Connecting European Neuroscience

European Brain Museum (EBM) Project

The History Committee previously created a network of European museums or institutions which are working in preservation or exploitation of brain sciences archives. The aim of the EBM project was to develop an online database displayed as a map of the European Brain Museums in order to list, promote and protect archives of brain sciences.

 European Brain Museum Project (EBM)

The first European Brain Museum Project (EBM) meeting was held on 23 May 2017 in Paris at the ICM (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière) auditorium in the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière. The  main goal of the meeting was to establish an inventory of archives of brain research history archives in Europe and of actions currently being undertaken to preserve them – or the lack thereof. Presentations by each country representative were followed by a discussion on what the next steps should be to develop the EBM and how the EBM could play a role in the preservation and promotion of historical artifacts.

Historians, scientists and museums directors from Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands attended the meeting. They showcased brain research preservation practices in their countries and outlined major challenges and possible ways of dealing with them.

The networking and information shared during the meeting laid the foundations for further project developments and allowed for the extension of the network of museums that make up the EBM project.

Access the EBM website here

FENS has now partnered with IBRO to bring this project to the next level with a global scope. Thus, the Global Brain Museum was created.

If you are part or know of an institute or have access to brain sciences archives and would like to get involved, contact the FENS History Committee at