Members of the International Brain Initiative (IBI) have met in Daegu, South Korea, following the historic agreement to establish the IBI that was made on the 8 December 2017, in Canberra Australia.
After presenting to a sitting of the Korean National Assembly, the first in-person meeting of the IBI—supported by the Kavli Foundation and held at the Korean Brain Research Institute—discussed how member nations would begin implementing the vision and aims of the international initiative.
Representative for Australia, Professor Linda Richards FAA FAHMS, said: “The International Brain Initiative is a catalyst to advance ethical neuroscience research through international collaboration, by breaking borders, and disseminating knowledge for the global benefit of humanity”.
The International Brain Initiative aims to:
promote coordination and leadership among scientists, in large-scale programs, and in innovative funding solutions,
transcend borders, between countries, research fields, and global research efforts,
share and disseminate knowledge, amongst citizens, and between researchers to accelerating discovery and drive translation
shape the future of international collaborations, and ethical practice in neuroscience.
To deliver on its objectives, the meeting of the IBI in Korea established several working groups focusing on a global inventory of brain projects, neuroethics, tools and technology dissemination, international data coordination, and communications and outreach.
The next meeting will be held on 5 July 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will be hosted by the European Commission’s Human Brain Project.