Ethics Rapporteur Programme

The Ethics Rapporteurs are vital to the ethics governance of the Human Brain Project. Together, they identify, address and provide an overview of emerging social and ethical questions raised by research in the Project. 

The Ethics Rapporteur Programme is contributing to an overall uptake of principles and practices of responsible research and innovation (RRI) across the HBP. The Ethics Rapporteurs have monthly meetings and communicate regularly with the Ethics Advisory Board members and the HBP Ethics Coordination team. Joint meetings between the three bodies are held periodically.

The Ethics Rapporteur Programme and its Work Package and Ethics Advisory Board participants identify and discuss emergent ethical and social questions that arise from scientific or other activities of the HBP. Those questions are systematised periodically in the so-called "One-pager Compilation Report on Ethical Issues", which gives an ongoing high-level overview of the ethics and social-related questions of the HBP. Participants may choose to register ethical, regulatory, or social issues in the Point of Registration (PORE), ensuring the issues can be followed through to a result or disposition.

Ethics Rapporteurs

Academics, scientists, technologists and administrators in senior and junior positions across the HBP, each with their unique skillset, take on the role of Ethics Rapporteur. 

Ethics Rapporteurs Programme Lead

Manuel Guerrero

Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Uppsala University


Work Package 1: The human multiscale brain connectome and its variability – from synapses to large-scale networks and function

Douglas Armstrong

University of Edinburgh


Damien Depannmaecker

Institut NeuroPSI, CNRS Université Paris-Saclay Gif-Sur-Yvette


Work Package 2: Networks underlying brain cognition and consciousness

Michele Farisco

Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Uppsala University


Jitka Annen

GIGA Consciousness - University of Liège


Theofanis Panagiotaropoulos

Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, CEA, INSERM


Wim Vanduffel

KU Leuven

WP3: Adaptive networks for cognitive architectures: from advanced learning to neurorobotics and neuromorphic applications

Antonia Leach

De Montfort University


Work Package 4: EBRAINS Data Services

Birgit Schauffhauser

Centre Hospitalier Vaudois


Samira Najih Besson

Centre Hospitalier Vaudois


Work Package 5: EBRAINS Modelling Services

Francesca Cavallaro

Technical University of Munich


Work Package 6: EBRAINS Computing Services

Maren Frings

Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Boris Orth

Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Andrew Rowley

University of Manchester


Work Package 7: Management and Coordination


Annemieke Michels


Work Package 8: Communication, Outreach and Exploitation

Bárbara Gasset

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


Judith Kathrein

Medizinische Universität Innsbruck


Work Package 9: Responsible Research and Innovation

George Ogoh

De Montfort University


Anyone can request to address ethical, regulatory and social issues raised by HBP research.

Register an Ethical Concern

More Ethics & RRI 

The Human Brain Project will have an impact on both science and society.

We promote RRI practices within the HBP, and help to shape the direction of its research in ethically sound ways that serve the public interest. 

Learn about Ethics & RRI in the HBP!