Rewarding experience in student public speaking contest

Candy Chu Lam-hang, Department of Biology and Chemistry

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I was very lucky to end up as the 1st runner-up in the finals of a public speaking contest about science called Famelab held by the British Council earlier this year. I also received the Favourite Video Award in the competition.
 
Famelab does a great job making science more accessible by encouraging scientists aged between 19 and 35 years ol­­­­­d to inspire the public imagination with a vision of science for the 21st century.
 
Before the final competition, the finalists took part in a very helpful two-day intensive master class led by a team of science communication experts from Hong Kong and the UK. In the final, each finalist had to present an original 3-minute speech on any scientific topic to an audience and a panel of judges.
 
I took part in this competition for several reasons. First, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to train my presentation and analytical skills. In addition, I believe Famelab lets us show members of the public that science may not be as tough as they think. Rather, it can be fun and accessible for anyone.
 
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Famelab has also been an excellent opportunity for me to meet people from different backgrounds and scientific fields. It was very rewarding to share my ideas with such a diverse range of science communicators.
 
Last but not least, I sincerely hope that I can inspire others to continue exploring the wonders of science in the future.​

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