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Faculty of Medicine, Coimbra University

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Faculty of Medicine, Coimbra University

Participating Organizations:

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra (FMUC) organized this event with the collaboration of several Investigators (Ana Paula Silva, Filipa Baptista, Joana Gonçalves, Maria Ribeiro, Ricardo Leitão, Sónia Henriques, Andreia Pereira). We have offered some material (notebooks and pens) to the students. The Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (SPN) and the Portuguese Agency for the Scientific Culture “Ciência Viva” contributed with the publicity and a website platform to registration.

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

27 students (11th grade) and their Biology’s teacher.

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The Peddy Brain at FMUC started with a brief presentation of the Faculty and its research centers and laboratories, followed by guided visits to some laboratories. The researchers explained some of the research studies conducted at FMUC and the students had the opportunity to participate in some experimental procedures. The main scientific topics covered by this activity were “The effect of drugs of abuse on the Brain”, “The brain of an animal model” and “The human brain”. According to the participants, the activity was very satisfactory.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Website

Other Publicity Methods:

The Peddy Brain at FMUC was also advertised by the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (http://www.spn.org.pt/brain/brain02.asp) and by the Portuguese Agency for the Scientific Culture “Ciência Viva” website (http://www.cienciaviva.pt/divulgacao/semanacerebro2015/list.asp?tipo=1). Participants have registered into this activity through “Ciência Viva” website.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The most successful methods of publicity were the websites, namely the ones from Dana Foundation, “Ciência Viva” and SPN, because they can reach a broad range of stakeholders. These stakeholders are attentive to the BAW initiatives and they consult regularly these websites to be aware of the proposed activities.

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

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 Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

BAW initiatives are extremely important to promote Neurosciences in Portugal. These initiatives, especially when targeted to high school students, can stimulate them to pursue a research career to their future.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://www.uc.pt/fmuc/destaques/PeddyBrainFMUC15

Contact Name:

Gabinete Gestão Projetos

Contact Phone:

+351 239 857 725

Contact Email:

ggp@fmed.uc.pt

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