Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lab Tour
- Lecture/ Briefing
- School Program
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
On the occasion of Brain Awareness Week, the Scientific Organisation of Medical Students ( https://www.soms.ro/) and the Romania National Neuroscience Society (http://info.snn.ro/ ), in collaboration with CINETic (https://cinetic.arts.ro/en) organized a series of events under the topic: “Science vs Art in the age of Artificial Intelligence”. We organized 2 open laboratory days. At CINETic, researchers explained the steps of designing a research project, from formulating a scientific hypotheses to proving its validity. Participants took part in a live recording EEG experiment and discussed possible interpretations of this data. At Prof. Zagrean’s Laboratory, participants experimented Virtual Reality hands-on, being challenged to find their way inside a maze, while having their EEG recorded. We hosted a special edition of SOMS’ TIPS (Training with Interactive Presentations for Students). Students tested their clinical knowledge by solving challenging neurology clinical cases. Last two days belonged to scientific debates. At CINETic, researchers presented their work interests to the general public, while at prof. Zagrean’s keynote lecture: “Neurobiology of Human Value” we debated the impact of artificial intelligence on the human mind. At the end of the week, at CINETic, participants experienced an automatic virtual environment with immersive 3D projections. Making use of the accessibility of our topic - Science vs Art -, we attracted the interest of many curious people from all walks of life: medical students, highschool pupils, artists, bioengineers, IT scientists etc. This way, we accomplished our purpose and the amplitude of the event exceeded our already high expectations.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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?
People were brought closer to science, highschool students experienced different laboratory settings, scientists exchanged ideas, medical students were exposed to new research opportunities and the overall interest for neuroscience grew. People understood the role of science in society and some of them volunteered for research studies performed at CINETic.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Always start planning in advance and make sure people in your community know about the event. Media coverage, newspaper releases, social media coverage are always very helpful! Try finding a catchy and relatable topic for your event. This increases your chances of more people attending your events. Collaborations with various scientific or science-related organisation also broadens your target audiences
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Seeing what other partners have accomplished in the previous years was very helpful while planning our activities this year. Also it is a great way of staying in touch with other BAW organisers around the globe. It would be a useful idea for every individual page to promote the main page and vice versa.