On Thursday, April 27, the university town of Bielefeld will be the meeting point for Germany’s most creative and witty scientific talents. In the Germany finale of FameLab Germany, eight young researchers compete against each other in the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle (7 pm). The Bielefeld Marketing Bureau, in cooperation with the British Council, is bringing the international competition back to Bielefeld.
The rules at FameLab are simple. Each participant has three minutes to explain a self-chosen scientific topic. The lecture must be both objective, correct and entertaining for the audience. The complex contexts must be freely applied. PowerPoint presentations are taboo. Instead, the candidates use their imagination, self-made models, or other tools. A jury then evaluates the criteria “content”, “clarity” and “charisma” (rhetorical qualities and entertainment value).
The young researchers have prevailed in regional decisions. Also a Bielefelderin was able to catch a final ticket: Anja Friedrich from the University of Bielefeld. With her topic “Tell me what you study and I tell you how you sleep”, the doctorate of psychology took the second place in the preliminary decision in Bielefeld. Other final participants include the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.
The participants are evaluated by a jury of Moritz Kaßmann, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bielefeld, Daniel Lingenhöhl, Head of the Onlineredaktion of Spektrum.de and Rebecca Winkels, Press Officer at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. The spectators also nominate the winner of the audience prize.
The FameLab international competition format, which has existed since 2005, has already existed in around 30 countries. Since 2011, as a nationwide partner of the British Council, competitions have been taking place in Germany on the initiative of the Bielefeld Science Bureau. After 2016 the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle will open the doors for the second time for the second time.
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