Ethically responsible robot development

Development of new technologies sometimes draws inspiration from nature. How do plants and animals solve the problem? An example is robotics, where one wants to develop better robots based on what neuroscience knows about the brain. How does the brain solve the problem? Neuroscience, in turn, sees new opportunities to test hypotheses about the brain…

Beyond ‘good old CERN’: data and digital research infrastructures

In the popular imaginaries of Research Infrastructures, the ‘good old CERN’ is often seen as the prime example of European Research Infrastructures. Created in the post-World War II and emerging Cold War context of the 1950s, the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN) has developed in a highly-regarded success story of international cooperation, scientific discoveries…

fenced off gardens

Ethical frameworks for research

The word ethical framework evokes the idea of ​​something rigid and separating, like the fence around the garden. The research that emerges within the framework is dynamic and constantly new. However, to ensure safety, it is placed in an ethical framework that sets clear boundaries for what researchers are allowed to do in their work. That this…

Diversity in research: why do we need it?

Scientific discovery is based on the novelty of the questions you ask. This means that if you want to discover something new, you probably have to ask a different question. And since different people have different preconceptions and experiences than you, they are likely to formulate their questions differently. This makes a case for diversity…

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.

Ethics Support Outreach and Dissemination: Q&A with Inga Ulnicane

Over the last year, Ethics Dialogues blog have published Q&A with the task leaders of the Ethics Support work package in the Human Brain Project (HBP). So far, the following tasks have been introduced: Ethics Support in the HBP, Compliance Management, Support for Ethics Advisory Board, Ethics Rapporteur Programme, Ethics-Related Data Governance and Data Protection…

Engaging Scientists in Ethics

Pelumi Obasaju is a neuroscience PhD candidate with the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP). This summer from July-September, she spent three months with the Human Brain Project (HBP) Ethics Support Team at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) as part of a non-laboratory work experience element of training known as PIPS – Professional Internships for…

100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics

Pelumi Obasaju At Oxford University’s first women’s college, Lady Margaret Hall, some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics gathered from all over the world. September 16th 2019 saw the materialisation of the first ‘100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics’ conference;  inspired by a list put together by Mia Dand in autumn…

Dynamics of interdisciplinary and inter-publics engagements

The Researcher Awareness team of the Human Brain Project (HBP) convened a session titled ‘Dynamics of interdisciplinary and inter-publics engagements’ at the 2019 Science in Public conference which took place on 10-12 July in Manchester, UK. The theme for  this year’s interdisciplinary conference was ‘the global and the local’. The aim was to increase engagement…