Workshop "Launch of the 2015-16 ESFRI Roadmap update"

Trieste, 25 September 2014
Background Information

In its conclusions of 26th May 2014, the Council of the European Union welcomed the strategic agenda of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) to update its roadmap for Research Infrastructures in 2015-2016 1. This update of the roadmap will be the third since its inception by ESFRI in 2006.

The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures of pan-European interest to meet the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas. The main objective of the roadmap activity is to ensure Europe has world-class Research Infrastructures accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond and fully exploit their potential for scientific advancement and innovation.

Potential new Research Infrastructures (or major upgrades) identified by ESFRI are likely to be realized in the next 10 to 20 years. While they may have different degrees of maturity they should be supported by a relevant European partnership or intergovernmental research organisation. A growing number of countries have prepared national roadmaps that establish their prioritisation of national and pan-European Research Infrastructures, using the ESFRI Roadmap as a reference. These national Research Infrastructure roadmaps help to define national budgets, facilitate political support and allow long-term financial commitment, therefore, to achieve a clear vision of the overall European ecosystem.

Objective of the workshop

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness of the scientific community about the next roadmap update in 2015-2016, and the associated landscape analysis of Research Infrastructures within their specific scientific fields.

In particular the workshop aims to:
  • Present an overview of the Research Infrastructures Landscape within different scientific fields and show how ESFRI has analysed current gaps;
  • Clarify submission and selection procedures for potential candidates to the Roadmap;
  • provide a timetable and the pre-conditions and assessment process for setting-up proposals for the ESFRI roadmap and;
  • increase the awareness on the role of ESFRI and the perspectives for the next Roadmap update;
  • provide an overview of the roadmap update and the interface with Horizon 2020, and relevant national and European interfaces

The workshop is organised by CoPoRI2 , in close cooperation with ESFRI and the European Commission. It will take place on 25 September 2014 in the Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste, Italy.

Registration via the CoPoRI website will be open on 1st August until 12th September 2014!

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1http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/intm/142794.pdf

2 CoPoRI: Communication and Policy development for pan-European Research Infrastructures. CoPoRI is a project funded under FP7 to support ESFRI activities.

 


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