BAW Across the Continents 2014: Asia

After taking a look at Brain Awareness Week (BAW) in Africa, it is time to travel to Asia and the Middle East. BAW events are taking place in 14 different countries: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

Turkey continues to be a regional leader in promoting Brain Awareness Week. They’ve got it all, from the 7th annual Turkish Brain Bee, featuring 40 students from high schools all over to the Brain Team, a group of undergraduates in Eskisehir who will head into middle schools in low-income neighborhoods to lead interactive brain activities and demonstrations. BAW Partners in Turkey also have translated a number of our publications into Turkish.

Brain Awareness Week reaches Tehran, Iran, this year for the first time. Local neuroscience students will distribute information about the brain and human behavior to fellow students. And, in Israel, Cinema and Brain Week at the Jerusalem Cinematheque will feature brain related film screenings.

Brain Awareness Week Photo Gallery 2014, Israel

Brain Awareness Week Photo Gallery 2014, Israel

Incorporating multimedia in Brain Awareness Week events is an excellent way to engage an audience. In Hong Kong a local university will get students involved in the production of multimedia presentations through their preliminary BAW video contest in English and Chinese. The winners of this contest will submit their videos to SfN’s Brain Awareness Video contest.

That’s all for now. Remember if you want to read about more events (or find one near you) head over to the international calendar, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Australia and the Pacific Islands.

–Simon Fischweicher

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