Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- School Program
- Other: Film screening
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Open Practice Lab – An event for 200 high school students, aiming to expose the neuroscience of memory and somesthesia to this population through lectures and practical activities. These activities were supervised by undergraduate students (Biomedical Sciences and Psychology majors). The goals were fully reached. NeuroCine and Neuroscience Colloquium – Film screenings followed by debates on neuroscience topics related to the movies (ALS, mental health and drug abuse policies, and affective neuroscience). The activity reached about 40 people, and all movies were preceded by talks from local neuroscientists and health professionals. Short course functional neuroanatomy – For 15 undergraduate students and local health professionals, supervised by undergraduate students from Liga Acadêmica de Neurociências de Marabá (Student’s League for Neurosciences). The course aimed to teach basic concepts in neuroanatomy, using practical activities and dissection, for the public.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- 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 Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
A debate on the most “hot” topics on the neurosciences an allied fields is initiated with the community, increasing interest in results from neuroscience research. Especially important were debates on Brazilian mental health policy and its intersections with neuroscientific research.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Our greatest mistake was relying on lectures to introduce the topics to high school students, and many were lost at that point. Relying on mostly practical activities first should be the main tactics instead.
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