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European Month of the Brain - May 2013

Taking European brain research to the next level


Understanding the human brain and its diseases is one of the greatest scientific and philosophical challenges. During the last decades, brain research has made great progress on all fronts but much more is still to be discovered.

Advances in neuroscience are crucial to keep our ageing societies and our economy healthy. Brain-related disorders will affect at least one in every three of us during our life and treating these disorders costs already now some 800 billion Euro in Europe every year.

Deciphering how our brain works is good for our health, our society and our industrial competitiveness. It has an important role to play for the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy and of the Innovation Union.





A month to make a difference

Brain research in Europe needs a decisive effort. We must invest more, define clearer and more innovative research and healthcare strategies, and better coordinate national efforts. We therefore decided to make May 2013 the European Month of the Brain - a full month packed with events and activities to make decision-makers, stakeholders, the media and the public aware of the successes achieved and the challenges still laying ahead for brain research.
Calendar of events

Key events - save the date!

The European Commission will organise two key events as part of the European Month of the Brain 2013:

  • A conference to showcase European projects in the field and outline future scientific challenges (organised in Brussels on 14 May 2013)

  • A conference on European foresight policy for brain research and healthcare (organised under the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin on 27-28 May 2013)

Organise your own event - be part of it!

Want to help build a bright future for brain research in Europe? Join in and be a part of the European Month of the Brain 2013! How? By organising, during May 2013, events and activities around brain research. From workshops, exhibitions, 'brain days', science cafés to open days, lab visits, media events, awareness campaigns... We may be able to support you by adding your activity to our calendar of events of the European Month of the Brain 2013.