By hosting the first MindDay, researchers Dr. Udo Ernst, Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck and Prof. Dr. Tanja Schultz of the University of Bremen wanted to raise awareness for the neuroscientific research and its relevance for society. Covered topics were depression, anxiety disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, visual impairments, speech communication and robotics in daily life. Without the conducted basic research, the development of new medicine or assistance systems for day-to-day life would not be possible.

Next to short comprehensible lectures on the beforementioned topics, guided hands-on activities were also offered. Additionally, four self-groups added to the event, by setting up informative stands. The opportunity to have a dialog between interested and affected people is a very important part of the MindDay, as helping and understanding the affected better are the reasons and motivations for neuroscientific research.

The MindDay is planned to be a yearly constant fixture for informing the public on neuroscientific topic as well as to increase public awareness of all the different neurological disorders.

The rector of the University of Bremen Prof. Dr. -Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter welcomes the audience
Foto von Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck bei ihrem Vortrag über "Angst mit Licht abschalten - Science Fiction oder Realität?"
Talk by Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck on the topic “"Angst mit Licht abschalten - Science Fiction oder Realität?” (Turn off anxiety with light – science Fiction or Reality?)
Foto einer Mitmachstation im Raum der Illusionen
The optic illusion room gave possibility to tests ones senses
Foto Mitmachstation im Raum der Illusionen
Dr. Lutz Wallhorn answering questions on histological specimens
Mitmachstation im Raum der optischen Illusionen
For some illusions it was important to focus
Foto einer Mitmachstation
Escorted walk by an “HelloRic” robot
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