2020 NSW Brain Bee Finals

The 2020 NSW Brain Bee Finals will be held in Sydney on Thursday 28th May 2020.

Who can attend?

Invitations to attend the event are only to the student and a supervising adult (usually one teacher or parent responsible for a group of students). If you believe special circumstances require more than one supervising adult please contact the event administrators This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to seek an exemption.

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. Regrettably, for Work Health and Safety reasons, students who turn up on the day without a supervising adult attending the entire event with them will have to be turned away.

We regret that it is not logistically or financially possible for siblings or additional family members to attend. Please make sure your students are aware of these restrictions. Whilst we would very much like to be in a position to welcome along parents and siblings of all students competing in the NSW Brain Bee State Finals, unfortunately venue and financial constraints prohibit this.


Please register using the following form by Friday 15th May 2020: please click here.

Study guide

Access the 2020 NSW State Finals Competition outline.

Media consent

Our UNSW Sydney photographer and the media will be invited to cover the State Finals. 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 NSW State Finals and to encourage more schools and students to participate in the Brain Bee Challenge next year.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided by UNSW Sydney to all students and accompanying adults registered as attending the NSW State Finals at the University. Please advise in the online registration form if you or your students have any dietary requirements.

Workshop, Brain Lab and Museum of Human Disease

Over the day, your students will be involved in various educational activities.

Sound localisation Workshop: a Neuroscience Workshop with Dr Chelsea Goulton and the Translational Neuroscience team.

Museum of Human Disease Visit: see human anatomy with a wide range of pathological anatomical specimens.

Neuroscience Presentations Q&A session: a series of presentations from doctoral students and researchers. Ask about their life as scientists and find out what they are doing to help with our understanding of diseases and disorders.

How to find us

The event will be held in the lower ground lecture theatre (LG03) of the Wallace Wurth building (C27) - School of Medical Sciences (corner of High street and Botany street, Randwick). Access the Campus Map for the location. For more information, visit the following website: http://www.gettingstarted.unsw.edu.au/maps-and-public-transport. There may be road disruptions due to the light rail construction.

Street parking is limited and is restricted to 2 hours. All day casual parking is available on level 5 of the Botany Street Car Park, gate 11 entrance on Botany Street.


NSW Brain Bee Program 2020

The organisers reserve the right to alter the program but the overall running time will remain the same. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Doctor Cherylea Browne  of their needs as soon as possible.

Further Information

Brain Facts. A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System by the Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

Contribution to travel expenses

If your school is located >500km from UNSW Sydney, we are able to contribute some funds to assist with your travel costs. Please email Doctor Jennie Cederholm and Doctor Cherylea Browne as soon as possible.


Click here to see past New South Wales State Champions.