Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas

Organized by:
Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas

Participating Organizations:

Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Center for Networked Biomedical Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • 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:

9th: Scientific techniques to study the brain. Undergraduate and master students (50 participants). The main goal of these conferences was to introduce students to neuroscience research. Lectures were about superresolution microscopy, analysis of calcium movements in the brain, memory evaluation in rodents with behavioral studies and histochemical techniques in nervous system tissues. 14th: What is in your brain? Create a neuron. 75 students from Patriarca Obispo Eijo-Garay Primary School joined us. This activity was meant to show children the intracellular structure of the neurons. They created a neuron from candies. We also explain them the gross brain anatomy and the different functions of brain lobes. 15th: Observe the brain with your mobile phone. 31 high school students. The goal of this event was to inspire interest in brain research. We introduced brain morphology and performed classical histologic staining procedures on rodent brains sections. Next, they observed stained samples under a microscope. Finally we created a system to take photographs with great magnification using a mobile phone. We used small lens placed in a 3D-printer made support created by us. This gadget acquire images augmented more than 30 times. Participants loved this simple gadget and took it home to capture wonderful micrographs of everyday objects. 16th: How do scientists study brain disease? General public. Lectures were focused on different animal models used to study brain diseases to make people aware about the crucial importance of brain research. Four researchers from our Nervous System Pathophysiology Department explained to the audience how they study Parkinson´s and Alhzeimer´s disease, and also cerebral ischemia.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Nowadays it is crucial to be in social media, this is an essential method to publicize your activities, because you can reach a wide range of public. In our experience send e-mail to other research centers is the second best option to announce the activities. Make a personal presentation of your project to some primary and secondary schools next to you research center is always a good idea to improve the visibility of scientist and their work in the neighborhood.


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

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • BAW Certificate of Participation

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

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Make researchers and their job visible to all the people and especially to children and students is crucial to arouse interest for science in future generations. We had a great feed back in all activities that we developed in BAW2017. Children are always very enthusiastic and teachers already asked us what activities are we going to do next year.

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

It´s a great experience. You have to work hard and start planning everything with a month in advance because organization is very time consuming. But it is really worthwhile.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Lucia Sánchez Ruiloba

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