Zagreb, Croatia
18.03.2020 to 19.03.2020
Important announcement: The "European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future" Conference scheduled for 18-19 March 2020 is cancelled for the present time, as dictated by the recent decision of Croatian Government to introduce additional safety measures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
The "European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future" Conference, will be held from the 18th to the 19th of March 2020 in Zagreb, Croatia.
 
The event is open to all participants, and is hosted by the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as part of the Future of Research Infrastructures in European Research Area event.
 
Pre-registration is required, and instructions via e-mail for the next steps of the registration process will follow.
 
Pre-Registration is now closed as the maximum capacity has been reached. If you would like to enter a reserve list (in case there are cancellations), please email us at info@str-esfri.eu.
 
Please note that only the registered participants and badge holders can access the meeting venue and other official HR PRES programme venues.
 
 
Background information
 
Addressing the big challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change, the increasing loss of biodiversity and environmental quality, demographic changes, shaping the industrial and digital transitions as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of the European quality of life requires a new ambition for European science.
 
Research infrastructures are key elements in providing the necessary data and services for European scientists to conduct cutting-edge research in a variety of scientific fields and for European business to develop new products and services. They foster development of new types of materials enabling their analysis down to molecular level and testing in extreme conditions. They enable the development of new technologies for exploiting various energy sources, developing new treatments for illnesses or making our cities more liveable. They give us tools to understand better our universe, our planet and ourselves as humans.
 
As European Research Infrastructures form the backbone of our competitiveness in science and innovation, their quality and the ability to provide the needed services and data largely determines our capacity to produce the new knowledge, innovation and understanding that Europe needs to tackle the challenges we face. A new way of working is also necessary, with scientific disciplines joining forces to bring holistic responses.
 
Our shared investments in Research Infrastructures in the last decades have equipped us with some of the most advanced and sophisticated facilities in the world. It is now vital to harness the full potential of these infrastructures to deal with complex questions and more effectively serve industry, to contribute to education and jobs and to improve citizens’ lives. We need a stronger focus on the direction and societal impact of our shared investments.
 
Recognising the demand for European science to effectively support the needed economic, social and environmental transitions, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in its “White Paper on Future Directions of ESFRI” laid out the specific role research infrastructures can and should play in this context. 
 
Overview of concept and objectives
 
The overall objective of the conference is to explore the potential of European Research Infrastructures to make a meaningful impact on the European strategic agendas and identify the ways in which this could be achieved. The outcome of this high-level event will provide a new impetus for the European research infrastructure policy, supporting full realisation of the potential of the European Research Area to drive the necessary changes in our economy and society. The conference will provide a platform for discussion and dialogue between policy, research and industry stakeholders on the changes that are necessary to jointly address the big challenges of our times. It will also increase the visibility of opportunities provided by Research Infrastructures and promote partnership between business and academia.

Draft Agenda for European RIs Conference-Zagreb 2020
Important announcement: The "European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future" Conference scheduled for 18-19 March 2020 is cancelled for the present time, as dictated by the recent decision of Croatian Government to introduce additional safety measures related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Conference concepts and objectives
 
The conference is divided into three main blocks and concludes with a high-level panel identifying directions for future European research infrastructure policy. The presentation of the ESFRI “White Paper on Future Directions of ESFRI” in the opening plenary, with its key messages, will set the scene for the discussions throughout the conference.

Block 1. Building synergies between sectoral investments in Research Infrastructures and the European strategic agendas
Though the role of science for evidence-based policy making and in developing sectoral policies in fields such as health, environment, energy, economic and social policies, and many others, is recognized, the necessity of joint sectoral investment in state-of-the-art research infrastructures hereby is largely ignored in political debates. Research infrastructure investment priorities are set mainly in the science sector, and the alignment with other sectorial policies remains indirect, at national, regional and European level. The lack of integration of RIs into other sectoral policies is a missed opportunity for investment and an obstacle to science-driven economic, social and environmental transitions.
 
