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SiE18: Global Research Collaboration (09:30-10:30)

This EBC special interest session will explore how global research collaboration can support brain research: showcasing existing global collaboration and identifying potential links for continued expansion.


July 13, 2020 - 9:30 am


July 13, 2020 - 10:30 am

Organized by The European Brain Council, in collaboration with FENS and the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) in the framework of the FENS Forum, this Special Interest Event will focus on the topic of Global Research Collaboration, highlighting the existing partnerships within research—specifically, brain research—in the European Union, the United States and Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan.

This special interest event will explore and showcase existing global collaboration as well as the potentials for continued expansion and how global research collaboration can support brain research. Various initiatives aimed at reinforcing global research collaboration, including in the brain research space, have been launched in recent years. The International Brain Initiative (IBI), which brings together the major “brain initiatives” across the globe, was launched with the ambitious aim of progressing ethical neuroscience research through international cooperation and knowledge sharing. The EBC-led Horizon 2020 project establishing a European Brain Research Area (EBRA) aims to reduce fragmentation in brain research and foster synergies through enhanced coordination of brain research efforts at the EU and global levels. In order to foster alignment and better co-ordination of research strategies across the European brain initiatives, a Shared European Brain Research Agenda (SEBRA) will be developed under the EBRA project. The SEBRA will focus on research opportunities and research and innovation gaps to be addressed in the field, priorities for action in the short and long term and research areas that would benefit most from cross – initiatives cooperation. It is through meetings/events such as this one that EBC and EBRA hope to feed into the formation and definition of global cooperation and initiatives with the potential of feeding into a SEBRA.

Chaired by EBC President, Prof. Monica Di Luca, the session will include presentations from Prof. Tracy Bale, President of the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) and Prof. Mohammed Hassan, President of the World Academy of Sciences as well as pre-recorded video messages on the importance of continued international collaboration in brain research from top country representatives, including EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. These will be followed by a live panel discussion and Q&A.