BAW Across the Continents 2014: Australia

Where in the world is Brain Awareness Week today?  Search on our international calendar and you’ll find events everywhere. But here on the blog, let’s see what’s happening during Brain Awareness Week in Australia and the Pacific Islands.

For now, Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries participating in BAW in the Pacific Islands.  Brain Awareness Week in Australia features a well-organized, widespread National Brain Bee competition. The first round consists of an online quiz for year ten students. The top 250 students advance to the Victorian Final Brain Bee in Melbourne. In addition to the competition, bee participants also have tours of neuroscience labs and a the local anatomy museum, as well as talks with scientists. In Perth, kids and adults can visit the university for brain activities and displays including one depicting the evolution of the brains of sheep, guinea pigs, rats, mice, lizards, goldfish, and sea horses.

Brain Awareness Week 2013 display at the Museum of Human Disease, University of New South Wales

Brain Awareness Week 2013 display at the Museum of Human Disease, University of New South Wales

New Zealand is equally active for Brain Awareness Week. Events include partnerships between universities and museums, a brain bee competition and free public lectures. In Whangarei, a yoga studio will lead yoga and meditation demonstrations followed by a discussion of how the brain changes during both. And in Christchurch, divers coming off the reefs of the Pacific can attend a free lecture explaining the intricacies of tinnitus.

Free lecture in New Zealand, BAW 2013

Free lecture in New Zealand, BAW 2013

Check back tomorrow after we take the long journey across the Pacific Ocean to see what’s happening this week in South America.

–Simon Fischweicher

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