UK backs European Brain Awareness Week
European Brain Awareness Week will next week (15-21 March 1999) coincide with the UK's national week of science, engineering and technology (SET99), which holds about 6000 events in hospitals, schools and universities, industries, museums and galleries, with the aim of improving the public understanding of science.
The organiser, The British Association for the Advancement of Science, has shown great enthusiasm for the brain and neuroscience to be promoted during SET99 and has agreed to collaborate with the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB). With this consolidated effort, EDAB has another major opportunity to promote brain research and all its related issues throughout the UK and Europe.
The first annual European Brain Day (18 March 1998) saw more than 700 events take place in 13 countries. This was the first real effort to unite the European neuroscience community in a bid to educate and inform the public about the far-reaching consequences of brain research.
Not only did European Brain Day reach a large audience through its various public lectures, exhibitions, workshops and open days, but it also received considerable media coverage on a local and national level in all participating countries.
European Brain Awareness Week 1999 will mirror Brain Awareness Week, which has run since 1996 in the USA, co-ordinated by The Dana Alliance for the Brain Initiatives.
As European Brain Week 1999 is a great opportunity to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the public and scientific community, Professor Colin Blakemore, Chief Executive of EDAB, has invited anyone with a working interest in brain function to organize an event during this week.
For media enquiries or details of participation, please contact:
Elaine Snell or Sharminee Kumaradevan
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain
58-60 Kensington Church Street
London W8 4DB
Tel. +44-171-937 7713/8771; Fax +44-171-9374314