On 15 October 2018, the Human Brain Project (HBP) hosted its very own open day at the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands, where hundreds of visitors gathered to exchange ideas and share their passion for neuroscience and technology.

In October 2013, the European Commission launched the decade-long FET Flagship project, using this week’s open day as a halfway mark. As this is an annual occurrence, the event’s organisers were delighted to experience a record number of attendees, who were all able to visit a “Science Market”, interact with hi-tech machines and watch fascinating presentations given by researchers coming from all over Europe.

HBP Scientific Director Katrin Amunts said that the aim of the project was to build a Scientific Research Infrastructure, uniting and creating synergies between the areas of neuroscience, medicine and modern information technology. This is essential for HBP scientists to understand information processing in the brain and clinical applications in medicine, whilst working on developments in high performance computing.

Following from such a successful open day, a welcome speech was given by EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on 16 October 2018 to the HBP members, kicking off the three-day Summit. This Summit united the work of over 500 researchers from over 120 institutions in 20 nations.

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Press release:  “HBP Open Day 2018 – the Flagship at the halfway mark

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