Saint-Petersburg state university

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Saint-Petersburg state university

Participating Organizations:

1 Dynasty Foundation, Moscow2. Ecologo-Biological Center “Krestovsky Island”, Saint Petersburg,3. Medical-Biological Research-Industrial Complex CYTOMED, Saint Petersburg,4. Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education, Saint Petersburg,

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other: excursion

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students
  • Other: biology teachers

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

BAW activities in 2015 included lectures delivered by leading scientists and lectures of St. Petersburg State University and Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, excursions to Research Resource Center for molecular and cell technologies of St.-Petersburg State University and to Academician Pavlov’s Memorial Museum-Apartment; reports of young scientists. 175 high school students from 22 schools and 25 school teachers participated in BAW activities. Day 1 was devoted to 5 scientific lectures: Volnova AB, «DANA Foundation: History, goals, activities and plans for future», Firsov ML, «How do frogs see the world and how do humans do it?», Efimova EV, «Transgenic human pathology models», Zykin PA, «Molecular histology of nervous tissue (MALDI-visualization», Lyakso EE, «Brain and speech: why do we speak?» On the second day high school students and teachers visited the Research Resource Center to see modern achievements in brain investigation methods. They also acted as young scientists in real experiments under the guidance of the researchers. Participants of BAW also had a unique chance to visit Pavlov Memorial Museum and to attend the lecture about Ivan Pavlov scientific career and see his apartment with original items that he and his family used. During the third day high school students presented their own research reports. The best scientific works were awarded prizes and diplomas.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

School teachers Personal invitations

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The most successful were preliminary advertisements in schools, in special classes in Ecologo-Biological Center «Krestovsky Island», information published on St. Petersburg State University and Ecologo-Biological Center web-sites. Workshops organized for high school biology teachers were 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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Stickers
  • Other

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain (Russian version)

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

  • BAW Bookmark
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Downloads

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Other

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Neuroscience: The Science of the Brain (Russian version)

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW Bookmarks

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The main aims of activities as the privies ones included the attracting attention to modern brain investigation problems. We tried to expand frames of high school biological education, especially by deepening knowledge about brain functions. The outcome of activity is clear seen in this year by increasing approximately in two times participants of events. The status of BAW helps students to realize that they are included in international community engaged in brain problem solving.

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Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

The most successful aspect of our event was the presentation of high-student’s own research reports. Here are some of the themes of reports: Arseniev B., Berezkina M. «Characteristic of memory and attention in retired working and non- working women» Kornienko An., Poholkina A. «Investigation of intranasal epileptogene infusion on behavioral parameters in developing rats» Pchelkin A., Bairamova M., Berezniskaia M. «Stress influence on nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster».

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