In frames of the “Neuroscience Week” COBRAIN sums up the results achieved during the lifetime of the project.  The closing conference starts on May 16 with a welcoming session attended by RA Government representatives, Ambassadors of project partner countries and the EU delegation to Armenia. The Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia Zhanna Andreasyan stresses the linkage of education and research being among the strategic objective of the RA Government and states that the Armenian higher education institutions should take measures for strengthening their research component. Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Armenia, her Excellency Mrs. Andrea Wiktorin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany his Excellency Mr. Viktor Richter, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden, his Excellency Mr. Patrik Svensson highlight the role of EU funding in the promotion of impactful research and congratulate YSMU COBRAIN project staff for successfully implementing the flagship project which has opened up new strands in education and research.

The Project Coordinator represents the outcomes of COBRAIN and their expected impact on research, society and industry with due regard to the establishment of the new infrastructure, training of early-stage researchers, research and administrative staff, increased number of publications in highly ranked neuroscience and stem cell research journals, setting up knowledge and technology transfer service, strengthened cooperation opportunities, etc.

The project partner university representatives Lusine Danielyan (EKUT, Germany) and Hoa Huu Phuc Nguyen (RUB, Germany) introduce the efforts made by their staff towards fulfilling the objectives of the project as well as the benefits that their institutions have owing to cooperation with YSMU.

The results represented by presentations and oral speeches are visualized by a guided tour of the COBRAIN Center where participants get acquainted with the methodological capacities of the new infrastructure introduced after the long-term training of early-stage researchers.

In the second session the project staff share information on the results of the long-term training program, the establishment of Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office, the scientific directions as well as the research projects implemented at COBRAIN Center.

During the whole day “The beauty of the brain” exhibition under the “Art and Science” initiative is organized in the conference venue which aims to attract the attention of students towards brain research and present the ideas of students about human brain/nervous system through handmade works of art.

May 17 is dedicated to honoring the memory of Academician Hrachya Buniatyan as founder of biochemistry and neuroscience school in Armenia. In the “Buniatyan lectures in Biochemistry of the Nervous System” lecture series participants get to know the pathway of H Buniatyan and gain insight into more general research topics introduced by the partner universities and YSMU staff. The event ends with the “Networking Neurotalks” session which aims to connect researchers in neuroscience and build cooperation between different projects.

Above all, the COBRAIN project closing conference ends with sustainable results and ensured continuous cooperation between all parties involved.

The COBRAIN project has ended but the idea of COBRAIN will live as long as the team continues to create.