An EU-funded project is creating a Europe-wide cultural heritage research infrastructure to provide easier access to scientific facilities, archival information and expertise and to improve training in heritage science.
New Pan European Research Infrastructure for Chemical Biology
The European Commission has granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to EU-OPENSCREEN setting up a Pan European RI for Chemical Biology.
Hosted in Germany and based in Berlin, the new ERIC will provide a single access point to screening platforms as well as chemistry and biology facilities.
The services offered will include access to resources, tools and facilities to researchers from Europe and beyond providing high quality infrastructure service for research on the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. International interdisciplinary research and collaboration with Industry will be at the centre of the activities.
The preparatory phase of EU-OPENSCREEN received EU funding of EUR 3 700 000 from the 7th Framework Programme.
Bulgarian Presidency Flagship Conference on Research Infrastructures
22 – 23 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, in partnership with the European Commission, DG RTD, will host in Sofia the 2018 Bulgarian Presidency Flagship conference "Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 - sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society". More than 30 high-level speakers will gather in Sofia Tech Park to discuss a sustainable and inclusive European Research Infrastructure ecosystem.
The main purpose of the Conference will present the key elements of the Action Plan and reflections on the Long term sustainability of Research Infrastructures Staff Working Document .
Developing a European 'big science market' for advanced research infrastructures and industry
The Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2018 has brought together 'big science' organizations such as CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, F4E and ILL, with industrial companies for co-creating a 'big science market' worth EUR 12 billion. During the two-day forum, the big science organizations have presented their offers and investment plans to potential new business partners. This event is also intended to facilitate more structured and joint procurements for a strong industrial involvement in the European market.
In the context of establishing a European Action Plan for ensuring the sustainability of research Infrastructures, participants have also been presented the key recommendations from the European Commission's recently published Call For Action Report .