FameLab 2018 Bangkok Audition


  • You have 3 minutes to present any scientific, engineering, mathematical or medical topic of your choice. This can be a scientific concept, innovative idea, or even your research. 
  • You cannot use a PowerPoint, other electronic presentation or audio recording.
  • You can only use the props that you can carry onto stage yourself (there will be no time for set up).
  • English must be used in regional heats, masterclass, Thailand final competition and International competition.
  • Thai language can be used for VDO audition entry only.
  • If you make it through the Thailand Final Competition, you will have to prepare a different presentation.

FameLab Thailand reserves the right to change these rules at any time without prior notice. In the event that any changes are made, the revisions shall be posted on this website immediately.

What happens at the competition?

VDO Audition

Candidates entering through VDO audition must submit application by 8 March 2020.

  • Candidates must upload a 3-minute VDO on Youtube or Vimeo and set to public.
  • VDO editing (adding special effects, shortening, or speeding-up) is not permitted
  • Either Thai or English can be used in the VDO audition.
  • VDO will be assessed by a panel of 3 judges.

The announcement of shortlisted candidates will be made on 16 March 2020

Live Audition

Candidates entering through Live audition must submit application by 20 March 2020. 

  • Candidates must prepare and present a 3-minute talk to the panel of judges. 
  • Props are allowed, but electronic tools (such as PPT) and gadgets are now permitted. 
  • Must be in English

Regional Heats

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to compete live in the 2 Regional Heats (Bangkok and Khon Kaen) in front of the judges and the public.

Location Date Venue
Khon Kaen 21 March 2020 Khon Kaen University
Bangkok 22 March 2020 To be confirmed
  • You will have exactly 3 minutes to present your topic, which can be the same as your VDO audition.
  • English must be used.
  • After the presentation, the judges may ask questions and also give feedback where possible.
  • Should you be selected for Final Competition, your performance will be recorded and promoted for a chance to win the People' Choice Award.

Applying for Research Award

Special for FameLab Thailand 2020

This year, we are awarding one Research Award for candidates who have plans or are currently doing research, to give recognition to researchers aiming to present their research to the public. 

To be entitled for the Research Award, you must 1) be one of the 10 finalists, 2) submit your research plan. 

Upon announcement of the 10 selected candidates, you will be required to submit a proposal on impact of your research, and the action plans. The proposal is due on 26 April 2020. 

  • English must be used. 
  • A guideline for application will be provided on the selection of the 10 candidates. 
  • The winner will be announced at the end of the Final Competition. 

Thailand Final Competition

Once you have completed the Masterclass, this will be the chance for you to show your refined skills to the judges and the public.

  • You will have exactly 3 minutes to present your topic, which must be different from your prior performances.
  • English must be used.
  • After the presentation, the judges may ask questions and also give feedback where possible.
  • All winners will be announced at the end of the Final Competition.

Judges assessment

Judges can come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds including Science, Science Communication, and Media. 

Candidates will be scored against 3Cs – Content, Clarity and Charisma


The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.


Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the talk is important; as well as making sure the audience and judges can follow the talk and are left with an understanding of the scientific concept chosen. The talk should be aimed at an adult, lay audience.


The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality of charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining and exciting. Who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.