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The Global Dimension of Research Infrastructures

AAAS Boston 2008
Session Type: 180-Minute Symposium
Number: 180-069
Session Start/End Time: Monday, Feb 18, 2008, 9:15 AM -12:15 PM

Synopsis: In autumn 2006, the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented a strategic roadmap for new research infrastructures of pan-European relevance. Many of the projects identified can, however, be seen as global or as the European components of worldwide networks. Strategic planning exercises play an increasingly important role in the formulation of science policy. They are particularly valuable in determining the implementation of large-scale research infrastructures, allowing projects to be considered in a broader context. In connection with this, an analysis of existing roadmaps and of possible implementation mechanisms of global infrastructures is envisaged by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Global Science Forum. This symposium addresses issues linked to the global dimension of research infrastructures based on the practical experience of representative examples from the ESFRI Roadmap: Lifewatch, a distributed international infrastructure for biodiversity research; Square Kilometre Array; European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network and biotherapy facilities; SHARE, a data infrastructure on Health, Ageing and Retirement; and the European e-Infrastructure initiative supporting global research communities. The discussants are eminent European and American speakers, and the session is moderated by a scientific journalist.


 Moderator: Conny Czymoch: Journalist, Germany


  • Robert-Jan Smits: Directorate-General for Research, European Commission
  • Thomas Weber: the National Science Foundation, USA
  • Jacques Demotes-Mainard: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France
  • Karsten Hank: University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Wouter Los: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Richard Schilizzi: The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Mário Campolargo: Directorate-General for Information Society and Media, European Commission

  • Discussants:

  • John Wood: Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Karl van Bibber, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Organised by: Maria Carvalho Dias and Elena Righi Steele, European Commission - DG RTD


    09:15 - 09:20

    Welcome and Introduction of the speakers

    Conny Czymoch

    09:20 - 09:40

    Setting the scene: the European and the American perspective

    Robert Jan Smits
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    Thomas Weber
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    09:40 - 10:00

    SHARE: A Data Infrastructure on Health, Aging, and Retirement

    Karsten Hank
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    10:00 - 10:20

    LIFEWATCH: Large-Scale e-Infrastructures for Biodiversity Research

    Wouter Los
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    10:20 - 10:40

    SKA: The Square Kilometer Array

    Richard Schilizzi
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    10:40 - 11:00

    ECRIN: European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network and Biotherapy Facilities

    Jacques Demotes-Mainard
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    11:00 - 11:20

    The European e-Infrastructure Initiative: Supporting Global Research Communities

    Mário Campolargo
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    11:20 - 11:30

    Challenges for global RI projects: the American view

    Karl van Bibber
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    11:30 - 11:40

    Challenges for global RI projects: the European view

    John Wood
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    11:40 - 12:15

    Open discussion moderated by Conny Czymoch


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