Katarina Cisarova, a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, wins the Swiss FameLab competition 2017. Katarina comes from Slovakia but studied molecular biology in Italy and bioinformatics at the University of Lausanne. In her PhD she focusses on bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data of patients suffering from rare degenerative eye diseases and rare forms of eye cancer. Katarina will represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition in Cheltenham in June.
Ten finalists from six different countries and seven different universities and institutions participated in the Swiss FameLab final in Basel. Their contributions were evaluated by a jury consisting of Sina Henrichs, Vanya Loroch and Jennifer Fowlie. Jennifer was one of a number of former FameLab participants present at the event: Oskari Vinko, Ossama Khalaf and Jana Linnick just to name a few.
Mirjam Laager a PhD student at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel wins the FameLab semi-final 2017 in Zurich. She also receives the audience award for her presentation on rabies, a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of humans and other mammals. Together with nine colleagues she will participate in a master class communication weekend in CERN .
In 2017, participants come from all over the world, including countries outside of Europe such as New Zealand, China, South Africa, Russia and the USA. But of course we also had European contestants!
Ossama Khalaf, PhD student at the EPFL, won the Swiss FameLab competition 2016 and represented Switzeraland at the international FameLab competition in Cheltenham.
In september 2016 he also participated in the "Hall of FameLab" and won the jury and the audience awards. Hall of FameLab is an annual spin-off event of FameLab held at the Natural History Museum, London in front of a live audience. The event is part of a larger night of science communication called Science Uncovered.
Oskari Vinko a masterstudent of the ETH Zurich wins the Swiss and the International FameLab competition 2015!
In Cheltenham Jennifer Fowlie competed against 23 FameLab finalists from countries all over the world including South Africa, Egypt, Hong Kong, Australia, Romania and South Korea. Unfortunately she didi not make it to the international final.
At the Swiss FameLab final 2014 in Moods in Zurich nine participants competed for the possibility to represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition. The Scottish physicist Jennifer Fowlie (University of Geneva) was selected by the jury to travel to the Cheltenham Science Festival in June. The audience prize went to Simone Bottans.
Ten Swiss finalists participated in the FameLab master class that was held together with the national finalists from the French FameLab competitions. The master class offered the finalists specialist communication training and this was conducted by the two British professionals Quentin Cooper and Timandra Harkness.
For the Swiss semi-final in Geneva which took place on 27 March in the Globe at CERN, sixteen participants registered. The jury awarded the first prize to Philippe Kobel. Giovanni Porcellana and Jennifer Fowlie were the winners of the audience prize.