The Human Brain Project’s Ethics Advisory Board: Q&A with Shamim Patel

How and why the highly regarded HBP’s Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) was established? What its main achievement are? And what the future holds for the EAB? Our Question and Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders continues with Shamim Patel, task leader for the Ethics Advisory Board and Other Ethics Services. What is the Ethics Advisory Board…

Responsible Dual Use in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

Neurotechnology as many other powerful technologies can potentially be ‘dual use’ technology, namely it can be used for beneficial as well as harmful purposes. How can we ensure that neuroscience and technology developed for civilian applications is not misused towards malicious ends? What can researchers, engineers, policy-makers and other stakeholders do to safeguard responsible use…

Ethics Rapporteur Programme: Q&A with Manuel Guerrero

How does the Ethics Rapporteur Programme in the Human Brain Project (HBP) work? What are its main achievements and future challenges? Our Question and Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders continues with Dr. Manuel Guerrero, task leader for the Ethics Rapporteur Programme. Q1: What are the aims of the Ethics Rapporteur Programme? The Ethics…

Engaging with emerging technologies: representation, responsibility, and reflexivity

How do we make scientists and engineers aware of societal and ethical issues? And how do we engage diverse publics with the latest developments in future and emerging technologies? What challenges do we face and what can we learn from such engagements? These were guiding questions for the panel ‘Engaging with emerging technologies: representation, responsibility…

Dual Use and Responsible Research: Learning about Ethical Challenges Ahead

Winter-Gladys Wanjiku and Inga Ulnicane The 2nd Human Brain Project (HBP) Curriculum Workshop ‘Research, ethics & societal impact. Dual use and responsible research: ethical challenges’ took place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm from the 14th to the 17th of November 2018. This workshop showcased the interdisciplinary nature of not only the HBP itself, but…

Animal research ethics in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with Abdul K.H. Mohammed

Abdul Kadir H. Mohammed is Senior Professor at Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Associated at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden). He has been part of the Human Brain Project (HBP) since its start in 2013. His responsibilities at the HBP have included animal research ethics within the Ethics Support work package and organising ethics workshops within the…

Ethics-Related Data Governance in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with Tyr Fothergill

  What is the role of ethics in data governance in the Human Brain Project (HBP)? And how can awareness of data governance be raised within and outside the HBP? Our Question & Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders continues with Dr Tyr Fothergill, task leader for Ethics-Related Data Governance.   Q1: What are the aims…

Ethics and Neurorobotics workshop

What is neurorobotics and how does it differ from ‘classical robotics’? What are potential future developments in this field? What social and ethical questions might they pose and how do we address them? These were some of the topics discussed at the Ethics and Neurorobotics joint workshop bringing together researchers from the Human Brain Project’s…

Data Governance for Young Researchers

Tyr Fothergill As part of my work on the Human Brain Project (HBP) in the Ethics and Society Subproject (SP12), I take part in external and internal outreach events for the HBP Data Governance Working Group (DGWG), a collaborative cross-SP group dedicated to supporting innovation and infrastructure development through data governance and management. Several months…

Ethics Support @ HBP Open Day and Summit 2018

Last week the Ethics Support team was at the annual Human Brain Project (HBP) Open Day and Summit in Maastricht (Netherlands). This event was the halfway mark for the HBP which was started in October 2013 as a ten-year FET Flagship Project funded by the European Commission.   The Open Day on 15th October brought…