Saturday, November 16, 2019 | ePaper

From Bangladesh to the UK: A FameLabber's journey

  • Print


Abu Saleh Muhammed Afrin Bin Nur (Adib) :
For someone who loves both science and public speaking, when I first came to know about FameLab, I knew I had to go for it. FameLab facilitates science communication and this is a very important aspect for any scientist. Your research or work can be ground breaking, with the potential to save millions of lives, but unless you find a way to reach the right audience, it might and will get buried under the overload of work published on a daily basis. Science communication helps scientists reach out to the mass people. Therefore, the practice of science communication is necessary for any scientist.
The FameLab competition started its journey 12 years ago, but it was only the second the Bangladesh would be participating in it. This year national champions from 25 different countries participated in FameLab International and only 11 countries made it to the finals. Bangladesh was one of the 11 international finalists, which ensured our participation in the final round back to back.
FameLab 2019 journey has been an overwhelming experience for me. I learned the art of great science communication. I got the knowledge on how to communicate with an audience full of experts like Malcolm Love, who was the master trainer for both the national and international masterclasses. I met a lot of talented young people both from across the globe. I was blown away by the raw talent that thrives in our country.
My experience in the UK was also amazing. It was a great honour for me to get the opportunity to represent Bangladesh in an international stage. Having the opportunity to be amidst so many great people, passionate young scientists who are working tirelessly in their field and communicating their work brilliantly was a great learning experience for me. It changed my perspective as a scientist, as a young professional and as someone who is about to start his career. The connections that I built and the lessons that I learned is something that I believe will stick with me for the rest of my life.
During my journey in FameLab, I met a number of international mentors who fly to different countries, teach young scientists about science communication. Sadly, whenever I asked them from which part of the world, they find the most talented people, the general answers tended to be Malaysia, Australia or Egypt. I felt since, this was only the second year we participated in FameLab, most of them are still unaware of the talent in our country.  I strongly believe, if this initiative continues, Bangladesh will soon be in the favourite list of countries with the most talented young science communicators.
Having participated in FameLab this year and getting the opportunity to represent my country at the Cheltenham UK was a matter of great pride. Of course, I would have loved to get into the top three but making it to the top 11 made me confident enough to look forward. Famelab was a journey of personal growth for me. For anyone who is looking to develop themselves as a scientist, a professional or a communicator, I think Famelab is one of the best stages available for them at this point in their life.

More News For this Category

Screen-Time and Academic Performance

Screen-Time and Academic Performance

Campus Desk :Today's young people are immersed in a digital world that most of us couldn't imagine a decade ago. Because technology is evolving so quickly, it's difficult to

Real approach in teaching English a must

Real approach in teaching English a must

Md. Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan :Teaching English is felt highly important especially at primary level for many educational reasons. The researchers are of the view that educational objectives will remain

An ideal learning environment in School

An ideal learning environment in School

Tangina Sultana :School life is considered the best period of human life. People learn from his childhood in the school and also the character of man is built in

Moral Degradation

Moral Degradation

Mohammad Mamun Mia :Moral degradation or breakdown is a phenomenon in which a major degradation or complete loss of moral values takes place. The morals and values which are

From Bangladesh to the UK: A FameLabber's journey

From Bangladesh to the UK: A FameLabber's journey

Abu Saleh Muhammed Afrin Bin Nur (Adib) :For someone who loves both science and public speaking, when I first came to know about FameLab, I knew I had to

Writing a Personal Statement

Writing a Personal Statement

Glenn Geher :Like it or not, you'll be writing personal statements (sometimes referred to as a "statement of purpose") pretty much throughout your adult life. I bet that some

World Poverty Day

World Poverty Day

Rashmita S. Mistry, Ph.D :A few years back, while driving around Los Angeles, my then 4-year-old son asked me to read a sign held by a panhandler on a

The Pessimistic Mindset

The Pessimistic Mindset

Christopher Bergland :A few days ago, someone posted a gut-wrenching comment in response to a blog post I'd written, "Pessimism May Lower Your Odds of Living a Long, Healthy

What Boosts Human Capital Development?

What Boosts Human Capital Development?

Jonathan Wai :Talent or human capital development is important as it contributes to individual development and fulfillment, educational and occupational achievement, and broader innovation. However, there is very little

Suspension, Discrimination, and Students with Disabilities

Suspension, Discrimination, and Students with Disabilities

Paul L. Morgan :Students with disabilities (SWD) are disproportionately suspended from U.S. schools. This has led to suggestions that the disparities result from the use of discriminatory disciplinary practices