2019 South Island Brain Bee Competition

Who can attend?

Invitations to attend the event have been sent to our participating schools. Only those students invited and a supervising adult (usually 1 teacher) are able to attend. If you believe special circumstances require more than one supervising adult please email the event administrator Ruth Napper: ruth.napper@otago.ac.nz

Supervising Adult - The supervising adult is responsible for the student(s) for the entire day and must remain with them at each event. Students without a supervising adult will not be permitted to attend the event.

Tutors (Past student participant), Siblings and additional family members ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND. We regret this is not possible logistically or financially. Please make sure your students are aware of these restrictions. Whilst we would very much like to be in a position to welcome along others to the Brain Bee Finals, unfortunately venue and financial constraints prohibit this.

The Round Two Quiz will be held at the Otago University, Castle 2 Lecture Theatre on July 2. It is a full day event.  Qualifying schools will be notified over the coming weeks.

Study guide

Questions for Round 2 will be based on the information contained in the 2018 edition of the book Brain Facts. A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System by the Society for Neuroscience SFN).

Media consent

As always, our photographer and the media will be invited to cover the South Island Final. We encourage you to make sure that parents/legal guardians are aware of this. Media coverage is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of students in this year's Finals and to encourage more schools and students to participate in the Brain Bee Challenge next year. Your consent form and other details will be forwarded once we have received your confirmation of participation.


Morning tea and lunch will be provided to all students and accompanying adults registered as attending the Finals. Details of catering will be sent with the invitations.

Laboratory class

A laboratory class is held immediately after lunch and you have a hands-on experience of being a first year student studying neuroscience at the University of Otago. Please ensure you are wearing closed in shoes (no open toed sandals) and you are able to tie your hair back. 

Directions and parking

Directions, (how to find us) and parking will be sent with the programme (by email).


Programme details will be sent to you by email once you have confirmed participation. A copy of the final program will be provided at the event.

Special requirements

Should any of your students or adult supervisors attending have special requirements (for example, wheelchair access, provision for hearing impairment) please inform us of their needs, by email to Cathy Thomson: cathy.thomson@otago.ac.nz

Registration and return of forms

All completed forms are to be returned by email to Cathy Thomson: cathy.thomson@otago.ac.nz