This weekend, the Irish flag was flown at the International Brain Bee competition in South Korea for the very first time. Michael Flaherty, a leaving cert student from St. Enda’s College in Galway city, represented the country at the prestigious event after winning the inaugural Brain Bee competition held at NUI Galway during Brain Awareness week earlier this year.
The results are in! The 2019 #InternationalBrainBee World Champion is Yidou Weng from China. 2nd place went to Natalia Koc from Poland and 3rd to Kamand Soufiabadi from Iran. Sophia Ye of New Zealand took 4th and Silas Hansch-Maher from Australia came 5th. Congratulations to all! pic.twitter.com/Ly2mrLNZDJ
— IBRO (@ibroSecretariat) September 21, 2019
The International Brain Bee was founded over 20 years ago with the mission to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in neuroscience (read more here).
The International Brain Bee promotes student engagement with neuroscience through a three-tiered competition: students start by signing up for a Local Brain Bee, the winners of which compete in their country’s Regional Brain Bee. Every year, Regional Brain Bees send one representative to compete at the International Brain Bee world championship.
There’s more on Michael’s trip to South Korea in the Galway Bay FM news piece here.