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FameLab International: semi-finals with Liza Cornet

Wednesday 11 November 2020

FameLab International is back this November, which will see researchers from the science, engineering, maths and technology fields representing 20 countries compete on the virtual stage to vie for the title of world’s best science communicator. Leiden University sends the Dutch representative: Liza Cornet.

The pressure is on as each competitor will have just three minutes to communicate their specialist knowledge with the audience in an accessible and engaging way - and will be watched by a global audience as well as a panel of expert judges including geneticist and BBC presenter Giles Yeo, structural engineer Roma Agrawal and science rapper Jon Chase.

Judges and audiences alike will cast votes for their favourite talks and determine who will take home the glory and coveted title of international champion.

Battling it out in FameLab International 2020 are young researchers representing Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK.

In true international tournament style, the national representatives will first compete in semi final heats on 11-12 November, with the winners going head-to-head in the international final on 26 November which will be streamed on the FameLab YouTube channel. Liza Cornet will present her research in the semi final of 11 November at 4PM UK time.

Through the competition’s 15-year history, FameLab has become a much-celebrated part of the UK science scene with involvement from well-known scientists including Vivienne Parry, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Jim Al-Khalili.

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