Pictured above: 2015-16 Global Advocacy Seed Grant event organised by the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias.
As part of the IBRO-led Global Advocacy Initiative, the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias (SAN) of Buenos Aires was awarded a seed grant of €5,000 to support activities during this year's Brain Awareness Week (13-19 March 2017), the annual global campaign to raise awareness about the brain and brain research.
SAN has already supported advocacy activities in Argentina and has organized a broad range of events in the past. Based on their experience, the Society identified three main aspects that will benefit from its 2017 seed grant: Opportunities for dialogue between journalists and neuroscientists, public lectures and Brain Awareness Week (BAW) activities.
During BAW 2017, SAN is using part of its Global Advocacy Seed Grant to support a one-day workshop on communicating neuroscience for journalists. Neuroscience is one of the scientific disciplines that is particularly prone to being reported inaccurately. It is therefore essential that advocacy activities involve neuroscientists, policymakers, journalists and the general public in order to improve communication and understanding.
Other supported events will take place in cities all around the country - in Buenos Aires, Quilmes, Florencio Varela, San Martín, Lujan, Rosario, Bariloche, Córdoba, Chaco and Corrientes.
The complete program can be found here.
About the Global Advocacy Initiative: The Global Advocacy Initiative was launched in 2012 to facilitate the development of culturally relevant educational and motivational programs that will garner wider support for neuroscience research across the world.