Congratulations to Michelle Knights, for making it to the FameLab international finals! This press release arrived this morning, telling me all about it:
A scientist from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project represented South Africa at the FameLab International Semi-Finals on Thursday evening in the United Kingdom and earned a place in the International Final.
Michelle Knights, a Cape Town PhD student in Cosmology and winner of South Africa's first ever FameLab competition, talked about the use of pulsars to demonstrate gravitational waves, postulated by Einstein and one of the areas which will be studied by the SKA project currently under development in South Africa.
FameLab is an international speaking competition, which encourages dialogue between science and the public. It creates opportunities for young scientists to communicate their work in accessible three-minute presentations, fostering greater public understanding of scientific concepts and their implications in our lives.
Talks in the semifinals ranged from virology to quantum physics to neuroscience and geology. Each speaker skillfully wove science into their compelling stories.. they were judged on the content, the clarity and the charisma of their presentations.
Knights' success in the competition provides a tremendous opportunity for South Africa to share its science on an international platform. In South Africa, scientific research is being prioritised. Hence, it becoming increasingly important for the general public to be informed of scientific developments which impact our lives and expand our understanding of the world.
The final will take place on Friday the 7th of June from 7:30pm – 9:00pm (SA time) and can be watched online at www.famelab.org/live-stream/ from 7:30pm (SA time, GMT+2).