Brain Diaries is an exhibition, event programme and collection of digital resources organised by Oxford Neuroscience and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Brain Diaries has enabled researchers from our Department to work with other brain scientists in Oxford to leverage the museum's experience and skills in public engagement, as well as reach its audiences. The project won an award at the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards Ceremony.
We all look forward to the opportunity to engage with the public through the museums. It is particularly useful for younger researchers to have to develop ways of conveying complex information and I know they always find it very rewarding. - Christopher Kennard, Head of the Medical Sciences Division and Emeritus Professor at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Launched in March 2017, the programme and exhibition has reached an audience of more than 45,000 people from Oxfordshire and beyond in its first two months of opening. More than 150 research scientists from four University departments and over 20 support staff have contributed to Brain Diaries.
The exhibition presents current understanding of the healthy brain from pre-birth to old age, while the public programme explores translational and clinical neuroscience research. The exhibition also promotes active public participation in research, enabling visitors to take part in research studies and contribute new ideas for brain investigations.