Connecting European Neuroscience

Online Workshop: Running a Brain Awareness Week event in 2021

This workshop aims to provide neuroscientists with useful tips to plan an event for Brain Awareness Week 2021, from writing a successful proposal for Brain Awareness Week to running an engaging outreach event, both online and in-person.

  • Running a Brain Awareness Week event in 2021
  • The workshop “Running a Brain Awareness event in 2021” will provide participants with useful tips on how to submit a successful proposal and with ideas for running outreach projects, both online and in-person. This workshop will be followed by a Q&A session.

This workshop is open to neuroscientists with an interest in Brain Awareness Week. The registrations for this webinar are now closed. Please contact if you are interested in future webinars. 

  • Date

9 December 2020 – 15:00-16:00 CET


  • Welcome and introduction – Richard Roche
  • Brain Awareness Week: presentation and tips for submitting a successful proposal- Małgorzata Kossut
  • Tips for running an engaging event online – Inbar Cospi
  • Examples of funded projects – Marta Quatorze and Richard Roche
  • Q&A


Chair: Richard Roche, FENS Communication Committee and BAW Awardee (IE)

Dr Richard Roche is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University (Ireland). Richard is strongly committed to science outreach and public engagement, and has given an Ignite talk at Science Gallery’s Mindfields at Electric Picnic 2016, performed for BrightClub Dublin in 2017, as well as hosting ‘The Brain Box’, a 2-part radio documentary about the brain on NewsTalk 106-108FM. Most recently, he co-organised and financed a series of public engagement events during 2019's Brain Awareness Week (BAW) and the BNA-Neuroscience Ireland Festival of Neuroscience, and discussed art and brain on RTE Radio1’s Almanac of Ireland. Richard is a member of the FENS Communication Committee 2020-2022.

Małgorzata Kossut, EDAB-Dana Foundation (PL)

Małgorzata Kossut is a Professor of Neuroscience and Head of Laboratory of Neuroplasticity at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute foreign scholar and a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She is a council member of the EDAB and served on the FENS Communication Committee. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of cerebral cortex plasticity.

Inbar Caspi, FENS Forum Manager (IL)

Inbar Caspi is an association services and congress expert with more than 20 years of experience, consulted by over 60 associations and managing more than 170 association congresses. For the past six years, Inbar has been supporting medical associations that organise their congress in-house or wish to take more ownership of their key activities. As the FENS Forum manager, she successfully converted the 12th edition of the FENS Forum of neuroscience into a virtual meeting in July 2020.

Marta Quatorze, BAW Awardee 2020 (PT)

Marta Quatorze holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, both from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She did neuroscience research during her master thesis and an internship in Cologne, Germany. Afterwards, she decided to start working as a science communicator. Currently, she integrates the science communication office of the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) (Coimbra, Portugal), where she coordinates the outreach initiatives and educational projects.

About this workshop

This is the first in a series of online workshops which will focus on the practicalities of science communication and offering concrete advice for the development of high-quality outreach events and activities. These workshops are organised by FENS with the support of the Dana Foundation.

About Brain Awareness Week: The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Brain Awareness Week is coordinated by the Dana Foundation.


Download a list of useful resources for running outreach events

Missed the workshop? Watch the recording below.