FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication extravaganza! Via four preliminary and one final competition—all in the course of four months—early career astrobiologists 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 anything you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging.
Winners of the prelims will continue to the final at the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) in
in April, 2012. The winner of the FameLab Astrobiology final will go on to compete in the FameLab International final in the UK in June, 2012 and will receive a trip to JPL to cover the Mars Science Laboratory mission landing event in August, 2012. Atlanta, GA
Beyond the competition, at each preliminary event there will be science communication training and enrichment activities, providing exposure to alternative careers. There will also be a two-day master class for finalists just prior to AbSciCon. Other science communication opportunities will be available, including a chance to network with other FameLab participants from around the globe!
Preparing for the In-Person Prelim
Choose an astrobiology-related topic, concept, and/or research area; this can include but is not limited to the topic of your own research.Prepare TWO three-minute oral pieces. They may address the same topic, but if they do, they must be distinct. Props are welcome, but no electronic media—including slides or charts—are allowed. A printed image is not a prop!You will deliver your first piece to the judges in one of several heats during the day.
After the heats, there will be a science communication training workshop.Winners of the heats will advance to a final round that evening where they will present their second piece to both the judges and a public audience.All contestants are encouraged to stay throughout the entire day to cheer on their fellow competitors, participate in the workshop, and reap the benefit of all the judges’ feedback!