Biotechnology, food and nutrition, material testing, holocaust and natural environment are among the topics covered by the six new pan-European research infrastructure projects that were announced today as part of the 2018 roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
International Conference for Research Infrastructures 2018
12-14 September 2018, Vienna, Austria
Under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Commissioner Carlos Moedas is in Vienna to highlight the essential role of Research Infrastructures in pushing the frontiers of knowledge and addressing global challenges.
The ICRI conference provides a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research infrastructures at global level, and highlights the essential role of research infrastructures in addressing global challenges and contributing to sustainable development goals. Participants from more than 50 countries are expected to take part in the International Conference for Research Infrastructures (ICRI) 2018. Speakers representing high-level stakeholders from across the globe and high profile institutions will intervene in the debate.
New ESFRI roadmap 2018 launch event
11 September 2018, Vienna, Austria
On 11 September, the new ESFRI Roadmap 2018 is officially presented in Vienna under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Roadmap includes the ESFRI Landmark portfolio of 37 long-term engagements in all fields of science and 18 ESFRI Projects, with 6 new initiatives related to fusion energy research, environmental observation, natural history collections, industrial biotechnology, metrology in food, and Holocaust-related resources. The new Roadmap also identifies two areas of high potential for developing new research infrastructures, namely religious studies and transition to open science. Open Access to scientific resources and services for all scientists across Europe is the general aim of all Infrastructures in the ESFRI Roadmap.
EMBRC-ERIC opens for excellence in marine biology and ecology research
On 19 June 2018, the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) celebrated its adoption as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMBRC-ERIC) and the onset of its operational phase. The event was held at Sorbonne Université - Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, where EMBRC has its Headquarters, at the presence of dignitaries from EU Commission and French Ministry MESER representatives, in addition to governmental delegations from nine EU countries. “EMBRC-ERIC is a milestone for services to science furthering our knowledge of marine life and its implications for the human conditions.” – says Ilaria Nardello, the Executive Director.
Hosted by France and based in Paris, EMBRC-ERIC is a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) for marine biology and ecology research, providing state of the art facilities, technology platforms and advanced services to study marine organisms and ecosystems. Among its objectives, it is to enable new technologies and marine biological models to further our investigation capabilities for life-science breakthrough discoveries, and to support a modern approach to long-term marine ecological monitoring efforts. “EMBRC ERIC is a truly multidisciplinary effort and a driver in the development of blue biotechnologies, including at regional level, supporting both fundamental and applied research activities for sustainable solutions in the food, health and environmental sectors.” – said Mr. Jean-David MALO, Director of Open Innovation and Open Science, European Commission - DG Research and Innovation.