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About a month ago, a friend of mine told me about the Famelab competition. For those of you who don’t want to click the link, it’s a public speaking competition where people passionate about science have to try and explain a topic to a public audience in 3 minutes without any slides and the option of using a single prop.
Seeing as I ran a relatively successful blog on Physics last year, I decided to give the Munser Heat a shot, and took the blog post on How It’s All Going to End Part 5, bought a packet of balloons, and created a quick 3 minute talk about the Big Crunch and the Big Freeze.
The competition was great, and the standard of talks was incredibly high. We had talks on DNA, florescent lights, Crop management, the curvature of the Universe, evolution, food and addiction, nanotubes and the Big Bang.
I came 2nd (the talk on DNA won, it really was an excellent public talk). I really am delighted, as it means I’ve qualified for the Irish Semi-Finals at the end of March (the overall goal of this competition is to send someone to the Cheltenham Science Festival in June and have them win the competition for Ireland again). And it got me thinking about this blog, and what it’s done for me (from chatting to Bill Nye last year and now a master-class in science communication in Dublin) it’s been a great experience.
So with that, I hope to make a few entries over the next month or so. One will have my video from last night, and then there will be a few more posts around the time of the semi-finals next month.
When I go and try qualify for the national finals next month, I’ll know I didn’t really get myself there. You did, the people who read this blog and supported me. Thank you. And with that, I’m delighted to say I think my inspiration for public outreach is back. Let’s Talk Physics will resume.