'When it comes to opening doors, FameLab is the masterkey.' Photo of the Natural History Museum by Pistol Pete on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When it comes to opening doors, FameLab is the masterkey.' Photo of the Natural History Museum by Pistol Pete on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When it comes to opening doors, FameLab is the masterkey.' Photo of the Natural History Museum by Pistol Pete on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Winner of FameLab 2013, PhD student Fergus McAuliffe, has had a busy year in science communication. He tells us about the opportunities that have come his way since winning the competition. You can see live presentations on science topics by other FameLab alumni at the Natural History Museum on 26 September 2014.

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

How does brain size affect the number of social ties we can maintain? Marta Daniela, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Portugal, explains. If you're in London on 26 September 2014, you can see live presentations on science topics by other FameLab alumni at the Natural History Museum.

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

Dr Michael Antoniou, an expert in radar and remote sensing at the University of Birmingham, explains how humans use similar cognitive techniques as bats and dolphins to 'see' using sound. His team's international research is funded by the Global Innovation Initiative, which opens a second call for proposals today.

The rotation speed of stars close to the edge of a galaxy gives us clues about 'dark matter'. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons licence.

The rotation speed of stars close to the edge of a galaxy gives us clues about 'dark matter'. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons licence.

The rotation speed of stars close to the edge of a galaxy gives us clues about 'dark matter'. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under Creative Commons licence.

You've probably heard of it, but do you know what dark matter is? Bogdan Ghiorghiu, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Romania, explains. Bogdan is competing at the FameLab international final in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.

'Liver cancer is extremely prevalent in people whose staple diet is uncooked fish that harbour the parasitic liver worm, Opisthorchis viverrini.' Photo by A J Cann on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Liver cancer is extremely prevalent in people whose staple diet is uncooked fish that harbour the parasitic liver worm, Opisthorchis viverrini.' Photo by A J Cann on Flickr / Creative Commons licence.

'Liver cancer is extremely prevalent in people whose staple diet is uncooked fish that harbour the parasitic liver worm, Opisthorchis viverrini.' Photo by A J Cann on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Why does south-east Asia have such a high prevalence of bile duct liver cancer? Dr Michael Smout of James Cook University, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Australia, explains the link between the deadly disease and a parasitic worm found in uncooked fish. Michael is competing at the FameLab international final in Cheltenham on 3-5 June 2014.