British Brain Bee

British Brain Bee

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Young people

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain
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The British Brain Bee is a non-profit organisation that promotes outreach neuroscience initiatives at schools across the UK. For the last three years we have been running an annual school student competition called the British Brain Bee ( We are proud to be the only initiative to provide a unique opportunity to help young people recognise how neuroscience relates to their everyday lives and their health as well as to show them why neuroscience matters.


Our aims

The British Brian Bee aims and mission match the aspiration of government to increase science interest in local communities. In addition, we strive to:

  • Improve educational attainment because students will study a subject that demands for critical thinking and extracurricular learning
  • Increase awareness of neurodegenerative diseases which is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity currently in the UK. By targeting the young generation, right habits of lifestyle, food, and physical activity may develop earlier thus protecting or retarding the next generation from such brain diseases
  • Increase awareness of mental diseases common amongst teenagers like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, including its causes, symptoms and treatments, leading to better ability to tackle these emotional and mental states better
  • Increase chances to get into the top universities through enhancement of UCAS application and increase employability
  • Equip students with a better understanding and appreciation of STEM and neurosciences in a national and international context
  • Develop their creativity, problem-solving and scientific inquiry skills, and make them better able to make informed decisions about STEM issues


What do we do?

We are:

  • creating an interest of school students in neuroscience and research as well as providing students with practical lab experience in neuroscience field.
  • providing an opportunity to school children to meet with neuroscientists and undergraduate students connecting academic research with the society and schools.
  • raising awareness of the opportunities that a career in STEM can offer.
  • setting up a network of Brain Bee Ambassadors all over the country to act as role models and mentors for young people interested in studying neurosciences subjects as well as organise local events on behalf of the British Brain Bee.
  • visiting schools where the Brain Bee Ambassador delivers a science- or careers-related talk and/or demonstrates brain-related experiments in schools.
  • providing free online study resources for students to learn about the brain and supporting establishment of Brain Bee study clubs at schools.
  • organising an annual neuroscience competition called the British Brain Bee





The British Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students in grades 9-13. The Brain Bee aims to promote neurosciences and grow a generation of future leaders in science who will be able to tackle various brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.

The competition is comprised of 4 parts: neuroanatomy test, neurohistology test, patient diagnosis test, a written multiple-choice question exam, and a live question and answer exam. Students are tested on the knowledge about the brain, neuroscience research, and neurochemistry. Topics include memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters and other neurochemical signaling molecules, genetics, and brain disease. The winner will advance to the International Brain Bee, to be held annually in summer.

The educational nature of the event may further change public misconceptions about the brain and, by bringing experts and public together, it will help bridge the gap between public and science in general.

Current opportunities

A passionate Events Manager is needed to plan, run and lead on various events nationwide.

The role of the Data Protection and Compliance Officer is to oversee and maintain all aspects of quality standards, supporting staff to ensure...

We are looking for an enthusiastic professional to promote the British Brain Bee and increase awareness of our activities nationwide.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic volunteer manager or coordinator to help us build a team of volunteers interested in science outreach...

We are looking for people with energy and commitment from a range of backgrounds to be part of leading an exciting period of development and...

London (Central), NW1

An accountant is needed for a growing neuroscience outreach initiative.

London (Central), NW2 6TR or Remote

We are looking for a qualified individual to review our Charitable Trust Business Plan. Preferable someone professional who has previous...

London (Central), WC1A 1AH

We are looking for enthusiastic web developer who can create an attractive website for an organisation that targets Secondary School children.

London (Central), WC1A 1AH

We are looking for a video maker who could make a short video for a charitable organisation similar to this ...

Previous placements

  • Volunteer Fundraiser - Nationwide
  • Videomaker
  • Web designer
  • Legal adviser
  • Accountant
  • Trustee interested in science and/or education
  • Marketing and Promotions Manager
  • Data Protection and Compliance Officer
  • Charity Accountant - Xero trained