FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition. It is designed to inspire, motivate and develop scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders. This event has seen more than 9,000 emerging scientists and engineers participate from over 30 countries since 2007. FameLab has been running in Ireland since 2014 and boasts a network of over 50 science communicators. FameLab consists of researchers and students who prepare and perform a three minute talk about a specific subject without any visual aids. This talk is then evaluated by a jury of three science communication experts. The talk has to be scientific and clear for a broad audience of non-experts as well. You can learn more about FameLab here.
Simone Iadanza represented CAPPA at this year’s FameLab competition. Simone enrolled in a Ph.D. in CAPPA in 2016. His research interests include nanophotonics, optoelectronics and nanofabrication, in particular Photonic Crystals, Silicon Photonics and Semiconductor Laser Dynamics.
Simone competed with nine other finalists from all over the country at FameLab Ireland. He performed a talk about slow-light photonic crystal cavities for all-optical signal processing applications. Simone competed in the finals, after winning first prize from the judges and the audience in FameLab Cork. Here he talked about solving internet future energy problems thanks to a new low-power on-chip optical interconnects based on photonic crystals. His talk was titled “Digital Apocalypse: Initiated”.