Responsibility by Design

We are ensuring the Human Brain Project continues to be developed responsibly and in accordance with ethical and legal regulations and principles, including human rights, data protection, ethics standards, and good clinical practice by undertaking research and developing advice.

We are monitoring political, security, intelligence, and military uses/misuses of scientific and technological findings, and are responding to current ethical and societal concerns raised from the Human Brain Project. 

Researcher Awareness

We are enhancing the capacity for ethical and social reflection, and corresponding action, among researchers across the Human Brain Project. This is a core aspect of Responsible Research and Innovation in action. Our aim is to enhance capacity for ethical and social reflection and corresponding action among researchers, at all levels, across the Human Brain Project. 

Researcher Awareness

Dual Use

Current and newly emerging insights and technologies arising from research in brain sciences increase capabilities to access, assess and affect thought, emotion and behaviour. While much of this research and development is directed towards clinical use, it also has applications in other settings, notably political, security, intelligence and military. This is often referred to in terms of "Dual Use". 

Dual Use Working Group

Public Engagement & Foresight

By looking forward, and undertaking so called 'Foresight' activities, we are anticipating change and studying future possibilities. The scenarios we have developed serve as frameworks and stimuli for evaliating possible consequences of the Human Brain Project on society. By engaging stakeholders, we have developed a series of best practice recommendations for researchers and Human Brain Project managers. 

Public Engagement & Foresight

Key contacts

Lise Bitsch

Lise Bitsch
The Danish Board of Technology Foundation
WP Leader 
lb[at]tekno.dk

 

Arleen Salles

Arleen Salles
Uppsala University
Deputy WP Leader & Neuroethics Task Lead
arleen.salles[at]crb.uu.se

 

Bernd Stahö

Bernd Stahl
De Montfort University
HBP Ethics Manager & RRI Task Lead
bstahl[at]dmu.ac.uk

 

Karin Grasenick

Karin Grasenick
CONVELOP - cooperative knowledge design GmbH
Gender and diversity, Task Lead, DEOC Coordinator
karin.grasenick[at]convelop.at

 

Kathinka Evers

Kathinka Evers
Uppsala University
Neuroethics & Philosophy
kathinka.evers[at]crb.uu.se

 

Manuel Guerrero

Manuel Guerrero
Uppsala University
Ethics Rapporteur Programme
manuel.guerrero[at]crb.uu.se

 

Inga ulinicane

Inga Ulnicane
De Montfort University
Dual Use Working Group
inga.ulnicane[at]dmu.ac.uk

 

Damian Eke

Damian Eke
De Montfort University
Data Governance Working Group
damian.eke[at]dmu.ac.uk

Selected publications

From Responsible Research and Innovation to responsibility by design

Bernd Carsten Stahl, Simisola Akintoye, Lise Bitsch, Berit Bringedal, Damian Eke, Michele Farisco, Karin Grasenick, Manuel Guerrero, William Knight, Tonii Leach, Sven Nyholm, George Ogoh, Achim Rosemann, Arleen Salles, Julia Trattnig, Inga Ulnicane

Journal of Responsible Innovation 2021-08-25
Good governance as a response to discontents? Déjà vu, or lessons for AI from other emerging technologies

Inga Ulnicane, Damian Okaibedi Eke, William Knight, George Ogoh, Bernd Carsten Stahl

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 46, No. 1-2 2021-03-07
Framing governance for a contested emerging technology: insights from AI policy

Inga Ulnicane, William Knight, Tonii Leach, Bernd Carsten Stahl, Winter-Gladys Wanjiku

Policy and Society 2020-12-17
Of Ethical Frameworks and Neuroethics in Big Neuroscience Projects: A View from the HBP

Arleen Salles, Michele Farisco

AJOB Neuroscience, Vol. 11, No. 3 2020-07-27

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