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On September 11th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will present the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. The venue will be the Aula der Wissenschaften and the event will run from 12:00 to 18:00.

The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location.

The 2018 Roadmap consists of 18 Projects, with a high degree of maturity, and 37 Landmarks, RIs that reached the implementation phase. Since 2006, ESFRI has presented a series of updated Roadmaps supporting a coherent and strategy-led approach to the development of pan-European research infrastructures, which would ensure that scientists in Europe have access to world-class facilities enabling them to do cutting-edge research.

ESFRI Chair, Giorgio Rossi will present the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap. During the event, invited participants will discuss about the prospects and challenges posed by the new Roadmap. The event's agenda will be available later in July, and prospective participants will be invited to register for the event. This conference is part of a series of events marking the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, in close cooperation with ESFRI and the European Commission. Please note this is an INVITATION-ONLY event.

Agenda Information

ESFRI Roadmap 2018


Aula der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria

11 September 2018

Press Conference at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Minoritenplatz 5, Blauer Salon)


Registration and light lunch at Aula der Wissenschaften

Welcome Barbara Weitgruber, Director General, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria 

ESFRI Roadmap 2018
Giorgio Rossi, Chair of ESFRI

Discussion on the ESFRI Roadmap 2018
Introduction by Jean-David Malo, Director for Open Innovation and Open Science, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Moderator: Jan Hrusak

Coffee break

Panel of former ESFRI Chairs: ESFRI highlights and expectations for the future

- Hans Chang (2002-2005) 
- John Wood (2005-2008) 
- Carlo Rizzuto (2008-2010) 
- Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolf (2010-2013) 
- John Womersley (2013-2016) 

Moderator: Giorgio Rossi

Presentation of New ESFRI projects
- DiSSCo

Moderator: Gelsomina Pappalardo

Consolidation of the European Research Infrastructure landscape
- European perspective, Philippe Froissard, European Commission
- National perspective – Björn Halleröd, Secretary General, Swedish Research Council
- Role of ESFRI, Jan Hrušák, ESFRI Vice-Chair

Moderator: Inmaculada Figueroa

Presentation of New ESFRI projects

Moderator: Gabriela Pastori

Strengthening science services at RIs
- Towards a catalogue of services
- Ales Fiala, European Commission
- Research data quality and data services
- Yannis Ioannidis, ESFRI Executive Board Member
- Integrating services across RIs
- Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR Director-

General Moderator: Agnieszka Zalewska

Conclusions and outlook
- Jean-David Malo, Director for Open Innovation and Open Science, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Giorgio Rossi, Chair of ESFRI


Conference dinner

ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Agenda

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The event was recorded and can be accessed here

List of presentations:  

Giorgio Rossi, Chair of ESFRI
Presentation of New ESFRI projects
eLTER | Michael Mirtl, UFZ/Germany & EAA/Austria, eLTER Coordinator 
DiSSCo | Dimitris Koureas,  DiSSCo Coordinator, Netherlands
EHRI | Conny Kristel, EHRI Project Coordinator