Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lab Tour
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Open House
- Radio Show
- School Program
- TV Show
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
During the Brain Awareness Week, we devoted our attention to the citizens of all ages. The youngest were learning about neurons, structures and connections of the brain in a simplified way. The workshop targeted for the youngest audience was called ”Sky full of stars” and it was realized with pupils from three different schools. High school students on the other hand, had the opportunity to discuss depression with the members of the Section. Depression is a topic we as a nation strongly consider stigma, and we hoped that we could lift the stigma of mental illnesses at least a bit which was the main part of the workshop named ”Depression is a prison, be free, you have a reason”. The goal was to encourage and support adolescents, for a successful passage through turbulent teenage years. We have enabled colleagues from different faculties to get to know the work of the laboratories. Laboratories were in the field of pharmacology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, molecular neurobiology. For all citizens we organized an exhibition in the Gallery of Science and Technology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as scientific – popular lectures. Lectures were dedicated to microbiota, brain death, vaccination, excitotoxicity in neurodegeneration, sleep in athletes, brain development from the angle of the child psychiatrist, psychologists and embryologist, synapses, neuroplasticity, etc. The exhibition was devoted to the development of the brain from embryo to death both thematically and spatially. We devoted a whole segment to the schizophrenia, within which we have exhibited artworks from the mental health institution that were made by people suffering from this illness.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
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:
- More Mindbogglers!
- The Mindboggling Workbook
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- BAW Bookmark
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Puzzles/Games
- New Fact Sheets
- New Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Poster
- BAW Facebook Cover Photo
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
The Student Section for Neuroscience supports every aspect of science promotion. We believe it is important for a wider public to approach research in the field of neuroscience. We are also very proud of the workshops with younger people and we appreciate every opportunity we offer to transfer the acquired knowledge about neuroscience. Also, the Brain Awareness Week is an exceptional opportunity to get to know people of similar interests and make friends.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
This year, we collaborated with the Institute of Mental Health for the first time. The artwork created at the Institute was part of our “The life of Brain” exibition. We consider that the inclusion of patients suffering from psychiatric diseases is a major success this year. We recommend greater engagement of patients in the Brain Awareness Week.
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
The information was useful. We suggest short representation of Brain Awareness Week from all countries on your Facebook page.