The Science Communication Observatory of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (OCC-UPF) has participated in the third Consortium Meeting of the European project NERRI (Neuroenhancement Responsible Research and Innovation), which aims to contribute to the future of European policies on Research and Responsible Innovation (RRI) in the neuro-enhancement field.
The event, which was held on the 26th and 27th of May in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, brought together members of 18 institutions from 11 different countries to discuss the progress of this project. It reflected on the already completed phases and the planning of the next steps. Among other interventions, Judith Sandor from the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB), presented the legal challenges of NERRI, and Silvia Gerola from the International School for Advanced Studies (SiSSA) outlined strategies to reach a broader audience and improve its impact.
Finally, representatives from the different countries shared their experiences on mobilisation and mutual learning activities (MML) developed during 2014, whose purpose is to collect opinions and recommendations from participants, and then let main responsibles for research and innovation know about them. Gabriela Ojeda, research assistant at OCC-UPF, presented the results collected from the three activities in Spain, including the citizen debate “SuperMI” that took place in Coruña on May the 22nd.
This conference, organized by the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, ended with a visit to the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, with more than 500 researchers working to unravel the mechanisms of the brain.