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News28 Nov 2022

EBRAINS announces Science and Technology Committee to support the development of scientific roadmap


EBRAINS announced today the newly established Science and Technology Committee (ESTC). The committee will provide guidance and advice to the EBRAINS Board of Directors and Management Board on matters related to brain science, technology, and digital research tools and services.

The inaugural meeting of the ESTC was opened by Pawel Swieboda, CEO of EBRAINS and Director General of the Human Brain Project, and led by Prof. Viktor Jirsa, Chief Science Officer of EBRAINS and interim Chair of the Committee.

The meeting provided an opportunity to present the overall objectives of the ESTC. Special attention was paid to the development of the EBRAINS Scientific Roadmap which will serve as the main focus of the committee in 2023.

The ESTC consists of 25 distinguished experts who are appointed by the Board of Directors among the candidates nominated to reflect the criteria of gender balance, diversity of disciplines, openness to communities, and diversity of culture and nationalities:

  • Thomas Berger, Chair of the Scientific Committee, European Academy of Neurology, Representative of EAN on EBRAINS STC
  • Maureen Clerc, Director, INRIA Centre
  • Egidio D’Angelo, Director of the Neurophysiology Unit, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Pavia
  • Andrew Davison, Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience
  • Gustavo Deco, Computational Neuroscience Research Group, Pompeu Fabra University
  • Timo Dickscheid, Group Leader Big Data Analytics, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Marianne Fyhn, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo
  • Cristina Granziera, Head of ThINK, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel
  • Sten Grillner, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute
  • Sabine Hoelter-Koch, Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • Renaud Jolivet, Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Maastricht
  • Juan Moreno, Head of the Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council
  • Guy Nagels, Associate Chair of Neurology in the UZ Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Francesco Pavone, Department of Physics, University of Florence
  • Daniela Perani, San Raffaele University Milan Italy
  • Mihai Petrovici, NeuroTMA Group, Department of Physiology, University of Bern
  • Giulia Rossetti, Group Leader - Molecular Simulations, Digital Pharmacology, Computational Neuromedicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Philipe Ryvlin, Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences, CHUV University Hospital
  • Barbara Sahakian, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • Riitta Salmelin, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University
  • Ausra Saudargiene, Laboratory of Biophysics and Bioinformatics, Neuroscience Institute of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  • Horst D. Simon, Deputy Lab Director for Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Petra Vertes, Head of Systems and Computational Neuroscience Group, University of Cambridge
  • Menno Witter, Director, Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience
  • Emre Yaksi, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Representative of FENS on EBRAINS STC

The next ESTC meeting will be held online on 8 February 2023. A Chair of the Committee will be elected in the second quarter of 2023.

“EBRAINS is really pleased to have the opportunity to work together with such a broad panel of experts and to benefit from their advice, knowledge, and guidance. We look forward to building a compelling long-term scientific and technological roadmap for EBRAINS that will meet the needs of the scientific community, and will enable and support European institutions and organisations to deliver game-changing advances in brain research.”

Viktor Jirsa
Chief Science Officer of EBRAINS

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