Following a request from the European Commission, ESFRI decided early 2005 to compile a List of Opportunities ( 458 KB) in order to assist the Commission in the preparation of its proposal for the Seventh Framework programme (FP7). This list listed concrete examples of new large-scale RIs foreseen to be needed by the scientific community in the next decades. Following this, during 2005 and 2006 ESFRI concentrated on the development of a European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures.
During the summer of 2005, ESFRI Roadmap Working Groups were set up around the following thematic areas: Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE), Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
Carlo Rizzuto (Italy) led the RWG Group dealing with PSE, Ruth Barrington (Ireland) led the BMS Group and Bjorn Henrichsen (Norway) led the SSH Group.
More than 70 high-level representatives took part in the Roadmap Working Groups (RWGs) and all EU member states were represented. In turn, these RWGs monitored the work of 15 expert groups, created during the summer of 2005 to cover specific areas. More than 150 experts took part in this intensive work.
In order to focus work of these groups, procedural “Rules for Making the Roadmap” ( 90 KB) were drawn up, agreed by ESFRI and adhered to during the process.
The evaluation of the proposals submitted to ESFRI started at the end of August 2005, after the setting up of the expert groups. Thereafter, the expert groups gave their scientific advice to the RWGs who forwarded to ESFRI those proposals that fitted a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy making on new RIs of pan-European interest open to use by and corresponding to the needs of the European research communities.
The individual reports of the Roadmap Working Groups towards the ESFRI 2006 Roadmap can be consulted below:
An on-line map to locate the ESFRI infrastructures and their partner facilities
About 400 facilities are part of these distributed pan-European RIs set up with the support of the European Commission
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