On 12 October, representatives of the highest levels of research policy and brain science met in Brussels for the first European Brain Summit, organised by the European Brain Council (EBC) and EBRAINS, in conjunction with the Brain Innovation Days and Human Brain Project Summit.
Leading researchers and policy makers presented their vision of the future of European brain research in the context of the European Health Union and highlighted innovative solutions and latest technological advancements. They were joined by a total of 550 registered participants, with almost 200 meeting on-site and a majority following the live stream from across Europe and beyond.
Panels of renowned scientists and different societal stakeholders discussed worldwide collaboration and partnerships, technology and medical innovation, patient involvement, and the European Health Data space.
Highlights from the European Brain Summit
In her opening speech, Prof Monica di Luca, President of the European Brain Council, expressed how enthusiastic the EBC was to partner with EBRAINS to host this event as the first of many to foster the advocacy of brain research. She stressed the urgency of addressing brain health due to the disease burden in Europe. Joke Jaarsma, President of the European Federation of Neurological Associations and Treasurer of the European Brain Council, joined Monica on behalf of the patient and patient representative community, stressing the importance of building a truly patient-centred health system and collaborating with patients in all aspects of research in order to respond to the right needs.
Prof André Syrota, Chair of the Stakeholder Board of Human Brain Project and Chair of the Board of Directors of EBRAINS and Prof Katrin Amunts, Scientific Research Director of the Human Brain Project welcomed the room on behalf of event partners, EBRAINS, highlighting the important work both are doing in the brain research and data space.
High level decision makers attended the meeting, from both the EU and Member State levels. Italian Minister of University and Research, Prof. Christina Messa, explained that for effective efforts it is key to pool talent and resources on a European level.