Twenty-seven of the best science communicators around the globe are heading to The Times Cheltenham Science Festival next week for the eighth FameLab International Final. The competition aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective in just three minutes.
Who will be 2015’s international face of science? In the national pre-finals of FameLab Netherlands three Wageningen candidates appeared to be among the best ten, although the top position was awarded to Marcia Brandenburg-Goddard from The Hague/Amsterdam. She will represent the Netherlands in 2th semi-final at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in England on Wednesday, 3 June, at 1.30pm.
Each contestant will deliver a three-minute presentation on their chosen topic - from the science of kissing, to magnetic fields. Every presentation will be judged according to the golden rule of the 3 Cs: content, clarity and charisma. The winning contestants will then have to deliver a second presentation in the final the following day. The final takes place on Thursday 4 June 2015 and will be broadcasted live.
Marcia Brandenburg-Goddard is a passionate Dutch/Trinidadian “neurophile” (brain junkie) from the lovely city of The Hague (although she would like to emphasize that she was born and raised in Amsterdam and still calls it home). Her current research is focused on ‘the social brain’ in general, and neural pathways to social dysfunction (e.g. autism spectrum disorder) in particular. She is wildly fascinated with neuroscience and has used the FameLab competition experience, and everything that came with it, to spread the word about the marvels of the human brain.