Strong investment in research and innovation is needed to address pressing societal challenges such as climate change, health, an ageing population, or the move towards a resource efficient society.
Research Infrastructures play a vital role in addressing these challenges. However, it is essential to optimise the use of resources for increasingly expensive facilities, to overcome the fragmented infrastructure spending not only across Europe but at a more global scale, and to join forces to address these challenges.
Some research facilities, particularly in physics or astronomy, are so large, complex or expensive that they require international cooperation for their construction and operation. Others are naturally global in scope as they respond to global challenges and/or require the combined skills, data and efforts of the world's best scientists. Some examples from the European Roadmap are ICOS: Integrated Carbon Observation System; LIFEWATCH: protection, management and sustainable use of biodiversity; SKA: Square Kilometre Array, the next generation radio telescope.
Developing global research infrastructures and reinforcing cooperation of EU research infrastructures at international level are parts of the key commitments of the Innovation Union.
2-4 April 2014, Athens
ICRI 2014 offers a high level international forum where key stakeholders can meet, discuss and contribute to bringing forward global issues related to Research Infrastructures. Co-organised by the European Commission and the Greek EU Presidency of the European Union, it will take forward the recommendations of ICRI 2012, which took place in Denmark and the 3rd EU-Australia Research Infrastructure workshop that took place in Canberra in November 2013.
The conference is expected to attract 600 international participants during three days and will include an exhibition of demonstrations and videos of international research infrastructure projects.
At their meeting in London, G8 science ministers approved a statement which proposes to the G8 for consideration international issues that need global cooperation: global challenges, global research infrastructure, open scientific research data, and increasing access to the results of scientific research.
Several discussions already took place on the efficient planning, design, construction and operation of global infrastructures. It is clear that this requires not only a sharing of costs, but also the sharing of knowledge.
The Carnegie Group of G8 + 05 Science Advisers recognised the potential for cooperation on issues related to global research infrastructures. They established a Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures to reach a common understanding on matters such as governance, funding and management of large-scale research infrastructures.
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.Read more
ERA-Can II Rome Symposium on Arctic and Marine Research Infrastructure Symposium
Rome, 19-20 September 2013
This symposium was the closing event of the ERA-Can II Project. Funded by the European Commission and the Government of Canada, and coordinated by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the core objective of the ERA-Can II project was to facilitate the sharing of information, and foster interaction between the European and Canadian research communities.
During the event, participants discussed and identified opportunities for collaboration in the development, management and use of Arctic and marine research infrastructure. The purpose was to find ways to maximize the impact of significant investments in research infrastructure by fostering collaboration, avoiding unnecessary duplication, and ensure that the best researchers have access to the tools, equipment and facilities necessary for world-class research.
Agenda ( 219 KB) Report on Symposium ( 1.7 MB)
Arctic and Marine Research Infrastructures Workshop
Rome, 17-18 September 2013
The objectives of this event was to discuss European research infrastructures (RIs) strategies, in particular in the context of ESFRI, and synergies between key European initiatives and infrastructures projects; and to identify areas and ways of cooperation with third countries, in particular US and Canada.
Agenda 147 KB
European - Australian collaboration
Collaboration between Europe and Australia in research infrastructure, including infrastructure to support the exploitation of large and complex research datasets, was advanced at two events hosted by the Australian Government Department of Education in Canberra and Melbourne. See the joint Communiqué following the Visit by a European Union Delegation on Research Infrastructure to Australia on 4-8 November 2013.
Communiqué ( 221 KB)
Third European Union-Australia workshop on Research Infrastructures
5-6 November 2013, Shine Dome, Canberra.
See program and speakers in the Workshop booklet (689 KB)