Highschoolers battle it out to be Australia’s future of neuroscience

28 Jan 2014

WHEN: Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 12.45pm-2.45pm
WHERE: Adelaide Convention Centre, Hall E

Australia’s neuroscientists of the future will be unveiled when the country’s brightest young minds compete in the finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABCC) held at the Adelaide Convention Centre this week.

ABBC is the country’s only neuroscience competition for high school students, and is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research.

It is a test of knowledge about important facts and concepts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
Eight Australian finalists* and two New Zealanders will test their brainpower in front of a live audience as they work through brain-teasing anatomy exam, doctor-patient diagnosis, written test and finally a neuroscience quiz.

One Australian winner from the two-day competition will be invited to compete in the International Brain Bee Competition held in the USA in 2014.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 29 January 29 at 2.15pm as part of the Australasian Neuroscience Society’s annual conference.

They will receive return international airfares, accommodation and spending money for themselves and an accompanying adult to attend the prestigious international competition.

QLD Eva Wang Somerville House Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane
NZ NORTH ISLAND Ming Hong Thomas Chang Auckland Grammar School Epsom, Auckland
NZ SOUTH ISLAND Luke Gellen Christ’s College, Canterbury  
SA Emily Rowland Woodcroft College Happy Valley
VIC Malini Sivasaththivel The MacRobertson's Girls High School Glen Waverley, Melbourne
NSW Ricky Chung James Ruse Agricultural High School Baulkham Hill
NT Jasmine Aitken Taminmin College Berry Springs
TAS Finn Buchhorn St Mary's District School Upper Scamander
ACT Keeley Hoek Burgmann Anglican School Ngunnawal
WA Katie Roche St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls Mosman Park

Media: Mikaeli Costello, Director Advancement and Communications, Queensland Brain Institute, +61 401 580 685 or mikaeli.costello@uq.edu.au

Queensland Brain Institute
The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is a world-class research facility based at The University of Queensland’s (UQ) St Lucia campus. Researchers at QBI make great contributions to the field by studying fundamental cellular and mechanistic processes, as well as disorders and diseases from early brain development through to later life. Our scientists work to understand complex functions such as cognition, ageing, neurological disease, mental illness, and learning and memory.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge
The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is recognised by the International Brain Bee competition held in the United States and winners of the ABBC may have the opportunity to participate in the international competition. The ABBC is calling for entries for students wishing to become 2014 Australian Brain Bee Challenge Champion. Registration is free and teachers may nominate one student through to their whole Year 10 class. For more information or to register visit www.abbc.edu.au.

International Brain Bee
The 2013 International Brain Bee (IBB) will be held in the USA in 2014. The Australian Brain Bee Challenge Champion and the New Zealand Brain Bee Champion are invited to attend the IBB with flights, accommodation and spending money for the Champion and an accompanying parent included as part of their prize. Conditions apply, please read Terms and Conditions.

Australasian Neuroscience Society
The Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) is a non-profit organisation of scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system and are actively involved in research and teaching. If you have similar interests, we invite you to contact us about joining our society.