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2018 Winners Announced
July 8, 2018

Eighteen-year-old Piotr Oleksy from Poland is the winner of the 2018 International Brain Bee Championship, announced at the FENS Forum 2018.

We are delighted to announce eighteen-year-old Piotr Oleksy from Krakow (Poland) as the winner of this year's International Brain Bee (IBB) Championship held in conjunction with Europe's biggest brain research conference in Berlin. Second prize winner is fourteen-year-old Giovanni De Gannes from Grenada and seventeen-year-old Huai-Ying Huang from Canada won third prize, followed by 15-year-old Mahsa Arman from Iran in fourth place and sixteen-year old Elaine Cheung from Australia in fifth place. In total, twenty-five finalists from 25 countries took part in the competition. Congratulations to all!

The 2018 IBB Championship took place with the generous support of the Hertie Foundation. Thank you to our other partners and sponsors including the Deutsche Neurowissenschaften Olympiade (DNO e.V.), Brain Buds, Matteo Farinella (Nobrow) and Sci-ART; FENS for hosting the Championship at the 11th FENS Forum and and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin as the venue for the Neurohistology and Neuroanatomy Exams. A big thank-you to the local organizing team in Germany led by LaShae Nicholson and the Scientific Sub-Committee led by Ionut Dumitru (both DNO e.V.), Julianne McCall (special advisor) and Martyna Petrulyte who chaired the Organizing Committee. We would also like to thank the Judges - Drs. Eero Castrén, Leslie Vosshall, Nicolas Caesar Petersen, Imre Vida, Paul Bolam. Finally, thank you to everyone who joined us in Berlin – our national champions, family members, national Brain Bee coordinators, IBB Founder Dr. Norbert Myslinki and other members of the IBB Board.

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New Senior Management Advisor
June 20, 2018

On behalf of the International Brain Bee (IBB) Board, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Astrid Eberhart as Senior Management Advisor to the IBB, effective 1 July 2018. This appointment is to provide the IBB Board with dedicated guidance and support during the organization’s start-up and implementation phase.

Astrid has a long-standing relationship with the IBB, having had a variety of professional and volunteer interactions, including her contractual assignment as Stakeholder Liaison since February 2018 supporting the IBB Interim Executive Director. In 2017, Astrid was engaged by The Dana Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience to undertake a comprehensive review of the Brain Bee landscape. The report included a series of recommendations and proposed organizational structure for the IBB which provided the basis for the formal establishment of the IBB.

Astrid has wide-ranging experience within the neuroscience field gained through various staff and consultancy positions with national and international government and non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Brain Canada Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the World Dementia Council. Her expertise includes program design and management, combined with partnership development and stakeholder relations. She brings with her an extensive network of contacts within the neuroscience community internationally, including the IBB’s stakeholder community and partner organizations.

In this new role, Astrid will ensure the effective planning and implementation of the annual IBB World Championship and other Brain Bee activities; the effective design, implementation and monitoring of day-to-day program delivery; and act as primary spokesperson for the IBB. She will work closely with the IBB Board and in collaboration with the global Brain Bee community, to ensure the further development of the Brain Bee and its continued success as a connected global initiative.

We would like to thank Marty Saggese for serving as Interim Executive Director during the first few months of the newly established IBB and the IBB Board looks forward to the next phase in this important partnership.

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Launch of IBB Organization
May 12, 2018

Five major organizations dedicated to brain research and education have come together to support the formal establishment of the International Brain Bee organization (IBB), as a non-profit educational organization.


The primary goal of the IBB is to motivate students to learn about the brain and to inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience so they can help treat and find cures for brain disorders. It was founded in the United States in 1998 as a competition for high school students and has grown from a grassroots effort to a successful global educational and outreach initiative. Almost entirely run by volunteers, there are currently approximately 175 local Brain Bee competitions in more than 50 countries, engaging over 25,000 students across six continents every year. The culmination of this program is the international competition held every year in conjunction with major scientific conferences, providing an enriching experience for the participants and those who witness the event.


Up until now, the IBB has operated and grown solely based on extraordinary volunteer commitments of time and resources. The establishment of the IBB as a charitable organization will ensure the continued success of the Brain Bee initiative and help realize its full potential. This major milestone was made possible through multi-year funding commitments from five leading global neuroscience partner organizations: the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), in partnership with the IBB Founder, Norbert Myslinski, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


The central IBB organization will formally link the efforts at the local, national and international levels, and build the Brain Bee brand as a globally connected initiative. “I am humbled by the commitment demonstrated through this partnership, and am delighted to be able to serve as the organization’s inaugural Board Chair,” Myslinski said. “We look forward to working closely with the committed network of volunteer coordinators around the world to ensure the effective implementation of the new organizational structure and continued success of the IBB globally.”


The 2018 20th Anniversary IBB World Championship will be held on July 5-9, 2018 in conjunction with the 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany. Other former hosts of the World Championship include the American Psychological Association (APA), IBRO, World Congress of Neurology, World Congress of Psychology, Canadian Neuroscience Society, and the International Society for Neurochemistry. The Dana Foundation and SfN have also been long-time partners in the Brain Bee initiative, as organizers of the New York City and Washington, DC Chapter Brain Bees, respectively.


For further information, please contact Kara Flynn, SfN Senior Director, Communications & Marketing, at kfynn@sfn.org.


About the American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers,

educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisionhs in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.


About the Dana Foundation

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.


About the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies is the voice of neuroscience in Europe, representing 43 European national and single-discipline neuroscience societies, comprising 22,000 members.


About the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) is the global federation of neuroscience organizations that aims to promote and support neuroscience training, teaching, collaborative research, and advocacy around the world, representing more than 80 international, national, and regional scientific organizations.


About the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.