Research infrastructures also play a key role in the creation of effective innovation ecosystems as they are strongly rooted in the regions and critically influence regional development. The full potential of research infrastructures in this context is not yet realized by the regional authorities and RIs are not sufficiently included in the planning, design and implementation of the Regional Smart Specialization Strategies. 
 
This session will focus on exploring the ways to improving synergies between sectoral investments in research infrastructures and selected big European policy agendas – Green Deal, energy transition and regional development.
 
Block 2. The role of Research Infrastructures in the mission-driven activities of Horizon Europe
Horizon Europe will provide an opportunity to better embed the research infrastructures into the European science agenda, focusing on maximizing their impact. The greater use of a challenge driven approach across the entire Horizon Europe programme will promote further integration of the European research infrastructure ecosystem. 
 
In particular, the Missions of Horizon Europe aim to mobilise all relevant knowledge, expertise and creative potential of European science, business and policy-making. Achieving the Missions’ objectives will also require the different research infrastructures to put together existing data, generate new data and develop joint services targeting complex research questions. 
 
This session will explore the potential of European research infrastructures to support the implementation of selected Horizon Europe Missions.
 
Block 3. Education and jobs – how Research Infrastructures can shape the future?
Research Infrastructures are knowledge hubs for excellent science and are therefore natural meeting points of research, education and innovation where the three pillars of economic competitiveness and social progress reinforce each other. As such, research infrastructures play an important role in the European education system, as they are usually closely linked to universities and provide them with important services supporting educational curricula and lifelong learning.
 
Research Infrastructures also provide quality, knowledge-based jobs and unique opportunities for training highly skilled human capital, especially in relation to developing and implementing advanced technologies, state-of-the-art engineering, data stewardship, analysis and quality control as well as research infrastructure management and operation. Reaching out to schools and the local communities, they also encourage scientific curiosity and understanding in the society.
 
This session will discuss the contribution of RIs to scientific literacy, skill development and jobs of the future.
 
European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future – high-level policy panel
The final session of the conference will provide space for a general reflection on the European research infrastructure ecosystem and how to make it more effective, sustainable and impactful in the context of the European Research Area evolution. This session will draw out the key messages for the future European research infrastructure policy, feeding into conference conclusions.
 
Draft Agenda
Day 1 - 18th March 2020
13:30
Opening Session
 
Welcome
Blaženka Divjak - Minister for Science and Education, Croatia
 
Introduction to the agenda
Croatian Presidency
13:50
Evolution of the European Research Area and Horizon Europe
Jean-Eric Paquet – Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
14:10
ESFRI White Paper presentation
Jan Hrušák – ESFRI Chair
14:30
Block 1. Building synergies between Research Infrastructures and the European strategic agendas
 
Plenary speech setting the scene
Barbara Weitgruber – Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research 
 
Parallel Session 1 – Green Deal
Moderator: Adam Tyson – Head of Unit ‘Research and industrial infrastructures’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers:
Christos Arvanitidis – Chief Executive Officer, LIFEWATCH ERIC
Nicolas Pade – EMBRC Director
Sverre Quale – ECCSEL ERIC Director
Karin Zimmermann – Wageningen University, Food Nutrition and Health RI
 
Parallel Session 2 – Energy transition
Moderator: Inmaculada Figueroa – ESFRI Vice-Chair
 
Speakers:
Tonci Tadic – Head of Croatian fusion unit, Ruđer Bošković Institute 
Carlos Alejaldre – Director General, CIEMAT
Jana Kolar – Executive Director, CERIC-ERIC
Jimmy Murphy – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork
 
Parallel Session 3 – Regional development
Moderator: Anna Panagopoulou – Director ‘Common Implementation Centre’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers:
Sanja Damjanovic – Minister of Science of Montenegro and Chairperson of the SEEIIST Steering Committee
Markus Dettenhofer – Chief Executive Officer, CEITEC, Czech Republic
Karen Amram – Director for Europe & International foresight, CEA Technology Research Unit, Chair of the HIGH LEVEL FORUM - Grenoble Innovation Campus
Cristina Messa – University Milano Bicocca
16:00
Coffee break
16:30
Invited Talk 1
Karina Angelieva – Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
16:45
Block 2. The role of Research Infrastructures in the mission-driven activities of Horizon Europe
 
