Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
The activities carried out by our team in the framework of the Brain Awareness Week 2015 held on March 20 and 21 in the city of Berazategui. On Friday 20 a “Neuroscience Fair” was offered in the “Municipal Hall Roberto de Vicenzo”, consisting in stands curated by scientists from different neuroscience labs of Buenos Aires, covering topics such as sleep, memory, visual and auditory perception, biological rhythms, development of the nervous system, brain anatomy, among others. Students groups received an informal introductory talk about the importance and scope of neuroscience research. In the afternoon, the exhibition officially opened to t general public, and along with the fair, special lectures were presented: “The doors of perception” by Dr. Patricia Agostino “Chess and neuroscience”, by Dr. Maria Juliana Leone “Flies and humans: brains not so different”, by Drs. Juan Chiesa and Santiago Plano “Myths about the brain”, by Dr. Diego Golombek On March 21, the activities were carried out at the central pedestrian avenue of Berazategui, where a stage was mounted surrounded by 100 chairs and scientists gave the following presentations: “Neuromagic” by Dr. Andrés Rieznik “Neuroscience with the hands” by Dr. Rodrigo Laje “That damn memory,” by Dr. Pedro Bekinschtein Also, a selection of stands from the previous day was presented. We estimate that the event reached an audience of over 1000 people, an important number as this was the first BAW event in the province.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
Other Publicity Methods:
Radio and Televison Interviews to the organizers.Reunions with the headmasters of different schools from the region.Advertising in the National University of Quilmes webpages and online TV streams.Steet advertising in the city of Berazategui.
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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:
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Lesson Plans
- New Puzzles/Games
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Logos
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
From our point of view, we believe organizing this event has been a wonderful formating experience for all the people involved. It was quite a challenge which was fortunately successful and rewarding. We also think the event had a tremendous effect on high school students who had no real idea of what research in neuroscience implies. A lot of kids demonstrated large interest in pursuing scientific careers. We believe this is even more important than learning on the specific topics presented.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
– Plan in advance. VERY much in advance. – Be conservative with your budget. Most of the expenses, including unexpected ones, will come in the few days before the event. – Don’t think you will be able to take care of everything you think you can take care of. You won’t. Ask for help. – If it’s expensive, and not indispensable, push it to the end of the list. Think twice if you will actually gain something from it. – Don’t trust in the well-functioning of bureaucracy. People who are not really involved in the event will seldomly put much of their energies on it. Make sure that they actually do something before assuming they did. – HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT ALL.
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Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):
- "It's not a REAL human brain, right? Oh, my..."