Dr.Nijboer, F. (Femke)

Twente University

Section: Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente
Faculty: Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Visiting address

Building: Zilverling, room 2033 Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Mail address

P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands


+31 (0)53 489 4650


+31 (0)53 489 3503

Femke Nijboer is a researcher in the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technolgy and a postdoc in the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente. In May 2008 she obtained her PhD in natural sciences at the Graduate School for Neural and Behavioral Sciences (an international Max Planck Research School). She has conducted extensive and widely cited clinical work with brain-computer interfaces for locked-in patients at the Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology of the University of Tübingen. She is two-time winner of the Tursky Award. She likes to think that her current work forms a strange but wonderful mixture of psychology, human-computer interaction, neuroengineering, ethics and public relations.

She was recently awarded with Veni funding to study the ethical, legal and societal aspects of research and development of brain-computer interfaces.

Despite the job title psychologist and experience with brain-computer interfaces she is still utterly incapable of reading thoughts.

Please see her personal website for more information or her Veni website (forthcoming) for more information on brain-computer interfaces.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Vlek, R. J., Steines, D., Szibbo, D., Koebler, A., Schneider, M.-J., Haselager, P., et al. (in press). Ethical issues in BCI research, development, and dissemination - four case scenarios.


  • Haselager, P., Vlek, R., Hill, J., & Nijboer, F. (2009). A note on ethical aspects of BCI. Neural Netw, 22(9), 1352-1357.
  • Nijboer, F., Clausen, J., Allison, B. Z., & Haselager, P. (2011). Researchers' opinions about ethically sound dissemination of BCI research to the public media. International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism, 13(3), 108-109.
  • Nijboer, F., Clausen, J., Allison, B., & Haselager, P. (2011). The Asilomar Survey: Stakeholders' Opinions on Ethical Issues Related to Brain-Computer Interfacing. Neuroethics, 1-38.


  • Nijboer, F., & Broermann, U. (2010). Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication and Control in Locked-in Patients. In B. Graimann, G. Pfurtscheller & B. Allison (Eds.), Brain-Computer Interfaces (pp. 185-201): Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Nijboer, F., Kleih, S., & Kuebler, A. (2009). Gehirn-Computer Schnittstellen fuer schwerstgelaehmte Menschen - klinische Moeglichkeiten, technische Grenzen und etische Fragen. In Mueller, Clausen & Maio (Eds.), Das technisierte Gehirn. Paderborn: mentis Verlag GmbH.