FameLab welcomed the University of Venda as a partner for the first time in 2019 as they hosted their first workshop and heat on 21 and 22 November 2019 in Thohoyandou. The event was made possible by the commitment to science engagement of Prof Peter Taylor, the South African Research Chair on Biodiversity Value & Change from the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Venda, who incorporated FameLab into the Zoology Annual Research Day.
Research stories shared included the wonders of Mayflies and how water
temperature is a major factor in determining their population size. Pangolins,
genetics and slave trade were also features of the talks.
Maadna Ndou was selected as the winner of the heat and will join winners of other heats from across the countries in April 2020 at the FameLab Masterclass, hosted by the British Council and run facilitated by an international FameLab trainer from the UK.
FameLab in South Africa is made possible by a partnership between SAASTA, the British Council and Jive Media Africa. Jive Media Africa facilitated the workshop and heat at Univen. This initiative at SAASTA is an international competition designed to engage and entertain by challenging young scientists to communicate their science to a public audience in under 3 minutes. If you would like to enter, Entrants must be 21 to 35 years of age and currently registered, studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in South Africa. for more information visit www.saasta.ac.za