Members of the International Brain Initiative (IBI) have met in Daegu, Korea, for the fifth in-person coordinating body meeting since the historic agreement to establish the IBI was made on the December 8th, 2017, in Canberra, Australia. The meeting in Daegu followed on progress from the March IBI Coordinating Body meeting in Shanghai, China, which was the first meeting of the IBI Stakeholders and Funders Collectives.
The Daegu IBI meeting was hosted by the Korea Brain Research Institute and The Kavli Foundation, with additional sponsorship from the Korea Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology, Daegu Metropolitan City, and the Daegu Convention and Vistors Bureau. This IBI meeting also served as a satellite meeting of the 10th World Congress of Neuroscience, held once every four years by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).
Sung-Jin Jeong, co-chair of the IBI Neuroethics working group, Principal Researcher at the Korean Brain Research Institute, and Secretary-General Elect of IBRO said, “It is an honor to have the IBI Coordinating Body Meeting in Korea, held in conjunction with the IBRO World Congress. Neuroscience research is a priority for the Korean government, and both the IBI and IBRO are working to promote and support neuroscience around the world through international coordination and collaboration. The Korean Brain Initiative continues to contribute to the development of neuroscience and neuroethics through global collaboration, and is an integral part of the IBI .”
The Daegu IBI meeting began with a review of the prior coordinating body meeting followed by the introduction of organizations new to the IBI: Brain Research of New Zealand, the European Brain Council, and the Cuban Brain Mapping Project. The IBI facilitators then presented an update of the strategic plans of the IBI for the upcoming year, including models for IBI staff support and operations.
Day 2 included brief presentations from the brain initiatives of the United States, Japan, the European Union, Korea, Canada and Australia. The IBI Working Groups also provided updates, including plans for an inaugural IBI Data Working Group meeting next year in Tokyo and ideas for a Brain Initiative Scientist Exchange from the Education and Training Working Group. Concurrent afternoon breakout sessions for the Funders and Stakeholders Collective generated valuable feedback for the IBI Strategy Committee to be incorporated in the development of a strategic and operational plan through 2024. This five-year plan will continue to develop the core activities of the IBI for the next few years, such as plans to disseminate tools and discoveries from global brain projects, as well as new models for neuroscience research, collaboration, and financial support. More details will be available on the IBI website in the coming months.
In addition to the Data Working group meeting in Tokyo, the next Global Neuroethics Summit will take place in Korea next September. The next in-person meeting of the International Brain Initiative Coordinating Body will take place at the Society for Neuroscience meeting on October 21st, 2019.