Public Engagement & Foresight
We used public and stakeholder engagement, foresight and inclusive community building to help lay the ground for a research infrastructure based on the principles of responsible research and innovation.
One of Human Brain Project’s major innovations was to develop the new digital research infrastructure EBRAINS to help advance neuroscience, medicine, and computing. Our public engagement activities support public acceptance and the Human Brain Project’s commitment to Responsible Research and Innovation: a wide umbrella term connecting different aspects of the relationships between research, innovation, and society.
We worked to engage citizens and stakeholders in the discussion of ethical and societal dilemmas that may arise from research within the Human Brain Project, providing an opportunity for society to influence how research is carried out in accordance with the principles of responsible research and innovation. Public engagement also actively informs citizens and stakeholders on the potentials within brain research and sheds light on some of the dilemmas that may arise. 'Foresight', on the other hand, is the practice of making 'forward looks', of anticipating change, and studying future possibilities. We have developed scenarios that serve as frameworks and stimuli for evaluating the possible consequences of the Human Brain Project on society. These have then been discussed with key informants from a range of communities to generate a series of best practice recommendations for researchers and Human Brain Project managers. This simultaneously enables adopting strategies that optimise scientific and social benefits while enhancing preparedness for possible ethical concerns and dilemmas.
To inform the work with RRI, we organised and facilitated public engagement on potentially controversial issues of relevance to the Human Brain Project. Public engagement gave the society outside of the Project a chance to influence how research is being made in accordance with the principles of responsible research and innovation. Furthermore, public engagement also actively informs citizens and stakeholders on the potential within brain research and sheds light on potential ethical dilemmas and future societal benefits.
Engagement methods are central to our Community Building activities. Broad stakeholder dialogues and involvement support a thriving community, which can make use of EBRAINS and ensure its further development.
Public Engagement & Foresight in the HBP
Engaging citizens and stakeholders, making 'forward looks', and building a community of neuroscientists and EBRAINS users.
Anyone can request to address ethical, regulatory and social issues raised by HBP research.Register an Ethical Concern
Ethics & Society Training Resources
We have developed training resources that cover a wide range of issues in data governance, responsible research and innovation, and neuroethics.
Our training modules provide tools and methods for foresight, as well as critical and philosophical reflection.Introduction to Responsible Research & Innovation in HBP Human & Animal Data in EBRAINS Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Researcher Awareness & Integrity Dual Use of Concern & Misuse Knowledge Transfer & Commercialization Neuroethics, Consciousness & AI Ethics Foresight & Public Engagement Science Communication
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.