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How much do you know about human brain?


The Human Brain Project (HBP) Open Day 2020 took place on the 3 February 2020 in Athens, Greece. Financed in part by successive EU grants under the FET Flagship programme HBP aims to put in place a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will allow scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. Interested by this event we took a closer look at this ambitious project.

The HBP Flagship was launched by the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship scheme in October 2013, and is scheduled to run for ten years. The Flagships, represent a new partnering model for visionary, long-term European cooperative research in the European Research Area, demonstrating the potential for common research efforts. The HBP has the following main objectives:

  • Create and operate a European scientific Research Infrastructure for brain research, cognitive neuroscience, and other brain-inspired sciences
  • Gather, organise and disseminate data describing the brain and its diseases
  • Simulate the brain
  • Build multi-scale scaffold theory and models for the brain
  • Develop brain-inspired computing, data analytics and robotics
  • Ensure that the HBP's work is undertaken responsibly and that it benefits society.

The timeline of the Project is split into multiple phases, each of which will be covered by a separate funding agreement. The HBP is made up of the Core Project (CP) and Partnering Projects (PPs). The CP is funded by the European Union, and is the driving force behind the Flagship. The PPs are an integral part of the Flagship. They are financed by various national funding agencies, and complement the research performed in the CP.

To this date HBP research has resulted in over 1000 journal publications to date, unique new research infrastructures, and high-level scientific events. Other achievements are highlighted on the HBP website.

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Submitted on 19/02/2020