Jonathan Stewart, Deputy Director of British Council Northern Ireland said of the event; “This was the first time the British Council Northern Ireland had run FameLab as part of the NI Science Festival. It was a hugely important event for us and we are very grateful to David Meade for his amazing compere and entertainment on the night. David was a pleasure to work with throughout, he clearly did his research, knew his audience both in the packed out room as well as the 300+ watching online from 29 different countries.”
Jonathan went on to express; “David had the audience captivated and fully involved in his performance, but don’t just take my word for it; watch the highlights to get a sense of the energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism of David Meade.”
The Banbridge mentalist, was backing FameLab Northern Ireland, the global science communication competition, and was on the lookout for scientists or engineers who can excite and engage the public with weird and wonderful science concepts. Organised by the British Council, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, FameLab is held annually in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States, and last took place in Northern Ireland back in 2006.
David, who took on the role of compere for the evening’s celebrations, provided his trademark entertainment at the live final – bamboozling a full house at The Black Box, Belfast with his legendary mind tricks.
Speaking on behalf of the NI Science Festival, Chris McCreery spoke highly of David’s involvement; “We hired David Meade to present one of our most eminent events in the Festival as we needed a speaker who could be engaging and entertaining whilst adhering to the very precise format of the event. Quite simply put, David was outstanding. He truly understood our aims, aspirations and the type of event we wanted to do and tailored his performance accordingly.”
David was delighted to be involved with the competition, stating: “The idea of FameLab is a fantastic one, and it’s great to see such an international competition right on our own doorstep. At present FameLab attracts thousands of scientists from around the world and I’d encourage anyone in Northern Ireland with a passion for science or engineering to take part. It’s especially great to see this event tied in with the first ever Northern Ireland Science Festival — this will put us back on the international stage and hopefully get more people interested and engaged in science.”
David of course is no stranger to this world, working as a researcher and lecturer in international business and as a keynote speaker for some of the world’s most successful organisations.