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FameLab 2024 East Midlands Regional Final

Nicki Pierce from the University of Lincoln will represent the East Midlands at the FameLab final in June.

Finalists from across the East Midlands captivated the audience with their three-minute presentations, bringing complex scientific concepts to life with clarity and charisma.

A panel of judges, including scientists and communication experts, had the tough job of picking winners from the lineup. They looked for clear messages, engagement with the audience and scientific accuracy. The topics were diverse and included talks about space weather, infectious diseases, education policy, cancer research, e-waste, glaciers, dinosaurs and bacteria.

A pitch from a University of Lincoln academic on her research around the abandonment of white working-class girls in education scooped first place. Nicki Pierce will now to be heading over to compete in the national FameLab final at the Cheltenham Science Festival



Winner: Nicki Pierce, University of Lincoln

2nd Place: Teresa Castle-Green, University of Nottingham

3rd Place: Luke Richardson, University of Sheffield

Audience Choice Award: Luke Richardson, University of Sheffield

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What is FameLab?

Famelab is an international science communication competition that challenges participants to present scientific concepts in an engaging and accessible manner. Founded by Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, Famelab has grown into a global phenomenon, with competitions held in over 30 countries worldwide. Through its platform, Famelab aims to inspire scientists, researchers, and science enthusiasts to share their passion for science with the public.

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The University of Nottingham is proud to be working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, the University of Leicester and the University of Lincoln to develop the next generation of science and social science communicators.

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