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) to deliver FameLab in Malaysia.

Over 373 participants have taken part in the competition to date and this year attracting 67 applicants. This year it is open to all Malaysians who are above 21 years old, study or work in science, engineering,technology, medicine or mathematics and passionate in public engagement

A total of 11 finalists are selected from Virtual Heats held in June 2021 and will compete in the National Final on September 2021. The finalists were equipped with science communication skills through a two-day Masterclass organised by British Council on 10 - 11 July 2021. It was delivered by Dallas Campbell who is a is a science television presenter and writer who have worked for the BBC for many year, and currently present a series for NatGeo called Science of Stupid.


FameLab was started by Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 and has grown into a global phenomenon in partnership with the British Council since 2007.

  •  It is a competition aimed at finding, developing and mentoring young science and engineering communicators
  • FameLab requires the participants to engage audiences in a three-minute presentation on scientific topics and concepts. Every presentation is judged according to the golden rules of the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma
  • The competition consists of national heats and finals, followed by an international final in the UK at Cheltenham Science Festival. Events are held in front of live audiences and are often televised or streamed online
  • The programme involves leading international media and communication trainers, world class judges from international science and media disciplines.

FameLab is a successful model in identifying, training and mentoring young scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for the subjects with the public.

  • A partnership with the British Council since 2007 has seen the competition go global with more than 10,000 young scientists and engineers participating to date
  • FameLab earns more than 54 million media views each year
  • There are over 35 participating countries to date.