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EMSO: New European research infrastructure to provide key data on the sea and climate change

The European Commission granted today the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), a network of observatory nodes installed in European seas providing key data on marine ecosystems, natural hazards and climate change.

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Report on the Consultation on Long Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures

In December 2015 the European Commission launched a targeted consultation on the long-term sustainability of pan-European Research Infrastructures. The purpose of this consultation was to identify trends and possible corresponding actions that could be implemented at regional, national and European level, to strengthen the long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures. The results of the consultation are presented in this report and highlight the need to strengthen the involvement of industry to develop credible business models as well as efficient governance models to develop research infrastructures. It is also necessary to look into the different existing funding schemes both to ensure appropriate synergies and to explore possible new solutions.

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European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

The Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures was developed by the Commission in close cooperation with the ESFRI, the e-IRG and the ERA Stakeholder Organisations. The Charter sets out non-regulatory principles and guidelines to be used, on a voluntary basis, as a reference when defining or re-defining rules and conditions for Access to Research Infrastructures.

The Charter is applicable to any type of Research Infrastructure, including the e-infrastructure dimension.

Specific instructions for the management of Integrating Activity projects under FP7
(these instructions have been moved from the CORDIS webpages)

European research infrastructures for excellent science: open calls of Horizon 2020

The main objective of the action is to endow Europe with world-class research infrastructures which are accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond and fully exploit their potential for scientific advance and innovation.

All information on the action, work programme and how to apply is available on the H2020 website and the Participant Portal



GLOBIS-B : major progress on global biodiversity observation system

Scientists and technical experts made great steps towards the development of a cooperative and global monitoring system for changes in biodiversity during a three day workshop in Germany, based on the concept of the so called Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). Like climate variables, EBVs are constructed from various sources of data and are the underlying variables to assess changes in biodiversity through time.

The GLOBIS-B project supports research infrastructures active in biodiversity and ecosystems research from Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, South Africa and the USA to cooperate with their expertise. The project is coordinated by the University of Amsterdam as part of the LifeWatch European research infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystems research.

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2nd ICOS Science Conference 2016

27 – 29 September 2016, Helsinki, Finland

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ICRI 2016

3-5 October, Cape Town – South Africa

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Sustainable Research Infrastructures and socio-economic impact: opportunities and challenges for the regions

13 October 2016, Brussels

Workshop in the framework of European Week of Regions and Cities 2016



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