Lecturer heading for international rounds of science communication competition

An academic at Nottingham Trent University has made the international rounds of a science communication competition – which challenges researchers to present a topic to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

An academic at Nottingham Trent University has made the international rounds of a science communication competition – which challenges researchers to present a topic to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Dr Joanna Bagniewska, a lecturer in wildlife conservation in the University's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, will compete against more than 25 other contestants after winning the national final of 'FameLab' in her native Poland.

Her topic was 'The curious incident of testicles at night time', examining the influence of the melatonin hormone on the physiology of humans and other animals.

FameLab aims to 'find the new voice of science and engineering across the world'.

It's been a challenge and a wonderful adventure.

Dr Joanna Bagniewska, Nottingham Trent University

Contestants have just three minutes to present a topic in science, engineering or maths in an engaging way – without PowerPoint and with limited props - and judges are looking for those who shine in content, clarity and charisma.

Joanna, who will be representing Poland in the international round, said: "I am very pleased with the result, particularly because I usually do not use Polish to 'talk science'.

"It's been a challenge and a wonderful adventure, and I am looking forward to representing my country and Nottingham Trent University in the international rounds."

The international rounds will take place on 5 June at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

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Lecturer heading for international rounds of science communication competition

Published on 16 May 2014
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