Brain Awareness Week 2019

For the past years SOMS and SNN have partnered up to bring the fascinating world of neuroscience a bit closer to you. On the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week, we teamed up with CINETic (https://cinetic.arts.ro/) to create the perfect environment where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us in the pursuit of understanding the most complex organ in the human body.

This year’s theme — Science vs. Art in the age of Artificial Intelligence — brings together the ingredients of an exciting mix. Science and Art are important fundamental pillars of our society and have always existed in an intricate and evolving relationship with the technological advancements. Nowadays, as Artificial Intelligence found its way into our daily activities, we aim to debate the impact of technology on the nervous system, all while making use of the captivating setting created by the dispute between art and science.

When biology meets technology and all gets mixed with a pinch of art, the results are just mind-blowing!

11-15 March 2019 is all about science: the Student Presentation Competition, Virtual Reality Workshop, and conferences tackling the topic of neuroscience and art are just some of the diverse activities that we have prepared for you.

Stay tuned for updates by visiting our event Facebook Page!

Schedule

Monday, 11th March

Cinetic Open research lab “How do we study the brain? “ for highschool students

Tuesday, 12th March

16:00-19:00 Cinetic Open research lab “How do we study the brain?”

17:00 TIPS (Training with Interactive Presentations for Students) – Neuro edition

Virtual Reality Workshop, Zagrean Laboratory, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for highschool students. Time TBA

Wednesday, 13th March

Virtual Reality Workshop, Zagrean Laboratory, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Time TBA

Thursday, 14th March

18:00 – LDCAPEI research presentations – ongoing research projects “Art and research”

Friday, 15th March

16:00-18:00 Neuroscience lecture: Prof. Leon Zagrean, MD, PhD “Neurobiology of Human Value”, G.E. Palade Amphitheatre, Faculty of Medicine

18:00-20:00 Open Virtual Reality lab “Sensory experiences in immersive VR scenarios”  at CINETic

Real and virtual body: a neuroscience perspective on body perception in theater

What better way to warm up for Brain Awareness Week events other than starting with a Satellite Conference? This Friday on the 8th of March, researchers and artists alike will present and argue the connection between science and art.

Want to find out what art and science could possibly have in common? Join us and our speakers at a roundtable on Real and virtual body: a neuroscience perspective on body perception in theater. Discover the importance of body perception from different perspectives: neuroscience, art, and immersive experiences.

Taking part in the conference:

Alexandru Berceanu: Director of the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies

Bogdan Mustata: Director and writer, Sunndance Institute/ Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award

Dragos Cinerci: Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University “Spiru Haret” and researcher at CINETic.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity!

When? Friday, 8th of March, 18:00

Where? The International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies – CINETic

Tudor Arghezi Street, 3b, Bucharest

See you there!

Virtual Reality Workshop at Zagrean Neuroscience Laboratory

The world might be virtual, but the experience is as real as it can get! Navigate through virtual mazes and solve different tasks while a wireless headset of electrodes is recording your brain activity. See for yourself how thoughts are encoded into brain waves and find out more about the applications of Virtual Reality settings in Medicine. All the experiments are non-invasive, completely safe and fun! Mihai Moldovan (MD, PhD) from the University of Copenhagen will offer a brief introduction, after which participants will be able to experience VR on their own!

We are waiting for you on Wednesday, at the Neuroscience Laboratory, on the first floor of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Don’t miss the chance! Places are limited, so don’t waste any time and sign up here!

CINETic Open Lab Day

Always wondered what lies behind every breakthrough in science? A lot of hard work and dedication for sure. Take this opportunity and join the researchers at the CINETic laboratory for a day. The open lab will focus on presenting a realistic picture to young students about brain research and the importance of critical thinking. With a short introduction, the interactive discussions will address different aspects of research in neuroscience. Following the example of an ongoing study, students will go through all the important steps in research. The open lab will continue with a live demonstration of an EEG recording and the possible interpretations of the recorded data, as well as an example of a published study.

We are waiting for you at CINETic on Tuesday!

Places are limited, so hurry up and fill this form to reserve your spot!

TIPS – Neuro Edition

TIPS (Training with Interactive Presentations for Students) is a highly successful SOMS event that on a monthly basis brings together ambitious students and trained doctors to solve and discuss interesting cases found in the clinic. To be on-trend with Brain Awareness Week, this month’s edition will solve the puzzles of neurological pathology. Read more about this here!

LDCAPEI Research Presentations – ongoing research projects “Art and research”

It’s always hard to keep in touch with the latest news in research. This series of presentations held by researchers from CINETic has the aim to bring science closer to the general public and to showcase the highlights in neuroscience research that can be achieved today. Come and find out more about their work and the ways in which it connects to art. Participants will attend and discuss short presentations about several ongoing research projects from the lab on themes at the intersection between art and scientific research.

Speakers: Alexandra Sofonea, Romina Boldasu, Claudiu Papasteri, Constantin A.D. Pistol, Miralena I. Tomescu, Ciprian Facaeru

Time: Thursday, 14th of March, 18:00-20:00

Location: CINETic

Open VR lab “Sensory experiences in immersive VR scenarios”

Where exactly is the boundary between reality and imagination? Can we trick our brain to feel something that isn’t there? These are some of the questions that we will explore on Friday at the Open Virtual Reality Lab at CINETic. Participants will be able to experience one of the ongoing VR projects on sensory experience in immersive virtual reality using the state-of-the-art technical system of CAVE: an automatic virtual environment with immersive 3D projective system on four screens.

Trainer: Ciprian Facaeru

Time: Friday, 15th of March, 18:00-20:00

Location: CINETic

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