In an ever-growing aging population, the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases is rising. At the same time however, advances in technology and research capabilities are also on the increase. This has created the need for inquisitive neuroscientists to tackle complex brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia and Multiple Sclerosis.
Science outreach is fundamental in engaging, informing and nurturing the next generation of neuroscientists, who one day may uncover and solve the questions of today. This is where the British Brain Bee comes in, a non-profit initiative that runs outreach neuroscience and psychology initiatives in the UK fostering neuroscience education in schools. It aims; to create an interest in the brain and psychology early on in schools; provide opportunities for school children to engage with front line research; to raise awareness of exciting career prospects within the field of neuroscience and psychology.
Brain Bee is an annual competition initiated in the University of Maryland by Dr. Norbert Myslinski. The UK competition was organized for the first time in 2015.
Are you interest in neuroscience communication and engagement with schools? Would you like to become a Brain Bee Ambassador in your region? In your role, you’ll:
- Promote the Brain Bee and neuroscience in your regions schools
- Organize a regional Brain Bee competition and select a regional winner
- If resources allow, visit schools and demonstrate animal brain dissections
For more information on how to get involved, be it fundraising, actively engaging school children or setting up your own Brain Bee hub, visit the website at: https://brainbee-uk.com/ or alternatively contact Martyna Pertulyte (Founder of British Brain Bee) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
^Brain Bee UK 2017 competition, University college London (left). Fundraising for the Brain Bee (right).
Rachel Coneys (Brain Bee Student Ambassador)