FameLab Australia

Food allergy researcher reaches top nine in the FameLab International Finals at Cheltenham Science Festival!

Congratulations to Dr Sandip Kamath from James Cook University, who made it through to the 2015 grand final of the world’s biggest international science communication competition, FameLab.

Organised by the British Council and Cheltenham Festivals, FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective through three-minute presentations on their research.

Sandip, who won the Australian competition in May 2015 with his witty presentation about  treating food allergies, flew to the UK in early June to battle it out against 26 of the best science communicators from around the globe at the Cheltenham Science Festival. 

Captivating the audience and judges at the semi-finals with a presentation that involved plastic lobsters, balloons and a police hat as props, he proved again that being a geek doesn’t stop you holding a crowd! Sandip did enormously well in Cheltenham, making it through to the grand final alongside scientists from Cyprus, Switzerland, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, CERN and Croatia.

The competition was very tough, with outstanding performances from all participants. We applaud Sandip on his outstanding result this year and congratulate Oskari Vinko, an MSc student of synthetic biology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, who claimed the title of FameLab International Winner 2015. It showed again how arts skills mesh with science knowledge to create interest in new discovery and research.

Congratulations, also, to Dr David Farmer from the Florey Institute, who was chosen as Australia's runner-up at the national final at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in May, and 'People’s Choice' winner Ms Kiara Bruggeman from Australian National University. 

All presentations from the 2015 International Finals are available on the FameLab YouTube channel.

You can also visit our Flickr page – flickr.com/britishcouncilaustralia – to view photos from the Australian national final in Fremantle. 

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