Researcher Awareness

As part of our Researcher Awareness task, we offer a wide selection of methods, tools, concepts and perspectives to integrate reflexive knowledge into research and innovation practices to Human Brain Project researchers.

The Researcher Awareness Task aims to enhance capacity for ethical and social reflection and corresponding action among researchers at all levels within each Work Package of the Human Brain Project. This work is a core aspect of Responsible Research and Innovation in action, providing anticipatory and reflective dimensions for considering the ethical implications of research, direct engagement with a range of internal stakeholders, and a way of receiving and incorporating feedback into practice. This Task is carried out by Manuel Guerrero, from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University.

The Researcher Awareness Task aims to ensure that research insights are translated into researcher capacities that reach beyond disciplinary and regulatory frameworks, and in doing so, embed reflection within research, strengthen researcher responsibility, and maintain and build upon the existing intra-HBP networks, such as Ethics Rapporteur network, thus making for a well-integrated research environment overall.

The Researcher Awareness Task implements capacity-enhancing exercises through workshops and other activities designed to facilitate reflection beyond the minimum requirements of legal and ethical compliance. Participants in researcher awareness activities, identify and critically reflect, individually or as an organisation, on underlying purposes of, motivations for, and values underpinning research and innovation; risks, uncertainties, areas of ignorance and ethical dilemmas; own institutional practices, behaviours and approaches to knowledge production for research and innovation.

Researcher awareness...

  • Develops strategic links among HBP researchers and structures and with other bodies relevant to raising awareness of ethics and societal issues in HBP research;
  • Explores the normative horizon in HBP research, drawing upon ethics issues, researcher and public perceptions, and broad socio-political contexts of research;
  • Institutes and publicises an internal series of actions designed to target specific issues, research tasks, or areas of interest and responsively supply useful, succinct and reliable material is provided to researchers that augment their native research field skills (e.g. Ethics Rapporteurs and Dual Use Working Group activities); and
  • Ensures continuous development of Researcher Awareness aims through workshop programmes and other actions to implement ‘ongoing reflection’ and enhance capacity concerning ethics and society matters.

Examples of previous work includes...

Responsibility by Design

We are making sure 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 as well as responding to current ethical and societal concerns raised from the Human Brain Project.

Responsibility by Design

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!