Partnerships: Global Coordination Initiatives


International Brain Initiative (IBI)

Countries around the world have been investing in basic research and new technologies that could transform our knowledge of the brain. Understanding how the brain functions and how it breaks down in disease has the potential to improve the lives of a vast number of people worldwide. That is why representatives from diverse brain research projects – including scientists, policymakers and funders – came together to create the International Brain Initiative (IBI).

IBRO expressed its support for the IBI through a position statement (below) released in February 2018.

IBRO expresses its support for the International Brain Initiative in its commitment to fostering collaboration on brain research for the benefit of all around the world and agrees to uphold the tenets outlined in the Initiative’s Declaration of Intent.

IBRO can provide specific support in helping to ensure that new investments in brain research will benefit communities everywhere by utilizing our global networks to communicate and disseminate the Initiative’s mission and objectives, as well as future deliverables such as experimental standards, ethical guidelines, training mechanisms, data-sharing platforms and neurotechnologies.

We are also well placed to develop the Initiative’s priority of global inclusiveness by connecting researchers and countries that do not necessarily have the opportunities to be involved in large-scale brain projects.


Global Science of Learning Education Network

IBRO has joined the Global Science of Learning Education Network, whose mission is to achieve maximum worldwide benefit from science-based strategies designed to meet the learning needs of our global future and to overcome poverty’s impact on learning. A key next focus will be to deeply understand the Science of Learning (SoL) and the extent to which it can be generalized, thereby developing best practices for learning, education, and policy resources that take into account for whom, at what developmental stage, under what conditions, and in what context SoL can be implemented in the world’s distinctive cultures and conditions. Grounded in an environment of trust and co-invention this Global Science of Learning Network will also be fertile ground for training the very best interdisciplinary scientists, technologists, practitioners, and policymakers to lead the innovation of SoL and education while also benefitting students in poverty.


UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme

IBRO participates as an observer on the Governing Board of UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), an international multidisciplinary programme established by UNESCO Member States in order to reinforce intergovernmental cooperation and co-operation between partner organizations in science to strengthen national capacities in the basic sciences and science education. The Programme focuses on fostering major region-specific actions that involve a network of national, regional and international centres of excellence or benchmark centres in the basic sciences. We also hold partner activities together to promote and increase support for the basic sciences around the world.

Other areas of potential partnerships include travel grants and stipends, return home and other research fellowships, international short stay grants, neuroethics, diversity, history of neuroscience, awards of research excellence, PhD fellowships and increased support for young and disadvantaged neuroscientists, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. If you are interested in exploring new ideas or future support within one of our existing partnership areas, please contact Lars Kristiansen, Executive Director, at lars.kristiansen[at]ibro[dot]org.