Know a great Brain Awareness Week program in Europe? Now through May 2, members of the scientific community and the public can submit nominations for the EDAB-FENS Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Excellence Award. A cash prize of 2,000 € will be awarded to the winner, and the organization’s representative will receive transportation to the FENS Forum 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and two-night’s hotel accommodation.
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:
Brain Awareness Week has become a major campaign in Europe. There are 25 countries participating in Brain Awareness Week this year and more than 250 events. Among these 25 countries the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Romania are the most active.
The magnitude and coordination of the BAW campaign in Croatia is impressive. There are over 50 events planned throughout the country. The majority of these events are lectures on a wide range of brain-related topics including aging, emotional marketing, stress, and music. There will even be a lecture open to the general public discussing how controlling your bladder can lead to better decision-making.
There are also a number of Brain Awareness Week events taking place in the United Kingdom. Universities, neuroscience organizations and nursing homes will have lectures, exhibits, film viewings and school visits. At one university, neuroscientists, musicians, and dancers are collaborating to put together an interactive demonstration explaining how the brain allows us to learn to dance, sing, and play music.
In Germany, high school students will have a chance to learn about and use a mental type writer. In Barcelona, Spain, neuroscience fairs, workshops, and exhibits will take place throughout the city. In Italy, neuroscientists will hold a public conference on the brain and sexual behavior. Middle and high school students in Romania will be competing in a drawing contest and exhibition with the theme of the “Teen’s Sharp Mind.” In Helsinki, Finland, the Finnish Open 2012 Brain Sports Games will be presented by the Finnish Brain Sports Federation. Finns will be participating fun and easy ways to enhance and maintain mental fitness. The competition will be fierce.
This concludes our look at BAW events all around the globe!