The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function is a brain research centre. Our researchers study how the brain works and how it interacts with the world around us. For example, they study how we see colours, or how we know whether a surface is soft or rough by touching it.
We would like you to show us what you think about what senses do in the brain by writing any kind of text (poem, word cloud, haiku, etc.), drawing a picture, or combining both on an A4-sized paper.
The text and/or drawing must represent what you would do, or how you would feel, if you:
Download the art competition brochure and don’t forget to share it with your friends, school and family. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be downloaded here.
Our competition is part of Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March 2018), which is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The Brain Awareness Week website has numerous educational resources available for brain-related activities.
1. We invite primary school children to write a creative text, draw a picture, or combine both things into one page, about what senses do in the brain. The text and/or drawing must represent what the child would do, or how they would feel, if they:
Drawings should be made by hand (using pencils, crayons, textas, or paint) on A4 paper. Tracing of cartoons and pictures not drawn by the child is discouraged. The written text may have any format: short story, poem, haiku, visual word story, word cloud, etc. Please limit the written pieces to around 50 words.
2. Attached to the back of the artwork and in clear print should be the child’s name, age, school year level, the name of the school, a parent or guardian’s name and signature, and a school contact (name and email address).
The parent or guardian’s signature indicates agreement to all terms and conditions as outlined in this document.
Please note that entries with illegible or missing information will not be considered.
3. To enter the competition, please send an A4 hard copy of your artwork to:
Brain Function CoE Art Competition
Monash Biomedical Imaging
770 Blackburn Rd
Clayton VIC 3800
Alternatively, send a high-resolution scanned copy (no photographs) by email, with the subject line ‘Brain Function CoE Art Competition’ to email@example.com
4. The closing date is 16 March 2018 (COB). Entries postmarked after this date will not be entered in the competition.
5. Entries will be judged in three categories:
A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize will be awarded within each category. Judging by designated staff and associates of the Brain Function CoE will be based on creativity of response to the theme and the overall design.
6. Prizes for each category will be as follows:
Prizes will be mailed or delivered to the winners via an address provided by the parent or school.
7. Winners will be contacted, via the email address or phone number supplied by the parent or school, in the week commencing 23 April 2018. Parents of winners agree to allow the Brain Function CoE to publish their child’s artwork including first name and age only on Brain Function CoE websites, and including first name, age, grade, school, and/or state in printed formats.
8. All artwork received will become the property of Brain Function CoE and may be used in future publications or promotional material. Artwork will not be returned.
9. The competition is open only to primary school students currently residing in Australia. Artwork by immediate family of Brain Function CoE staff and researchers will not be eligible for a prize.
With a dedicated team of brain researchers around Australia and internationally, our discoveries and non-research programs are regularly featured in the news.
Read our latest news on the News page.
Our public outreach program, The Brain Dialogue, translates our research findings into plain language summaries so we can share our discoveries with anyone who is interested in brain research. Visit The Brain Dialogue website or connect with The Brain Dialogue on Facebook and Twitter.
We regularly hold or sponsor events that are relevant for brain researchers and also for the public.
Our next event for brain researchers is the FENS Brain Function CoE Satellite Meeting in July 2018.
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Neuroethics is an internationally recognised discipline that aims to successfully translate brain research in ways that maximise social benefit while minimising harms. The need for Neuroethics was recognised by a recent US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics report as part of the US BRAIN initiative. Similar projects are underway in the UK, Europe and Canada. Australia urgently needs a coordinated approach to realise the promise of neuroscience for society.
Neuroscience is revolutionising our understanding of the neural mechanisms underpinning behaviour and cognition. In doing so, neuroscience also has the potential to overturn beliefs that are central to our ideas about free will, responsibility and justice. Neurobiological explanations of mental illness may have a significant impact on stigma and discrimination associated with these disorders. These advances also raise new challenges for privacy and confidentiality. Sophisticated neuroimaging techniques and advanced machine learning algorithms are providing access to personal information that may be used by interested third parties, such as employers, educators, insurers and the courts, to discriminate against certain individuals or behaviours. Our ability to subtly manipulate brain function can have a powerful impact on our thoughts, behaviours, and sense of self. How these technologies are used and by whom are challenges that need to be urgently addressed.
The Australian Neuroethics Network is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together leading Australian practitioners in neuroscience, law, ethics, philosophy, policy-making, clinical practice, patient populations, the public and other end-users to examine the ethical and social implications of neuroscience research.
The aim of the Australian Neuroethics Network is to:
To join the discussion or become a member of the Australian Neuroethics Network, contact Associate Professor Adrian Carter. Follow us on Twitter: @NeuroethicsAU
We want to inspire primary school children to think about how marvellous the human brain is so each year we hold an art competition during Brain Awareness Week (March). School children from around Australia are invited to create an artwork inspired by completing the thought: ‘I use my brain to…’
Category 1. Foundation year (Prep) and Year 1
1st place: Stefanie K, VIC
2nd place: Tess L QLD
3rd place: Jai B, NSW
Category 2. Years 2 – 4
1st place: Ghil G, QLD Watch Ghil talk about his win on Channel 9 News (Facebook video).
2nd place: Riley W, NSW
3rd place: Gabby F, NSW
Category 3. Years 5 – 6
1st place: Kane P, NSW
2nd place: Lok Yi L, VIC
3rd place: Amelia G, VIC
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function
770 Blackburn Rd, Clayton
Victoria, 3800, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9905 0100
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We help introduce secondary students to brain research, with the aim of sparking their interest and encouraging them to pursue a career in neuroscience.
We host the annual Australian & New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (A&NZBBC) and facilitate work experience for secondary students with our collaborating organisations. We are also working with teachers to develop ways to increase brain research in the syllabus.
Secondary school teachers interested in providing opportunities for their students to learn more about the brain are encouraged to contact us.
As part of Brain Awareness Week 2016, we held a brain drawing competition for primary school students around Australia. The program was designed to encourage parents and teachers around Australia to talk to primary school aged children about the brain.
2016’s challenge was to create a drawing with the theme: “I use my brain to…”
Over 470 entries were received and 19 entries were shortlisted. The winning entry for each category is shown below.
Winners received a pack of brain related items and the school of the winning entry received a brain pack and $1,000 towards teaching resources. Each winning school was visited by one of our brain researchers who presented the prizes to the student and school.