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HBP presents its work through an exhibition at the European Parliament

29-30 November 2016,

The Human Brain Project spent two inspiring days at the European Parliament in Brussels, where it held an interactive and informative exhibition. The different features of the Project were presented to nine Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, DG CONNECT, the ITRE committee and the Swiss Embassy, and other visitors.

Thanks to the impressive level of engagement shown by the HBP scientists, engineers and researchers present, the intricacies of the Project were clearly explained, piquing the interest of the many visitors who explored the exhibition.

"I am continuously amazed by the results achieved by brain research. When visiting the exhibition at the European Parliament showcasing HBP's contributions to brain research, I was intrigued by the six Platforms developed by the Flagship that will soon enable new kinds of collaborative research to be performed in brain research, cognitive neuroscience and brain-inspired computing. The Brain Simulation Platform for example, offers outstanding perspectives to understand the brain thanks to simulation-driven experiments. It is one of the many remarkable tools under development by HBP to unveil the secrets of the human brain", said Thomas Skordas, acting Director of the Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure Directorate in DG CONNECT.

The exhibition showcased many facets of the Project in inventive formats such as interactive brain visualisations, 3D-printed models of healthy and diseased brains, and physical examples of neuromorphic micro-chips and silicon wafers. The exhibition also featured the smart robots, Roboy and the MiRo project, which integrate brain-inspired models developed by the HBP researchers. Additional emphasis was put on the HBP Education Programme as well as the vanguard Ethics and Society components of the Project.

While highlighting the important contributions the HBP is making for Europe, the exhibition was also a good opportunity to present the benefits of the FET Flagship model for European Research to Members of the European Parliament and the ITRE committee, responsible for leading the Horizon 2020 mid-term review currently taking place.

The exhibition was specifically developed to accompany the STOA workshop "Understanding the Human Brain – A new era of big neuroscience", held in parallel at the European Parliament on the 29th of November. This workshop consisted of a panel discussion between three global brain initiatives, i.e. The Human Brain Project, the US Brain Initiative and the Japanese BRAIN/MIND project, highlighting the complementarities between the three initiatives. The discussions showcased the importance of fostering future international cooperation and continuing the development of the HBP IT Research Infrastructure as a virtual platform to centralise, analyse and share big neuroscience data collected worldwide.

Watch the recordings of the STOA workshop here:

Find out more information about the workshop and the exhibition, as well as a photo gallery on the dedicated exhibition and workshop webpage.


What People are Saying

  • Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. This is our opportunity.

    Prof. Karlheinz Meier, University of Heidelberg,
    Co-leader of the Neuromorphic Computing Subproject

  • The Human Brain is the most complex system that we know of. We would like to develop some kind of ‘google' brain where we can zoom in and out, see it from different perspectives and understand how brain structure and function is related. The ultimate aim of the Human Brain Project is to understand the human brain. This is only possible when we understand the structural organization of the human brain.

    Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine,
    Forschungszentrum Jülich

  • The Human Brain Project will become a major driver of ICT in Europe.

    Prof. Thomas Lippert, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Jülich Supercomputing Centre,
    leader of the High Peformance Computing subproject