Faculty of Medicine Osijek – Section for neuroscience Osijek

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Faculty of Medicine Osijek - Section for neuroscience Osijek

Participating Organizations:

Department of Biology University of Osijek; Psihos – Psychology Students Association at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Osijek, Education and Teacher Training Agency Osijek

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Other
  • Workshop
  • Other: Quiz
  • Other: Game night
  • Other: Social event

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students (1-5)
  • General Public
  • High school students (9-12)
  • Middle school students (6-8)
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Main goal of this year’s BAW was to highlight the importance of play and balance in both child’s development and our everyday lives. Our lecturers explained the mechanisms that provide us the ability to maintain balance, we took a look at the most interesting examples of movement coordination. We studied play – it’s role in early development, the reasons we play, and different forms of play in childhood and adult life. We discussed the challenges these postcovid times put in front of us, as well. Younger participants took part in our workshops where they had the chance to test their own balance on playground, learn to climb and explore balance and play in the world of animals. Many more workshops were held in classrooms where children learned about the main principles and structures involved in maintaining balance. The older ones had the chance to test their knowledge in our quiz, discuss the role of play in science caffe and put their game strategies to test during board game night. Two conferences were held for professionals – for kindergarten teachers and for biologists.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The most successful were social media and television as they are available to different age groups and therefore are an effective way of providing the general public with information.


What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 6-8
  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 9-12

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

This year, participating in Brain Awareness Week has helped to educate the general public on topics that are often overlooked in everyday life. Play and balance are both fun and important topics to discuss, while reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic can help us evaluate our actions during pandemic. To our institution, this is another great project that reflects its quality while all of our students get a chance to gain experience and learn something new.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

This year’s topic reminded us that play truly is the best way to learn and that can be applied in many different areas – from children in school to adults in the academic world. Participating in such activities can help us cope with everyday challenges and stressful situations.

Event Photos

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The poster of Osijek Brain Awareness Week was playful and inspired by balloons.l

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Visitors of Osijek BAW had the chance to explore the 3D printed model of vestibular system.

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The youngest participants were excited to see the model of human brain and all of its structures.

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The best way to learn about balance is to practice it yourself! An enlarged model of the vestibular system can only help you understand the motion even better.

Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Marija Heffer

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