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The new ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures in Europe was launched

Large telescopes, particle accelerators and biobanks are among the topics covered by the eight new Research Infrastructure projects that were announced today as part of the 2016 Roadmap for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Its launch was hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at its headquarters in Amsterdam. The event was organized under the Dutch Presidency by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in close cooperation with ESFRI, the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Discussions focussed on strategic roadmapping, long-term sustainability and the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures.

ESFRI identifies research facilities of pan-European importance that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU. The updated Roadmap now consists of 21 'ESFRI Projects', which are research infrastructures in development phase. It also includes 29 'ESFRI Landmarks', denoting projects that are being implemented or have been completed.

About ESFRI Roadmaps

The ESFRI Roadmaps reflect the long-term needs of the European research community. The EU strives for high-quality research facilities that are accessible to all top researchers to enable the scientific world to realise its full potential.

The 2016 Roadmap highlights the strong socio-economic impact of research infrastructures as well as their potential to generate innovation through collaboration with industrial partners.

More information: http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/esfri