Terms and Conditions


  • The competition in Egypt is organised by the British Council and the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology.
  • The aim of the national FameLab competition is to identify and nurture the best talents in science communications in Egypt.
  • Contestants are expected to deliver an entertaining and original three-minute talk in a video about any scientific topic without using PowerPoint or other electronic presentation tools, and with limited use of props. The talk must be scientifically accurate, but also engaging to a non-scientific audience.

Eligibility Conditions

  • Participants must be 18 – 40 years old, Egyptian, and pursuing studies or working in a scientific field.

We welcome:

  • Lecturers and researchers in science, engineering or mathematics subjects, including specialist science teachers with a science degree
  • People who work on applying science, engineering technology or mathematics (e.g. patent clerks, statisticians, consultants to industry)
  • University students of science, mathematics or engineering 18 or over
  • People who apply science, mathematics or engineering in the armed forces or government bodies
  • People who apply science, engineering or mathematics in industry or business.

Who can’t Participate in the competition:

  • Employees of the British Council and Academy for Scientific Research and Technology and their next of kin are not allowed to participate in the competition.
  • Press or PR officers, even for science-related organisations, Journalists and broadcasters (as their main or only job) are not allowed to participate in the competition.
  • Artists who work on science-related themes are not allowed to participate in the competition.
  • Performers whose shows are about science or engineering are not allowed to participate in the competition.
  • Science centre staff who work exclusively or mainly with the public are not allowed to participate in the competition.

FameLab competition Phases

  • Participants must complete and submit their applications by 14 November 2020. The link to application form is available on the British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org.eg/en/famelab
  • Completed application forms will be submitted to the panel of judges selected by the organisers.
  • Applications are screened, and successful candidates will be notified in writing to the email address provided on the application form that they have been shortlisted and will be requested to submit their 3 minutes talk video from 19 Nov 2020 until 2 Jan 2021.
  • Candidates who fail to submit their video by the 2 Jan 2021, will be considered out of the competition.
  • Quality of video will not be considered, you need to submit a video which has clear sound and image to facilitate the screening process, you can use your mobile phone.
  • Jury will qualify applicants from the submitted videos to participate in the Semi-finals live event in Cairo.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email and will be requested to prepare a new 3 minutes talk to be performed on stage in the Semi-finals live event.
  • The talk in the digital video, semifinals and the Egypt Final Competition must be delivered in the Arabic language.

The competition winner will be announced on the British Council website www.britishcouncil.org.eg. The winners will also be notified in writing through the email address provided on their application form.

Digital format:

  • FameLab competition is using a digital format from 2018, which is designed to support the digital video submissions of applicants through an online portal, the digital format is an alternative to the local heats to ensure more accessibility to all applicants from different governorates.
  • Each short-listed participant will be requested to submit a three minutes talk in a digital video in which he/she would present an entertaining, original and scientifically accurate talk with limited use of props without using PowerPoint or other electronic presentation tools.
  • The contestants will be judged on the content, clarity and charisma of their talks, your videos will go through 2 stages first evaluation stage will be done by experienced famelabbers and the second evaluation will be done by Jury committee.


  • The prize for the participants who qualify from the semifinal round is to attend a weekend MasterClass in Science Communication, where they will have the opportunity to work with a certified MasterClass science communicator/media trainer to improve their presentation skills. The finalists must attend the MasterClass in full; otherwise they will lose their places in the Egypt Final Competition.
  • The winner will receive trophy. There will also be audience vote prizes and prizes to the finalists and the winner provided by the Academy of Scientific Research and technology

Information management consent

  • Applicants agree that the British Council photographing and/or recording them and give permission to the British Council to use any material in the photographs and/or recordings where the copyright or any other rights are owned by them.
  • Applicants confirm that the British Council shall be entitled to use, free of charge, the photographs and/or recordings made by applicant (without having to identify by name), in their original format or edited, adapted or altered, for the purposes of the British Council’s internal and external promotional and publicity materials and for any programmes, publications, websites, electronic publications and social media services worldwide produced by or on behalf of the British Council.
  • Applicants agree that the British Council shall be entitled to pass the photographs and/or recordings of them, and their name, to external press and media agencies, publishers and broadcasters, and to partners and other third parties with which the British Council works, anywhere in the world, for the purposes set out in this Application Form.
  • Participation in the competition presupposes and entails unconditional acceptance of all the terms and conditions mentioned above.