Gebze Technical University

Organized by:
Gebze Technical University

Participating Organizations:

Global Young Academy Gebze Technical University Neuroscience Society of Turkey

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

over 400 students

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

In this year’s event, faculty members from different universities have visited TED Istanbul College Nursery (60 students), Utopya Private Primary and Secondary School (80 students) Gebze Technical University nursery (20 students), TED Istanbul Secondary School (6th graders, 80 students), students from various schools gathered at Sancaktepe Science and Experiment Center (80 students), and students from Sile area at the Forest School of Sile (80 students), increasing our outreach to around 400 students. Faculty members had given a brief presentation (5-10 min, depending on the level of students) on their research area, including brain imaging, neuroscience, neurobiology, and learning. Prof. Dr. Isil Kurnaz (project coordinator) is a Molecular Neurobiologist at Gebze Technical University and Asst. Prof. Gulayse Ince Dunn is a Molecular and Developmental Neurobiologist at Koc University; they have talked to students about “neurons” (with their “hair” or dendrites, and their “arms” or axons) and neuron networks. Prof. Dr. Kemal Turker is a neuroanatomist at Koc University; they have talked to students about the lobes of the brain, how the brain can be “fooled” by optical illusions etc. Asst. Prof. Esin Ozturk Isik is a Biomedical Engineer at Bogazici University, and Dr. Zeynep Fırat is a Radiologist at Yeditepe University Hospital; they showed the kids what brain imaging is and how the doctors “take pictures or movies” of the brain.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

social media and emails were the most successful - the emails were directed to the target audience, the schools, and social media was particularly useful in the dissemination of the outreach program


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Brain-shaped Erasers

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • The Turkish translation of It's Mindboggling!

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Students of the local community had a chance to see various disciplines studying the brain, also were exposed to female researchers as role models. The Neuroscience Society of Turkey and GTU has also benefited from the feedback of participants. We now have a folder of activitiy materials in Turkish, and have mobilized the neuroscience community towards more outreach activities – the NS of Turkey has now established a BAW committee

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Isil Kurnaz

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