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.
ELIXIR report demonstrating the importance of public bioinformatics data to SMEs
The EU-funded European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) aims to construct and operate a sustainable infrastructure for biological information to support life science research and its application in medicine, environment protection, the bio-industries and society.
ELIXIR's recently published report confirms that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Europe greatly rely on open bioinformatics data for doing innovative projects. For example, the Spanish SME Mind the Byte is developing new computer modelling used in drug discovery services by pharmaceutical companies, which would not be possible without unrestricted access to public databases. Through analysing the business models of SMEs, the report systematically maps the ways open data contribute to innovation and generate business value for the companies. It features case-studies of seven innovation-driven European SMEs, each with different business model and with a different way of using open bioinformatics data.
ELIXIR involves 20 countries and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) as members. In addition, ELIXIR coordinates and receives funding from several grants through the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme, including ELIXIR-EXCELERATE and CORBEL.
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 .