And here I am again: at the final of FameLab Italy! But this year I will have the privilege to sit on a very special chair: as judger.
Tonight I’ll have the duty to elect the third Italian Champion of FameLab, the international competition of science communication where enthusiasts have three minutes presentation to enchant the audience with some sexy-science.
Together with me on stage the italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and the journalists Sara Zambotti. It sounds like a joke: a biologist, a jounalist and an astronaut meet at the bar…
Host of the show: the radio anchorman Federico Taddia from Radio24.
The italian FameLab final is in Perugia, in the historical Theatre “Pavone” in the heart of the city. Though Perugia is under a big grey cloud, the energy that you feel here keeps you warm.
This year, the regional selection picked up 14 finalists from Ancona, Genova, Milano, Napoli, Perugia, Trento and Trieste. After a pre-selection in morning, only 7 of them will make it to the final.
And the 7 finalists are:
From the local selection in Trento – 1991, studies cognitive science at Trento University. Her show at the local regional selection is here:
From the local selection in Perugia -1990, informaticians, now following a Master in Engineering in Computer Science at Sapienza University (Rome). Here comes his performance at the local selection:
From the local selection in Naples – 1976, with a degree in archeology, now works with topography and museology. Here comes her performance at the local selection:
From the local selection in Naples – 1992, studies math at “Federico II” in Naples. Here comes his performance at the local selection:
From the local selection in Genova – 1993, from Grosseto, loves astronomy and studies physics at Pisa University.
Here comes his performance at the local selection:
From the local selection in Trieste – 1977, with a degree in physics, is a researcher at “Elettra-Sincrotrone” in Trieste. Here comes his performance at the local selection:
From the local selection in Trieste – 1986, finishing a PhD in astrophysics at SISSA in Trieste. Here comes her performance at the local selection:
But what can make a candidate the next FameLab champion?
I learned endlessly about science communication since my time in FameLab in 2012.
I would suggest to the future winner that the topic doesn’t matter. Really: it is about showing how awesome science is, rather then how complicated it is. Simplification doesn’t mean change the beauty of technology and research.
Good luck to all the finalist!