Runner Up prize at the Famelab competition UK final

Sam Hatfield has won the Runner Up prize at the Famelab competition UK final, held at the Cheltenham Science Festival on June 3rd. This competition challenges contestants to communicate a science topic to a public audience and a panel of judges in under 3 minutes. The judges choose the best entries based on three criteria: content, clarity and charisma. Prizes for first place, runner up and the audience favourite are awarded. Regional heats are held across the country to decide which 8 contestants will take part in the UK final.

Sam spoke about carbon budgets for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, using Duplo blocks to illustrate how much carbon dioxide humans have emitted so far and how much more they are allowed to emit. His talk is available on YouTube here ( For this award, Sam received a £1000 cash prize.