Researchers Attack Europe's Human Brain Project

July 7, 2014 2:33 PM

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Researchers Attack Europe's Human Brain Project

Nearly 200 scientists at deadline have threatened to boycott the European Commission’s Human Brain Project (HBP), contending that the 10-year €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) mega-initiative was not being properly managed and thus would not succeed in its ambitious goal of simulating the inner workings of the human brain.

The researchers, signing an online “open message” sent today to the EC, pledged not to apply for HBP partnering projects—and promised as well to urge their colleagues to join them in that commitment—absent dramatic changes in the Project’s approaches to science and management.

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