Seminar on Dual Use and Research Policy

Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg 35, 1050 Brussels

March 22, 2018 at 13:00 – March 22, 2018 at 16:00

We warmly invite EU policy makers and other interested parties to join us in opening a debate on how to address ‘dual use’ issues arising from Research and Innovation (R&I) in European regulations and policies. 

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is expected to make fundamental progress in research and innovation (R&I) by advancing fields of neuroscience, brain related medicine and brain inspired computing. However, as with many other R&I projects, the outcome of HBP may also be used in undesirable ways for political, security, intelligence or military purposes, hereby imposing public safety risks and challenge research ethics. This is what is also known as ‘dual use’.

As an ambitious R&I project HBP has dedicated focal activities to construct the issues of dual use. The activities have involved online and face-to-face citizens consultations across Europe as well as dialogue meetings with ‘dual use’ experts and stakeholders. The outcome of these activities is summarized in a set of recommendations challenging the current EU regulations and policies.

At the seminar we will open the discussion on how to develop research policies that support open research while balancing potential safety risks of ‘dual use’. The seminar will combine presentations and roundtable debates and be based on a set of recommendations based on previours dialogues and consultations.

Click here to enrol in the seminar.

The Human Brain Project is a Horizon 2020 FET flagship project within the fields of cognitive neuroscience, medical brain research and brain inspired computing.

Organisers: The seminar is organised by Human Brain Project, Subproject 12 (Ethics & Society); led by Lars Klüver, Danish Board of Technology Foundation