Discover EBRAINS: A Look Inside Europe’s New Platform for the Brain

December 1, 2020

BRUSSELS, Dec. 1, 2020 — The publication Discover EBRAINS introduces the powerful EBRAINS research infrastructure to the world. EBRAINS has been created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, and offers an extensive portfolio of brain data, scientific services, digital tools and computing resources for researchers and industry. The paper discusses the transformative impact of EBRAINS for neuroscience, brain medicine, and brain-inspired innovation in Europe.

EBRAINS is an accelerator for European ambitions in multidisciplinary brain research, combining cutting-edge neuroscience, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. It offers researchers an extensive range of brain data and a digital research environment that connects many of the most advanced European lab facilities, supercomputing centers, clinics and technology hubs in a unique integrated system.

The Human Brain Project is co-funded by the European Union.

“We are on the cusp of a new era in brain research – unprecedented technologies are put at the service of science, while innovators are taking more and more ideas from neuroscience”, says Pawel Swieboda, CEO of EBRAINS and Director General of the Human Brain Project. “Now we show prospective users what this new infrastructure is all about, the many ways to engage with us on further co-developing it, and how it can help them make their mark in these rapidly growing fields.

Synergy between neuroscience and technology

Today, high speed computing is changing the game in tackling brain complexity, neurotechnologies are becoming one of the global megatrends in health, and AI-developers are again looking at the brain for inspiration.

“Europe took an early lead in these areas with the Human Brain Project, which sits exactly at the intersection of brain science and computing”, says Katrin Amunts, Scientific Research Director of the HBP. Over the last seven years, the HBP teams, spread across Europe, have built, tested and used the digitally connected research platforms of EBRAINS in a Co-Design approach.

As part of its transitioning into a sustainable infrastructure, EBRAINS has applied for inclusion into the European ESFRI Roadmap, seeking to become a permanent addition to the EU’s research landscape, thereby contributing to accelerate neuroscience applications in industry and medicine.

A look inside (www.ebrains.eu/discover) EBRAINS’ ambition is to provide the scientific community with an open state-of-the-art cloud-based ecosystem that fosters collaborative brain science and paves the way to ground-breaking discovery.

It offers unique resources like the most comprehensive 3D-atlas of the human brain, a Medical Informatics Platform for hospitals, simulation engines like The Virtual Brain, a neurorobotics platform, and access to supercompers of the European FENIX-network, as well as neuromorphic computers, which are modelled after the brain. A range of tailor-made tools helps scientists find, analyse, distribute, visualize and integrate brain data for their research. All components are available through a single online access point at www.ebrains.eu, and can be linked according to the concrete needs of a project.

Coming up: The HBP Science Case

In January, the publication of the Human Brain Project’s “Science Case”, will follow, describing the interplay of different scientific disciplines with the novel Research Infrastructure, the Human Brain Project’s vision of merging neuroscience, computing & technology in Europe, and the current research foci of the project for its final phase until 2023.

Digital event series

The two back-to-back publications are connected to several digital events, which present both the elements of the infrastructure itself and the current breakthrough research paradigms it enables in the HBP.

Politico Event

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 5 – 6 PM CET Online
European research and innovation beyond 2020
Presented by EBRAINS https://www.politico.eu/event/european-research-and-innovation-beyond-2020/

This POLITICO event will bring together policymakers of the European Commission, scientific experts and industry leaders for a Panel discussion on the future of European research and innovation. EBRAINS CEO and HBP Director General Pawel Swieboda will deliver the opening remarks.

Brain Matters Webinar

Since October, a new webinar series presents the HBP’s research focus areas on a monthly basis. https://ebrains.eu/news/new-ebrains-webinar

The third edition on December 10 will focus on Neurotechnology with researchers Rainer Goebel, Steve Furber and Christopher Summerfield.

Watch recordings of the first two editons here:

EBRAINS – In Search of Breakthroughs in Science and Medicine
with Katrin Amunts, Simon Eickhoff and Viktor Jirsa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTg06IeLOaU

Networks for Consciousness & Medical Use Cases
with Mavi Sanchez-Vives, Marcello Massimini and Pieter Roelfsema
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwe3ZWMmeI


Source: Human Brain Project

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