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KMTV Ltd – The Official Southeastern Hub Organisation for FameLab

KMTV is an independent Ofcom regulated public service broadcast house and creative production company. It is a recognised provider of high-end television programming through HMRC’s tax relief scheme, regulated, managed, and certificated by the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS). KMTV’s award winning team of broadcast journalists and filmmakers has spent several years working in the Higer Education sector, collaborating with researchers from all academic disciplines to build an impressive portfolio of research informed documentaries and science communication programmes including Generation Genome – recently acquired by ITVX. KMTV transmits on Freeview Channel 7 as part of the UK’s Local Television Network with a total reach of more than 16 million households.

KMTV Ltd is delighted to have been recognised as the Regional Hub Organisation for FameLab. KMTV will offer training to all applicants regardless of whether they decide to enter the competition.

Applications to take part in FameLab UK are set to open in October 2023 and will be coordinated centrally by Cheltenham Festivals.


About FameLab

FameLab is the largest, public facing, science communication competition and training programme in the world. FameLab® is a registered trademark of Cheltenham Festivals, who created the programme in 2005. Thanks to a 15-year partnership with the British Council, FameLab has run in over 40 countries across the world together with more than 200 local partner organisations. This vibrant global network brought together over 40,000 scientists and engineers who were able to engage with international audiences.

Aims of FameLab

  • Encourage and enable science-related researchers to communicate their work with the public in an engaging and exciting way
  • Create an active, international community of science-related researchers who are confident and skilled in communicating their research with the public
  • Facilitate an international network of trainers and institutions sharing resources, best practice and opportunities to support science communication
  • Find and support the next generation of Cheltenham Science Festival speakers

The Competition

Researchers from across the globe gather online or live to compete to vie for the title of world’s best science communicator. They’ll have just 3 minutes each to communicate their research to a global audience and an expert panel of judges. The winner is the speaker who best demonstrates FameLab’s three C’s – Content, Clarity and Charisma.

Partnering for Excellence:

KMTV is proud to be working in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent, and the University of Greenwich to develop the next generation of science and social science communicators . If you or your company are interested in sponsoring or supporting KMTV as the southeastern regional training and competition hub for FameLab email jhurst@kmtv.co.uk.

Key Dates

September: Publicise to networks. Southeast Regional Final date and venue announced.

October to December: Cheltenham Festivals open applications.

January to February: Applications centrally allocated by Cheltenham Festivals to KMTV. Training sessions offered to all applicants hosted by KTMV. Judging panel announced.

March: Participants submit video entries to KMTV. Selection process to next round.

April: Televised/streamed regional final live from the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury on Wed 3rd April 2024.

May: 2-day masterclass training for regional winners hosted by Cheltenham Festivals.

June: National final, Cheltenham Science Festival.

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