Summer Holiday Brain Days, organized by Laboratory of Neuroplasticity at the Hydrobiological Station of The Polish Academy of Sciences in Mikołajki, took place from July 21st to 23rd. Lectures about brain function, diseases and behavior were given by Prof. Anna Członkowska, Prof. Ewa J. Godzińska, mgr Aleksandra Kołodziej, Dr Monika Liguz-Lęcznar and Prof. Andrzej Wróbel. Workshops were run by young scientists from The Nencki Institute - Anna Bartkowiak-Kaczmarek, Maria Bierzyńska, Weronika Dębowska, Katarzyna Giertuga, Aleksandra Różycka, and Małgorzata Suszek.
At the workshop the participants could examine microscopic sections of the brain and compare the brains of different species, test their own memory and attention, assemble and take apart models of the brain, and discuss brain issues with faculty and PhD students from The Nencki Institute. The youngest participants enjoyed coloring brain pictures, folding them into “brain caps” and making neurons from plasticine.
Despite the relaxing holiday atmosphere and pleasant weather, the Brian Days was attended by over 100 people, truly interested in the brain, actively participating in lectures, discussions and workshops, which lasted till late afternoon hours.