France Brain Bee Contest

Useful informations


Opening date for registration : Monday 31 September 2022 // Closing date for registration: Monday 27 February 2023

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Presentation 🏆

The France Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for high school students. In addition to inspiring careers in neuroscience, the overall mission of the Brain Bee initiative is to teach students about the brain, its functions, and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illness. The competition is held in English.


Entry requirements

  • The student must not be older than 19 years at the time of entering the competition.
  • Only students studying in educational institutions on French territory are eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Students of foreign nationality studying in educational institutions on French territory are eligible.
  • The competition takes place on the site of the Paris Brain Institute, so a health pass is required to enter the building and participate in the competition.



Do you come from a region ? 🚆


We can help you with the travel costs associated with coming to the competition day.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this.

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Preparation 📚


To prepare you, we provide you with several training resources.


These are available by clicking on the following button:  Training resources



Competition structure 🎯



The competition consists of the following four test:



1) Written test 📑


Objective?  Answer several general questions about neuroscience.

Duration ? 30 minutes

This section of the test will consist of 30 multiple option questions.

Please note that one or more answer might be correct, the student must identify all the correct answers.

Points will be deducted for incorrect or partially correct answers.



2) Patients diagnosis 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️


In this test, the participant plays the role of a doctor.

Objective?  To diagnose the pathology of a patient.

Duration ? 60 minutes

For this competition, the participant is asked to analyse the pathology of 6 patients (10min per patient).

To succeed in this, several elements are made available:


1) Descriptive video 🎞️ :

A video is made available to present some of the patient’s motor and/or other visual symptoms. The videos can be with or without sound.


2) Case report 📑:

A short description of the patient is made available, this is as told by the patient / family / doctors.


3) Scratch sheet📋 :

After watching the video and reading the patient’s story, an original examination sheet is provided to the participant. It is a scratch sheet, where the student can, like a doctor, make medical tests in order to obtain additional clues to diagnose the pathology.

Be careful, however, to select the most relevant tests to gain maximum points! 🔬


To give you an idea of the review sheet?

Click here to see an example



3) Neuroanatomy and Neurohistology 🧠

During the neuroanatomy section, students should be prepared to name any structure presented in Chapter 1 of the “Neuroscience Essentials” publication and provide a general function for each, if presented in Chapter 1. Structures must be identified either in photos, brain models or in schemes. For the neurohistology section, there will be photographs, each representing a thin section of any of the following human tissues.








For the top 5 🥇🥈 🥉



4) Jeopardy or question and answer live ! 👋


Top 5 students in the first three sections will pass to the final Jeopardy section.

In this ocassion the students will be presented with 15 questions.

In all cases questions will be read by the presenter and projected on the screen. Students will have from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to provide their answer.

The format of the questions will match the one used in the previous three sections.





International Brain Bee – An international neuroscience competition 🌍


The International Brain Bee (IBB) is an international neuroscience competition for secondary school students.

Each year the competition is organised in a different country.

The Institut du Cerveau covers all costs associated with the participation of the winner and his/her accompanying person.

The winner of the France Brain Bee will be qualified to participate in the International Brain Bee (IBB) World Championship.



Brain Bee in your school.. 🏫

Some schools have started Brain Bee or Neuroscience Clubs meeting regularly to review chapters and make friends. If your school or teacher does not know about the France Brain Bee and you want to sign up, please email and we will try to help. Remember, in the beginning starting small is better than starting big, so you don’t need a large number of students to make this happen at your school. With your participation and enthusiasm, we look forward to making history together and helping this competition take root in France !   For more information please see here:



🎥 You can watch the video of the edition of the 2019 competition.