Creating a European Research Infrastructure to Decode the Human Brain

Join Christoph Ebell, Executive Director, for a talk on the structure and current developments of the the Human Brain Project.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


February 28, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


free and open to the public

The Human Brain Project

February 28, 2017

Join Christoph Ebell, Executive Director at the Human Brain Project (HBP), for a talk on the structure and current developments of the Project, one of the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship.

The HBP, a 10-year multinational European brain research initiative, has the aim to advance neuroscience and medicine, and to create brain-inspired information technology. To do so, it targets the reconstruction of the brain’s multiscale organization. It uses productive loops of experiments, medical data, data analytics, and simulation on all levels that will eventually bridge the scales. The HBP IT architecture is unique, utilizing cloud-based collaboration and development platforms with databases, workflow systems, petabyte storage, and supercomputers. The HBP is developing toward a European research infrastructure advancing brain research, medicine, and brain-inspired information technology. It is also looking to expand research synergies and contacts at the international level.

Free and open to the public.

Event program

6.00PM Doors open
6.30PM Remarks and Q&A by Christoph Ebell, Executive Director, Human Brain Project
9.00PM Doors close


Speaker bio


Christoph Ebell is the Executive Director at the Human Brain Project, where he heads the management unit of this large and ambitious European Flagship project. Prior to this position, he served as the Science and Technology Counselor at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his diplomatic posting, he connected Switzerland and the United States in the fields of science, technology, innovation, higher education, as well as professional education. Before his posting in the United States, Chris worked at the Department of Economic Affairs in Bern, Switzerland, where he headed the international cooperation section for innovation, education and international organizations. Specializing in innovation policy issues, he was a delegate at the OECD Committee for Science and Technology Policy, UN commissions, and a member of several expert working groups, including the expert panel on the OECD Innovation Strategy. Prior to that, Chris built up extensive experience with R&D-related EU institutions and multilateral cooperation mechanisms both on a European and global level with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing. He began his career at the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, Switzerland’s innovation funding agency. Before his career in the government services, Chris studied Physics and Humanities, did research in American and International studies and culture, in Switzerland and at Harvard University. He received Masters degrees from the University of Bern and from the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught at the University of Basel.