Research Infrastructures

21 June 2018

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.

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20 June 2018

International Conference for Research Infrastructures 2018

12-14 September 2018, Vienna, Austria

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.

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31 May 2018

European Commission and EIROForum organisations confirm key role of Research Infrastructures for science policy

On Wednesday, Jean-Eric Paquet, the European Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation and Ian Mattaj, the current Chair of the European Intergovernmental Research Organisation forum (EIROforum), signed the work plan 2018-2020 to implement the Statement of Intent between the Commission and EIROForum, dated from 2010. The Forum represents Europe’s eight largest research organisations: CERN, EMBL, EUROFusion, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL and ILL.

The three-year plan focuses on European science policy and the innovation potential and industry involvement in Research Infrastructures. Special attention will be given to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the long-term sustainability of Pan-European Research Infrastructures.The Commission and the EIROforum Council also discussed how science contributes to solving societal challenges, and the role of Research Infrastructures in Horizon Europe – the EU's next research and innovation funding programme that will follow Horizon 2020 – and in science diplomacy.

The Commission and EIROforum shared their commitment to foster scientific excellence, strengthen science policies, increase the impact on citizens' lives and boost technological development.

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