Interactive panel setting the scene (20’)
Mission Board Members
 
Parallel Session 1 – Mission ‘Cancer’
Moderator: Karim Berkouk, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Combatting diseases’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers: 
Marialuisa Lavitrano – School of Medicine and Surgery, University Milano-Bicocca
Andrew Smith – Head of External Relations, ELIXIR
Michael Krisch – Head of Instrumentation Services and Development Division, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Pawel Olko – Head of Division of Applied Physics, IFJ PAN
Mission Board Member (TBC)
 
Parallel Session 2 – Mission ‘Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters’
Moderator: Jyrki Suominen, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Healthy oceans and seas’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers: 
Juanho Danobeitia – Director-General, EMSO ERIC (TBC)
Jana Friedrich – Head of Department, Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Peter Heffernan – Ocean Ambassador; Mission Board Member; Special Advisor of Board of Directors, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal; Strategic Advisory Board, Research Field Earth & Environment, Helmholtz Association, Germany
Martin Pfannkuchen - Head of Center for Marine Research (CMR) of the Ruđer Bošković Institute
 
Parallel Session 3 – Mission ‘Climate-neutral and smart cities’
Moderator: Margarida Ribeiro – Policy Officer ‘Missions and Partnerships’,  DG Research and Innovation, European Commission 
 
Speakers:
Werner Kutsch – Director, ICOS ERIC
Rory Fitzgerald – Director, European Social Survey ERIC
Damir Medved – CTO, Smart RI and Chief Consultant at Ericsson Nikola Tesla Ltd
Caterina Biscari – Director, ALBA Synchrotron
Charlotte Roig-Ramos – Jacques Delors Institute (TBC)
Daniel Termont – Mission Assembly Member (TBC)
18:15
Creating leading RI through synergy of FP and ESI funds
Gordan Lauc - Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb and CEO of Genos Ltd.
18:30
Close of Day 1
Croatian Presidency
20:00
Conference Dinner at the Glyptotheque
Day 2 - 19 March 2020
09:00
Opening Day 2
Croatian Presidency
09:15
Block 3. Education and jobs – how Research Infrastructures can shape the future?
 
Plenary speech setting the scene (20’)
Ivica Puljak – Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB), University of Split
 
Parallel Session 1 – RIs for education
Moderator: Adam Tyson, Head of Unit ‘Research and industrial infrastructures’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers:
David Bohmert – Secretary General, CESAER
Annette Scherpenzeel – International Coordinator, SHARE ERIC
Rémy Bossu – Secretary General, European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (TBC)
Christoph Rembser –  CERN Senior Scientist & ATLAS Team Leader
 
Parallel Session 2 – RIs for jobs, skills development and training
Moderator: Björn Halleröd – Secretary General of the Council for Research Infrastructures, Swedish Research Council, ESFRI Executive Board Member
 
Speakers:
Miriam Förster – Head of EU Office, Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin
Ron Dekker – Director, Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives
Krzysztof Kurek – Director, National Centre for Nuclear Research in Warsaw
Markus Pasterk – Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures
 
Parallel Session 3 – RIs as data providers
Moderator: Mirjam Van Daalen – Chief of Staff Photon Science Division, Paul Scherrer Institute, Chair of ESFRI Task Force on EOSC
 
Speakers: 
Kostas Glinos – Head of Unit for Open Science, European Commission
Giorgio Rossi – Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, EOSC Governing Board Member
Giovanni Lamanna – Director, Laboratoire d'Annecy de Physique des Particules
Federica Paina – Euro-BioImaging Project Manager & Policy Officer, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Bob Jones – Head of Openlab, CERN
10:45

