If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ve already read about 2015 Brain Awareness Week campaigns in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. Today we complete the series with the difficult task of picking just a few highlights from the hundreds of events that took place across Europe. The 23 participating countries were: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. There were tons of great Brain Awareness Week events this year. Here are a few highlights:
In Germany, the Turm der Sinne Museum in Nurnberg hosted an interactive science show with neuroscientist Peter Brugger and Swiss actor Yannick Schmuki in their planetarium. The presentation combined theatrical elements with scientific experiments to describe the evolution of psychology from the Spiritualists of 1900 to the Neuropsychologists of 2015.
In Romania, students at the National College Nicolae Balcescu made short presentations to an audience about the latest research and discoveries in neuroscience as published in the Dana Foundation’s “Brain in the News.”
Finally, in the United Kingdom, the OPENspace Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh hosted a free event for the United Nations International Day of Happiness—which fell during BAW. The event included lectures from experts in happiness, as well as free mood tests and photo collections of different people’s “happy places.”
That’s all the highlights for now. Be sure to go to the international calendar for information about other cool events from BAW 2015.