FameLab is designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

Effective science communication has the potential to alter stereotypes, create excitement and interest, and ultimately justify public funding for scientific research.


The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that science accessibility to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. 

Each year the FameLab International final is held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. National winners from across the globe flock to the festival to prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.


Since its birth at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 FameLab has grown into the world leading science communication competition.

The partnership with the British Council, begun in 2007, has seen the competition go global, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. 2015 sees FameLab’s growth set to continue, with the addition of even more countries to the competition.

FameLab Kazakhstan

The British Council delivers the FameLab science communication competition in partnership with Chevron in Kazakhstan. Over the past two years, the competition has received over 180 video entries from young scientists across Kazakhstan. Each year, the best ten participants take part in a two-day training masterclass in Astana and then battle it out in the National Finals for the title of FameLab champion Kazakhstan.

The winner of FameLab 2015, Dana Akilbekova, took part in the International Final 2016; and the 2016 winner Artur Saudabayev represented Kazakhstan in the International Final in June 2017. 


Alibek Mereke 

Askhat Aubakirov 

Salima Davlidova 

Winner of FameLab Kazakhstan 2017:

Artur Saudabayev

Topic: What is Blockchain Technology and how it could change the world.

Artur's interesting talk can be seen here.


Dana Akilbekova

Topic: Drug Delivery Vehicle

Dana's interesting talk can be seen here.

See the project in action!