Feb. 6, 2020

Greek President Pavlopoulos at the Human Brain Project Open Day

 

On February 3rd, hundreds of visitors joined the HBP Open Day 2020 in Athens to get an insight into the Human Brain Project and EBRAINS, the new infrastructure for connecting neuroscience and technology in Europe. This year it was hosted by Prof. Yannis Ioannides of the Athena Research and Innovation Center. The project was honored by a visit and welcoming address from the President of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Prof. Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

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President Pavlopoulus delivered his opening address, emphasizing the great opportunity stemming from greater links between Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience – not least for understanding the brain itself and for advances in neuromedicine. (Read more)

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He was followed by an address from Athanasios Kyriazis, General Secretary for Research and Technology of Greece.

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Before the formal opening of the event, both guests visited the HBP “Science Agora”, an exhibition presenting the HBP's research areas. They were accompanied by host Yannis Ioannidis, HBP Scientific Research Director Katrin Amunts, and HBP Infrastructure Operations Director Jan Bjaalie.

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Arrival at the venue, from the left: HBP Summit and Open Day host Yannis Ioannidis, HBP Scientific Research Director Katrin Amunts, President Pavlopoulus, and Athanasios Kyriazis.

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The Science Agora and Open Day talks from eminent European and international brain scientists attracted many visitors, from the Greek neuroscience and technology community outside the HBP, to students and the general public.

The successful Open Day was followed by the 3-day Human Brain Project Summit, the annual full meeting of the HBP, which unites the work of more than 500 scientists from 132 institutions in 19 countries.