Congratulations to all participants and in particular to this year’s IBB World Champions! Read more in the IBB’s Announcement.

2021 IBB World Championship Announcement

The 2021 International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship took place virtually on November 5-8, 2021.

IBRO was once again very happy to be able to support the teenagers and volunteers involved in this inspiring global competition that nurtures the future of neuroscience.

2021 IBB Program Booklet

The IBRO community was invited to watch the different sessions, by connecting via the links provided in the schedule:

2021 IBB WC Schedule (Streaming Links)

Read more about the IBB World championship in the brochure and contact IBB to get involved in the next editions!

2021 IBB World Championship Brochure

43 Teenage students representing 31 nations and regions from six continents will gather for an exciting competition and educational social program. Each participating student had previously won their national or regional Brain Bee competition to qualify for the World Championship.

The event will include the Champions of any national or regional competitions that were eligible for the 2020 IBB World Champions, as it was cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. 2020 and 2021 National Champions will compete together but there will be two sets of winners.

The first part of the competition involves a written exam, a neuroanatomy and histology component, and a patient diagnosis section. The top six students from each year will advance to the final live judging round which will be live streamed. The attached schedule includes the full social program, including other sessions and the Awards Ceremony that will be live streamed. Following the World Championship, students will have the opportunity to attend Neuroscience 2021, the virtual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and largest gathering of brain scientists in the world.

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 about 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 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 (SfN).