The Danish Board of Technology is in charge of involving citizens and stakeholders in the prestigious Human Brain Project by EU – it is one of EU’s two giant flagship projects.
The European Commission’s Human Brain Project has to develop a computer simulation of the human brain and the project is selected as the flagship project for the next 10 years. The project has a budget of over € 1 billion during 10 years.
In addition to brain biology, biochemistry, the IT-part and other technical elements, the project contains important activities in dialogue with society. And here has the Danish Board of Technology a central role.
During the 10 years the project lasts, there is to be carried out five different forms of consultation of citizens in the EU. There has to be a continuously collection of feedback from various community groups about their needs, concerns, visions and issues with this form of brain research. Citizens and stakeholders’ views have to lead back to the research project through a “Citizen, stakeholder and expert newsletters” – a newsletter from the outside world and into the project.
The Danish Board of Technology is in charge of this part of the project. During the 10 year period there is budget of 5.8 million Euros for the purpose.
The Danish Board of Technology was invited to the consortium on the basis of the Board’s internationally recognized expertise in citizen involvement and assessment of technology developments’ implications for society and citizens.
The Danish Board of Technology has previously used their methods in a large scale European citizen involvement project ”Meeting of Minds”. Citizens from 9 EU countries gave their assessments of brain research’s opportunities and consequences.
The Danish Board of Technology has also initiated and coordinated the World Wide Views meetings twice – a global method of consulting citizens. One was about climate policy and involved 38 countries – the other on biodiversity with 25 participating countries. Both times UN summits received the results.