University of Hawaii at Manoa

Organized by:
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Participating Organizations:

Brain & Behavior Laboratory
Department of Psychology
Maui Economic Development Board

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Fair
  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High school students (9-12)
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We hosted a brain-machine interface event with Maui Economic Development Board and StemWorx at the Honolulu Convention Center. This event normally hosts 5000 people but was limited to 800 due to Covid. In addition, we also hosted a symposium by professor Thomas Thesen who spoke on Language in the Brain. This was attended by 37 researchers, professors, professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students. We also hosted lab tours at the Brain and Behavior Laboratory. All events were well-attended, very successful and achieved their goals.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Mailing lists and partnerships. This builds on existing relationships to people in the community who are interested in brain function. From there it spread by word of mouth or email forwards.


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

  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Adults' Fact Sheets
  • Brain Break Activities Grades K-12

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We were able to reach a great amount of people and spread awareness. We have connected our community further and had a very successful symposium/talk. This turned out very positive. Lab tours further solidified the brain community here. The convention center event was great for outreach and for connecting our younger researchers to some of the local funding agencies. For this event, our partnership with 2 larger organizations proved very effective for reaching a lot of people.

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

Partnerships are great. The brain community here is a slow moving and loyal one. By gradually strengthening and increasing that community we are creating a very solid foundation.

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Jonas Vibell

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