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'Meeting of Minds. European Citizens' Deliberation on Brain Science'

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 13649

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 360 352

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION

Belgium

Objective

A Meeting of Minds across Europe. European Citizens' Deliberation on Brain Science Brain science is a key technology of our times. The rapid headway being made in this field will enable us, to an unprecedented degree, to improve the ways in which our bra ins function. Brain science will also change the way we see ourselves, for the brain has become the leading metaphor of what being human entails. For this reason, a partner consortium of technology assessment bodies, science museums, academic institution s and public foundations from 9 European countries is launching a 'Citizen's Deliberation on Brain Science'. What do European citizens believe constitutes an improvement of the brain? How do they perceive their own image as human beings? How will new fi ndings in brain science affect that perception? The citizens will be charged with assessing both research developments and ethical and socio-political aspects of issues at stake in the field of brain science and with delivering a set of recommendations re levant to policy-makers and the wider scientific and research communities. The initiative will help to set the agenda on a wider political debate by linking specific issues of concern or interest to the public to a larger debate on brain science. The ass essment by European citizens of what is possible compared to what is desirable regarding issues at stake in the field of brain science will help to increase legitimacy by responding to EU calls for greater public involvement in the discussion of future res earch, technological decision-making and governance.

Coordinator

KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION

Address

Rue Brederodestraat 21
Brussels

Belgium

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

United Kingdom

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK EN TECHNOLOGISCH ASPECTENONDERZOEK

Belgium

THE DANISH BOARD OF TECHNOLOGY

Denmark

STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES HYGIENE-MUSEUM

Germany

RATHENAU INSTITUTE

Netherlands

SCIENCE MUSEUM

United Kingdom

DEBRECENI EGYETEM

Hungary

EUGENIDES FOUNDATION

Greece

CITÉ DES SCIENCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE

France

FONDAZIONE IDIS-CITTÀ DELLA SCIENZA

Italy

UNVERSITÉ DE LIÈGE

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 13649

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 360 352

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

KING BAUDOUIN FOUNDATION

Belgium