Media Release: Glasgow Science Centre on the hunt for the next Brian Cox

THE search is on for the new voices of science communication. Glasgow Science Centre is hosting the Scottish heats of FameLab, recognised as the UK’s biggest competition for new talent to engage the public in science, on Saturday the 19th of November 2011.

If you’re currently working in or studying science in the UK, and think you can explain a science, engineering or maths concept in an engaging way to non-scientists in just three minutes, we want to hear from you.

Aspiring contestants should email Aimee Lowe on

The winner of the Scottish regional heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend Masterclass with Professor of Science and Society and Science communication, Kathy Sykes, and experienced trainer, specialising in media and communication skills, Malcolm Love before vying for the title of FameLab champion at the National Final on 21 March 2012 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain where they will have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career.

Dr Robin Hoyle, director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting the Scottish regional heats and are confident that scientists in Scotland have the scientific X-factor needed to win.

“If you want to be the next Brian Cox then this really is the competition for you.

“Glasgow Science Centre is encouraging anyone with a flair for communication who’s currently working in or studying science to get in touch and help break down the barriers between scientists and the general public.”


For further information and photograph opportunities please contact Rachel MacBeath 0141 420 5010 ext 303 or mail to

Notes to Editors:

  • FameLab is the biggest competition to find and support talented new science communicators. It was set up in 2005 and since 2007, FameLab has held competitions in 19 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity whose mission is to promote science through thought-provoking, fun and exciting experiences that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.
  • Glasgow Science Centre is a five star rated attraction, as awarded by VisitScotland
  • Since Glasgow Science Centre opened in July 2001, we have engaged millions of visitors with the wonders of science. There has been 1.5 million cinema goers to the IMAX and over 300K stargazers to the planetarium
  • In the academic year 2010-2011 65,500 education pupils visited the Centre for inspirational science trips

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Contact: Rachel MacBeath
Phone: 0141 420 5011 (303)