Building community through neuroscience


The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory is committed to serving the community through our outreach programs. Our public lectures foster community engagement and understanding of the brain, learning, and memory. Our K-12 programs facilitate a new passion for neuroscience in the next generation of brain scholars.

Irvine Barclay Theater

Barclay Public Lecture Series

Our public lectures are free to the public and are meant to encourage community engagement with science and promote public understanding of the brain, learning and memory. The Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory and the McGaugh-Gerard Lecture on Learning and Memory are both held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre and attract capacity audiences of community members, professionals as well as high school and college students. Attendees are provided with ample opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the speakers.

Public Lectures in the Community

Our Community Lecture Series aims to engage our local community in Orange County by bringing our experts to your schools, churches and community centers. Our CNLM Faculty Fellows discuss brain health, recent advances in neuroscience, and applications to your everyday life. They answer your questions and learn from you how to better communicate scientific discovery. We look forward to seeing you in your neighborhood!


CNLM Evenings to Remember

Evenings to Remember (E2R)

The Evenings to Remember series, supported by the Herklotz Lecture Endowment is a special event for our community supporters, the Friends of the CNLM. The dinner and lecture take place in an intimate setting in the CNLM Herklotz facility and the courtyard in the evening. These events provide an opportunity for our community to interact closely with CNLM faculty and learn about the latest research developments. To receive information on E2R events, you must be a member of the Friends of the CNLM Community Support Group. Attendance is by invitation only. Email memory@uci.edu to inquire.

CNLM discuss UCI learning and memory with K-12 outreach

School Tours and Visits

CNLM Ambassadors design, execute and evaluate school tours of CNLM laboratories and facilities throughout the year. Tours of the CNLM are available for students of all levels, including elementary school, high school and community college. The CNLM hosts nearly 1,000 students who participate in this program every year. These school tours have been a staple of our outreach to the local community. In addition to tours of CNLM facilities and laboratories, we also run programs off campus at K-12 schools. Both on-site and off-site programs feature demonstrations of real brain specimens (human, sheep, rodent), brain games, giveaways and educational materials.  To learn more about the K-12 program please click here.  To inquire about school tours, please contact us at memory@uci.edu.

Brain Awareness Week School visit- image of young students exploring the neuroscience of learning while examining brains

Brain Explorer Academy

The Brain Explorer Academy is the CNLM's flagship educational program for children. This 8-week program program is the first in the world to combine neuroscience research, scientific communication and critical thinking skills training for children by University professors and students. Founded by Manuella Yassa, Director of Outreach and Education and run by the Center's education team, the CNLM Ambassadors, the program aims to expose young children to the wonders of the brain at an early age, teaching them the basics of neuroscience research, the scientific process, and scientific communication. Click here to learn more about the Brain Explorer Academy.
James McGaugh: Total Recall: The People Who Never Forget

Media Appearances and Coverage

The extraordinary research happening at the CNLM has warranted frequent coverage by media outlets. Our research accomplishments are frequently covered by local and regional print media such as the O.C. Register and Los Angeles Times, national venues such as The New York Times as well as international venues such as The Times and The Guardian. CNLM Fellows have appeared in countless TV and radio interviews. Work at the CNLM has been frequently featured on CBS’s 60 minutes, ABC News’ 20/20, BBC News, and other media.

UCI CNLM NeuroTimes


Neurotimes is the CNLM's newsletter.

Elizabeth Loftus connects with Friends of the CNLM

Friends of the CNLM

The Friends of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory is the community support group of the Center. CNLM Friends enjoy a number of special benefits, including invitations to the Evenings to Remember, priority seating at our Public Lectures, special behind-the-scenes laboratory tours and more!