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ESFRI Working Groups

The main scope of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on RIs in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of RIs. In this context, the Forum acts as an informal body on issues raised by one or more country delegations.

As indicated in its procedural guidelines, ESFRI may discuss activities and topics related, e.g. to the development of strategic policies, to the analysis of the socioeconomic returns of research infrastructures, or to new funding instruments or institutional arrangements for pan-European research infrastructures.

In order to ensure the smooth and effective running of the Forum, ESFRI adheres to a set of guidelines (PDF icon 113 KB) which are agreed by the Forum and reviewed (and updated if necessary) every two years.

ESFRI has set-up a number of ad-hoc working groups to analyse topical issues and report to the Forum.

Working Groups

Implementation

Chair: David Bohmert (Bohmert@swisscore.org) The group advises ESFRI on the managerial and financial maturity of all projects on the roadmap (every two to three years, five years after having entered and when leaving the roadmap). It organises (on request) closed meetings for projects in trouble and provides input for, and to complement, the concrete EU support projects under Horizon 2020. This last task also comprises the ESFRI contribution to the development and update of the European Charter on Access to Research Infrastructures.

Innovation

Chair: Jean Moulin (jean.moulin@belspo.be) The Innovation working group was set-up with the aim: (i) to identify and promote the innovation and industrial capabilities of the RIs on the ESFRI roadmap and (ii) to strengthen the cooperation of pan-European RIs with industry (access of industrial users to RIs and industrial involvement in RIs). The Group will propose to the Forum the broad lines of a strategic plan for an industry-oriented cooperation. In particular, it will propose solutions to the limited interactions between RIs and industry and make recommendations to ESFRI for strengthening the cooperation of pan-European RIs with industry or relevant European IndustrialOrganisations and for identifying common goals.

Strategy Working Groups (SWG)

In preparation for the update of the ESFRI roadmap, ESFRI has mandated the Strategy Working Groups (SWG) to carry out a Landscape Analysis during 2014 and to identify, generally from within the SWG, Roadmap Drafting Groups.

Energy

Chair: Ricardo Migueis (ricardo.migueis@fct.pt) The Energy SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Energy Research Infrastructures (RIs) and highlights and improves the potential energy applications in multi-disciplinary RIs. It will identify new important RIs and research demonstrators of pan-European interest in the Energy area, plan their implementation and examine the development of industrial prototypes in the Energy sector and their interactions with RIs and research demonstrators. Furthermore, it analyses new implementation schemes of RIs specific to the energy domain and fosters ESFRI collaborations with SET-Plan and other relevant EU initiatives (including upcoming European Innovation Partnerships).

Environment

Chair: Gelsomina Pappalardo (gelsomina.pappalardo@imaa.cnr.it) The Environment SWG follows up the scientific developments and initiatives in the field of the Environmental Sciences and formulates a strategy for Environmental RIs to support the objectives of the Innovation Union and ESFRI's Strategy report. It will identify new important RIs and research demonstrators of pan-European interest in the Environmental area, plan their implementation, as well as analyse best implementation schemes specific for the Environmental Sciences. It develops synergies between ESFRI research infrastructures in the field of Environmental Sciences and relevant Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) and International Programs as GEO/GEOSS.

Health and Food

Chair: Murat Ozgoren (murat.ozgoren@gmail.com) The Health and Food SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Health and Food RIs, disseminates and shares best practices of Health and Food RIs and highlights and improves the potential applications in multi-disciplinary RIs. It identifies new RIs and research demonstrators of pan-European interest in the areas of Health and Food, analyses best implementation schemes of RIs specific to the Health and Food domains and fosters collaboration between ESFRI infrastructures and other European initiatives in related fields and also addresses societal challenges and horizontal issues with a dynamic implementation.

Social and Cultural Innovation

Chair: Jacques Dubucs (jacques.dubucs@recherche.gouv.fr) The Social and Cultural Innovation SWG proposes possible solutions (related to RIs) that are able to help tackle the Grand Challenges facing society, such as health or demographic change, or the “Inclusive, innovative and secure societies” challenge from the third pillar of Horizon 2020, called “Tackling societal challenges”. It establishes possible methods through which social sciences and humanities could be used as an evaluation criterion for the activity of other RIs in the ESFRI roadmap (e.g. social impact, etc.). It also explores how RIs can contribute to social innovation or better knowledge transfer towards society.

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Chair: Giorgio Rossi (rossi@tasc.infm.it) The Physical Sciences and Engineering SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Physical Sciences RI, disseminates and shares best practices of Physical Sciences RI and highlights and improves the potential applications in multi-disciplinary RI. It identifies new important RI and research demonstrators of pan-European interest in the areas of Physical Sciences and plans their implementation, as well as analysing best implementation schemes of RI specific to the Physical Sciences and Engineering domains.

For further information on the work of the groups, contact the ESFRI Secretariat (ESFRI@ec.europa.eu) or the Chair of the Working Group.