How does our subjective experience emerge from the brain? How does consciousness relate to the physical world? Where does consciousness arise? These questions are currently of great interest for neuroscience worldwide. The Human Brain Project (HBP) is organising a conference gathering world-leading experts in this area of consciousness research.

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The conference will focus on fundamentals and theory, computational models, and clinical-societal implications of consciousness research. As society needs to be scientifically and culturally prepared to face the emerging questions on consciousness, an approach with the broadest scope is needed: diverse theoretical frameworks, brain anatomy, physiology, and chemistry across scales and species, detailed and large-scale computer simulations, deep learning, neuromorphic computing, robotics, clinical neurology, anaesthesiology, psychology, behavioural, computational, and philosophical analysis must interact and blend on a single infrastructure.

This conference organised by the Human Brain Project (HBP) is addressed to scientists, physicians and students involved in consciousness research and it is also open to anyone interested in the topic. Check the full programme and keynote speakers' details. Registration can be done on the event website.

The HBP is a large-scale EU FET Flagship project which is contributing to understanding consciousness within its broader goal of deciphering the human brain and its diseases to make progress in neuroscience, brain medicine and computing technology. You can read some recent articles published on the work HBP researchers are doing in understanding consciousness:

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