Scientific culture DIRCOM Brain Awareness Week 2024 | The brain: perfect or imperfect?

The 26e edition of Brain Awareness Week will take place from March 5 to 24, 2024 in the Marseille area on the theme of "Brain: perfect or imperfect?". Aix-Marseille Université is taking part, notably via the NeuroMarseille institute and its many neuroscientists involved.

Tuesday, March 5 to Saturday, March 24, 2024

Numerous events planned in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Allauch, Berre-L’Etang, Gardanne, La Ciotat, Les Pennes-Mirabeau and Martigues

More than ever, universities must play their role as "science mediators", contributing to the world’s discoveries and advances, and contributing to enlightened citizen participation in public life. That’s why, every year, Aix-Marseille Université takes part in Brain Awareness Week, an international event open to the public and free of charge, offering a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with scientists specializing in the neurosciences.

Coordinated at regional level by the association Cerveau Point Comm, under the aegis of the Société des Neurosciences, the theme of the 2024 event is "The brain: perfect or imperfect?" Conferences, bistrot-science, debates, talks, shows, school activities... 20 events await the public to discover and marvel at the workings of the brain and its sometimes unsuspected capacities.

Conferences at the Alcazar can also be followed live on Youtube!

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of highlights:
  • Tuesday, March 5 - 6pm: "La conscience dans tous ses états" , lecture at the Gardanne media library by Alice Guyon, DR CNRS at the Centre de Recherche en Psychologie et Neurosciences.
  • Tuesday March 12 - 12pm: "I’ve lost my foot but it still hurts... why?", talk at the Saint-Charles library, led by Raphaëlle Schlienger, doctoral candidate at the Centre de Recherche en Psychologie et Neurosciences.
  • Friday March 15 - 6pm: "Trompe-l’oeil et préjugés : contributions sensorielles et cognitives aux illusions perceptives" , lecture at the Alcazar by Anna Monatagnini, CR CNRS at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone.


  • Wednesday March 20 - 6pm: "Burn-out and depression" , lecture organized by the Neuronautes association at the Saint-Charles natural sciences amphitheater. - Registration required.

    Saturday, March 24 - 6pm: "Qu’est-ce que tu as dans la tête?" , play by Frédéric Perigaud and Jean-François Bourinet at Le Cube, Aix-en-Provence. Registration required.



See the flyer for all regional events.

About the Society for Neuroscience

The Société de Neurosciences brings together nearly 2,000 scientists, including 500 PhD students. It promotes research in all’areas of neuroscience, and coordinates Brain Week every March.