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This page provides you with a list of conferences, seminars and other events related to RIs. These are updated retrospectively as additional details are provided to the website.

Past events

  • ELIXIR's Innovation and SME event

    Data-driven growth in the agri-food industries
    Wageningen, Netherlands, 18-19 March 2015

    The forum is aimed at the agri-food companies that use public bioinformatics resources in their business. The event is jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub and is particularly relevant for large and small companies active in the plant sciences and food domains.

  • The evolving landscape of Research Infrastructures in Europe
    Trieste, 24-25 September 2014

    The Conference was organised under the Italian EU Presidency. It followed on discussions held at European and national levels, and in particular on the challenges posed in building an effective European system of Infrastructures, selecting the best and most required ones, operating them in the best excellence-based evaluation system and ensuring their longer term sustainability.

    The Conference was followed in the afternoon of September 25th by the ESFRI Launch Event of the Roadmap update 2016.

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    Second International Conference on Research Infrastructures
    2-4 April 2014, Athens

    Conference Presentations

    Video: Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General DG Research and Innovation, on ICRI 2014

  • ESS-ERIC launch event, together with the UK H2020 launch event 31 January 2014, London
  • ELIXIR Founding Ceremony and Launch Event
    18 December 2013, Brussels
    ELIXIR's formal launch takes place in Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels on 18 December 2013. The event will mark the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement and the launch of ELIXIR as Europe's sustainable research infrastructure for biological data.
    The Founding Ceremony and Launch event is by invitation only and prior registration is required.
  • 3rd EU-Australia Research Infrastructures workshop
    4-8 November 2013, Canberra, Melbourne
  • Expanded cooperation between ESFRI Research Infrastructures and Joint Programming Initiatives in the field of Biological and Medical Sciences
    Workshop, 17-18 October 2013, Brussels
  • Evaluation of economic impacts of research infrastructures
    EvaRIO Final Conference

    16-17 October 2013, Strasbourg
  • Workshop on Arctic and marine research infrastructures
    17-18 September 2013, CNR, Rome
  • Canada-EU-US Symposium on Arctic and marine research infrastructures
    19-20 September, Rome
  • EuCARD'13 event combined with a workshop on Visions for the future of Particle Accelerators
    10-14 June 2013
  • Wire 2013
    5-7 June 2013, Cork, Ireland
    The next WIRE conference (Week of Innovative Regions in Europe) will include a session on research infrastructures.
  • Towards a Roadmap for Biodiversity and Ecosystem research in Europe
    Workshop, Brussels, 19-20 March 2013
  • Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships
    Brussels, 7-8 March 2013
    An associated event to the ‘EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration (ES: GC2)’ Conference organised at the European Parliament under the Irish Council Presidency
  • Towards an integrated atmospheric observing system in Europe,
    Brussels, 3-4 December 2012
    The overall objective of this workshop is to develop synergies between atmospheric ESFRI research infrastructures, existing research infrastructures implemented as Integrating Activities, Integrated Projects and relevant Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) in the field of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Australia-EU Research Infrastructure Second Workshop
    Brussels, 26-27 June 2012
    The objective of this workshop was to propose concrete ways forward to realise increased cooperation in the areas of Health, Environment/Climate Change, (non-nuclear) Energy, and on common data challenges/e-infrastructure.
  • EU-New Zealand data and e-research infrastructure workshop
    Brussels, 7 June 2012
    Programme and presentations are available here
  • ICRI 2012 - Global research infrastructures and the Grand Challenges
    Copenhagen, 21-23 March 2012
    The International Conference on Research Infrastructures, ICRI 2012, took place under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the European Union, in cooperation with the European Commission. This was the Seventh Conference on Research Infrastructures.

    During the two-day event, issues such as decision making processes, funding, management, use-dissemination-exploitation (including data, access) of research infrastructures were discussed in depth. More than 600 experts, scientists and stakeholders attended the event and spoke about how global research infrastructures can tackle the so-called Grand Challenges, more specifically in the fields of health, environment and energy.

    The Conference made specific recommendations on how international cooperation on research infrastructures can be more effective in the future.
    ICRI Conclusions  PDF icon 102 KB

  • Research infrastructures for cultural heritage and global change

    Brussels, 14 March 2012

    This workshop was organized by the European Commission in collaboration with the CHARISMA project, and hosted by KIK-IRPA, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, in Brussels.

