Inserm Grand Ouest

Organized by:
Inserm Grand Ouest

Participating Organizations:

DANA foundation, Society for Neuroscience, CASDENMGENMuseum of Nantes, Nantes MétropoleLe Labo des Savoirs, Occidental Britanny University B’Rennes

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Other
  • Press Briefing
  • Radio Show
  • School Program
  • Other: Theater and debate
  • Other: science coffee

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

9 000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

“CEREBRAL” was an exhibition about the brain, its structure, the diseases associated with it like depression, Alzheimer, etc. It was in the Museum of Nantes for a General public (but mainly families) and received 1,700 visitors. Little conferences were organized for 135 young students during an afternoon with researchers. They explained their jobs, what studies they did to become a researcher and present some of their research. A radio-conference was organized about addiction. Specialists were interviewed during an hour and then the general public asked them questions. Around 150 people came at this event. A cinema-debate about “digestive system our 2nd brain?” was organized in Brest with neuroscientists and around 550 people. A theater-debate was also organized about Alzheimer disease named “Before I forget?” with neuroscientists and 100 spectators. A science coffee and a brain & breakfast on this theme (microbiota, 2nd brain) were organized. Around 80 people came. The main purpose of Brain Awareness Week for us was to offer a different format to reach the widest possible audience. This goal was fully achieved.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

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

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social Media, Press and Flyers were the most successful because they cover more people than the others methods. We are particularly active on Twitter and Facebook.


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:

  • Other

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • We didn't received any of those

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

  • Puzzles: Grades K-2
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Puzzles: Grades 6-8
  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • The Five Senses Coloring Sheets

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

  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Some games translate in french for the young people or children who didn't speak english in France

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

BAW participation allowed us a better visibility for our events especially on social media and gave us European outreach. We particularly appreciated your financial help.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Sometimes some publications were linked with our event.

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Contact Information

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