ESFRI is working to develop a coherent view on regional issues associated with European Research Infrastructures (indeed, the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures opens opportunities to involve and exploit the potential for scientific excellence and technological growth of the convergence and outermost regions through their involvement in the construction and access to new infrastructures, also by setting-up parts of distributed infrastructures or Regional Partner Facilities or attracting the sitting of some larger multidisciplinary infrastructure).
ESFRI set up a working group with the following aims:
The method of working should allow the group to communicate with the community in the most appropriate way, in order to gather all the necessary information and assure the effectiveness of the process.
The WG may seek independent scientific, technical or socio-economic advice, making use, as necessary, of existing bodies and/or specific experts; the work can be pursued also through specific workshops, to help widening the debate and bringing issues forward.
During the Conference on the Regional Dimension of Research Infrastructures held in Prague on 24-25 March 2009, the ESFRI Regional Issues Working Group (led by Nadezda Witzanyova) presented its Report for 2008 ( 479 KB) .
During the 28th meeting of the Forum held in Prague in March 2008, ESFRI agreed that the Regional Working Group shall continue during the period 2009-2010.
Anneliese Stoklaska (AT) was chosen to lead this new group.