Leinster Brain Bee

Leinster Brain Bee

The first annual Leinster Brain Bee, sponsored by FutureNeuro is taking place in RCSI on March 23rd.  See all event information on EventBrite


What is it?

The Leinster Brain Bee is a friendly academic competition to promote interest and knowledge in neuroscience. We want to encourage students to consider a career in research to “help build better brains for the future”. It is part of a three tiered competition whereby students first compete in their regional competition (Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster) with winners of each heat then competing in the national all-Ireland Brain Bee. The eventual winner of the all-Ireland competition will represent Ireland at the International Brain Bee in Washington DC.

Who should take part?

The competition is open to all students aged between 15 and 17 in Leinster. It is an individual competition, but students will need to have one adult per ten students accompany them to RCSI. 

When is it? 

The Leinster Brain Bee will take place on the 23rd of March at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in Dublin city centre and the national competition will take place in Galway City on April 18th.

Why should I participate?

At the regional competition in Dublin, students will not only participate in a pub-quiz style neuroscience-based competition but also have the opportunity to interact with neuroscience researchers from FutureNeuro, Trinity College Dublin and elsewhere, as well as attend a keynote address by Professor David Henshall, learn from PhD students currently performing transformative neuroscience research, network with peers and take part in a tour of RCSI. You will have the chance to win lots of spot prizes and the top 2 students will get a paid trip to Galway to take part in the National Competition where they will have a 1 in 8 chance of winning a fully paid trip to represent Ireland at the International Brain Bee in Washington DC in October 2020. Those attending the national final will also receive free individual tuition from PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in neuroscience to help them prepare for the national and international tournaments.

What do I need to know?

The competition is based on material from the Brain Facts Book.

To ensure students are not overloaded we are limiting questions to the following chapters from the study guide provided:
1. Brain basics
2. Neurodegenerative disease
3. Adult and brain ageing
4. Childhood disorders
5. Solving human problems
6. Neuroscience in Society

If you have any queries or questions, please email leinsterbrainbee@gmail.com 

You can also download the poster sent to schools.

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