On the 26th May, NERRI members met in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) for their first Consortium meeting after the milestone of the first year of the project.
As mentioned in a previous article this gathering had an important role in the planning of NERRI future actions. The NERRI Consortium is meant to be a source of enthusiasm and ideas and the meeting in Nijmegen showed how much NERRI members can learn from each other approach to the challenge of fostering the debate on neuro-enhancement.
NERRI committed to the organization of 44 different events around Europe and having the opportunity to see what has been done in the other countries was incredibly useful for each member of the Consortium. One of the main outcomes of the reconnaissance phase (when experts and stakeholders were interviewed) was the mapping of the European landscape: each country has a specific and peculiar approach to the issue of neuro-enhancement but this result does not mean that good practices cannot be shared. This is the reason why a lot of time during the Consortium meeting was spent in the discussion of the MML approaches defined by the different countries to address the neuro-enhancement issue: a Science Café with a students’ play was the idea of one Dutch team, the screening of Fixed – The science/fiction on Human Enhancement with Hungarian subtitles to promote the debate was the solution found by the Central European University and much more. Sharing these first experiences gave the NERRI members the perfect boost to plan better and more effective MML events.
During the meeting there was also the time to discuss the communication activities developed by the Consortium and to analyze what needs to be done before starting the next workpackage “Governance of Responsible Research and Innovation”.
A clear message from Nijmegen: a lot has happened but more has yet to come.