  • Research Infrastructures for Industrial Innovation

    Workshop, Brussels, 20th October 2011

  • Developing synergies between RIs and Joint Programming Initiatives in the field of Environment

    Workshop, Brussels, 17th October 2011

  • EU-US workshop on Environment
    Brussels, 13-14 September 2011
  • Developing synergies between RIs and Joint Programming Initiatives in the field of Life Sciences
    Workshop, Brussels, 23 June 2011
  • Consultation of stakeholders on the possible content of Horizon 2020 - the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
    Thematic workshop on Research Infrastructures
    Brussels, 4 July 2011
    Report on the workshop  PDF icon 91 KB
  • WIRE 2 - Week of Innovative Regions 2
    Debrecen, 7-9 June 2011

    All presentations available here.

  • AAAS Annual Meeting 2011
    Washington, 21 February 2011
    Symposium: Research Infrastructures: the emergence of key players for environmental research

    Climate change, biodiversity, carbon emissions, or natural hazards: by nature, environmental research must address challenges ignoring geographical borders, at the frontier of classical scientific disciplines and at the forefront of the international political agenda. Besides the global nature of these challenges, the scale and complexity of the resources needed and the development of information and communication technology have made necessary and enabled increased international collaboration in research and knowledge sharing. Developing world-class research infrastructures for environmental research is therefore one of the priorities of European authorities.
    The symposium enabled a debate on future transatlantic cooperation in environmental research and more specifically in the field of geosciences observation systems.


    Hervé Péro  PDF icon 2.0 MB , European Commission, moderator

    Jean-Daniel Paris  PDF icon 2.6 MB , Laboratory of Climate Sciences and Environment, Integrated Carbon Observation System to Quantify Greenhouse Gas Fluxes across Europe

    Massimo Cocco  PDF icon 3.5 MB , National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, European Plate Observing System: a long-term Integration Plan for Solid Earth Sciences

    Timothy L. Killeen  PDF icon 13.6 MB , National Science Foundation
    The U.S. Research Infrastructures Program for Environmental Research

  • Conference ENERI 2010

    Brussels, 29th - 30th November 2010

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    ENERI 2010 is an event of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised by the Belgian Science Policy Office, in cooperation with DG Research of the European Commission. Detailed information was provided on the Update 2010 of the ESFRI Roadmap and the three new pan-European research infrastructures which have been identified in the energy field: WindScanner, EU Solaris and Myrrha. Other new and existing energy research infrastructures were presented. All these facilities are clearly needed for the implementation of the SET-Plan and for building solid knowledge and technological foundations of future innovation partnerships in the energy field.

    The conference stressed the need to implement the co-development of the Research Infrastructure policies in the Energy domain and of the SET-Plan, looking for increased synergies with the Joint Programming activities of the European Energy Research Alliance and the European Industrial Initiatives.

    Conclusions  PDF icon 90 KB
  • Symposium on Transatlantic EU-U.S. cooperation in the field of large scale Research Infrastructures

    Rome, October 1, 2010

    The symposium aims to increase mutual understanding and raise awareness on planning and management processes of the large scale research infrastructures (LSRI) in Europe and in the USA The event will bring together major research infrastructures funding organizations and related experts and scientists to discuss how LSRI are developed and managed, the priorities and strategic perspectives for development of LSRI, ongoing initiatives at the EU Level, at national level in Europe and in the USA, as well as good practice examples on selected topics of mutual interest including recommendations for tackling challenges to trans-Atlantic cooperation.
  • ECRI 2010: the Sixth European Conference on Research Infrastructures,

    Barcelona, 23-24th March 2010

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    The Sixth European Conference on Research Infrastructures, jointly organised by the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission, is a new step towards the structuring of the ERA. More than 600 experts from all over Europe met at the ECRI 2010 Conference in Barcelona. The Conference took place in Barcelona in connection with the inauguration of the Alba Synchrotron.
    Press release and press coverage
    Key messages and conclusions
  • Conference Research Infrastructures and the Regional dimension of the European Research Area
    Prague, 24-25 March 2009
  • RIs symposium on the AAAS Conference: "The global dimension of research infrastructures"
    14-18 February 2008
    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Conference on the Future of Science and Technology in Europe
    8-10 October 2007
    Lisbon, Portugal

  • 4th European Conference on Research Infrastructures
    4-5 June 2007
    Hamburg, Germany

  • 3rd European Conference on Research Infrastructures
    6 & 7 December 2005
    Nottingham, UK

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