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.
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 Human Brain Project.
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 in the political, security, intelligence and military. This is often referred to in terms of "Dual Use".
By taking forward looks, 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.
Register an Ethical Concern
Anyone can requests to address ethical, regulatory and social issues in Human Brain Project research. The POint of REgistration (PORE) is HBP’s mechanism to register and identify these issues and keep track of how they are dealt with.