A university student will become the first Hongkonger to represent the city in the finals of an international science communication competition when they are held in England next year. FameLab, an international science communication competition organised by the British Council, was held for the first time in Hong Kong this year. It motivated 27 Hong Kong people to stretch the public's imagination with their visions of science in the 21st century. Anthony Cheung Ka-lun, a final-year biochemistry student at Chinese University, beat nine other finalists and won the grand prize and 'audience choice' prize in three rounds of competition. Chinese University also won the best institution prize for having the largest number of contestants in the competition. Creativity and communications skills are important as contestants have to give a three-minute presentation on a science-related topic. Their talks needed to be entertaining, original, scientifically accurate and easily understandable by the public. The competition is open to people aged 20 to 35 studying or working in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. Presentations can be in English or Chinese. Last month at the Hong Kong Science Museum, Cheung gave a three-minute talk on 'ageing', elaborating on the roles that oxygen and sugar play in the process. His lively and confident speech and body language impressed the judges and won the audience's hearts. He was judged the best on the content and clarity of his presentation. Cheung said he became dedicated to science at the age of eight. His dream was to become a scientist and discover new things to improve the quality of people's lives. 'Science seems boring and complicated,' he said. 'But when it comes to daily life, it is interesting and fun.' Cheung, 21, said he prepared for the competition for two weeks amid his busy academic work. He practised his presentation in front of teachers and other audiences including secondary school pupils. He said he learned a lot from the competition. 'I learned that if I want to have good performance, long-term training and practice is needed. I also learned time management because I had to prepare for the competition and study at the same time. 'I want to tell people that science is fun and vivid. Science is not boring.' Cheung will represent Hong Kong in competition with representatives from nine countries in the FameLab international finals in England during the Cheltenham Science Festival next June.