NERRI-Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation

Why the NERRI Project?

Science and technology advances rapidly. The NERRI project works to establish productive dialogue between potential users, potential “designers” (researchers, engineers, developers) and potential legislators of Neuro-Enhancement technologies, before products start to hit the marketplace. The aim is to ensure that technological research and innovation proceed in ethically acceptable and socially desirable directions. Beyond facilitating this dialogue NERRI will also put forward policy recommendations for the governance of neuro-enhancement technologies.

Aims

NERRI (Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) is a three-year project supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme which aims to contribute to the introduction of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in neuro-enhancement (NE) in the European Area and to shape a normative framework underpinning the governance of neuro-enhancement technologies.

Methods

The project will involve different stakeholders and will promote a broad societal dialogue about neuro-enhancement. This will be achieved through mobilization and mutual learning (MML) activities such as interviews and workshops engaging scientists, policy-makers, industry, civil society groups, patients and the wider public.

Consortium

The project involves 18 partners from 11 different countries.

CIÊNCIA VIVA  (CV)

Ciência Viva is the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, created in 1996 to promote public awareness of science and technology. Ciência Viva is an association of public institutions and research laboratories.

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE  (LSE)

The Methodology Institute is part of the LSE and its aims and objectives are aligned to the LSE’s mission to be a “leading academic centre of international excellence in the study and application of the social sciences”.

RADBOUD UNIVERSITY NIJMEGEN  (SKU)

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) (Radboud University of Nijmegen (SKU)) was established in 2005 with the aim to analyse, assess and improve the societal embedding of science and technology, through research, education and societal outreach.

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON  (KCL)

The Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at KCL is a unique interdisciplinary social science department working in collaboration with biomedical researchers and clinicians.

 

ÖSTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN  (OeAW)

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the leading organisation promoting non-university academic research institutions in Austria. The Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) is a research facility of the OeAW for the analysis of technological change, focusing on societal conditions and shaping options and impacts.

THE EUROPEAN BRAIN COUNCIL AISBL  (EBC)

The European Brain Council is a co-ordinating council formed by European organisations in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, basic brain research (neuroscience), as well as patient organisations and industry.

SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE SUPERIORE DI STUDI AVANZATI  (SISSA)

SISSA is a leading institute for research and postgraduate training in physics, mathematics and neuroscience. The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Studies investigates the various aspects of science and society issues and organises, since 1993, a Master's Course in Science Communication.

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA MOLECULAR E CELULAR  (IBMC)

The Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular has three main research Divisions including one dedicated to the Neurosciences. Its main objective is to study the biological mechanisms underlying the development and function of the nervous system in health, injury and disease.

 

GENETIC ALLIANCE UK  

Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 160 patient organisations. Our aim is to ensure that high quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine.

EXPERIMENTARIUM  (EXP)

Experimentarium is a Science Communication Centre and an activity centre for nature, technology, the environment and health. Experimentarium has participated in a number of European projects – all focusing on promoting science knowledge and interest to the public and/or educational institutions.

HASKOLI ISLANDS  (UoI)

The Centre for Ethics is an independent Interdisciplinary Research Centre within the University of Iceland, with a strong research profile and has provided leadership in Iceland in ethics and governance issues, particularly in bioethics, professional ethics, and environmental ethics.

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT UNIVERSITEIT VAN TILBURG  (UVT)

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society is a multidisciplinary institute conducting research into the legal and social implications of emerging technologies. TILT’s research into the regulation of technology is centered on the interaction between law, technology and society.

 

FONDAZIONE TOSCANA LIFE SCIENCES  (TLS)

Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences is a non-profit organization. It was set up in early 2005 in order to support and sustain the development of research in the Life Sciences and the development of new technologies aimed at improving human health.

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM  (CEU)

The Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) is an internationally acknowledged research think tank that provides an intellectual and institutional basis for ethical and legal research and promotes teaching and policy activities in the field of life sciences.

UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART  (USTUTT)

The Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) was founded in 2012 by the University of Stuttgart. ZIRIUS’s major goal is to conduct problem-oriented research projects and to pursue a transdisciplinary approach to tackle complex research challenges.

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA  (UPF)

The Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (SCS-UPF) is a special university centre that aims at bringing closer together society and science. This means that, on one hand, it will foster the scientific knowledge and culture and, on the other hand, it will work for the better alignment between R+D+i –in all its stages– and society’s needs and values.

 

JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITÄT MAINZ  (MAINZ)

The Research Group Neuroethics and Neurophilosophy at the University of Mainz is an interdisciplinary group of researchers focusing on philosophical and ethical issues in the neurosciences.

UNIVERSITAET LINZ  (JKU)

Johannes Kepler University is one of the youngest Austrian universities. Founded in 1966 it is known both for its focus on socio-economic disciplines and on natural sciences and engineering. Its interdisciplinary orientation also characterises the Department of Social and Economic Psychology.