FameLab - Zlatina Dimitrova
Zlatina Dimitrova - FameLab 2016 finalist ©

British Council

Before you apply please make sure you are eligible to take part in this competition!

Applications are now open

  1. Fill in the registration form and email it to famelab.bulgaria@britishcouncil.bg by the corresponding deadline for the heat you plan to take part in.

  2. We will contact you by email to confirm the receipt of your application and inform you of the details and next steps.

  3. Come to the audition and present your scientific topic to our panel of judges! Don't forget to invitе your friends and family to come and watch and support you!

Heats 2018

City and location Date Application deadline

Bee Bop Café, 1 Gladstone Street

Saturday 24 February, 10.30
  • First round - in the morning
  • Second round - in the afternoon 
Thursday 22 February

Sofia University, Main building, Alma Alter theatre hall

Saturday 10 March, 10.30

  • First round - in the morning
  • Second round - in the afternoon 
Thursday 8 March

 Find out what happens at the heats, there are some rules you need to know about.

Video entry

If there is no heat in your city, why not try participating in the first round by submitting a vieo entry? The jury will judge the video entries and will invite the best candidates to the second round of the heat in Sofia on 10 March (in the afternoon). British Council will cover reasonable travel expenses (bus or train tickets) of the candidates invited to the heat, if traveling from another city.

Find out how to apply by video and submit your entry by Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Video entry instructions


  • Videos should be up to 3 minutes long (content will not be judged after this time limit)
  • Contain no editing or special effects
  • Have no background music (unless this is what you are talking about)
  • Not involve other people or excessive props (follow the guideline for the live heats which is 'a prop you can carry on stage'). 

We are not assessing video/filming quality. We simply need to be able to clearly hear and see you, so there is no problem submitting entries filmed on a smartphone or camera etc.


  • Upload your video to YouTubeVimeo or another video hosting site and copy the link. Please note: you do not have to list the video as 'public'. Upload it as 'hidden' or 'private' if you prefer
  • Fill out the registration form and paste the link to your video in the relevant field
  • As a precaution, please also email the link to famelab.bulgaria@britishcouncil.bg with "FameLab Bulgaria video entry" in the subject line.

What's next?

If you are successful after the heats you must be able to attend a Communication Masterclass that will help you develop invaluable media and presentation skills, as well as the national final. You will be told details of this if you pass the heats. The national final will be held in May during the Sofia Science Festival.

  • Science communication masterclass – 14 and 15 April 2018
  • FameLab national final – 3 May 2018