London, UK
31.01.2019

The meeting on 'Future Directions of ESFRI' will take place in London, on January 31st. All ESFRI delegates will be invited to take part in the discussion. Please note this is an invitation-only, internal event. Registration will open soon. 

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ESFRI was established in 2002 with the initial mandate to support a coherent and strategy–led approach to policy making on research infrastructures in Europe and facilitate multilateral initiatives acting as an incubator for pan-European and global research infrastructures. This mandate was extended in 2004 to include the development of a Roadmap. As the ESFRI Research Infrastructures included in the first three Roadmaps (2006, 2008, 2010) were becoming more mature, ESFRI was also asked to follow-up their implementation.

In addition to this, ESFRI mandate has recently been enriched in the areas of e-Infrastructures (data-driven RIs and EOSC) and long-term sustainability (feed forward to innovation, RI monitoring, national roadmaps and funding processes), as well as to play an active role in the implementation of the ERA Roadmap.

ESFRI has extended the analysis on the whole European landscape capturing elements of the dynamical development of intersections among RIs and multidisciplinary research exploiting more RIs of the same field as well as RIs of different fields, contributing to implementing the multi-messenger approach to frontier research. The data management and re-use by RIs has developed through the years and is today one of the key assets for developing a robust and sustainable EOSC. 

ESFRI has therefore the double role of pushing ahead the strategic view of an effective and efficient RI ecosystem, and to implement the Council mandates within such strategic vision.

The Forum in the coming years will have to address:

  • Strategy led evolution of the RI landscape – understanding bottom-up organizational initiatives by groups of RIs, maintain a stimulus role of the Roadmap in structuring such developments for more top quality science by more scientists on Europe,
  • Long-term internationalization vision, taking into account both specific global infrastructure initiatives and other world-regional dynamics,
  • Organize the workload of the Forum and its Working Groups, to cope with both strategy issues and the evaluation, monitoring, updating processes for maintain the Roadmap a living document of reference by all stakeholders.

The workshop will serve as an informal discussion forum on the key issues which ESFRI needs to explore in order to effectively address the challenges outlined above.

The workshop will be limited to ESFRI Delegations. 

 

 

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