Brain Bee

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

The program was started in Australia in 2006 to address a number of deficiencies in the public's perception of science in general, and neuroscience in particular.

The ABBC provides current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research, its value to the community, and promote careers in science and technology.

2016 Victorian State Finals

The 2016 State Finals will be held on Wednesday 13 July 2016. The event will take place at the Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne (opens in new window) .

Students compete individually for the title of Victorian State Champion, with the winner going on to represent Victoria in the National Finals. In addition, schools with 4 or more students qualifying for invitation to Round 2 are invited to form a team of four finalists, competing in a fun event that sees schools battling it out in a test of neuroscience knowledge. Exciting prizes are to be won in both the individual and team competitions.

The day will include:

  • An individual challenge to determine the 2016 ABBC Victorian Champion
  • A team challenge
  • Tours of the Dax Centre Collection
  • The Cunningham Dax Collection consists of more than 15,000 artworks created by people who have experienced mental illness or psychological trauma.
  • Tours of the Harry Brookes Anatomy Museum
    This museum is one of Australia's largest collections of real human tissue specimens and historical anatomical models, offering students and researchers a unique insight into the human body.


Associate Professor Andrew Metha
Deputy Director, Melbourne Neuroscience Institute
University of Melbourne