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Celebrity scientists come back home with a big bang

By LINDA STEWART

Move over, Professor Brian Cox - two new science presenters from Northern Ireland are snapping at your heels.

Co Tyrone biologist, writer and TV presenter Simon Watt is returning to Northern Ireland in February to present his own science shows at the first ever Northern Ireland Science Festival.

He is calling on scientists and engineers to take part in FameLab - the global science competition that helped launch his science communication career.

Karl Byrne (34) from Dromara in Co Down also took part in FameLab in 2006, when he was studying for his PhD in Clinical Biochemistry at Queen's University, Belfast. He has gone on to write science shows, present on the Discovery Channel and train scientists.

Mr Watt (31), who is originally from Castlederg, took part in FameLab in 2005 and reached the UK national final. He now runs science communication company and has presented documentaries.

"Like me, entrants could see themselves presenting their own science shows at the Northern Ireland Science Festival in the near future - ultimately, FameLab is on the lookout for the new face of science, so who knows where it could take you," he said.

Mr Watt will return to home turf in February, when he presents three of his own shows at the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival.

To enter FameLab you've got to be passionate about science, engineering, technology or mathematics and be able to communicate this effectively in less than three minutes.

For more information, rules and eligibility visit nireland.britishcouncil.org.

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