Community Outreach

Graduate students at Davis Farmer's Market

Bringing neuroscience outreach to the community

Dr. Gene Gurkoff gives public lectureEducating and exciting people of all ages about the brain and brain research are essential aspects of the Center for Neuroscience. We are proud to have successfully brought scientists, families, schools and communities together during our outreach programs.

NeuroFest - Our Signature Outreach Event

Every March, CNS hosts NeuroFest, a one day free public event during which CNS faculty give talks on the last brain research and students present their work and run fun, hands-on learning booths on different brain topics. NeuroFest is part of Brain Awareness Week, a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

Graduate students booth at NeuroFest 2018Elementary and High School Presentations

Several times a year, our graduate student outreach teams set up a morning or afternoon of small presentations and activities at elementary and high schools in the Northern California / Sacramento region. Students visit different stations where they can learn about brain anatomy (complete with brains for students to hold and dissect), how optical illusions work, and basic concepts of neuroscience.