Dual-use in neuroscience: Beyond the civil-military dichotomy

Neuroscience is one of the most promising technologies of this century, with potential for great benefits in health, technology and economy. How can we promote the benefits and minimise the harms of this powerful technology? Inga Ulnicane makes the case for involving scientists and engineers in the process of identifying the dual uses of their…

HBP Education workshops

Who needs a Mentor? The High Potential Mentoring Programme of the HBP

The HBP implemented a “High-Potential Mentoring Programme” to provide cross-organisational, virtual mentoring, with a focus on improving or defining career opportunities for scientists and managers of science.

Q&A with Ethics Rapporteurs: Neurorobotics

What ethical and societal questions scientists, engineers and developers in the Human Brain Project (HBP) encounter in their work? How do they deal with them? To shed some light on these questions we have a Q&A series with Ethics Rapporteurs. The second rapporteur in the series to answer our questions is Dr. Francesca Irene Cavallaro…

Paving the Way for the Good Work of the HBP Ethics Advisory Board to roll on …

Shamim Patel The Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) has since January 2020 six new EAB members: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik; Michaela Th. Mayrhofer, Christine Mitchell​, Sven Nyholm​,  ​Vicenç Torra​ and ​Blaise Yvert. They cover a wide geographical spread (Austria, France, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands and the USA) and have a diverse range of…

Ethics & RRI @ HBP Open Day and Summit 2020

Last week from 2nd to 6th February the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team was at the HBP Open Day and Summit 2020 in Athens, Greece. These events provided great opportunities to reflect on the work done in the previous seven years of the HBP and plan the remaining three years of the project…

Ethics Support at the HBP Open Day and Summit 2020

Next week the HBP Ethics Support team will be at the annual HBP Open Day (Monday, 3 February) and HBP Summit (Tuesday to Thursday, 4-6 February) which this time will take place in Athens (Greece). Join us for the HBP Open Day 2020 Everyone is warmly invited to join the HBP Open Day on Monday,…

Global Harmonization of Neurodata Sharing, Standards and Governance

Damian Eke On 12-13 January 2020, representatives from the major brain initiatives came together for the International Brain Initiative’s (IBI) Data Standards and Sharing Roundtable, in Tokyo, Japan. This was an initial opportunity to understand the best approaches of harmonizing brain data standards, governance and sharing and was organized by IBI Data Standards and Sharing…

The first international standard for responsible innovation in neurotechnology

How to ensure that societal benefits of neurotechnology are maximised and risks minimised? In December 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) adopted the Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology that provides some guidance in this respect. This is the first international standard in this domain and it aims to guide governments and…

Q&A with Ethics Rapporteurs: High Performance Analytics and Computing

What ethical and societal questions scientists, engineers and developers in the Human Brain Project (HBP) encounter in their work? How do they deal with them? To shed some light on these questions we start Q&A series with Ethics Rapporteurs. First to answer our questions is Meredith Peyser (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany) from the Sub-Project 7 High…

Equitable AI in public health

Bernd Carsten Stahl The discussion of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) covers a broad set of issues and many different application areas. One frequently named application area where AI may have a revolutionary potential is that of healthcare. In addition to being able to improve specific medical processes, such as disease classification, there is…