Brain Awareness Week 12 – 18 March 2018

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an annual, global campaign which aims to increase the public’s awareness of current brain research - highlighting the benefits and importance of it.

BAW is supported by the Dana foundation - a private philanthropic organisation. The Dana foundation is dedicated to advancing brain research and educating the public on prospective neuroscience research.

Brain Awareness Week is taking place from the 12 – 18 March 2018, and unites the efforts of partner organisations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

Having been awarded funding from the British Neuroscience Association, the University of Exeter BAW will host a range of workshops and events on brain-related topics. These are meant to bring to the public’s attention the importance of neuroscience research, increase their understanding of the brain and educate them on current and potential research within the field.

Follow the events on Twitter using #BAWExeter or the global festival using #BrainAwarenessWeek 

Events and workshops include

Event titleDate and timeLocationWorkshop aims

Do you know your brain?

12/13 March  

Local schools will be invited to the University of Exeter for a session of ‘Hands-on’ activities to learn about the brain including topics such as movement, sleep, imagination, stress and dementia.

This will include activities such as:

  • Human brain versus brains from other animals.
  • Human brain anatomy. 
  • Models used in brain research – from cells and small organisms to the human brain.
  • Brain electrophysiology.
  • Molecular biology.
  • Genetics and quantitative traits.

Invite only. Please contact for more information.

 A day-to-day of a neuroscientist

14 March 18.00-20.00

Streatham Court 0.28
The University of Exeter Business School

A speed dating event allowing guests to interact with neuroscientists at various stages in their careers (PhD students, postdocs, principal investigators, lecturers, and professors) in a speed dating style event with a slot of time at the end for networking over drinks and nibbles.

Please visit the Eventbrite webpage for more information.


Neuroscience: Is it all in our minds?

15 March 18.00-20.00 Newman Red, Peter Chalk Centre, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PY

A thought provoking seminar series introducing a diverse audience to a range of neuroscience ideology and research findings, with an opportunity for questions and networking.

Please visit the Eventbrite webpage for more information. 

Spring Community Day

17 March 


The Forum
University Of Exeter
Stocker Road

A day of FREE family fun hosted by the University of Exeter! Brain Awareness Week will have a stall at the event filled with fun activities for all.

Further details about the Spring Community Day can be found on the event webpage.