Ethics Advisory Board

The Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) is an independent body that advises the HBP Science and Infrastructure Board and Directorate on specific ethical, regulatory, social and philosophical issues raised by research that is being undertaken or planned under the auspices of the Human Brain Project.

The advisory status of an EAB recommendation implies that individual researchers, investigators, laboratories and institutions will retain their legal responsibilities under the terms of local, national and international regulations, as well as professional obligations in place from time to time.

The EAB will advise on its own initiative as well as upon requests made by researchers, or other members of HBP, about specific ethical, regulatory, and social issues arising from their research undertaken within the HBP or by collaborators.

The EAB receives management and administration support from Subproject 12's Ethics Management Team.            

EAB Members


                                  Henrik WALTER (EAB Chair)                      Karin BLUMER (EAB Co-Chair)




                Berit BRINGEDAL                                Markus CHRISTEN                          Josep DOMINGO-FERRER                  



               Hannah MASLEN                                  Miguel MEDINA                         Alberto RÁBANO GUITÉRREZ        



          Melita ŠALKOVIĆ-PETRIŠIĆ                        Tade SPRANGER                                   Alan WINFIELD                             


Each member has a linkage with "Ethical Rapporteurs" (ERs) from HBP's Subprojects in accordance with their background and expertise. Additional information, including a short biography, of each member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

EAB's Standard Operating Procedure

Further information on the roles and processes of the EAB can be found by clicking here: EAB: SOP.

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