2023 International Brain Bee World Championship to take place from 31 July to 5 August

26 July 2023

FENS News, Neuroscience News, Society & Partner News

The 2023 International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship will take place virtually on 31 July to 5 August 2023, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, DC. Teenage students from 33 nations will come together for an exciting competition and educational social programme. Each participating student had previously won the highest level of Brain Bee competition in their country to qualify for the World Championship.

The first part of the competition involves a written exam, a neuroanatomy and histology component, and a patient diagnosis section. The results of the online tests will determine the number of top students who will advance to the final Live Judging Session on August 4. This exciting event will be live-streamed, along with most of the social/educational programming. The Award Ceremony announcing 2023 IBB World Champion and runners-up will take place on 5 August. The schedule with live streaming links can be accessed on the IBB website. The full programme will be posted shortly.

The IBB’s primary goal is to motivate students to learn about the brain and to inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience and medicine. The competition was founded in the US in 1998 and has spread to almost 50 countries around the world, almost entirely run by volunteers. The culmination of this programme is the World Championship held every year in conjunction with major scientific conferences. The IBB is so much more than a competition – it brings together students from across the world for an important cultural experience. Students are encouraged to support one another and to continue to foster a network throughout their ambitious careers.

This year not only marks the 25th anniversary of the IBB but also the 5th anniversary of the formal establishment of the IBB organisation. In celebration of the two milestones, the IBB will make some important announcements at the World Championship. The IBB was incorporated in 2018 as a non-profit educational organisation. It is supported and governed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychological Association, the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

The IBB gratefully acknowledges its governing partners, programme partners and sponsors, including Leadership Initiatives, the International Youth Neuroscience Association, CollegeAdvisor, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, and the Cajal Club.

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For more information, contact Astrid Eberhart (IBB Executive Director) at astrid.eberhart@thebrainbee.org.