Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Other: Brain quiz; movie evening
- General Public
- High school students (9-12)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
In BAW activities organized by Neuroscience Society of Turkey, we have performed online activities due to Covid-19 pandemic, as all schools were closed and public gatherings were restricted. We believe we have reached a large audience and achieved our goals under the present circumstances. We have performed ten activities this year; a public conference ‘Our fears and anxieties during the pandemic: How do we cope?’ – Professor Sebnem Pirildar, Prof. Gulgun Sengul; a movie evening, discussions on two films on pandemic and nervous system disorders: Blindness (Jose Saramago, 2008) and Awakenings (Oliver Sachs, 1990) – Prof. Gonul Peker; Bilal Ersoy, MD; Assoc. Prof. Fatih Artvinli); a symposium (Psycho-Neuro-Covid) by Prof. Gonul Peker, Dr. Refik Kunt, Dr. İrem Ekmekçi Ertek, Assoc. Prof. Arzu L. Aral; and activities organized by the Uludağ University Scientific Research student Group: a lecture for university students ‘Brain and Creativity’; Brain manuscript discussion day on visual processing, PTSD and anxiety; a public lecture by Prof. Turker Kilic titled’ New Science: Connectivity; New Culture: Living Together’; student lecture by neurosurgeon Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mevlut Ozgur on Hits of 2020 in Neuroscience’ and student Yıldız Nebi on Neurovariability, ADHD and HD; Prof. Dr. Selcuk Peker on ‘A day of a Neurosurgeon’; Neuroquiz to high school and university students, book gifts were presented to winners; a public lecture by psychiatry professor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Enver Yusuf Sivrioğlu ‘Giving Meaning to Life and Uncertainty’.
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?
- Puzzles: BAW Favorites
- Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
- Adults' Fact Sheets
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain Booklet
- The Mindboggling Workbook
- Successful Aging & Your Brain Booklet
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Fact Sheets
- New Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- Brain Awareness Week Logos
- Brain Awareness Week Facebook Cover Image
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
We received feedback from social media and following our online activities. A high number of participants commented they were happy to join us and that they received valuable information, learned new facts on the brain and also felt they received beneficial information for their daily life. Students stated they now have more interest in neuroscience and many said they wanted to do neuroscience research in the future.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
We found that with online activities, it is possible to reach a very large number of audience, we have used MMS Teams and Zoom programs. Especially if the online activity is interactive, it has a very good impact.
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Yes, we found it helpful.