Many of the teachers, researchers and students of the University of Debrecen followed the online opening event of NeurotechEU, a university association comprised of leading universities from eight countries, established for the development of neuroscience

As it has already been published by,  the consortium established early November for the development of neuroscience in a broad sense includes highly prestigious universities like the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), the University of Bonn (Germany), the Radboud University (the Netherland), and the University of Oxford (UK). The organisation has received EUR 5 million from the EU in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.

The English-language presentations given at the event on Wednesday were watched by over a thousand participants. They provided an insight into the plans of the universities involved in the fields of teaching, research, as well as teacher and student mobility.

To represent UD a medical student, Mohamed Sayed-Ahmad gave a presentation. He led a section with a student of the Karolinska Institutet. They discussed the challenges and opportunities that may come up in the course of the programme in the fields of education and research. 97.4 of the voters in the section said that they would prefer a European degree to a local one. Other sections dealt with opportunities to join the programme, and digitalisation in the context of research and cooperation.

A speech was given by Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, official of the European Commission responsible for higher education, who highlighted the importance of this field of science.

In the next section heads of the work packages of the programme presented the steps planned for the next three years. József Tőzsér, vice rector for health industry innovation and education development of UD talked about the "Sustainability and communication" programme of the university. He highlighted the importance of cooperation and the use of social media. He added that university and secondary school students will also be allowed to join the programme, which may enable them to obtain a life-time experience.

At the meeting Zoltán Molnár, researcher of the University of Oxford talked about Thomas Willis, and argued that neuroscience is relevant in all areas of life.

With the facilitation of Levente Takács, vice dean for educational affairs of the Faculty of Humanities, participants discussed the related community and ethical issues. Other groups dealt with the economic, medical, educational, biological and AI-related aspects of neuroscience.

Developments related to the NeurotechEU will be available at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. Those willing to join the programme can register by writing an email to .

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