The 2023 World Championship of the International Brain Bee (IBB), IBRO’s partner, will take place virtually on 31 July to 5 August 2023, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, DC. Teenage students from 33 nations will come together 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 August 4. This exciting event will be live streamed, along with most of the social/educational programming. The Award Ceremony announcing 2023 IBB World Champion and runners-up will take place on August 5. The schedule with live streaming links can be accessed on the IBB website. The full program can be found here.

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. The competition was founded in the US in 1998 and has spread to almost 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 not only marks the 25th anniversary of the IBB but also the 5th anniversary of the formal establishment of the IBB organization. In celebration of the two milestones, the IBB will make some important announcements at the World Championship.

The IBB was incorporated in 2018 as a non-profit educational organization. It is supported and governed by IBRO, together with the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychological Association, the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The IBB gratefully acknowledges its governing partners, program partners and sponsors including Leadership Initiatives, the International Youth Neuroscience Association, CollegeAdvisor, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, and the Cajal Club.

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