Brain Awareness Week

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Hellenic Society for Neuroscience

Organized by:
Hellenic Society for Neuroscience

Participating Organizations:

University of Athens, University of Crete University of Patras

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

7

Year:

2017

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • TV Show

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1600

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Commentary on national news (ANT1 TV channel) on the psychotropic effects of amphetamine analogues- Dr. C. Dalla Talk in a Primary School on the structure and the function of the brain. Nerve cells and brain constructions were made of plaster, paper, candles, stones etc. were prepared by the little students-Dr. A. Stamatakis. Talk followed by free communication with high school students on brain development, and mechanisms of learning and memory-Prof. F. Stylianopoulou. Event entitled: “Neuroscience at school”: Videos shown “Behavioral studies on laboratory animals” and “Why am I sleeping”; interactive session “Reflexes” and “The brain under the microscope”; public talks and theatrical plays on Antidepressants and alcohol; theatrical plays on mental health related topics -Drs S. Euthimiopoulos, M. Margariti, C. Dalla, N. Kokras and N. Panagopoulos, MSc neuroscience students, high school students Public lectures event entitled: “The thinking adolescents and their new challenges” –Drs S. Giakoumaki, A. Kastellakis, I. Mouzas, G. Panagis, I. Zaganas Event entitled: “A School Day for the Brain – OUR BRAIN”. The event included short theatrical plays, music events, Karagiozis, handcrafts, talks and posted announcements etc, concerning the human brain. Importantly, the activities were presented by the participating students. Around 1000 students, teachers and general audience participated in this event. https://www.facebook.com/Hellenic-Society-for-Neuroscience-326239233183/?fref=ts http://www.hsfn.gr/2011/ http://psychopharmacology.med.uoa.gr/education/public-activities-media.html

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social media The target audience is larger and self-perpetuating

Resources

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • Science of the Brain-translated into Greek

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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?

BAW is an excellent opportunity to communicate with the lay audience. It resolved many issues on what scientists are actually doing in their labs and how this affects everyone’s life.

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

School students are fascinating! Very demanding audience but worth the effort. Make them get involved

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Antonios Stamatakis

Contact Phone:

302107461453

Contact Email:

astam@nurs.uoa.gr

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