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Netherlands: Brain & Learning Week


At the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has set up the Committee ‘Brain & Learning’. As a first activity, the Committee has organized the “Week of Brain & Learning” from 4-6 February 2004. The aim of the new activity in the Netherlands is to promote the application of knowledge of the neurosciences and cognitive sciences to learning and education.  This initiative has been financially supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)  and the  Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

This activity is  a direct spin-off from the OECD’s project, and as continuation of the Decade of the Brain.  The goal being to promote the application of knowledge of the anatomy and mechanisms of the brain to learning and education in the Netherlands.  This example will be flagged by the OECD as one of good practice and hope that it may incite other countries to follow suite with the ultimate aim of working towards hosting a world-wide brain and learning awareness event.

The Brain and Learning week which was held from Wednesday 4-6 February 2004 in the Netherlands focussed around three activities focusing on different target groups and different goals, with a symposium held on the first day, followed by an invitational conference on the second day, and a forum for the general public on the third day. The ‘Week of Brain & Learning’ will be financially supported by the Dutch Science Council and the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dutch website for the "Week of Brain & Learning"

Download the OECD Report of the Scientific Symposium ‘Learn to know the brain’  held in Amsterdam on Wednesday, 4 February 2004.


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