Coffee break

11:15
Invited Talk 2
Sandrine Dixson-Declève – Co-President of the Club of Rome, Chair of the Expert group on the economic and societal impact of research and innovation
11:30
Summary of parallel sessions
Main messages from Blocks 1-3
Željka Skočilić – Head of Department for planning, monitoring and implementation of science and technology projects, Ministry Science and Education, Croatia
Dominik Sobczak – ESFRI Executive Secretary, ‘Research and industrial infrastructures’ Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Yannis Ioannidis – President and General Director, Athena Research and Innovation Center, ESFRI Vice-Chair
12:00
European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future – policy panel
Moderator: Anna Panagopoulou – Director ‘Common Implementation Centre’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 
Speakers: 
Tome Antičić – State Secretary for Science and Education, Croatia
Jernej Pikalo – Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Slovenia (TBC)
Jose Paulo Esperanca – Vice-President, Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal
Dietrich Nelle – Deputy Head of Directorate-General 1 “Policy Issues and Strategies; Coordination”, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Václav Velčovský – Deputy Minister for EU Affairs and European Structural and Investment Funds, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
Valter Flego – Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee Member 
13:00
Conference conclusions
Tome Antičić – State Secretary for Science and Education, Croatia

Šubićeva ulica 29 (Šubićeva Street No 29), Zagreb.

Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Gliptoteka HAZU) Medvedgradska ulica 2, 10000 Zagreb

HAZU Glyptotheque - Website
Transport to and from Franjo Tuđman Airport
Public transport:
  • Special buses, provided by Croatia Airlines, between the Main Bus Station in Zagreb City Centre and Franjo Tuđman Airport. Information can be found here.
  • Regular bus line, provided by ZET (Zagreb Electric Tram), between the Kvaternik Square in Zagreb City Centre and Franjo Tuđman Airport. Information can be found here.
For Taxi services, click the links below: 
Accommodation
Preferential prices are available for this event upon online registration no later than 28 days before arrival. This offer is available on a first come, first served basis. 
The accommodation reservations are available via the online reservation site provided by the hotel, and to do so no later than Tuesday, 18th February 2020.

Hotel Palace (4*): Trg J.J. Strossmayera 10, 10000 Zagreb
Reservations via the hotel website.
When making a booking you need to enter a Reservation Code: FRI2020
  • Average room rate (bed and breakfast in single-use room): 100 €
The distance from the hotel Palace to the Conference venue is approx. 19 minutes walking distance. See directions here.

Hotel Palace - Website

Canopy by Hilton (4*): Ulica kneza Branimira 29, 10000 Zagreb
For reservations made via this link, no reservation code is needed.
  • Average room rate (bed and breakfast in single-use room): 159/169 €
The distance from the hotel Canopy by Hilton to the Conference venue is approx. 16 minutes walking distance. See directions here.

Canopy by Hilton - Website

Hotel Panorama (4*): Trg Krešimira Ćosića 9, 10000 Zagreb 
 
Reservations via the hotel website.    
 
When making a booking you need to enter a Reservation Code: FRI2020
  • Average room rate (bed and breakfast in single-use room): 69 / 79  €
The distance from the hotel Panorama to the Conference venue is 13-25 minutes by car. See directions here.

Hotel Panorama - Website

Garden Hotel (4*)
 
Reservation: Send e-mail to the address info@gardenhotel.hr with the subject titled Future of Research Infrastructures 2020
  • Average room rate (bed and breakfast in single-use room): 65 / 68 €
Distance from the Garden Hotel to the Conference venue: 32 minutes walking distance / 10 minutes distance by car

Garden Hotel Website

Hotel Academia (4*): 
 
Reservation: Please fill out this form and send it to recepcija@hotelacademia.hr with subject titled "Future of Research Infrastructures 2020"
  • Average room rate (bed and breakfast in single-use room): 82 €
Distance from the hotel Academia to the Conference venue: 24 minutes walking distance

Hotel Academia Website
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