Seminar on the history, future and ethics of self-experimentation
The NeurotechEU WP6 team is kindly inviting you to its seminar Friday June 4th at 17:00 (CEST) on Crowdcast: http://bit.ly/Self-Experimentation
By Dr Matt Lennon and Professor Zoltan Molnar
Modern day "neurohackers" are radically self-experimenting, attempting genomic modification with CRISPR-Cas9 constructs and electrode insertion into their cortex amongst a host of other things. Institutions wanting to avoid the risks bought on by these procedures, generally avoid involvement with self-experimenting research.
But what is the ethical thing to do? Should researchers be allowed or encouraged to self-experiment? Should institutions support or hinder them? Where do you think that this process of self-experimentation could take us?
This presentation by Dr Matt Lennon and Professor Zoltan Molnar of the University of Oxford, will explore the history, future and ethics of self-experimentation. It will explore notable examples of self-experimenters including Isaac Newton, Angelo Ruffini and Oliver Sacks and how a number of these pivotal experiments created paradigm shifts in neuroscience. The presentation will open up a forum for all participants to be involved asking key ethical questions around what should and should not be allowed in self-experimentation research.
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Students to Professors, Inspiring NeurotechEU Women
Celebrate International Women's Day and discover the first event organized by the NeurotechEU Student Council. The event is titled "Students to Professors, Inspiring NeurotechEU Women" and will take place on March 8th from 9.00 to 15.15 (CET).
Register for this online event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/students-to-professors
And find the schedule here: https://twitter.com/NeurotechEU/status/1367135985448927232
NeurotechEU virtual opening
NeurotechEU is opening its doors on December 16th. Come and join us to learn about NeurotechEU's plans for the next two decades, and explore possibilities to train, do research, innovate together with peers all over Europe. Register for the opening at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/neurotechEU_VO/register.
Towards smart motion assistive devices
A new publication in Journal of Biomechanics (Keleş & Yucesoy 2020) shows pioneering use of surface electromyography (sEMG) in machine learning based algorithms to mimic ankle movement during walking successfully. The work is powered by a newly received research fund and is a key part of Boğaziçi University’s neurodevice track, which aims at developing advanced smart motion assistive devices for various neuro-muculoskeletal disorders, and powered ankle prostheses for amputees. The algorithms minimize the use of sEMG muscle sources for economic, and limit the use of lower leg muscles for flexible powered prosthesis controllers, compatible for different levels of amputations.
NeurotechEU receives funding from the EU!
Our application for the European University Initiative has been successful, and the alliance will receive up to €5 million from the Erasmus+ programme for three years. NeurotechEU is one of a total of 41 European Universities, each of them an alliance of universities, businesses and NGOs, partnering together in specific scientific fields to improve education, research and international cooperation. By establishing the European University of Brain and Technology we aim to make Europe competitive in the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology by offering high-quality education and research from 8 prominent universities and over 250 associated organizations.
Bringing robotics to classroom
Active learning improves education outcomes. For many of the STEM fields, robotics provides the necessary platform for experimentation. On Feb 7th, we learned from the expertise of Consequential Robotics in this domain. At NeurotechEU students and researchers will not only design, build and use robots but also develop brain inspired control algorithms to advance the state-of-art in robotic control.
Neuroscience and robotics debate
In collaboration with iNavigate we have organized a Debate on “What can Neuroscience teach and learn from Robotics” on February 6th, 2020. A position paper reflecting the outcomes of the discussions held by thirty-nine academicians from 9 countries will be released this summer, and will be available to download at www.theneurotech.eu/downloads/white-papers.
NeurotechEU is born!
Our founding universities have signed a concordat formalizing their partnership on Jan 24th 2020, officially starting the NeurotechEU. Image is our first “family photo”. From left to right: Prof. Chas Bountra (vice-chancellor for innovation, Oxford University), Prof. Daniel Wigboldus (president, Radboud University), Prof. Juan José Ruiz Martínez (rector, Miguel Hernandez University), Prof. László Csernoch (vice-rector, Debrecen University), Prof. Anca Buzoianu (rector, UMF Cluj-Napoca), Prof. Mehmet Özkan (rector, Boğaziçi university), Prof. Michael Hoch (rector, Bonn University), Prof. Anders Gustafsson (acting vice president, Karolinska Institutet). Background: Select members of the NeurotechEU Alliance, Members of the governance board, WP leaders, WP team members, faculty deans, institute chairs, department heads, students, and staff members
NeurotechEU signature ceremony
Big day is just around the corner: Rectors and rector representatives from the eight founding partners will meet in Nijmegen on Jan 24th, 2020 for the official signature ceremony. Among the activities of the day, there is also a panel discussion with the rectors of the founding universities. The ceremony session will start at 12.00 and will take place in the historical Berchmanianum on the Radboud University campus.
Third Founders Meeting will take place in January 2020
Happy holidays and season greetings from the NeurotechEU family. As we are getting ready for the new year, we are also looking forward to the founders’ third meeting. Students, staff, researchers and administrators from the eight founding universities will meet in Nijmegen on Jan 23-24th. One of the key topics for this meeting is meeting is to have an in-depth look at the NeurotechEU ecosystem to maximize the impact of the Alliance for education, research, innovation potential of Europe and society.
We are conducting a brief survey to inquire what researchers consider as challenges awaiting neuroscience and neurotechnology now and in the future (until 2040). The link can be found brelow - estimated time burden: 12 minutes. Your answers will help to finalize the agenda for a symposium to be organized by NeurotechEU in Spring 2020. If you would like to join us in this event, please feel free to leave your name and contact information at the end of the survey. Otherwise, your answers will remain anonymous.
To the Neurochallenges Survey
Would you like to contribute to the NeurotechEU?
The overarching goal of the NeurotechEU is to provide comprehensive education and training programs for bachelor, master, doctoral students, and lifelong learners. To ensure that NeurotechEU is organized around the needs of the students and to better address the needs of our students, we have prepared a brief questionnaire. The link can be found below - estimated time burden: 5 minutes. All prospective or current students are invited to participate in the survey.
The first results of the survey are now available here.
To the Student Survey
Founders are meeting again!
After a very successful meeting in November the Alliance will meet again on Dec 16-17, 2019. With a detailed draft of the educational, research and innovation programs, students, researchers and staff members from the founding partners will critically evaluate the needs of the future NeurotechEU students and the members of the universities. Expected societal and economical impact of the NeurotechEU will be at display as the Alliance introduces the NeurotechEU to stakeholders across all segments of the society, regional governance and business leaders.
Founders are meeting in Nijmegen
Founding universities of the NeurotechEU will meet in Nijmegen, the Netherlands on Nov 21-22, 2019. Student, researchers and high-level managerial representatives from the NeurotechEU universities will focus on the current status of education and research in the fields of Brain and Technology. They will discuss how to organize the NeurotechEU to build innovative education programs and to seamlessly bring together education, research and innovation for societal impact.