Get to know your brain

Have you ever wondered how the brain actually works- what makes us move, feel, think, and listen? On Wednesday 14 March, in the midst of global Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a day of events will provide the public with an opportunity to learn all about how the brain functions.

Our University has partnered with the DANA Foundation for the sixth year to celebrate Brain Awareness Week- a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

From 6-8 pm in the George Davies Centre, members of the public are invited to attend a unique event that will explore how the brain works, and provide those with an interest in neuroscience to speak to people working in the field. Alongside talks there will be live demonstrations on many aspects of neuroscience research- including vision, taste, attention and movement. There will also be opportunities to meet junior and senior neuroscience researchers.

During the day, aspiring young scientists studying at GCSE or A-Level will also be able to attend a free ‘Getting to Know Your Brain’ event, which will take place in the George Davies Centre from 12.30-3.30 pm.

Dr Andrew Young, Associate Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Leicester, said: “Getting to know your brain will comprise short lectures, demonstrations and posters on current brain research taking place here at the University of Leicester. It will emphasise how this fundamental research influences our everyday lives, and informs both drug and behavioural strategies for health care. We look forward to sharing our research with the local community.”

To attend the evening event please fill in the booking form:

  • Please note that the ‘Getting to Know Your Brain’ event is now fully booked, but all are welcome to attend the evening event.
  • If you have any queries or require any further information please email Michelle Bingham on
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