Jurn Heinen and Bert Vercnocke win FameLab Amsterdam

14 March 2016

A professional jury of scientists and science communication professionals chose Jurn Heinen (PhD candidate at UvA-HIMS) and Bert Vercnocke (postdoc at UvA-IOP) as the winners of the first Amsterdam heat of FameLab. FameLab is an international competition in science communication for young scientists and the Amsterdam heat was jointly organised by the science faculties of UvA and VU.

By winning the Amsterdam heat, Heinen and Vercnocke qualified for the national finals of FameLab on 22 April at the Academiegebouw in Utrecht. Prior to the finals, they will receive a two-day masterclass from top trainers in science communication, in order to enter the stage with optimal preparation. During the national finals they will compete against ten other contestants for a place in the international finals in Cheltenham, United Kingdom, in June.   

Video impression FameLab Amsterdam

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FameLab is an initiative of the British Council and has become one of the largest competitions in science communication in the world. In the competition young scientists (aged 21-40) in the natural sciences, technology and medicine take up the challenge to give a lively and creative three-minute pitch of their research topic to a general audience. 

The Amsterdam heat

The Amsterdam heat took place on 26 February in Spui 25, the academic cultural center of the University of Amsterdam. In total 21 young scientists, from research institutes across Amsterdam, participated in both a training and the actual heat. The jury, consisting of FameLab finalist 2015 and PhD candidate Encarna Mico Amigo, associate professor Renée van Amerongen and science communicator Marieke Hohnen judged the contestants on content, charisma and clarity. 

Published by  Faculty of Science