Sofia, Bulgaria
19.03.2018 to 21.03.2018

The 64th ESFRI Forum Meeting will be held from the 19th to the 21th of March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. ESFRI delegates, permanent experts and observers, may find the agenda of the meeting below. Paraller SWG Chairs meetings and Executive Board meetings will be held at the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria and the Boyana Residence in the frame of the EU Bulgarian Presidency. Two side meetings will be held as well: Executive board and SWG Chairs with eIRG representatives and the ESFRI Search Committee meeting - to be held at the Laboratory complex of Sofia Tech Park. 

The Bulgarian Presidency has implemented an online registration system for all meetings. The participant himself/herself will receive an invitation that will give access to the accreditation process via a link. The participant can view the accreditation status in the system. Once the process is complete, accredited participants will be issued with a badge that will grant them access to the venue hosting the relevant event.

Participants will not be admitted to the venue without the badge. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable. Please be aware that the badge would allow you to use the special Presidency Lane at Departure’s Hall at Sofia Airport. For that reason, we encourage you to keep it with you until you leave Bulgaria.

All participants would receive their badges by the respective representatives of the host ministry/organization or at the Registration Desk which will be available at Boyana Residence. In cases when the delegates obtain their badges from the Registration Desks an identification document must be shown at the check points.

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The Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria is the ministry charged with regulating and promoting the educational and scientific work in the country. It was founded as the Ministry of Popular Enlightenment in 1879 and existed under this name until 1947. Contact persons: Kalin Mutavchiev Senior expert “Transnational research initiatives” Department “Science” Directorate Ministry of Education and Science 2A, Kniaz Dondukov Blvd., 1000 Sofia Tel. + 359 2 92 17 691; Zornitsa Georgieva Chief expert “Transnational research initiatives” Department “Science” Directorate Ministry of Education and Science 2A, Kniaz Dondukov Blvd., 1000 Sofia Tel. + 359 2 92 17 545; + 359 878 461 653 Email:

Boyana Residence was built as the governmental complex for the State Council of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria in 1974. It is situated 10 km south of Sofia center in the foot of Vitosha Mountain and encompasses around 60 hectares of land. The governmental residence is a prime example of the leading trend in the 1970s, displaying a close-to-nature architecture. Despite the existing symmetry of both design and façade, the buildings appear perfectly blended with the environment. Specially designed window openings make the Vitosha mountain a dominant element in the interiors and let nature “flow inside”. Nowadays it is a state complex consisting of several villas immersed in a luxury green park area. It is used as the official residence of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. Currently Villa 1 houses the National Historic Museum and Villa 2 is a hotel and a congress center.