FameLab Hong Kong

Winners of FameLab Hong Kong 2014

The aim of FameLab is to encourage young scientists (18 to 35 years old) to inspire and excite public imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century.

Contestants have 3 minutes to accurately present a scientific topic to an audience and a panel of expert judges. The talk should be entertaining, original, and scientifically accurate but also engaging to a non-scientific audience. From the live auditions and video submissions, finalists will be chosen to compete in the Hong Kong Final at the Hong Kong Science Museum. But before then, they will participate in a mandatory two-day MasterClass on 22-23 February 2014 in Hong Kong, led by a team of UK and HK science communication experts.

The Grand Prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK in June 2014 to represent Hong Kong in the FameLab International competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

You could also win:

  • prizes valued up to HK$5,000
  • the Best Institution Award for the most number of participants
  • audience Choice Award for the favourite presentation at the Final competition as voted by the audience
  • video Favourite Award for the favourite video of the finalists’ live audition presentations or video entries from online voting.

About the competition

What do I have to do?

Present a scientific, engineering or mathematical topic in 3 minutes, in a dynamic, engaging and accurate way. Your presentation should be pitched to a lay adult audience. We accept the use of props (only what you can carry on stage, no set up time allowed) but not PowerPoint. Remember this is a live performance and props should represent this. If you are chosen to compete in the FameLab Hong Kong final competition, then you must present a DIFFERENT talk but can be on the same topic.

You can audition live in person at the Hong Kong Science Museum on Wednesday 19 February 2014 or submit a clear and audible video of your presentation by Sunday 9 February 2014. Once you register, we will contact you individually regarding details.

Can people come to watch?

Yes, we encourage it! Please bring a few friends or family members to lend you support in your live audition. It's also better for the contestants to deliver their presentations to an audience, even if it's a small one.

However, we ask that no flash photography be taken during the auditions to avoid distracting the contestants. Also, any photos or videos that observers take of contestants cannot be copyrighted for their own use so as to prevent the British Council from using its own footage of the contestants for its own purposes.

For the FameLab Hong Kong Final competition, there will be free seating (e.g. first come, first seated). The Final competition is open to the general public but best suited to secondary students and older.

Who can enter?

To enter FameLab Hong Kong you must be:

  • 18 – 35 years old as of 9 February 2014
  • Working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in Hong Kong
  • A Hong Kong resident

This includes private and public sector employees. The competition aims to provide new opportunities for scientists, engineers and mathematicians to develop their skills as communicators.

We welcome:

  • Lecturers and researchers in science, engineering or mathematics subjects, including specialist science teachers with a science degree.
  • Researchers who use existing research or meta-studies
  • People who work on applying science, engineering technology or mathematics (e.g. patent clerks, statisticians, consultants to industry)
  • University students of science, mathematics or engineering (18 or over)
  • People who apply science, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies
  • People who apply science, engineering or mathematics in industry or business

However, we can't accept people who are:

  • Press or PR officers, even for science-related organisations
  • Artists who work on science-related themes
  • Performers whose shows are about science or engineering
  • Science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly with the public
  • Journalists and broadcasters (as their main or only job)
  • Non-specialist teachers (i.e. you have to be a pure science, technology, engineering or maths teacher to be eligible)

UNLESS that activity is a temporary placement or short-term job, and they plan to return to practising or researching science or engineering in the near future.


Specialist teachers (science, technology, engineering or maths) are welcome to enter, although please note that presentations should be aimed at a general adult audience.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible, email us for enquiry.

How do I enter?

You can enter by:  

1. Submitting a video by sending us a YouTube link, or   

2. Auditioning live in person at the Hong Kong Science Museum.  

In order to communicate science effectively and accurately, we encourage that you check the content of your presentation with your professors/superiors to ensure that the scientific concept you are delivering is accurate and reflects the latest science.

Please note that your registration also acts as confirmation that you will be able to attend a 2-day MasterClass on 22 - 23 February 2014. If you are chosen to compete in the FameLab Hong Kong Final but cannot attend the MasterClass, you will be disqualified from the competition.

Submitting a video entry

If you decide to submit a video entry, please take note of these criteria:

  • Up to 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after 3 minutes)
  • No editing or special effects
  • No other people or excessive props
  • No background music (unless that is what you are talking about!)
  • Recording quality will not be assessed but remember that the clearer you make it the better we can judge it! Videos will need to be uploaded to YouTube and provide link to us upon registration.

Online Registration

Deadline to submit video entries: Sunday, 9 February 2014

Please note that if your video entry is chosen to go forward to the FameLab Hong Kong Final, you will be expected to present a DIFFERENT 3 minute presentation.

Auditioning in person

If you decide to audition in person on Wednesday 19 February 2014 at the Hong Kong Science Museum, register online by Sunday, 9 February 2014 and you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating when you should arrive that day. We will likely ask you to arrive an hour before your scheduled audition time.

Online Registration

Deadline to register for live auditions: Sunday, 9 February 2014

If you miss the deadline to register, we do welcome walk-ins but only until 4:30pm on Wednesday, 19 February 2014.

What happens after the live audition/video submission?

After presenting at the live auditions on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 or submitting your video entry by Sunday, 9 February 2014, we will tell you whether you will compete in the FameLab Hong Kong Final by Thursday, 20 February 2014. Please note that you will need to deliver another 3-minute presentation at the FameLab Hong Kong Final which will take place on Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 4.00 pm to 6.00pm.


Important dates

FameLab information session

We are happy to deliver a FameLab Information Session at your institution or company to attract potential contestants to this exciting competition. Delivered by an expert science communicator, the session will focus on how to be an effective science communicator! A minimum of 30 attendees is required. Don’t forget about the “Best Institution Award” - an award given to the institution that sends the most contestants! Please e-mail us for further enquiries.

Video and live audition entry deadline

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Live auditions

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Time: 1.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon

Please register online by Sunday, 9 February 2014 and receive instructions on when to arrive.

2-day masterclass

Date: 22 -23 February 2014

Time: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Theatre Noir studio, San Po Kong, Hong Kong

Please note that all finalists must attend the 2-day MasterClass to advance to the final competition. The MasterClass will be conducted in English.

FameLab Hong Kong Final

Date: Saturday, 15 March 2014

Time: 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon

There will be free seating (e.g. first come, first seated). The final competition is open to the general public but best suited to secondary students and older.