Astrobiology (general)

FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond

By Keith Cowing
November 6, 2012

Are you the next Sagan, Attenborough, or Goodall? Come find out at FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond!

Calling all grad students and post docs…..FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond is something like American Idol for scientists. At regional heats held across the US over the next 18 months, early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides, no charts–just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging…but unlike American Idol, they only give constructive feedback!

Beyond the competition element, the heart of FameLab is to improve your communication skills. At each preliminary event there will be a workshop with training in the principles and practices of good communication… really, everyone wins!

Winners from the regional competitions advance to the Final at National Geographic in DC in April, 2014, and the winner there goes on to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014.

So join us for a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that’s all about communicating! Give a 3-minute talk, get a career’s worth of science communication networking and tips from the pros.


Registration, eligibility requirements, and more info can be found at:

Please contact Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute with any questions: [email protected]

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