Biochemistry student takes runner up prize in FameLab UK Final

DPhil student Jonny Brooks-Bartlett joined nine other contestants in the FameLab UK 2014 Grand Final on April 23rd.

Jonny at the famelab final

Jonny at the FameLab final (Click to enlarge)

His three minute presentation took an amusing look at how epidemiological modelling has recently been used to forecast impending doom for Facebook.

Jonny used a Barbie doll and Darth Vader and Action Man toys to illustrate the finding of the research carried out by scientists at Princeton. They compared Facebook’s growth curve to that of an infectious disease, claiming that the social network will lose 80% of users by 2017.

Held at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, the FameLab final saw scientists from around the UK communicate a science or engineering topic in exciting and imaginative ways.

Quentin Cooper was the compere and judges included the writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry, space scientist and science communicator Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and palaeontologist, writer and presenter Phillip Manning.

Caroline Shenton-Taylor, who talked about using NMR to look inside materials, was named as the winner. Jonny’s action-filled presentation earned him a place as one of the runners up. Sharing the position was Becky Smethurst, a DPhil student in the Department of Physics at Oxford

Jonny, a second-year student on the Systems Biology DTC programme, is passionate about science communication and now has FameLab to add to his experience. He and his supervisor Elspeth Garman recently joined up with Oxford Sparks to create an animation about X-ray crystallography.

The FameLab final can be viewed at and you can catch Jonny from 33:50 minutes in.




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