Format & Rules

4-Stage Academic Competition

Ā The Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade is a live question and answer competition event held in English. Each Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade consists of 4 sections:



Section 1: The Written Exam
This is a short 10-question quiz with multiple-choice and short-answer questions, of which students will have 10 minutes to complete.


Section 2: Patient diagnosis
Student are presented with 6 videos, each depicting a patient with one of the neurological diseases listed in the Study Guide. Students read the brief patient history, watch the 30-second video, then request results from lab or imaging exams to help them diagnose each patient.


Section 3: Neuroanatomy
For this section, students rotate through 40 stations, each containing a brain, a brain model, a microscope slide, or a photo. Students have 60 secondsĀ at each station to answer each question. Students should be prepared to name the structures and the understand basic functions of each structure.


Section 4: Podium Round
Students answer live questions in front of a panel of neuroscientist judges. At regional competitions, all students participate in the podium round. For the national competition, this is the final round where only the highest ranking 10 participants take part.

Competition Series

Each year the Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade is organized as a series of competitions for young students, which takes place at 3 levels: regional competitions, a national finals competition for Germany, and finally the International Brain Bee competition. Regional competitions are organized by one of our local organizing teams in Berlin, Bonn, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt. The top winners of the regional competitions automatically receive a chance to participate in the nationalsā€™ competition. In turn, the winner of the nationals competition has the opportunity to represent Germany at the International Brain be competition.



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