The 25th and 26th of November the Science Communication Observatory (OCC-UPF) organized the NERRI (Neuroenhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) Consortium Meeting and consolidated the Spanish Committee for the Support of Responsible Research and Innovation in the field of neuroenhancement.
The Universitat Pompeu Fabra hosted more than thirty participants from 11 different countries. During the meeting the progress made up to now was discussed and the bases for future actions were established.
The morning of the 25th the Spanish Committee for the Support of Responsible Research and Innovation in the field of neuroenhancement was constituted. It was attended by representatives of different institutions and associations and the degree of involvement of each of them in the Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) activities during 2014 was defined. The Committee members agreed to maximize the dissemination of the activities and the involvement of citizens in them.
The institutions and associations that are part of the Spanish Committee are: Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (AECC), Asociación Catalana de Comunicación Científica (ACCC), Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona, Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Obra Social “la Caixa”, Observatori de Bioètica i Dret, Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG), Institut Municipal d’Educació, Starlab, Jausas lawyers, Forética, European Patinents Forum (EPF), Ikerbasque and Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group (SPECS).
The result of the MML activities will be integrated into documents and actions that will be taken to the European Commission and disseminated widely among the main European communication networks.
NERRI, Neuroenhancement Responsible Research and Innovation, is a project that last 3 years (2013 – 15), funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Porgrame. It intends to apply the concept of RRI “responsible research and innovation” in the field of neuroenhancement. This research area focuses on finding treatments and applications coming to improve human mental abilities of healthy people. The project is lead by Ciencia Viva, the main Portuguese network of scientific communication, and involves 18 organizations belonging to 11 different countries.