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Research projects explained in 180 seconds: At FameLab, science meets the best entertainment. Photo: FameLab


Gaby Gahnström
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Exciting research projects explained in 180 seconds

The atrium of the State and University Library will become a stage for scientists on March 9, 2013. In the FameLab competition, you will present your research in an entertaining and, above all, understandable way in just three minutes - without PowerPoint, but with verbal acrobatics and a lot of ingenuity. Anyone who wants to be inspired by science is welcome as an audience. You can also take part and win!
After two successful rounds of FameLab in recent years, the motto in 2013 is again “Talking Science”. In the atrium of the State and University Library, scientists explain and describe their work on stage and will try to inspire the audience and the expert jury. In order to present the research project, the explainer depends on what can be worn on the body - be it a rolling pin, a saucepan or a cuddly toy. The freelance author and moderator Andreas Bormann leads through the preliminary round and the final.

Prominent expert jury

Researchers from the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology, medicine and psychology can take part. The expert jury is made up of prominent representatives from the fields of research and media. In Hamburg this year it consists of Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Siegfried Stiehl, Vice President Research of the University of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger, Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Hamburg, Martin Meister, Editor-in-Chief GEO International and Karen Ezard, Communication Skills Trainer, Essex / England.

Successful Hamburg famelab tradition

For the two best FameLab participants in Hamburg there will be cash prizes of 300 € for the first and 200 € for the second placed. In addition, both of them will go to Bielefeld for the national decision in May, where they will have the opportunity to qualify for the international final in Cheltenham (England). Before that, they take part in a so-called 'Masterclass', a professional communication training, in Berlin on a weekend in April.

At the German premiere of FameLab 2011, the Hamburg candidate Carsten Graf von Westarp was able to prevail in the national preliminary decision and traveled to the international competition in the FameLab mother country Great Britain. Last year it was Dr. Timo Siebers, cell researcher at the UKE, who delighted the audience and the jury of experts with an informative and humorous presentation on the subject of “specialization of stem cells”.

When and where?

It should continue to be so successful, which is why researchers at the university are called upon to present their projects on the FameLab stage. In addition to a potential monetary gain and fame, participants can look forward to valuable experience and an international stage for their scientific research topic.

Time: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Atrium in the old building of the State and University Library, entrance Edmund-Siemers-Allee / corner of Grindelallee

Registrations of candidates and ticket reservations for visitors, by phone or email: see contact.

The tickets cost 5 euros.