Duration: 3 days
The HBP held its 4th annual Summit on 12 to 15 October in the vibrant city of Florence, Italy. The event was hosted by Laboratorio Europeo di Spettroscopie Non Lineari (European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy; LENS), one of the key European institutions for light wave research, which has been a centre of excellence at the University of Florence since 1991.
The 2016 HBP was launched with ‘Open Day’ to enable dialogue and collaboration between the HBP, other scientific communities and the public. The Open Day took place on 12 October—for more information, please see the Open Day webpage.
Nearly 450 members of the HBP consortium, representatives of HBP’s first Partnering Projects, National Research Funding Agencies, and representatives from Italy’s national research council participated in the Summit. The programme featured a diverse mixture of plenary sessions, parallel working group meetings, a poster session with over 100 posters and networking opportunities. The sessions covered an array of scientific themes, a town hall meeting, an introduction to HBP’s first Partnering Projects, a young investigator’s plenary session, and a panel debate on “the Conscious Computer.” In a dedicated session on “the local context”, representatives of Italy’s National Research Council, the University of Florence and the Ministry of Research and Education provided insights about the role of the Flagship and benefits of a large science project for science and research in Italy. For more information on the sessions, please see the programme.
Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is particularly noted for its Renaissance art and architecture, and its historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
The HBP was proud to hold its Summit in such a magnificent location.
(Text and image from https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/hbp-summit-2016)