The Neuroscience Olympics are the Italian version of theInternational Brain Bee - IBB, an international competition for high school students aged between 13 and 19 that challenges students on their knowledge of neuroscience.
The students have to pit their wits against each other on topics including: intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, ageing, sleep, and nervous system disorders.
The purpose of the competition is to inspire school-age students to study the structure and functioning of the human brain and to attract young talents to pursue research careers in basic and clinical neuroscience, therefore tackling one of the challenges of this millennium.
The 2019 Neuroscience Olympics are split into 3 stages:
local trials (15th February 2019) in schools. Every school selects its 5 best students;
regional trials (16th March 2019), in which the 3 best candidates are selected in every Italian region;
National trials (3rd- 4th May 2019) which will take place in Pisa, in which the winner is selected from among the regional finalists. The winner will receive a scholarship to represent Italy in the international competition, which will take place in Daegu (South Korea) from 21st to 25th September 2019.
The University of Trento will host the regional phase of the competition on 16th March at the Department of Humanities.