IN BRIEF We are your brain buddies, your cool science friends! We bring you science in an artful, joyful manner, to let you see nature’s bare beauty and make you appreciate it as much as we do.
VISION Brain Buds is a private, non-profit venture, with the long-term vision of spreading the love for science to the greater public, by demystifying research and making scientific results accessible to all. Exploring what we could do with what we have right now, we started by harnessing our creativity to make things we love: fashion for body and spaces. The short-term vision then is bringing science to the people through art – as a flexible, human medium, and thus also bringing humanity (humanities) back into science.
WHY WE’RE SPECIAL Ours are by no means original ideas and similar efforts have been made – such as jewelry, fashion, and art inspired from the Life- and Neurosciences or uncountable projects for bringing science to communities. In this context, Brain Buds is special because it combines features of all other efforts we’ve encountered so far: (i) it has a round concept, both clear (well-defined) and vast (far-reaching); (ii) it is for everyone, by affordability both in price (non-profit) and approach (non-elitist); and (iii) it offers a broad range of products (accessories, decorations, cards, framed art, art objects) and future services (café scientifique-platform). Generally, we have a whole lot more ideas than time and other resources, but we keep a portfolio of ideas and sketches and have a concrete collaboration with artists planned for the near future.
NON-PROFIT Brain Buds is not a business, but a community-serving private organisation, dedicated to arise general public interest and provide creative education in science. The project is a labour of love, that we undertake in parallel to our daytime jobs and immediate social responsibilities. Non-profit means that financial gain is not our aim, so the products we create are being offered at prices which cover the used materials and a small part of our R&D costs. Should we reach a point in the future where all our investments had been covered, all surplus revenues will be re-invested back into the project. We act legally as a simple association under civil law (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts, GbR) and employ an external financial consultant to proof our accounts and represent us to the financial authorities in charge.
SPONSORS Beside our own contributions, Brain Buds has been made possible by the continuous financial support from Dietmar Auferkorte (Germany) and a generous gift of Doina & Mihai Dumitrescu (Romania). We would also like to mention Hediye Genc and Jörg Höll (Germany) for their help in procuring and printing some important materials in the beginning. The Brain Buds are also very thankful for the chance to have launched the project on the inspiring premises of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt/Main, Germany) and the invaluable opportunity of taking part in their first conference, the 11th Annual Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society – vom Herzen Danke!
MAKING OF he BBs work independently in their own “ateliers” and meet in person or virtually to discuss concepts, implementation, and timelines. A feature we’re looking very much forward to is the Art Camp – getting together for intense sessions of fun creation, with sleepovers and cooking together. The Art Camps will be central to our creative recesses in between live events and organizational wrap-ups. Below we invite you to take a look behind the scenes and see our own little Big Bang (the emergence of our logo through the talented hands of BB Dido, after an idea by BB Olivus), as well as some impressions from the team and the ateliers. Here we would also like to mention that our poignant slogan “Mind the Art” was the Geistesblitz of our valued friend Marten Höll.
BB COMMUNITY Our theoretical target public includes everyone, but we start with a nucleus in our own communities and first reach out to the people we know – much like a neuron to its direct neighbours. The extended ring includes scientists and students of science, whom we hope we can offer a bridge to connect to their immediate neighbours – to bring that what they are doing into the daily conversation at home and in their own communities. Beyond the beauty of the art itself, our products make meaningful gifts for family, peers, dedicated students and great mentors, or simply souvenirs with significance from scientific business trips. In brief, our work is meant to spark meaningful idea exchange beyond institutional academia and induce genuine public curiosity for science, research, and technology.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Beside the obvious financial support that you can give us by buying our works, we are very grateful for any sort of assistance in marketing and organization. You can support us in marketing by recommending us further or inviting us to be part of your scientific event, from regional scientific symposium to open-door day at your research institution. We can even discuss about the possibility of designing/producing something especially for the occasion. Starting 2018, we can be booked for max. two events per year, with at least six months advance notice. You can support us in organization by donating material (such as high quality paper/cardboard or a graphic software license) or equipment (access to a high-quality printer) and by volunteering to take over some of our awaiting tasks – semi-professional photos of the team and products, homepage maintenance and uploads, help with accounting and advising on legal aspects, and, most urgently, translation of our website’s content, tags and flyers into German, Polish, and Romanian. We will always be happy to provide a recommendation for any task well done! Last, but not least, we are grateful for your ideas, feedback, and constructive criticism.