Due to the Covid-19 pandemic,
the 2020 France Brain Bee has been postponed.
We will have more information in MAY.


We wish all our registered students best of luck with their preparation and participation. We will be sending out important information to everyone in the next couple of weeks about the Study Session in early March and the Competition Day details for Saturday 21 March. Stay tuned.

COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, 21 March 2020 @ 10H00-17H30
WHO CAN REGISTER? Students in 9-12th grade (3ème- terminale)
LOCATION: Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM 
          (Brain & Spine Institute), 75013 PARIS


The winner of the 2020 France Brain Bee will qualify to participate in the International Brain Bee World Championship to be held in Washington, DC, early August 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed).

UPDATE! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 International Brain Bee in Washington, DC has been canceled. The next IBB is planned for the summer of 2021. More information will be available early next year. 

The France Brain Bee requires competitors to answer questions about the brain and nervous system until only one student, the champion, remains.

Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM (Brain & Spine Institute) and Gifted in France, who are two main organizers of the France Brain Bee are committed to nurturing scientific minds and fostering community interest in brain education.

The winner of the France Brain Bee  will receive a trophy, a one-week internship at ICM where he or she will receive support  ahead of the IBB World Championship in Washington, DC, plus flight and hotel expenses.

Participation in the France Brain Bee is free.

To be eligible you must be in grades 9-12th ((3ème- Terminale). IMPORTANT!

The study guide for 2020 France Brain Bee isBrain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System (the revised 2018 edition). Use Chapters 1-15. It is 71 pages, free and downloadable to everyone.  It is published by the Society for Neuroscience.

Go to:

It is also available on our website, go to the “How to Prepare” page, scroll down until you see “Study Guide For France Brain Bee.”Furthermore, under our How to Prepare page,  make use of other useful links and videos  enhance your understanding of the brain:  Visit:  Resources: More Brain VideosResources: 2-Minute Neuroscience,   Resources: Slides,  Resources: The Human Brain Project.

Questions about the France Brain Bee? Contact us through our contact page— or email us at
page updated by Helen Sahin Connelly, 27 January 2020