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British Council launches science, math contest for Indians

The winner of the national competition will get an opportunity to compete with contestants from 27 countries in the UK in June 2017

education Updated: Oct 07, 2016 18:34 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Open to applicants aged over 20 – 40 years, the competition requires students to submit a three-minute video of their ‘science talk’ in a unique format. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The British Council is inviting applications from scientists, engineers, mathematicians and researchers for FameLab India 2017 – a science communication platform that it launched in India earlier this year. The competition is aimed at presenting scientific concepts in an interesting and innovative manner to the non-science audience. Open to applicants aged over 20 – 40 years as on June 1, 2016, the competition requires students to fill in an application form and submit a three-minute video of their ‘science talk’ in a unique format. The winner of the national competition will get an opportunity to represent India and compete with contestants from over 27 countries at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in June 2017. The last date for applying is October 30, 2016.

“In India, our key focus is in three areas: education and science, culture and promoting the English language. India is on the cusp of a digital and technological revolution. We would like to work with the next generation of young Indians to help them present useful science in an interesting and innovative manner. Scientific information is becoming an essential and integral part of people’s daily lives. We want to create a platform that promotes a culture of science and improves people’s understanding of science and science-related information,” said Alan Gemmell, OBE, director, British Council India.

The competition will provide a platform for researchers to put forth their ideas to the public in an interesting manner; enhance their communication and presentation skills; and engage with like-minded individuals and alumni network. Shortlisted applicants from each region will get an opportunity to attend a fully funded science communication workshop jointly delivered by UK and Indian trainers in each region. The finalists will also get an opportunity to attend a science communication masterclass led by the best UK trainers.

National FameLab programmes currently run in Australia, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, US and Vietnam.

For registration or more information, click here.

First Published: Oct 07, 2016 18:20 IST