Three New Bodies to Govern the HBP


Three New Bodies to Govern the Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) governance structure is now ready for the Project's Operational Phase.

Geneva, 27 July 2016 —Three bodies are now responsible for the governance and leadership of the HBP: the Stakeholder Board (SB), Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB), and Directorate (DIR).

Final decisions will be taken by the Stakeholder Board, which consists of one representative from each country that participates in HBP. The Stakeholder Board members are designated by the Partners involved in the HBP to represent them. The Chairman of the Stakeholder Board is Matthew Lambon-Ralph (University of Manchester). During its first meeting in June 2016, the SB confirmed the SIB and Directorate members in office.

The Science and Infrastructure Board is central to the HBP, providing scientific leadership of the Core Project. It is responsible for managing the implementation of the Science and Infrastructure Work Plan, and for proposing work plans and roadmaps for each SGA. All scientific decisions are made by this board. It is composed of eleven Subproject (SP) Leaders, who were proposed and elected by Work Package and Task Leaders. At the start of June, the SIB elected Katrin Amunts (Forschungszentrum Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) as Chair. Alois Knoll (Technical University of Munich) and Karlheinz Meier (Heidelberg University) were elected Vice-Chairs for the areas of Software and Infrastructure, respectively.

The Directorate is responsible for the management of the Core Project. Philippe Gillet from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) was appointed Director General and leads the Directorate. Additional members include the Science Director (SIB chair), Software Director (SIB vice-chair) and Infrastructure Director (SIB vice-chair) as well as an Executive Director (leader of the Central Services SP), an Ethics Director and an Innovation Director.

The complete composition of the bodies is as follows:

The Stakeholder Board (SB):

  • Austria: Alois SARIA
  • Belgium: Steven LAUREYS
  • Denmark: Lars KLÜVER
  • Finland: Marja-Leena LINNE
  • France: André SYROTA
  • Germany: Wolfgang MARQUARDT
  • Greece: Vasilis VASSALOS
  • Hungary: Szabolcs KÁLI
  • Israel: Joseph KLAFTER
  • Italy: Eugenio GUGLIELMELLI
  • Netherlands: Rob HEINSBROEK
  • Norway: Hans PLESSER
  • Portugal: Antonio DAMASIO
  • Slovenia: Saso DZEROSKI
  • Spain: Gonzalo LEÓN
  • Sweden: Gunnar LANDGREN  
  • Switzerland: Patrick AEBISCHER
  • Turkey: Serkan UCER
  • United Kingdom: Matthew LAMBON-RALPH

The Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB):

  • SP1 Javier DEFELIPE (UPM)
  • SP3 Cyriel PENNARTZ (UvA)
  • SP5 TBD
  • SP6 Henry MARKRAM (EPFL)
  • SP8 Ferath KHERIF (CHUV)
  • SP9 Karlheinz MEIER (UHEI)
  • SP10 Alois KNOLL (TUM)
  • SP12 Kathinka EVERS (UU)

The Deputy SP Leaders:

  • SP1 Egidio D'ANGELO (UNIPV) & Sten GRILLNER (KI)
  • SP2 Jean François MANGIN (CEA) & Francesco PAVONE (LENS)
  • SP3 Johan STORM (UiO)
  • SP4 Idan SEGEV (HUJI) & Viktor JIRSA (AMU)
  • SP5 Sten GRILLNER (KI)
  • SP9 Stephen FURBER (UMAN)
  • SP10 Marc-Oliver GEWALTIG (EPFL)
  • SP12 Jean-Pierre CHANGEUX (IP)

The Directorate (DIR):

  • Director General - Philippe GILLET (EPFL)
  • Science Director - Katrin AMUNTS (JUELICH and UDUS)
  • Software Director - Alois KNOLL (TUM)
  • Infrastructure Director - Karlheinz MEIER (UHEI)
  • Executive Director - Chris EBELL (EPFL)
  • Ethics Director - Bernd STAHL (DMU)
  • Innovation Director - TBC


The Human Brain Project (HBP) is an EU-funded Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Initiative to create and operate an ICT-based research infrastructure, to help advance neuroscience, medicine and computing. The 10-year Project began in 2013 and involves leading scientists at more than 100 universities and research centres across Europe but also in the USA, China and Japan. The HBP is centred on six ICT research Platforms: Neuroinformatics (access to shared brain data), Brain Simulation, High Performance Analytics and Computing, Medical Informatics (access to patient data), Neuromorphic Computing (access to brain-inspired computers), and Neurorobotics (use of robots to test brain simulations). It also conducts related research and theoretical studies on brain structure and function, and looks at the ethical and societal implications of HBP's work. For further information on the HBP go to and for the FET Flagships go to

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