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The Year 12 Oxford Brain Challenge, organised by DPhil student of DPAG, Giacomo Bertuzzi, Glitch’s group, inspired students to learn more about the most complex human organ: the brain.

Brain challenge

The Year 12 Oxford Brain Challenge 2018 was an exciting cross-curricular subject experience day, with a twist. 

On 16 March, St Hilda’s College welcomed 34 students from schools in Hampshire, West Sussex, South-West London, Buckinghamshire, South Shields, and Tyne and Wear, who are interested in Biology, Psychology and Medicine. They learned about the topics through talks, demonstrations and team games, which were organised by our volunteer team of six DPhil students, two undergraduates, and two senior researchers.

Students experienced:

  • What it means to be a neuroscientist and how to become one.
  • An informal lecture.
  • A day in an Oxford college with current undergraduates.

We also offered participants the chance to come back to Oxford and take a tour of different science departments.

One volunteer commented, “...thank you for inviting me, it was the best public engagement event I have ever seen.”

A student attendee gave the following feedback: “...thank you for organizing this event. You helped me to decide what to do next. I definitely enjoyed the day”.

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