La World Brain Awareness Week 2012 a Barcelona

Programme Neurociència

Once more this year, Barcelona participates in World Brain Awareness Week through a special programme of talks, demonstrations and shows aimed at both the general public and schools and jointly organised by institutions, organisations and research centres.

The purpose of the initiative, which was founded by researchers themselves and is followed in more than eighty countries, is to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of research into the brain and the causes of nervous system diseases, opening up new possibilities of finding remedies for some that are today incurable.


Activities for schools
March 12-16

Coinciding this year with 2012 Neuroscience Year in Spain, scientists from research centres once more present talks and activities at schools with a view to giving pupils insight into the latest advances with regard to how the brain works.

Coordinated by Mara Dierssen of Barcelona Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona City Council’s Institute of Education presents a programme that features activities of two types, all free of charge, for pupils from 10 to 18 years:

1. Talks at schools: Scientists from various research centres visit schools in  Barcelona to discuss and conduct experiments in neuroscience. The themes of the activities range widely, from learning and intelligence to why mice fall in love and why cows go mad, brain disease, drugs and other addictions...
2. Workshops and visits to research centres: These activities combine introductions to concepts and techniques with laboratory practice, enabling pupils to see for themselves how neuroscientific research is conducted.

Activities can be reserved from February 3 to March 3 on the website of the Schools Activities Programme (PAE):

Places limited

Further information about activities:
Further information about reservations:



Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
Animal Health Research Centre (CReSA), UAB-IRTA
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS), UPF
Department of Teaching of Mathematics and Experimental Sciences, UAB
Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC), UPF
Faculty of Medicine, UB, August Pi i Sunyer Institute of Biomedical Research (IDIBAPS), Sant Joan de Déu Foundation
Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IIBB), CSIC, IDIBAPS
Institute of Neuroscience UAB
Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addictions (INAD), Hospital del Mar, UAB
Medical Imaging Platform, IDIBAPS
Research Unit  of the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Service, Hospital Vall d’Hebron

Interesting webs

  • Barcelona Cultura

    Barcelona Cultura

  • Obra Social La Caixa

    Obra Social La Caixa

  • Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

    Sociedad Española de NeuroCiencia

  • Institut de Neurociències UAB

    Institut de Neurociències UAB

  • Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

    Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante

  • Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

    Centre de Regulacio Genòmica

  • The Dana Foundation

    The Dana Foundation

  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

    Federation of European Neuroscience Societies