BAW Report 2016

GENERAL INFORMATION

Organizing institution:

Eskisehir Osmangazi University

Other participating organizations:

DANA, EDAB, ENTON A.Ş., Özel Şehir Dershanesi, Oxford House Collge (Eskişehir Dil Kursu)

BAW Web site:

https://www.facebook.com/BeyinFarkindaligiHaftasi/

Phone:

+90 222 239 2979

Fax:

+90 222 239 3772

Email:

fesen@ogu.edu.tr

BAW EVENT(S) SUMMARY

Number of events organized during BAW:

24

Type of BAW events held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lab Tour
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Other

Other event type:

Brain Bee, BAW-2016 Survey.

Target audience(s):

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High school students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • University students
  • Other

Other Audience:

Teachers

Approximate number of people reached:

2500

Details of major BAW events/activities:

This year, we celebrated 18th BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK in Eskisehir. OUR OBJECTIVES: To motivate students to learn about the brain and even inspire some of them to launch a career in neuroscience. To educate the public about the importance of physical activity, mental exercise, right nutrition, sleep hygiene and social interaction to promote healthy brain aging and to improve life quality for the elderly. The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) activities in Eskişehir-Turkey included six distinct projects: lab tours, Brain Bee, public conferences, panel, school visits and the publication of Special BAW Issue of The Osmangazi Journal of Medicine (new in 2016). Our events: LAB TOUR-1: Sympathetic nervous system activity: Prof. Hamza ESEN and Prof. Ferhan ESEN. LAB TOUR-2: Brain and nervous system: Prof. Ferruh YUCEL. Conferences: Prof.K. UZUNER: “Neurophysiological Principles of Behavior”. Prof.D. ADAPINAR : “Description of Dementia People in Movies”. Prof. F. S.KILIÇ: “Drug Abuse”. Prof.O. ERDİNÇ: “Excessive Daytime Sleepiness ”. Prof. Ş. TORUN: “The Journey of Music in Our Brains”. Dr. Pınar YILDIZ: “Healty Aging: Feed Your Mind”. Assoc. Prof. Saniye Tülin FİDAN: “Learning Disorders: Dyslexia”. Prof.E. ULUPINAR “How Stress Affects Our Neourons?”. Assoc. Prof. Dr. K.B.ÇARMAN: ““Electromagnetic Pollution and Child Brain”. Assoc. Prof. C.YARAR: “Disability in Childhood and Environment”. Prof. E.COŞAN: “Evolution of the Brain”. Our BAW program started on March 2 2016 with lab tours specifically organized for Turkish National Brain Bee (TNBB) competitors. Our BAW program started on March 2 2016 with lab tours specifically organized for Turkish National Brain Bee (TNBB) competitors.

EVENT PLANNING & PUBLICITY

Publicity methods used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other publicity methods:

Invitation card

Which of these publicity methods was most successful?

Social Media Facebook was used to spread the events and our BAW page had over 10.000 visits during BAW. (https://www.facebook.com/BeyinFarkindaligiHaftasi/)

BAW RESOURCES

Dana Alliance publications/resources distributed:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Other
  • Successful Aging & Your Brain

Other Dana Alliance materials distributed:

  • We have used Turkish translation of It’s Mindboggling! More Mindbogglers! and Mindboggling Workbook booklets, which are realized with the permission of DANA and printed with the sponsorship of ESOGU.

What downloadable materials from the Alliance did you use for your events?

  • BAW Bookmark
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
  • What other downloadable materials would you like the Alliance to provide?

  • Lesson Plans
  • New Coloring Sheets
  • Official BAW graphic materials used:

    • BAW Flyer
    • BAW Logos
    • BAW Poster
    • BAW Web site banner
    • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

    BAW FEEDBACK & KEYS TO SUCCESS

    How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

    Many students have decided to pursue careers in Bio-medical science after attending Brain Bee. Their response to the lab tours were lively and dedicated. All the teachers and principals expressed their interest in having us back next year. School visits were very inspiring for medical students (Brain Team) aswell. They have not only enjoyed in teaching K-12 students about the brain but also learned to prepare teaching materials.

    Please share any suggestions that may help others plan their BAW events:

    Organize volunteer medical students as brain teams for the presentations of brain and sensory system in school visits. To increase the interest of scientific community to BAW, invite scientist/neuroscientist to write an article for BAW in the special issue of a famous scientific journal.

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