Brain Awareness Week

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Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti- Neuro Research Group (ABUAD-NRG)

Organized by:
Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti- Neuro Research Group (ABUAD-NRG)

Participating Organizations:
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO/DANA)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • Other
  • School Program
  • TV Show
  • Other: Brain Rally

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

4000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Accomplishments The successful hosting of BAW 2021 by Neuroscience Research Group (NRG) of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria, with the theme: “Dynamite in My Brain” Accomplishments are summarized below: 1. Production of materials for the Week: T-Shirts, banners, pamphlets and e-posters. Electronic billboards were used to advertise the Week, as well. 2. Day 1 of the Week (Tuesday, March 23): To ensure adequate State-wide awareness of BAW 2021, members of the NRG were featured on a talk show (Day Break Nigeria) on Ekiti State Television (EKTV) from 9:00 – 9:30 AM to talk about the Week and answer other brain-related questions from the hosts of the Show (video clip attached). 3. Day 2 of the Week (Wednesday, March 24): A campus-wide rally was organised to raise awareness about BAW 2021. This was easier to conduct because all the students in the Student Arm of NRG (the Neurotransmitter) who participated in the rally are fully accommodated on campus. Just to mention, ABUAD is an all-on-campus accommodation University. The rally took off at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, through the Male Hostels, the Female Hostels, the Medical Hostels (Male and Female), and ended at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences with some light refreshments of biscuits and water. Some photos from the rally are shown below. 4. Day 3 of the Week (Thursday, March 25): This day was set aside to hold 10-minute lecture across different colleges in the University. The NRG group (together with its student arm, the Neurotransmitters) were divided into 6 teams to hold lectures simultaneously in the different auditoria across the colleges in the University. The lecture was given by our student representatives.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers/ Social Media

Resources

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

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain Booklet
  • More Mindbogglers! Booklet

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

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

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?

-Blank checks for prospective research collaborations with senior brain researchers. - Many students from various colleges developed interest in brain research evident by their indication of interest to join the student brain research group (The Neurotransmitters). - Increased enlightenment on the brain amongst high school students.

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

Mini brain research models should be displayed in subsequent programs

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Program T-shirts and posters

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Brain awareness rally 2021

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Photos of Lectures at various lecture halls from BAW 2021

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Power point Presentation for BAW 2021.

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Photos from High School Visitation BAW 2021

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Richard AKELE

Contact Phone:

+2348065610289

Contact Email:

akeler@abuad.edu.ng

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