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FameLab Cambridge 2015

FameLab Cambridge is now complete for another year, thanks to everyone that was involved, to the Junction for providing our venue and TTP for hosting. You can find the live footage of the final and the results below.

The international FameLab competition offers people the chance to develop skills in communicate science and engineering to a wider audience, whether in schools, through public events or the media.

From specialists to science teachers and statisticians, anyone with a flair for communication who’s currently working in or studying science, technology, engineering or maths, can take part. Contestants have just three minutes to explain a complex science, engineering or mathematical topic in a dynamic and engaging way to a panel of judges.

On Monday 9 March, 10 finalists competed on stage at the Cambridge Junction in front of a panel of five judges and a live audience, in the Cambridge FameLab Regional Final. The winner and wildcard runner-up go on to take part in a weekend Masterclass with experts in media & communication skills. All regional winners from across the country, plus one regional wildcard, will then vie for the title of FameLab UK Champion 2015, on 22 April 2015 at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

Cambridge FameLab Final


Our regional winner, going forward to the National Final in London on 22 April is: Max Gray, PhD in Biology at the University of Cambridge.

Our wildcard was: Paul Clarkson, PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, unfortunately he was not selected to compete in London.

The finalists were:

Daphne Ezer, PhD student in Genetics at the University of Cambridge who talked about chimaeras and how you can be two people at once.

Claudia MartinhoPostdoc in Biology at the University of Cambridge who explored the importance of RNA in gene regulation.

Max Gray, PhD student in Biology at the University of Cambridge who discussed cannibalism and sex changes in clownfish.

Kerstin Göpfrich, PhD student in Physics at the University of Cambridge who revealed how we might use DNA to store information and preserve it into the distant future.

Paul Clarkson, PhD student in Engineering at the University of Cambridge who examined power on the Mars rover and why names are important.

Patrick Short, PhD student in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine at the University of Cambridge who introduced us to Otzi the iceman and the wonders of DNA sequencing.

Dominika Bijos, Research Assistant in Medicine at the University of Bristol who danced her way through the parts of our body we can't control.

Hisham Ziauddeen, Clinical Senior Research Associate in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge who used optical illusions to show us what our brain expects to see.

Adriana Cherskov, Masters student in Medicine at the University of Cambridge showed us how to learn to walk and what we take for granted.

Khalil Thirlaway, PhD student in Biology at the University of Nottingham and Intern at The Naked Scientists who described what we can learn about the working of our own body from ancient poo.


Past winners of FameLab have gone on to travel the globe, perform in festivals and feature on national TV and radio, and many combine public-facing activity with ongoing research.