Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within sight.
Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to it, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, build revolutionary computing technologies and develop new treatments for brain disorders. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within reach.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics.
The Human Brain Project is accelerating progress toward a multi-level understanding of the human brain, better diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, and brain-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The potential impacts of these advancements on science, medicine, industry and society are profound.
An important goal of the HBP's Ethics and Society Programme will be to promote a constructive dialogue with public and private stakeholders and with the general public, maintaining an intense engagement with points of view external to the HBP, identifying emerging controversies, and formulating recommendations for HBP research and research priorities. This effort will be deliberately independent of the project's dissemination activities.
The HBP roadmap defines the research that the HBP Flagship Initiative will perform over the duration of the Project, until 2023. This roadmap covers not just science, but also technology development, clinical applications, data generation, development of methodology, algorithms and tools, and Responsible Research Innovation.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics. In all cases, the platforms will build on existing capabilities, some but not all developed by the HBP partners. The HBP platforms will be designed for use by scientists from outside the HBP Consortium who may have limited technological expertise.
The HBP is organized in thirteen subprojects.
The HBP regularly publishes its research in scientific journals. Click here to see a list of HBP publications.
All HBP Subprojects complete Deliverables that are formally agreed with the European Commission. These range from documents, such as reports, to data sets and prototypes. Deliverables are one of the ways in which the HBP is able to formally track and assess its progress.
Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Research and Innovation programme to date, with almost EUR 80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014—2020). This programme implements FET Flagships, such as the HBP. These are long-term, large-scale research initiatives aiming to solve ambitious challenges.
The Relations and Innovation team fosters the HBP's collaborations with national, regional, European and international research efforts in academia and industry, and facilitates the process of turning research outcomes into products and services.
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The Human Brain Project is always looking for talented scientists and engineers. If you're looking for a chance to contribute to this groundbreaking project and our understanding of what it means to be human, please review our jobs section to see open positions.
The HBP's Education Programme plays a major role in building awareness of the project's work and results, delivering courses to students and providing young European scientists with transdisciplinary knowledge and skills. It offers various training opportunities, including workshops and an annual school.
The HBP is working with leading science centres and museums around the world to create regularly updated exhibitions that communicate the HBP's scientific work to the general public.
Organizations in the HBP Consortium can be found here.
Each subproject has leading and co-leading investigators. Find out more about these investigators and their oranization affiliations.
Scientific Investigators in the HBP Consortium can be found here.
The HBP's governance structure is designed to incorporate all of the Project's stakeholders in an effective way, giving them a voice and accountability in the areas that directly concern them while promoting the operational efficiency to meet the goals of the Project.
Organizations collaborating with various HBP efforts while not part of the HBP Consortium can be found here.
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The Human Brain Project is an ambitious multidisciplinary project. Each of these disciplines typically comes with a set of frequently asked questions. These questions and their respective answers are grouped into categories in the rightmost menu on this page.
The HBP Pilot Report was published in April 2012. The report summarizes the results of the Human Brain Project Preparatory Study in which nearly three hundred experts in neuroscience, medicine and computing – worked together to develop the HBP vision for brain research and its applications. Download it here!