IBB logoThe International Brain Bee promotes student engagement with neuroscience through a three-tiered competition at local, national and international levels: students start by signing up for a Local Brain Bee, the winners of which compete in their country’s National Brain Bee. Every year, National Brain Bees send one representative to compete at the International Brain Bee world championship, taking place at a major neuroscience conference.

Since its inception, the International Brain Bee has inspired thousands of students to study and pursue careers in neuroscience.

The International Brain Bee Competition was founded in 1998 by Dr Norbert Myslinski in the United States.

2019 IBB Awards Presentation Group Photo
International Brain Bee Championship (IBRO World Congress 2019, Korea)

The international championship is always held in association with a major neuroscience conference. In early 2018, the International Brain Bee was established as a charitable organisation, thanks to the support of five major organisations dedicated to brain research and education: the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, FENS, the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). In 2021, the Alzheimer’s Association joined as a new IBB Governing Partner.

Upcoming IBB championships

2023 IBB World Championship: the competition will take place online from 31 July – 5 August

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Past IBB championships

2021 IBB World Championship: the competition will take place online from 5 to 8 November 2021 

2022 IBB World Championship: FENS Forum 2022 – 9-13 July 2022, Paris, France

Contact information

Visit the IBB  website: thebrainbee.org

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