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Brain Awareness Week 2023

01.03.2023 - 13:00, update 03.03.2023 - 10:35
Editors: K.S

Brain Awareness Week is organised at the University of Silesia in Katowice for the 13th time.

This year, the celebration takes place on 13-18 March 2023. For the participants, we have prepared popular science lectures they may participate in both online and on-site.

Although the event is addressed primarily to university and secondary school students, everyone who is interested in neurology, psychology and cognitive science is more than welcome to join.



13.03 (Monday)

  • 4 p.m., Bartosz Baran, MSc (University of Silesia in Katowice) – ‘Bzyczę, więc jestem. Co badania nad owadami mogą powiedzieć o naszych umysłach?’ [I buzz, therefore I am. What may research on insects tell us about our minds?],
  • 5.30 p.m., Prof. Włodzisław Duch (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) – ‘Mózg and neuroinformatyka’ [Brain and neuroinformatics],

14.03 (Tuesday)

  • 4 p.m., Marita Pietrucha-Dutczak, MSc (Medical University of Silesia in Katowice) – ‘Czy oko nas oszukuje? Nie wierz we wszystko co widzisz’ [Do eyes deceive us? Don’t believe in anything you see],
  • 5.30 p.m., Halle Dimsdale-Zucker, PhD (Columbia University in New York) – ‘Memory: What it is and how to use brain imaging to understand it’ (with Polish subtitles),

15.03 (Wednesday)

  • 4-7 p.m., student lectures (university seminars),

16.03 (Thursday)

  • 4 p.m., Rafał Czajkowski, PhD, DSc (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw) – ‘Jak się nie zgubić w swoim mieście? Zagadki pamięci przestrzennej’ [How not to get lost in your city? The mystery of spatial memory],
  • 5.30 p.m., Paweł Boguszewski , PhD (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw) – ‘Czy istnieje wolna wola? Neuronaukowe podejście do pytań fundamentalnych’ [Does free will exist? Neuroscience approach to fundamental questions],

17.03 (Friday)

  • 4 p.m., Prof. Michał Wierzchoń (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) – ‘Czy można nauczyć się widzieć za pomocą słuchu? O wpływie substytucji sensorycznej na mózg i zachowanie’ [Can we learn to see with hearing? How the sensory substitution impacts our brains and behaviour],

18.03 (Saturday)

  • 4 p.m., Mateusz Gola, PhD, DLitt, Assoc. Prof. of IPs PAN (Institute of Psychology Polish Academy of Sciences, University of California San Diego) – ‘Gdy porno przestaje być sexi: Jak neuronauka pomogła nam zrozumieć nałogowe zachowania seksualne?’ [When porno is no longer sexy: how neuroscience allowed us to understand compulsive sexual behaviours], in cooperation with Copernicus: https://www.youtube.com/@CopernicusCenter,
  • 5.30 p.m., Karina Maciejewska, PhD (University of Silesia in Katowice, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome) – ‘Proces uwagi – jak działa filtr antyspamowy mózgu i jak neuronauka go bada’ [Process of attention – how the anti-spam filter in our brain works and how neuroscience study it].

The event is organised by: Sylwia Butkiewicz, MA (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) and  Bartosz Baran, MSc; Jacek Francikowski, PhD; Witold Marzęda, PhD; Karina Maciejewska, PhD (University of Silesia in Katowice). The meeting is co-organised by: Do Góry Mózgami Student Research Group and the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Jagiellonian University.

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