Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Organized by:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Participating Organizations:

Berlin School of Mind and Brain Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Die gelbe Villa Charité Pop Science Cafe Max-Planck-Institute Leipzig

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

With an introductory lecture on perceptual illusions that was held for high school students, Prof. Dr. Gabriel Curio started our BAW. Afterwards, students were able to participate in seven different workshops”. In the evening we organized a pub quiz event at the Home Bar in Friedrichshain. Questions for the quiz were generated by two of our doctoral students. On Tuesday evening we organized a screening of the movie “Lucy” by Luc Besson, a science fiction story about a person becoming capable of using all neuronal capacities with a subsequent discussion about neuroenhancement, the effect of different drugs on the brain and the social implications of their use with Prof. Dr. Malek Bajbouj. With our workshop at the Gelbe Villa, we build on a successful event with 20 children aged 6-12 who learned about decision-making and visual illusions and played a remember/recall game. On Wednesday and Thrusday the Symposium “Me & I. Conceptual and Empirical Perspectives on the Self” organized by Prof. Dr. Vittorio Gallese, Dr. Laura Kaltwasser and Luca Settembrino took place. A public keynote lecture “Neurobiological consequences of early life stress” by Prof. Dr. Christine Heim was given in the evening. Simultaneously, the talk “The Clock in your Brain – How Circadian Rhythms Structure your Day” by Prof. Dr. Achim Kramer took place at the POP SCIENCE Café. On Friday, the 5th Mind Brain and Body Symposium on “Touch, pain and peripersonal space” organized by Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer and Dr. Anahit Babayan took place. During the whole week, the exhibition “transCerebral” by Juliet Vles was displayed at the Foyers of Humboldt Universität and Grimm Centre, receiving an estimate of 800 visitors.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Short spots on the TV system of the public transportation system (metro) during 6 days several times a day. Personal invitation by email to biology teachers in Berlin.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

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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:

  • BAW Stickers

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

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Our lectures and workshops for high school students are very well visited and teachers are grateful that we offer this kind of education. Also, the general community is glad to be informed about specific topics concerning brain research.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Margret Franke

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