Brain States - Different Dimensions of Consciousness

For the past years SOMS and SNN have partnered up to bring the fascinating world of neuroscience a bit closer to you. On the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week, and sponsored by DANA Foundation, we teamed up to create the perfect environment where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us in the pursuit of understanding the most complex organ in the human body.

This year’s theme — “Brain States – Different Dimensions of Consciousness” – aims to involve people of different backgrounds, laymen as well as experts in the field, in order to bring people closer to the fascinating mysteries of the brain. This journey through the physiological and pathological states that shape one’s mind is waiting for you in the form of a variety of activities that we have prepared to challenge your curiosity and to enrich your theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of some of the brain’s mechanisms.

15-21 March 2021 is all about science: the Student Presentation Competition, roundtable held by scientists and conferences tackling different topics of neuroscience are just some of the diverse activities that we have prepared for you.

Participation to all our events is free of charge, but prior registration is necessary to enter out ZOOM Meetings.


Monday, 15 March, 16:00

Opening ceremony and Brain Awareness Week Presentation Competition

Tuesday, 16 March, 17:30

TIPS (Training with Interactive Presentations for Students) – Neurology Edition

Wednesday, 17 March

Neuroscience Open Lab Day

Thursday, 18 March

Speed dating a neuroscientist

Friday, 19 March

Neuroscience Round Table – moderated by Prof. Leon Zagrean

Saturday, 20 March

Neuroscience Movie Night

Monday, 15 March, 16:00


Brain Awareness Week Opening Ceremony and Presentation Competition

On the first day, we open with a BAW! Mihai Moldovan, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and President of the National Neuroscience Society will introduce us all into the wondrous world of the different dimensions of your consciousness.  

After the opening ceremony, it’s your turn to take the lead! We start together with a contest and we challenge you to join! The contest is a presentation competition where you can unleash your passion for neuroscience and win special prizes. 

All you have to do is to make a 7-minute presentation on a topic of interest about Brain States. You can choose to either tackle a broader theme (example: astrocytes) or a specific, fairly newly published, paper. To enter the competition, please complete the form below before March 13th, 2021, 11pm.

All presentations will be judeged by a pannel of experts, by the following criteria: clarity of expression, originality, scientific content and presentation structure. The contest is open to highschool and university students from all domeins, but simply layman with a fervour for neuroscience are all welcome to attend! 

The presentations can take place either in Romanian or in English. Organizers will reserve the right to only accept entries on the subject of Brain States. Because of the time restriction, we will limit the number of entries to 20 (first 20 participants who register in the form below will present on Monday, 15th).

You can also let your imagination run freely and experiment with any means of presentation techniques (power-points, posters, your body language and a pen, whatever is suited for you).


You must be wondering what are the prizes? Well, in addition to a motivating financial compensation,

  • 1st place – Free pass to the MEDICS conference;
  • 2nd place – A voucher for Cărturești;
  • 3rd place – Brain Awareness Week mug.

But that is not all with the prizes: there will also be a popularity prize, decided by all the participants.

Why should you vote? Well we have a prize for you too! We will give away prizes for 3 active members of the audience, chosen with

Tuesday, 16 March, 17:30


tips neuro

TIPS (Training with Interactive Presentations for Students) is a highly successful SOMS event that on a monthly basis brings together ambitious students and trained doctors to solve and discuss interesting cases found in the clinic. To be on-trend with Brain Awareness Week, this month’s edition will solve the puzzles of neurological pathology. Read more about this here!

To receive the ZOOM link for the meeting, please complete the form below:

Alexandru Dimancea

Neurology Resident, University Emergency Hospital, Bucharest

Wednesday, 17 March, time 16:00


open lab day

The researchers at the ”Neuroscience Laboratory”, Division of Physiology and Neurosciences at ”Carol Davila” University and from Copenhagen University will let us take a sneak-peak into different branches of the neuroscience research world. Always wondered why we yawn? Here’s the time to find out the answers to all your questions about the brain! 

To receive the ZOOM link for the meeting, please complete the form below:

Prof. Ana Maria Zagrean

Division of Physiology and Neurosciences, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

After this presentation, starting with 5 pm, there will be held interviews for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students interested to join the Neuroscience Laboratory. If interested, complete the form below.

Thursday, 18 March, time 17:30


speed dating a neuroscientist

On this day, we listen, open our brain and take mental notes, because there will be presentations made by Miralena Tomescu, CINETic, Ioana Grigoras, PhD Student at Oxford University and others scientists on themes like: “The use of Neuroimaging in neuroscience research” and “Brain states during social interactions. Keep your ears open and your mind focused, for some real science being presented to you.

To receive the ZOOM link for the meeting, please complete the form below:

Miralena Tomescu, PhD

International Center for Research and Education in Innovative and Creative Technologies,  National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, Romania

Ioana Grigoras, MD, PhD student

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, UK

Andrei Ilie, MD, PhD

Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University and Royal Victoria Infirmary, UK

Friday, 19 March, time 16:30


neuroscience roundtable with Prof leon zagrean

Ever heard of Arthur‘s Round Table? This is exactly what will happen on Friday! Well.. more or less. We will have knights, but a slightly different kind: not in metal armours, but in white coats and white collars, not discussing the conquering of land, but disputing  the newest studies and ideas that are now popular in the scientific community. The discussion will be centred around the bidirectional relationship between reality and the brain. 

To receive the ZOOM link for the meeting, please complete the form below:

Prof. Leon Zagrean

Division of Physiology and Neurosciences, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Jan G. Bjaalie

Operations Director EBRAINS

Acad. Prof. Adrian Restian

Prof. Ana Maria Zagrean

Assoc. Prof. Mihai Moldovan

Marius Leordeanu

Politehnica University of Bucharest

Bogdan Pavel

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Saturday, 20 March, time TBA


neuroscience movie night

Probably most of us have held a Netflix Party in these trying times. But none can top this one: we will watch together “My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)“, under the guidance of neuroscientists that will discuss the veracity of the neuroscience facts and get our critical thinking straight.