Science has an important social role. The knowledge acquired in basic research institutes like the IN should be returned to the society in the form of practical knowledge.

The OUTREACH axis (Coordinators V Borrell & S Jurado) coordinates actions aimed to inform and çadvise on science and technology matters to public and private entities and to promote scientific culture and rational thinking in our society. This axis is committed to promote the involvement of society with science through communication and educational projects (e.g., defense of animal experimentation, promotion of women in sciences) and to carry outreach activities in the field of neurosciences. It coordinates the activities for public awareness, such as open-doors visits, conferences for lay people, round tables on social implications of brain science, etc, as well as monitor the presence of the IN in the media and social networks.