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Qualifying round of Famelab on 16 February in Leiden

Which two scientists will present their research best in three minutes? It could be the one with the most supporters.

Leiden qualifying round

FameLab has quickly become a popular mediagenic competition in science communication. The candidates first compete against one another in a regional qualifying round. On 16 February a jury, comprising Professors Christine Mummery, Bas Haring and Jaap de Jong, will decide which of the Leiden researchers has given the strongest presentation. Come to the event on 16 February and support Biologists Ralf Boland and Lizah van der Aart (See registration form below.)

Fortunately, the candidates do not have to reinvent the wheel: on 12 February they will have a training course in 'pitching', and they can practice performing in front of a critical 'jury'.  

The European final

At each qualifying round two candidates will qualify for the national final on 2 April 2016 in Utrecht, where the best candidate from all the universities will be chosen. Last year the final was broadcast on TV. The winner will represent the Netherlands in June 2016 in the European final in Great Britain. Last year Leiden PhD candidate Marcia Brandenberg was the Dutch representative.  

The participants in Leiden

  • Lizah van der Aart (Biotechnology, PhD candidate)
  • Ralf Boland (Biology, PhD candidate)
  • Janine Melsen (Biomedical Sciences, PhD candidate)
  • Anne Uilhoorn (Biology, PhD candidate)
  • Wouter Jan Geelhoed (Medicine, PhD candidate)
  • Carla van Alem (Medicine, PhD candidate)
  • Anne Annink (Sociology, PhD candidate, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Ineke van der Ham (Neuropsychology, PhD candidate)
  • Nan van Geloven (Medicine, PhD candidate, AMC)
  • Kerstin Rindt (Medicine, student)
  • Kirsten Ziesemer (Archaeology, PhD candidate)

Registration and programme

The Leiden University Heat will take place in the Small Auditorium in the Leiden Academy Building,  Rapenburg 73, starting at 15.30 hrs. It promises to be an exciting afternoon.

If you would like to be present at the final, please use this form to register.  

The programme:

15.30  Arrival and registration in the Small Auditorium
16.00  Welcome
16.05  First round pitches
17.00  Coffee
17.10   Second round pitches
17.55   Jury  discussion
18.05  Announcement of the winners
18.10   Reception
18.30   Close


FameLab, organised by the British Council, is the international competition in the field of science communication. Young scientists and medical students, aged between 21 and 40, compete with one another to explain their research in an easy to understand and attractive way to the general public. The two winners of the Leiden qualifying round will receive a two-day masterclass in Media and Science Communication and have the chance of a place in the national and international FameLab finals.

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