The Ethics Advisory Board (EAB)

The Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) is an independent body that advises the HBP Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB) and Directorate (DIR) on specific ethical, regulatory, social and philosophical issues raised by research that is being undertaken or planned under the auspices of the Human Brain Project.

The advisory status of an EAB recommendation implies that individual researchers, investigators, laboratories and institutions retain their legal responsibilities under the terms of local, national and international regulations, as well as professional obligations in place from time to time.

The EAB advises on its own initiative as well as upon requests made by researchers, or other members of HBP, about specific ethical, regulatory, and social issues arising from their research undertaken within the HBP or by collaborators.

The EAB receives management and administration support from Subproject 12's Ethics Support Team.

What makes us human?

Watch a video made by the HBP's Ethics team looking at how modern neuroscience raises fundamental questions about consciousness, intelligence and what makes us human.

EAB Members

Berit BRINGEDAL (EAB Chair) 

Expertise: ethics and social sciences/economics   


Markus CHRISTEN (EAB Co-Chair)

Expertise: neuroethics/IT/simulation modelling



Expertise: ethics of legal technology/legal anthropology/robot regulation/AI



Expertise: data privacy/security



Expertise: neuroethics/applied and legal philosophy 


Michaela Th. MAYRHOFER

Expertise: management of research infrastructures


Expertise: cellular and molecular neuroscience/animal models


Christine MITCHELL

Expertise: bio/medical ethics



Expertise: ethics of technology/robotics



Expertise: neuropharmacology/basic neuroscience

Vicenç TORRA

Expertise: AI/IT/data governance

Blaise YVERT

Expertise: neuroscience/clinical research/simulation modelling

Each member has a linkage with Ethics Rapporteurs (ERs) from the HBP's Subprojects in accordance with their background and expertise. Additional information, including a short biography, of each member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

EAB's Standard Operating Procedure

Further information on the roles and processes of the EAB can be found here.

Read more about EAB here.


This page was last updated on 24/01/2020.