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Brain Awareness Week 2018


Tallinn University is celebrating Brain Awareness Week (BAW) for the second year in a row! This year we have an open seminar "Meet the Researchers", as well it is possible to visit the "The Brain as Art" exhibition.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international event that has been held in many countries across the world since 1995. The goal of Brain Awareness Week is to promote the benefits of brain research and inform the public about what we do as neuroscientist and brain researchers.

12th of March "Meet the Researchers"

Monday, March 12 from 2PM to 6.30 PM "Meet the Researchers", University of Tallinn (Narva mnt. 29), room A-325.
Take part of a seminar where experts from the field take the floor and discuss brain, promote the benefits of brain research and inform the public about what we do as neuroscientist and brain researchers. 


  • 14:00 Introduction
  • 14:05-14:55 Pia Tikka, PhD (Tallinn University) "Let’s go to movies – with a bunch of neuroscientists!" A talk about how stories help to understand how the human mind makes sense of complex situations in the everyday world.
  • 15:00-15:50 Prof. Talis Bachmann (University of Tartu) "Brain and conscious experience: transcranial magnetic stimulation studies from Bachmann lab"
  • Coffee Break
  • 16:05-16:55 Erika Comasco, PhD (Uppsala University, Sweden) "Sex, hormones and the brain"   
  • 17.00 - 17.50 Dr. Kairit Joost medical geneticist
  • Mingle, Q&A*
*The schedule may have some upcoming changes. 


Prof Talis Bachmann (University of Tartu) serves as an expert in psychology and behavioral sciences for the Estonian Science Agency. As the principal investigator, he has been responsible for obtaining finances for the research group and putting together the staff of the group. He is the principal researcher and head of the group associated in and around Bachmannlab. He holds the full time professorship in the Institute of Penal Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Tartu (Professor of Cognitive and Forensic Psychology) and has also adjunct professor's duties in the Institute of Psychology of the same Faculty of Social Sciences. He is also head of group, Perception and Consciousness, in the Estonian Center of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

Pia Tikka, PhD (Tallinn University) is a Finnish film director and leading research scientist. Pia Tikka is Research Professor at the Baltic School of Film, Media, Arts and Communication. She has joined MEDIT after winning Estonian Research Council’s Top Researcher Grant. Dr Tikka is a filmmaker and scholar whose research concerns psychophysiological and emotional basis of cinematic systems. Prior to her joining BFM, she was the Principal Investigator for the NeuroCine project at Aalto University in Finland. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar in the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California and a researcher in residency in Neuroaesthetics at the Minerva Foundation, Berkeley. 

Erika Comasco, PhD (Uppsala University) is a neuropsychopharmacologist. Comasco studied Pharmacy at the University of Pavia and earned her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at Uppsala University. She collaborated since 2011 and joined the "Functional, Molecular and Translational Neuroimaging - PET & MRI" group as guest researcher supported by a grant of the Swedish Medical Society in 2013. She is involved in a neuroimaging genetic project on influence of sex steroid hormones on the human brain using high-field magnetic resonance imaging.

Please let us know by confirming your attendance and register.

Register HERE!

Art exhibition "The Brain as Art"

The exhibition grand opening on March 12 at 12.00 in front of the cafe Astrarium.

"The Brain as Art" exhibit seeks to blur the line between science and art. Some images take scientific results and re-interpret them as an homage to different styles of art. Others simply show the beauty of the brain and brain cells as seen down the oculars of a microscope, or rather, in our day and age, as photons collected by a camera and rendered as an image onto our computer screens. We hope they inspire you to learn more about this amazing organ and the scientist who study it.

The exhibition is available 06.03.-15.04.2018.

Also near part of the art exhibition is mystical clouds, where you can test if you can recognize animals, objects and faces. Take an outline of your drawing with you or leave it on our board to share with others!

BAW on social media

Look for our Brain Facts and Brain Tips on our social media platforms from 12th to 18th of March (Facebook and Twitter)

Look at our last years BAW event photos from our Facebook or Flickr.

Thank you for your cooperation!

The organizers are: Tallinn University The Centre of Excellence in Behavioural and School of Natural Sciences and Health. The event is held in cooperation with Dana Foundation ja FENS.

Contact us

The leader of the event is  Sophie Imbeault, a researcher at Tallinn University, School of Natural Sciences and Health.

If you have any questions about the events and arrangements, please contact us at +372 6409 465 or

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  • 17.00 - 17.50 Dr. Kairit Joost medical geneticist