Understanding and healing the human brain is one of the most exciting challenges of the 21st century. For centuries we have been attracted by the mystery of thought and consciousness, but it is only now that we have the technical and scientific foundation to advance.
Is consciousness fundamental for the emergence of thought? Will Artificial Intelligence need to be conscious? And can we repair our mind once it has been damaged? Addressing these questions requires boldness, is necessarily interdisciplinary and needs close coordination amongst scientists, clinicians, industry partners and policy makers. In Europe, we decided to accept this challenge and push the frontiers of our knowledge through efforts such as the European flagship Human Brain Project, the European Open Science Cloud, and our investments in High Performance Computing... But how will we succeed? Aix-Marseille University - AMU, a European leader in brain health and technology, responds together with its scientific and industrial partners across the continent.
The symposium will address concrete examples of progress and perspectives from within the Human Brain Project, Technology Transfer in Health and European data and computing infrastructures. It will highlight significant progress made in these fields due to interdisciplinary research, identify challenges, and address issues targeted by future European programmes, in particular Horizon Europe.