Brain Awareness Week

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University of Exeter

Organized by:
University of Exeter

Participating Organizations:
British Neuroscience Association (Sponsors)University of Exeter

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Workshop
  • Other: Speed Dating style Q and A with Neuroscientists

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

School students lab visit - 26 students from a local college visited a teaching lab at the University. Our committee of PhD students let them see a preserved human brain, look at mouse samples under the microscope, view their own EEG and learn about genomic studies of the brain. Feedback from students was positive. Speed dating style Q&A - Members of the public attended and were sat down with Neuroscientists of many levels (PhD student to Professor). Feedback suggested a greater variety of researchers would be beneficial. Public Talk - 120 members of the public attended a talk where they heard from 4 researchers at the university. Attendance was great for this event although feedback suggested that some talks could have been given more with the layman in mind. University community day - BAW committee members had a stall at the university community day and interacted with members of the public to promote brain awareness week and awareness of ongoing neuroscience research at the university.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Mentions at the beginning of undergraduate lectures.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Press release and social media. Press release reached people we would not normally have been able to publicize to (i.e. outside the University). Social media helped to create awareness within the University.

Resources

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:

  • none

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

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Increased awareness of neuroscience research at the university and giving college children an idea of what the career of a researcher is like.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Plan well in advance and make sure to publicise well, especially for smaller events to ensure a good turnout.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_644077_en.html

Contact Name:

Isabel Castanho

Contact Phone:

+44 (0) 1392 40 8221

Contact Email:

I.Castanho@exeter.ac.uk

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