Marcin Stolarski Ph.D. with the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw won the second edition of FameLab in Poland and represented our country during the competition final in Great Britain. In his speech, he explained how we should protect transistors in electronic devices and how scientists do it in laboratories. The international final was eventually won by Fergus McAuliffe, the representative of Ireland.
The second place was taken by Magdalena Richter – molecular biologist and Ph.D. student at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, followed by Maciej Jasiński – Ph.D. student of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Warsaw, who carries out his research at the Centre of New Technologies Ochota University of Warsaw. Piotr Konieczny, physicist at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, was honoured with the Award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Audience Award. Maciej Jasiński was awarded the special prize of BMW Group Poland: a visit to the BMW Welt Innovation Centre in Munich. During the BMW@FameLab competition, the Internet users were most impressed with the presentation of Artur Franczuk.
Similarly to the semi-finals, the jury at the final was composed of Professor Marek Abramowicz, world renowned astrophysicist who deals with the theory of relativity, black holes and figures of stellar stability; Jacek Wasilewski Ph.D., who carries out research on the construction of social messages and the creation of meaning; Irena Cieślińska, Deputy Director of the Copernicus Science Centre, journalist and science communicator; Piotr Najsztub, journalist and publicist, and Monika Koperska, the winner of the last year’s Polish edition of the competition, who came second in the international final and was presented with the Audience Award. The Final Gala was hosted by Jan Wróbel, well-known publicist and historian.
Marcin Stolarski, the winner of FameLab, took part in the international final of the competition held in Cheltenham in Great Britain as a part of the Cheltenham Science Festival. Ten finalists competed also for PLN 30,000 for scientific purposes and PLN 5,000 for own needs. Additionally, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which took FameLab under honorary auspices, covered the cost of travel of the winner to a science conference of his choice held in Europe. The Audience Prize – funded by the British Council, which co-organised the competition – consisted in one semester of an English language course or a free attempt at a chosen British English language exam. BMW Group Poland – the Main Partner – invited one of the finalists to the seat of BMW Welt in Munich to show him how modern solutions and technologies can be applied in the motor industry. BMW was also the sponsor of the Internet Users’ Award.