UPF participates in the international conference on science communication

pcstOn April 26, 27 and 28, the biannual conference of the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology, PCST took place in Istanbul (Turkey). This congress is the meeting point for international scientific communication professionals, from journalists specialized in science and technology, to representatives of science museums, the academic community as well as other professionals of related fields.

In this edition, the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society (SCS-UPF) has participated in two sessions. In the first of them, Núria Saladié spoke about the European project NERRI (Neuro-enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation), specifically about the measures developed locally to achieve a greater involvement of stakeholders. The other speakers of the session were Marc-Denis Weitze (Acatech) and Wolfgang Goede (EUSJA), and it was moderated by Brian Trench (PCST).
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Genetics, fracking and vaccines: hot topics at the final NERRI workshop

DSC_0154On Thursday February 25th, the final event of the NERRI project (Neuro-enhancement; Responsible Research and Innovation) was held at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). Nearly 40 people attended the session, where the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and this European project on neuro-enhancement have been explained.

Gema Revuelta, director of the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has been in charge of the workshop, with the collaboration of Núria Saladié, coordinator of the local activities of NERRI. After an informative first half, the second half of the
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Workshop “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in action”: final event of the NERRI project

nerritallerThe 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.).
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WG on the application of neuro-enhancement in minors

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]

NERRI at the science festival NOVUM

El alcalde de Barcelona, Xavier Trias, visitando la actividad del proyecto NERRI
El alcalde de Barcelona, Xavier Trias, visitando la actividad del proyecto NERRI

Universitat Pompeu Fabra has organized on Sunday April the 26th an activity on Neuro-enhancement at the Science, Technology and Innovation Festival NOVUM, in the framework of the European project NERRI. The event has consisted in three intense citizen debates about Neuro-enhancement, during which participants have learnt what this discipline is about and have been able to make their own mind about it.
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Come to discover what neuro-enhancement is!

nerriNext Sunday April 26th at 10:30am will take place the workshop “NERRI Project: what is neuro-enhancement?”, organized by Universitat Pompeu Fabra inside NOVUM, the Barcelona Science, Technology and Innovation Festival in the framework of the NERRI European project.

The workshop will consist on a Play Decide, that is an informal debate that uses conversation, ethical challenges and legal limitations to help discover what neuro-enhancement is and up to what extent are we willing to accept it. The dynamic and team-based game advances when questions are asked, opinions shared and new mindsets developed.
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