HBP Summit 2015

Hosted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid, Spain

28-30 September  2015

The third annual Summit of the Human Brain Project was hosted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid on 28 – 30 September 2015 and brought together the HBP Consortium for three full days of high density science, technology and networking.

The event took place at ICOMEM, a historical hospital and Faculty of Medicine where Dr Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) once taught. Cajal is considered by many to be the father of modern neuroscience. While the field has advanced in ways impossible to imagine when Cajal was at the height of his career, his scientific findings remain fundamental for neuroscience today. It was in the rooms and halls where Cajal worked and taught that the multi-disciplinary teams of the Human Brain Project gathered for this year's Summit. Under the motto "Collaborate. Build. Share", the HBP team discussed progress and achievements in the project over the past year and planned common efforts in the months to come as the HBP moves towards its Operational Phase starting in April 2016.

More than 400 participants representing 83 partner institutions from across Europe shared their latest scientific findings, collaborated to plan cross-SP efforts and Co-Design Projects, and worked together in interactive sessions as part of building Europe's first Research Infrastructure for neuroscience and simulation-based research. The Summit featured 87 presentations including plenaries, eleven science highlights, ten demos, twenty-two spotlight sessions, eleven cross-SP meetings and ongoing hackathons. Representatives from the European Commission, FLAG-ERA and the HBP Ethics Advisory Board also joined the HBP team for the Summit.

At the core of the Summit was an effort to bring together the people of the HBP to enhance networking and collaboration across the Project. For the first time the Summit was designed by scientists, developers and coordinators from throughout the Project, who worked together as part of the Summit Organising Committee. In addition, 122 members of the Consortium participated in a pre-Summit survey, which helped the Committee design the Summit Science and Technology Programme.

The Summit was inaugurated on the opening day by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.

View the Programme (PDF)

Read the press release (PDF)

Read about the Summit venue (PDF)

Read about the Summit speakers (PDF)

Click here to download some presentations