The preliminary program and the registration form for the Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 of Scientific Communication and Culture are now available. This year we celebrate the ninth edition with a creative and innovative program, made up of more than 50 activities. We have the participation of top professionals who will share their knowledge and experiences with us in workshops, work spaces, debates, round tables, micro-cocktails, shows, etc. (more…)
The Caixa Impulse Innovation for Society is a program for the development of bio-health projects that will take place mainly in Barcelona, from 12 December 2016 to July 2017 (end date to be confirmed). The “la Caixa” Foundation funded program will offer participants 23 days of face-to-face activities and around 150 hours of specialist training and workshops.
The program has opened the call for proposals in the fields of Healthcare and Medical and Life Sciences, interested in transferring research assets from the lab to society and the market.
On Friday, 26 February, will take place the second session of the initiative “ Progressing with and for you: Scientific Coffees about Rare Diseases“. On this occasion, the central topic will be the intellectual disability and it will count with the participation of Andrés Ozaita, Principal Investigator at the Lab of Neuropharmacology of DCEXS from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Victoria Campuzano, researcher at the Genetics Unit of DCEXS and member of CIBERER; Gemma Aznar, attached doctor at the neuropediatrics query of Hospital del Mar, andÓscar García, coordinator of the Research Group on Child and Environment Program of Neuroscience at the Institute Hospital del Mar Medical Research.
The next 25th of February from 18h to 20h, the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of Pompeu Fabra University (SCS-UPF) will organize a workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as the final event to celebrate the ending of the NERRI Project (Neuro-enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation). The event is open to the public and will take place at the Charles Darwin room of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The workshop is structured to discover the different models of citizen participation in the framework of the experience with NERRI. The main results of the project will be analyzed, in particular, the opinions and attitudes of the European citizenship towards the research and application of techniques to increase cognitive capacities in healthy individuals (memory, calculus, concentration capacity, etc.).
The Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (SCS-UPF) has started a working group in the framework of the NERRI project to focus on the neuro-enhancement (NE) applied to minors. The initiative was presented during the Consortium Meeting of the project in Rome on June 22nd and 23rd, where all members had the chance to speak their minds on the idea and contribute with their experience. From now on and until the end of August, NERRI partners will share the data related to the topic of “NE in Minors” collected during their local events. Two of these members have already joined the initiative: Experimentarium (Denmark) and IBMC (Portugal). However, the group is still open for any other partner to join!
The initiative was born when the first MML activities showed that there was the need to further study NE specifically applied to minors. This group deserves a special consideration because of two main reasons: firstly, because the plasticity of their brain is the highest it will get in life (and thus, the impact of NE can be the greatest); and secondly, because they depend on adults and have a limited freedom of choice. Moreover, one of the project reports (D3.3) showed that many people thought that minors should be protected from the harmful effects of NE through an institutional regulation, and it is also important to bear in mind the social pressure experienced by some minors in our increasingly competitive society.
The working group “NE in Minors” wants to write a final report to reflect on the experience, which could be presented and discussed in the final Consortium Meeting of NERRI –or even sent to international conferences related to the topic (for example, conferences on ethics, neurology, education).
[This article is based on the NERRI Newsletter contribution on July 2015 from SCS-UPF]