Jive Media Africa would like to invite you to collaborate in an initiative to develop science communication and public speaking skills among your early career researchers and academics.

Over the next 3 months, science and research organisations across South Africa and globally, will be participating in the international FameLab competition. Your institution is invited to host a training and heat as part of this competition. The winner of your heat will represent you at the national final in September 2024 where they will compete to represent South Africa at the international final later this year. 

Partners contribute to training and facilitation costs and will be supported with promotion of the event, social media and press coverage, masterclass training and ongoing support to your representative for the remainder of the competition. 

It is becoming increasingly important for scientists and researchers to communicate their work in simple and relatable ways to public audiences. FameLab has proven itself as an excellent opportunity for researchers to learn about the importance of research engagement and to develop the necessary skills. 

If this would be of interest to you or your organisation, please indicate so on this form: https://forms.office.com/r/AvMzNqcT8Brespond. We will gladly schedule time to discuss any specific questions you may have. An ‘expression of interest’ form is attached with further information. 

They look forward to partnering with you.

About the FameLab Talking Science competition:

FameLab is an international science communication competition. It has been run in South Africa since 2013 and has grown science communication and media skills among thousands of young scientists and researchers (ages 21 to 35 in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths) – benefiting their organisations and South Africa at large. The competition is managed in South Africa by a partnership between the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa (science communication specialists). The competition gives scientists 3 minutes to communicate an aspect of their research. In so doing, it builds capacity for working with the media and for engaging public audiences with accessible science.