Brain Awareness Week

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Department of biology, J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek

Organized by:
Department of biology, J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek

Participating Organizations:
Dana Foundation/FENS BAW grant Faculty of Medicine in Osijek Center for Preschool education in Osijek

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

23

Year:

2017

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Press Briefing
  • Symposium
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Professionals
  • University students
  • Other: Preschool children and teachers

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year BAW at the Departmen of biology and Osijek was named Hungry brain. Through the three topics: First three years of the brain, Neurogastronomy and Brain in the space we followed brain energy transformation, function and consequences. What is brain energy and in which things can we see the transformation of energy by the brain and what consequences arise from that? The main aim of the project was to give answers to those questions and bring closer neurobiology to all people. During all activities we increased public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research and achieved our goals. Department of biology organised and coordinated the project with Faculty of Medicin in Osijek. 23 different different event were organised during the BAW. Lectures: Women in Space, Larger brain for navigation in the London, Claustrophobia - a fear of small space, Agoraphobia, How do we know that something is tasty? With potatoes you have to know – or you can not stop, Learn From The First! and Look who is talking - a story that begins with a smile Workshops Drunk brain (for high school students), Brain and taste receptors (for elementary school children), How our brain experiences the taste of food (for elementary school children), Where is the brain (for pre-school children), Why do we have a brain (for pre-school children) and Making the sensomotoric toys (for parents of preschool children). Scientific café: School for the future Symposium for the preschool teachers with the topic: First three are the most important Also, we organised lab tour at Department and food exhibition with high school students (future chefs). All the activities were presented in media (TV, radio show, web sites of the institutions).

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social Media and Posters/Flyers. Also we noticed that people already waited for this year BAW and selfinitistive asked for activities because they liked previous one and we can say that BAW in Osijek is becoming something traditionally.

Resources

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

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 3-5
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 6-8

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Department of biology become one of the recognizable places where you can learn about the brain and we introduce people with our scientific work and give them chance to come and learn wit us. Children become interested in study biology, specially neurobiology, because we presented it in very interesting way. Also, children and teachers showed interest to held workshops ant lectures through all year, not just during BAW.

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

The most important thing is good organisation and enthusiastic and creative team.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Scientific information from neurobiology that were inspiration for some of the our activities.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

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Contact Name:

Senka Blažetić

Contact Phone:

+389 917842485

Contact Email:

senka.00@gmail.com

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