Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah was named the “World’s Best Science Communicator” at the 11th FameLab International competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom yesterday. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah was named the “World’s Best Science Communicator” at the 11th FameLab International competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom yesterday.

Siti, who is with USM’s School of Life Sciences, wowed the audience and judges with her presentation on diagnosing infectious diseases using biomarkers titled “To Find a Hidden Killer”.

She beat 27 science communicators from around the globe.

The Cheltenham Science Festival is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts.

Created by Cheltenham Festivals and co-produced by the British Council, it aims to discover up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective.

It brings the world’s leading scientists and thinkers face to face with the public for debates, experiments and surprising discoveries.

Each contestant is required to deliver a three-minute presentation on their chosen topic.

Every presentation is judged acording to its content, clarity and charisma.

Dr Siti is the second Malaysian to win the title.

In 2016, Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was declared the FameLab International champion, when he defeated national winners from more than 25 countries.

FameLab was brought to Malaysia in 2015 by the British Council in collaboration with Malaysian Industry-Group for High Technology.

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