Global Partnerships: Engagement, Outreach & Diversity


Global Engagement Initiative

As a global neuroscience federation dedicated to the promotion of neuroscience around the world, IBRO was chosen by several leading neuroscience societies to lead a collaborative effort in support of advocacy programs across all the world’s regions. Formerly known as the Global Advocacy Initiative, the Global Engagement Initiative was launched in 2013 to facilitate the development of culturally relevant educational and motivational programs that will garner wider support for neuroscience research across the world. IBRO is now working closely with FENS and SfN, in addition to The Dana Foundation, the Japan Neuroscience Society, the Australasian Neuroscience Society and others to create a programme in support of its global engagement mission. 

Alba Network

As a founding partner along with FENS and SfN, IBRO helped to establish the Alba Network in 2019 to support and encourage diversity and equality in neuroscience. IBRO-ECC members sit permanently on the Alba Steering Committee that oversees the activities of the network which aim to fulfill three primary objectives: Promote best practices to counteract bias; recognize outstanding contributions to science and diversity; and provide networking and mentoring opportunities to promote careers for members of underrepresented groups. More information

European Brain Council

The IBRO Pan-European Regional Committee (IBRO-PERC) joined the European Brain Council (EBC) in 2016 to support the representation of neuroscience at the European Commission (EC). IBRO-PERC made this decision because the presence of neuroscience in EC-launched programs (e.g. Horizon 2020) has been scarce and support has decreased considerably from EC budgetary schemes. The only programs involving brain research and considered eligible for EC funding are limited to those exclusively translational or clinical in nature. As EBC includes and promotes the interests of basic research, industry and clinical and patient associations, IBRO-PERC considered it the best partner with whom to increase representation at the European policymaking level. More information

International Brain Bee

IBRO was delighted to be a part of the formal establishment of the International Brain Bee (IBB) in 2018 as a non-profit educational organization incorporated in the United States. This milestone event was made possible through a partnership and funding commitment from five founding organizations: the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). More information

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.

Global Partnerships: Engagement, Outreach & Diversity


YIBRO-Simply Neuroscience Partnership

Simply Neuroscience is composed of, and targeted towards, budding scientists at the high school and early undergraduate levels, a career stage at which Young IBRO is keen to develop. By supporting this initiative, IBRO looks to extend training and research in...

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The ALBA network focuses on increasing visibility on DEI issues in brain sciences through the organization of events and panel discussions at major neuroscience conferences.The Young IBRO Committee is partnering with ALBA to further advocate for the importance of...

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Young IBRO Makers Lab

By educating students participating in the Canadian Neuroscience School 2022, who are from African and Latin American regions, Young IBRO aims to improve and increase adoption of new, cheap, and powerful methods to measure the behavioral consequences of systems of...

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