About Ukrainian Brain Bee
UBB is the official regional part of the International Brain Bee competition that started in 1999 by Prof. Norbert Myslinski from the University of Maryland (USA).
The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders.
The official slogan is:
Building Better Brains to Fight Brain Disorders
In Ukraine Brain Bee has started in 2012 as a part of the National Biological Olympiad held by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. In 2016 it became a standalone event. It is organized in two stages. The preliminary test is organized on the Internet and every student can freely participate. Usually, this is the weekend of Brain Awareness Week. Best students are invited to the final competition to the leading Ukrainian institution in neuroscience - Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (Nat. Acad. Sci.). The winner represents Ukraine in the International competition. The judges of UBB are the scientists and teachers of Kyiv institutes and universities.
IBB 2019 was held in Daegu, Korea during the 10th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience. Ihor Arefiev from Ukrainian Medical Lyceum and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv represented Ukraine. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IBB-2021 will be held online. Ukraine will be represented by natioanal champions 2020 and 2021: Ostap Shyika (Ivano-Frankivsk) and Victoriia Vydzhak (Kyiv). IBB2022 is scheduled to FENS Forum (Paris, France).
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Organizers and jury members are the teachers and scientists from leading universities and research institutes of Kyiv.
The competition is supported by the Ukrainian Society for Neuroscience (a member of FENS) and the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It was supported by grants from the Kiev chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (2016-2019) and FENS (2017-2018). In 2019-2020 UBB has the support of Shevchenko Scientific Society (USA).