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Fundsmith Sponsors Science Competition Launch

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Fundsmith LLP has partnered with acclaimed science competition FameLab to sponsor the event’s Mauritian launch, organised by the British Council.

FameLab seeks out scientists, mathematicians, technologists and engineers and asks them to explain an aspect of their work to a general audience in just three minutes. Their presentations are judged in terms of content, clarity and charisma.

FameLab was started by the Cheltenham International Science Festival in 2005 and has grown into a global phenomenon, with British Council as the international partner. The programme has been run in over 30 countries with support from more than 200 local partner organisations.

Terry Smith, Chief Executive of Fundsmith, said: “Science tackles many issues that affect society, and research findings often have important implications for the public. FameLab is a great way to help develop this communication and improve the link between science and the public, helping to raise the profile of science in Mauritius in general.”

FameLab was officially launched in Mauritius at an event hosted by President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on 1 March, in the presence of Nobel Prize winning scientist Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.

Tris Bartlett, Country Director of British Council Mauritius, said: “FameLab makes science more attractive to school-age children, by highlighting the wonder of science and removing jargon. The fact that the President of Mauritius, Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, is a keen advocate of FameLab and is patron of the programme in Mauritius says a lot about the importance of the promotion of science subjects at school.”

The FameLab national final for Mauritius will be held on 20 May 2017. The Mauritian winner will participate in the International FameLab finals at the Cheltenham Science Festivals in June as part of an all-expense paid visit to the UK.

For more information on FameLab and how to apply, please visit the website: http://www.britishcouncil.mu/programmes/education-society/famelab