Pop Idols for sci­en­tists is back

Grocott's Mail - - OUTSIDE - STAFF RE­PORTER

The pop idols com­pe­ti­tion for sci­en­tists is back, and lo­cals are in­vited to give it their best shot.

FameLab SA equips any­one with com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills through an en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Com­peti­tors learn how to over­come com­plex lan­guage to ex­plain their re­search with clar­ity and con­fi­dence, which of­ten boosts their na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pro­file, as well as help them meet new peo­ple even if they don't win.

The rules stip­u­late that con­tes­tants con­vey a scien- tific con­cept of their choice in just three min­utes be­fore a judg­ing panel that in­cludes lead­ing re­searchers, me­dia per­son­al­i­ties, and sci­ence pol­i­cy­mak­ers. The fi­nal­ists of the Sci­ence Fo­rum South Africa heat last De­cem­ber were Khavharendwe Ram­bau (a PhD can­di­date based at the HySA in­fra­struc­ture, CSIR); and Dar­ryl Her­ron (another PhD can­di­date at the Forestry and Agri­cul­tural Biotech­nol­ogy In­sti­tute).

FameLab SA par­tic­i­pants are trained and men­tored by PR and events man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als at Jive Me­dia.

Up­com­ing events:

14 Fe­bru­ary ‒ Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy - Train­ing; 15 & 16 Fe­bru­ary - Univer­sity of Lim­popo - Train­ing & Heat; 20 & 21 Fe­bru­ary ‒ Univer­sity of the Free State and Cen­tral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy - Train­ing & Heat; 28 Fe­bru­ary ‒ UNISA ‒ Train­ing; 1 March - UNISA - Heat; 2 March - Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy - Heat; 6 & 7 March - Univer­sity of Fort Hare - Train­ing & Heat. Reg­is­ter now at https://www. british­coun­cil.org.za/famelab

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