British Council launches global competition to find top climate science communicators ahead of COP26


A global search is on for the next influential global voice on climate action who can inspire and connect with audiences across the world to help build trust in climate science.

Entries are now open for FameLab Climate Change Communicators, a special edition of the FameLab science communication competition leading to the online final event in September.

The competition is open to entries from aspiring science communicators from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam.

Entrants are challenged to film and submit a video of themselves giving a compelling three-minute talk in English relating to the theme of ‘Trust in Climate Science’.

Ten talented finalists who impress the judges with scientific storytelling will be selected to progress to the next stage and will receive a two-day online masterclass with leading science communicators to help hone their skills.

The finalists will then go head-to-head on the virtual stage to battle it out for first place in the FameLab Climate Challenge Communicators Online Final to be streamed on YouTube in September 2021.

The winner’s journey won’t end there – the top FameLab Climate Change Communicator will progress through to the FameLab International Online Final in November 2021, one of the world’s leading science communication competitions.

FameLab® is a competition owned and created by Cheltenham Festivals. 2021 marks the 15th and final year of the FameLab International competition delivered globally in partnership with the British Council. This year’s event will offer an exciting programme of interactive online heats – and a celebration of the partnership which has led to a global science communication phenomenon.

FameLab Climate Change Communicators is one of many activities the British Council is delivering as part of The Climate Connection programme: the British Council’s global platform for dialogue, cooperation and action against climate change. It connects more than 200 million people from the UK and the rest of the world through collaborative and creative solutions to the climate crisis.

Adrian Fenton, Senior Consultant in Public Engagement at the British Council said:

“We are excited to bring this special edition of FameLab to global audiences in the lead up to the COP26 conference. Whether you’re an early career researcher, working on climate change projects – or simply passionate about explaining climate science to new audiences – we would love to hear from you.”

Kate Ewart-Biggs, Interim Chief Executive at the British Council said:

“The British Council is proud to support COP26’s aims to unite people around the world to tackle climate change. Through our Climate Connection campaign, we will draw on our expertise in education, the arts, and cultural exchange, to support people everywhere to find innovative solutions to the biggest global emergency we face.”