Portuguese Brain Council Meeting: 19 April24-04-2017
A meeting to discuss finalizing creation of the Portuguese Brain Council (PBC) took place in Lisbon on 19th April 2017 at Ciência Viva – a national agency for the promotion of initiatives for the public awareness of Science and Technology in Portugal. Representatives of key scientific societies discussed what has been achieved so far, what are going to be the main objectives that the Council will identify itself with, what are examples of activities in other countries, as well as the types of membership that the Statues will allow for. It has been concluded that despite a long history of neuroscience research in Portugal, it is not a known fact among the general public, therefore one of the first activities of the Council will include raising awareness in this regard. The official launch of the Portuguese Brain Council is expected to take place in May 2017. PBC together with EBC will explore how the EU Commissioner for Research – Carlos Moedas shall be kept up to date with these developments. A representative from EBC attended the meeting.