About the olympiad


Are you in high school and have you always wanted to know how your brain works? Then sign up for the second Dutch Brain Olympiad in 2020. You will receive a study guide (in English) full of interesting knowledge from which you can learn everything about the brain:

  • how do we move, talk, see?
  • which substances are important for attention, memory or learning?
  • which brain diseases threaten our brains?

The Dutch Brain Olympiad is part of the International Brain Bee, the international brain competition with participants from more than 50 countries. In 2019 the 1st Dutch preliminary round took place on Saturday, March 16, 2019. At the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior at Radboud University Nijmegen, the participants answered different types of questions about the brain: knowledge questions, anatomy of the brain and also the diagnosis of patients were discussed! The winner was announced in an exciting Q&A final. In addition, there were stands where young researchers in neuroscience explained what is so fascinating about their own research.

Will you become a brain expert? Join the Brain Olympiad and have a chance to come and take a look at a real brain research lab or a scientific conference about the brain, or one of the other neuro prizes!


Secondary school students can participate in the Brain Olympiad. Brain scientists have all kinds of different backgrounds: biology, psychology, physics or computer science for example. That is why there is not one exam profile that is best suited for participants. As a student, you can therefore simply register, regardless of your profile. Because the study material is about biology, physics and mathematics, we think that students of 4 and 5 VWO and 4 HAVO with profiles nature & technology (with biology) and nature & health (with physics) have good prior knowledge. Final exam candidates are of course also welcome!


In 2020 two local qualifying rounds will be organised:

Amsterdam, Science Park: Saturday, January 25th

Nijmegen, Donders Institute: Saturday, February 1st

Registration is possible until December, 31st 2019.