A Strabane student has been crowned the winner of the science communication competition, FameLab UK, after she gave a winning talk on the science of love.
Emer Maguire, a Clinical Anatomy Masters student at Queen’s University Belfast, was named the second female winner in the competition’s 10-year-history at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night.
She beat off stiff competition from nine other UK finalists who had made it through from one of 20 regional heats, including the Northern Ireland FameLab final back in
February. This heat, which was organised by British Council Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Festival, saw Emer talk about the science of kissing and why we smooch.
She now goes home with £1,750 to further her career in science communication and will also move on to the FameLab International Final at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June. Here she will compete with scientists from 27 countries around the world to be crowned overall FameLab champion.
“I can’t actually believe I’ve won – I’m still in shock and I don’t think it’s sunk in just yet,” said the 23-year-old. “I didn’t think I had a chance of winning and felt that I
was a bit of an underdog, so this is unbelievable, but it feels amazing. I’m so proud to win the title for Northern Ireland and the support I’ve received has been unreal.”
Congratulations Emer, for all we know, you could be on your way to being Northern Ireland’s answer to Brian Cox - only with a more romantic streak!