Brain Awareness Week at the University of Birmingham

Join us to celebrate the international Brain Awareness Week: a Public Engagement event celebrated worldwide, to raise public awareness of the importance of brain research. It will be organized and delivered by the neuroscience community from the School of Biosciences, School of Psychology and the Medical School, on behalf of the University of Birmingham. We will have a mixture of information, entertainment, excitement and fun, to enthuse and engage the young and old equally.


7 March - Café Scientific at the Pure Bar at 7:00-9:00pm

“Are you conscious? Does it matter?” by Damian Cruse.

Location: Pure Bar, 30 Waterloo Street, Birmingham B2 5TJ (run by The Think Tank Museum)

Further details here:

13-17 March - Evening talks: every evening of this week at 6:30 pm

Location: Medical School, University of Birmingham

Evening talks
 Date Title of talkLocation
 Monday 13 March - 6.30pm

"Are animals creative thinkers?" by Dr Jackie Chappell

Lecture Theatre: LT3
 Tuesday 14 March - 6.30pm

"Memories: hardwired happiness or victims to dementia?" by Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy

Lecture Theatre: LT4

 Wednesday 15 March - 6.30pm  "How stress gets under your skin: Looking at your brain" by Dr Stephane De Brito

Lecture Theatre: ATH

 Thursday 16 March - 6.30pm  "The eye is the window to the brain" by Dr Graham Wallace

Lecture Theatre: LT4

 Friday 17 March - 6.30pm "Why can’t we tickle ourselves? The neuroscience of prediction" by Dr Joseph Galea  

Lecture Theatre: LT4

Weekend 18-19 March: Daytime Talks at The ThinkTank Museum 2:00pm

Location: The ThinkTank Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon Street 
Birmingham, B4 7XG

Daytime talks
 Date Title of talkLocation
 Saturday 18 March - 2pm

"Are animals creative thinkers?" by Dr Jackie Chappell

The ThinkTank Museum
 Sunday 19 March - 2pm

"Let’s think about thinking!" by Dr Alison Cooper

The ThinkTank Museum

Weekend 18-19 March: Meet the Expert at The ThinkTank Museum, all day

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 - All day hands-on activities and interaction with scientists
Location: The ThinkTank Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon Street 
Birmingham, B4 7XG

Practical demonstrations:

We will have practical demonstrations with objects, microscopes, direct interactions with scientists, etc, on:

  1. how human vision works (Lab of Ann Logan);
  2. the consequence of brain disease and injury (Labs of Ann Logan, Zsuzsa Nagy and Alison Cooper);
  3. how using tiny fruitflies brings about discoveries on how the brain works, brain damage and disease (Labs of Alicia Hidalgo and Richard Tuxworth);
  4. how human cognition comes about (Labs of Stephane De Brito and Andy Bagshaw).


  • Dr Alicia Hidalgo and Dr Jackie Chappell (School of Biosciences)
  • Prof Ann Logan and Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy (Medical School)
  • Dr Andrew Bagshaw and Prof Ole Jensen (School of Psychology)
  • Richard Winter (The Think Tank Museum)

Contact: Dr A. Hidalgo     Tel:+44 (0)121 414 5416