About Ukrainian Brain Bee

About Ukrainian Brain Bee

UBB is the official regional part of the International Brain Bee competition 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 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 arranged on the Internet and every student can freely participate. Usually, this is the weekend of Brain Awareness Week but check the news. The best students are invited to the final competition at 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, teachers, and lecturers of Kyiv institutes and universities.
Usually, IBB is associated with one of the biggest conferences on neurosciences. In 2021, the IBB shifted to an online format. Here is the gallery of our champions.

To help study neuroscience we have launched a free online course - don't miss to join it.

The next UBB will be held in 2025.


The national coordinator is Andrii Cherninskyi, PhD, a senior researcher at BIPH.

Organizers and jury members are the teachers and scientists from leading universities and research institutes in 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 Kyiv chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (2016-2019) and FENS (2017-2023). In 2019-2024 UBB has the support of Shevchenko Scientific Society (USA).

If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact the organizers. Also, you can know how to support us financially.