News Release

2022 IBB World Championship

Featuring Brain Bee Champions from across the globe

Meeting Announcement

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

The 2022 International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship will take place virtually on July 2-9, 2022, in conjunction with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum 2022 and in collaboration with the Paris Brain Institute. Teenage students from 31 nations and six continents will gather for an exciting competition and educational social program. Each participating student had previously won the highest level of Brain Bee competition in their country to qualify for the World Championship.

The first part of the competition involves a written exam, a neuroanatomy and histology component, and a patient diagnosis section. The results of the online tests will determine the number of top students who will advance to the final Live Judging Session on July 8 which will be live streamed. The attached schedule includes the full social program with several sessions to be live streamed. The official Award Ceremony announcing the top 10 winners and the 2022 IBB World Champion will take place during the FENS Forum Opening Ceremony on July 9. This will be followed by a second ceremony and afterparty for all students.

The IBB’s primary goal is to motivate students to learn about the brain and to inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience and medicine. It was founded in the US in 1998 and has grown to over 175 local Brain Bee competitions in 50 countries around the world, almost entirely run by volunteers. The culmination of this program is the World Championship held every year in conjunction with major scientific conferences. The IBB is so much more than a competition - it brings together students from across the world for an important cultural experience. Students are encouraged to support one another and to continue to foster a network throughout their ambitious careers. This year’s virtual event will be no different.

The IBB was incorporated in 2018 as non-profit educational organization with the support of five international neuroscience and educational organizations. The organizations also form the IBB’s governing body with a sixth Governing Partner that joined in 2021: Alzheimer’s Association, American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and the Society for Neuroscience.

The participating Brain Bee countries and their champions are as follows:

Argentina Lila Schiaffino
Australia Jiaxi (Calvin) Zhu
Brazil Ian Campos
Canada Helene Li
Chile Sofia Fothergill
China Yingying Gong
Croatia Ana Karla Vodanović
Egypt Salma Badr
France Alexandre Ravel
Germany Anya Zhu
Ghana Yasmin Muftawu Jawula
Grenada Rémi Fraisse
Hong Kong Chun Hei (Brian) Chau
Hungary Richard Lawson
Iran Seyed Ali Mousavi
Ireland Olivia Rocha da Rocha Brito
Israel Darya Doctori
Italy Isabella Bertolami Adrianza
Japan Hayato Nakagawa
Latvia Huberts Zimackis
Lithuania Ugne Birstonaite
Macau Kam Soi lo
Nepal Neesta Bhandari
Netherlands June Heemskerk
Nigeria Chosen Amechi
Poland Dominika Sawicka
Romania Elisa Velicu
South Korea Yurim Jin
United Kingdom Maja Olma
Ukraine Yelyzaveta Tsepovatenko
USA Anmol Bhatia

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