Brain Awareness Week 2018 in Photos

Three months ago, Brain Awareness Week was celebrated by thousands of people in 43 countries. Activities engaged kids, adults, and seniors in lessons about the brain and its importance in our everyday lives—sometimes through a straightforward talk or a lab tour, and other times through creative endeavors such as a concert or a movie screening.

We collect images of these events from around the world for our Brain Awareness Week Photo Gallery, and today we offer a glimpse into the 2018 campaign through these photos.


Students crafting neurons during a Brain Awareness Week Open House organized by the University of Washington.

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Brain Awareness Week 2017 in Photos


A lecture demonstrating stereotaxic surgery on a rat, organized by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) has come and gone and now is the time to reflect on the success and reach of BAW partners’ efforts. Impressively, there are more than 800 events on the BAW Calendar of Events! Perhaps the best way to see the success of the campaign is to check out the BAW Photo Gallery.


Minds games at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Brain School.

The photo gallery reflects the international nature of BAW, a global campaign with more than half of the events during the week occurring outside the US. From Germany to Australia, Brazil to Nigeria, Canada to Spain, partners coordinated events from all reaches of the globe. For BAW 2017, there were events in 40 countries and 46 US states!

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BAW Brainstorming

Promoting brain awareness is a yearlong effort at the Dana Foundation and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. The highpoint of this effort comes every year for one week in March for Brain Awareness Week. BAW, a global campaign to increase awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, has grown since its launch in 1996 to a worldwide campaign spanning six continents and more than 50 nations. In 2012, 916 events from across the globe were posted on the International Calendar. For BAW 2013, which will be the week of March 11-17, we are hoping for even more.

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