Brain Awareness Week Online

17th Mar 2020

Blue brain with Brain Awareness week text in orange

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign, founded by The Dana Foundation, to engage and educate the public on the advances and advantages of brain research in a worldwide celebration of the brain!

In the 25 years since its founding, Brain Awareness Week has evolved into a global education initiative that has included the participation of more than 7,300 partners in 117 countries. 

Below we have compiled a list of the many ways you can get involved in Brain Awareness Week online, from doing a brainteaser each day to watching a show about the brain together as a family.

Don't miss out - get stuck in with the world's biggest celebration of the brain this week!

Things to sharePicture of brain with hippocampus highlighted.

  • Join in with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies' (FENS) online BAW celebration here and share your favourite part of the brain with #FavBrainRegion or see what others from around the neuroscience community have shared - a chance to learn about fascinating and wonderful neuroanatomy.

Things to watch

Things to read

  • Read this article about the effect of smoking on the brain, by Dr Sherif Karama, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Find answers to commonly asked questions about the brain and its disorders in this handy Q&A PDF from
  • Discover more about your body's internal body clock with this article, 'Resetting the Brain's clock'.
  •'s fact sheets cover an array of topics in brain science including neurotransmission, connectivity, the senses, genetics, stroke, and more - for both adults and children.

Things to puzzle over

Things to make, play, film and doimage of brain hat

Things to follow

  • Follow @NeurosciAtAston on Twitter as they share some of the amazing things our brains can do and document 'Neuroscience through the ages' with pictures from their archives.
  • Follow #brainweek on social media to find more ways to learn about the brain this Brain Awareness Week 

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