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2016 Edition of the ESFRI Roadmap and the New Version of the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

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Submitted by Dai Qian on March 11, 2016 - 3:35am

On March 10, the 2016 edition of the ESFRI Roadmap and the new version of the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures were presented in Amsterdam at the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap launching event.

Both documents are available respectively at:

Sustainability Document Produced by the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group

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Submitted by Dai Qian on February 29, 2016 - 6:27am

The Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group has produced a new document on Research Infrastructures, which can be found at:

This document touches upon the dimensions of Sustainability, Innovation, data management and RI evaluation and complements the previous document produced in 2014 that can be found at:

Science Europe Survey Report on Research Infrastructures

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Submitted by Dai Qian on January 15, 2016 - 3:29am

Science Europe has released on January 14 a Survey Report on ‘Strategic Priorities, Funding and Pan- European Co-operation for Research Infrastructures in Europe’.

The 26-page report describes the decision-making landscape when it comes to the planning, funding and collaboration of public scientific research facilities in Europe. It gives insight into the diversity of processes in place to define strategic priorities across the different national research systems.

Group of experts issued a report on global research infrastructures

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Submitted by Dai Qian on December 9, 2015 - 6:28am

Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany: The "Group of Senior Officials" (GSO) on global research infrastructures provides competent advice to the Science Ministers of the G7 nations. The GSO presented a progress report to the Science Ministers in October 2015. More at

Relevant Organizations and Events

ICRI 2016 - The next International Conference on Research Infrastructures will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 5 October 2016, hosted by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the European Commission. It will be the 3rd Conference on Research Infrastructures and the event will have an international dimension. The conference aims at: 

  • highlighting the essential role of global research infrastructures in addressing grand challenges and as hubs for innovation; 
  • reflecting on needs, development and sustainability of global/regional research infrastructures;  
  • discussing the possibility to move towards an international roadmap. 
ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The competitive and open access to high quality Research Infrastructures supports and benchmarks the quality of the activities of European scientists, and attracts the best researchers from around the world.
Science Europe is an association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. Science Europe promotes the collective interests of the Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations of Europe. It supports its Member Organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) through its direct engagement with key partners. In doing so it will be informed by direct representation of all scientific communities in its reflections on policies, priorities and strategies.
GSO - At the first G8 Ministerial meeting, held in Okinawa on 15 June 2008, it was decided to form a Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on global research infrastructures (GRIs) to take stock and explore cooperation on GRIs. 
The mandate of the GSO included: the identification of GRIs, the analysis on how countries evaluate and prioritize the construction of large scale research infrastructures (RIs), the identification of possible new areas of cooperation, the promotion of transnational access to GRIs, fostering of “distributed RIs”, the identification of measures to ensure that (the huge amount of) scientific data is appropriately handled, stored and accessed and the adoption of a common understanding for the joint lifecycle management of GRIs.