BAW Across the Continents 2012: Australia

In honor of Brain Awareness Week, we are highlighting BAW events all over the world. On Monday we looked at events in Africa; yesterday we focused on Asia. Today, we look at Australia/the Pacific.  


Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries in the Pacific Islands participating in BAW; however, both countries are very active. The Australian National Brain Bee and the preliminary provincial rounds will begin during Brain Awareness Week and continue through June. Additionally, a number of university clubs in Australia plan on utilizing social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) to get the word out about brain health and research. Also, an organization will be posting new, free puzzles, crosswords, code words, Sudoku, and word finds every day of Brain Awareness Week. Give your brain a quick workout by checking them out at the Crosswords for Fun website.

New Zealand will be conducting a National Brain Bee in conjunction with the Australian Brain Bee, and the finalists from both will compete against each other for a spot in the International Brain Bee. New Zealand will also have an official Brain Day, where towns and cities throughout the country will be hosting lectures, information tables, and exhibits. Additionally, starting during BAW, ten schools in New Zealand will be participating in a brain coloring competition.

And please visit the International Calendar if you’re interested in finding other events or starting your own in your town. 

–Simon Fischweicher

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