Jade Upton, the Queensland regional finalist for the 2017 ABBC.

Sparking an interest in the brain

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is an annual competition for high school students in Year 10 that encourages learning about the brain.

Throughout the competition, students learn about the brain, its functions and neuroscience research. They are introduced to careers in neuroscience and investigate the misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

Students participating in the competition gain access to current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research. They also develop an understanding of how neuroscience contributes to our community and improves the health of millions of people around the world.

The competition often sparks an interest for students to pursue a career in neuroscience.

All Year 10 students in Australia and Year 11 students in New Zealand are eligible to enter the competition. It runs through a series of rounds, with the finalist attending the International Brain Bee, which takes place at an international neuroscience/psychology conference the following year.

The ABBC started in 2006 and in 2016, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function won the bid to host the ABBC from 2017 to 2020.

2017 Competition

Rounds 1 (online quiz) and Round 2 (regional finals) of the ABBC have closed.

The national final will be held at the Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS) conference in Sydney on 3 and 4 December. The winner of the national final will compete in the International Brain Bee (IBB) at the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies 2018 conference in Berlin, Germany.

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