Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lab Tour
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Press Briefing
- Radio Show
- School Program
- Other: Online survey
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- Patients & Caregivers
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Our project “Romanian brain-match: neuroscientists versus society” intended to respond to the question if the brain research efforts match the society expectations in Romania. National Neuroscience Society of Romania together with researchers and clinicians from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, aimed to build upon the Brain Awareness Week 2016 opportunity to address this challenging question. By an online survey, we mapped the ongoing research interests of Romanian neuroscience research groups as well as what members of the Romanian society in the broad sense expect from brain research. The society respondents considered that neuroscience should prioritize finding treatments for nervous system diseases as compared to understanding the normal nervous system. More specifically, the principal area of interest from the society was the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and their impact on the mind. In contrast, responding neuroscientists reported a greater interest for understanding the normal nervous system without a particular priority for the mind. These results were discussed in a series of public lectures during BAW involving decision factors, science regulators and invited scientists from the Romanian diaspora. We benefitted of a wide press and media coverage. Satellite events included school visit, lab open day, practical neuroscience workshops and a presentation competition for students.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- BAW Bookmark
- BAW Certificate of Participation
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Logos
- BAW Poster
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
We found the online survey being an excellent instrument to increase BAW participation and to map the ongoing research interests of Romanian neuroscience research groups as well as what members of the Romanian society in the broad sense expect from brain research.
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