2nd ESFRI Open Session

Among new initiatives aiming at strengthening the ESFRI communication strategy, is the introduction of the ESFRI Open Sessions organized twice a year. They are intended to serve both the ESFRI Delegates and representatives of the ESFRI Research Infrastructures (RIs) and facilitate both-ways exchange.

The second ESFRI Open Session is organized as part of the 77th ESFRI Plenary Meeting on 22nd September 2021 to discuss the European Green Deal.

The 2nd ESFRI Open Session video recording is available here.

ESFRI Days 2021

The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) are pleased to announce ESFRI Days, an online event scheduled to take place from 6 to 7 December 2021.  
ESFRI Days will feature ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Launch (7/12), complemented by the 78th ESFRI plenary meeting (for ESFRI National Delegates only)

​For more information,  please visit the event webpages:

78th ESFRI Forum Plenary (Online)
Roadmap 2021 Launch (Online)
- 1st ESFRI Stakeholders Forum Meetup (postponed due to Covid-19 related restrictions)


Launch of the 2021 ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures in Europe

Αfter a two-year-long process of hard and meticulous work by a great number of scientists and ESFRI delegates, a new ESFRI Roadmap is to be published. On December 7th, 2021, ESFRI will present the 2021 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day online conference (9:30 -16:30 CET).

The ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Launch Event will begin with the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 presentation ceremony. The event will include a comprehensive presentation and discussion on the ESFRI Roadmap 2021, followed by the presentation of 11 new Research Infrastructure Projects, and will feature sessions on strategic research infrastructure policy challenges. The Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Dr. Simona Kustec and Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Ms. Mariya Gabriel, will deliver opening addresses at the event.

The ESFRI Roadmap 2021 will include 11 new Research Infrastructure Projects and report on the development of research infrastructures under the existing Roadmap. The ESFRI Roadmap 2021 presents in detail the most outstanding European science facilities, determined by a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It also describes the broader landscape of research in Europe, which is an important component of the ESFRI methodology.
All previous ESFRI Roadmap updates proved to be very influential and provided useful strategic guidance for European Countries’ investments, which goes beyond the research infrastructure domain. The 2021 update also considers the merits of the Open science concept and highlights the quest to address global challenges, as reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the key aspects of ESFRI rests in ensuring that excellent scientists have access to Europe´s best Research Infrastructures, irrespective of borders. This requires truly pan-European collaboration and a global outlook. In this process ESFRI has acquired immense and valuable experience; it is our privilege to be able to share this experience across countries and research infrastructure projects.

The event is hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as part of the ESFRI Days event, and will be live streamed in full via ESFRI YouTube channel.

Registration for this event is optional, but highly encouraged by the organizers. Register HERE

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2nd ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop "Research Infrastructures shaping EOSC" goes digital

The 2nd Workshop on the connection of ESFRI Research Infrastructures (RIs) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC),"Research Infrastructures shaping EOSC" that was planned to take place as a physical event will be transformed into a virtual event.

This is due to the restrictions on the number of participants in physical conferences in the host country, the travel restrictions across Europe and the great uncertainty and dynamic evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak. The virtual event is planned to take place on the same dates, namely on 6 & 7 October 2020.

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together ESFRI, ESFRI RIs and EOSC stakeholders, in order to showcase and better comprehend the EOSC concept and value proposition for its users, and ensure the optimal federation of ESFRI clusters/ RIs with EOSC. The latest developments on the EOSC next phase governance and the technical areas will be presented, so that the thematic infrastructures can actively contribute and provide feedback to the on-going dialogue, being able to take informed decisions.

The workshop is organised by the ESFRI Task Force on EOSC, the EOSC Cluster projects, the EOSC Secretariat and the StR-ESFRI2 Project, in close cooperation with ESFRI and the EC.

The event will be recorded and will include breakout sessions for feedback from the community. The plenary sessions will be open to accommodate wide participation. However, due to limited capacity of the breakout sessions, the attendance will be limited to one (1) person per National Delegation/ Project/ Landmark/ Organisation. This is mainly to facilitate discussion and effective feedback in these sessions.

Registration is mandatory, and should be done via the online form. Breakout sessions have reached their capacity and therefore no nore registrations are accepted for these.

For more information on the outcomes of the 1st ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop (London, 30.1.2019), please click here.


European Research Infrastructures (RIs) foster the definition, implementation and further development of advanced solutions for the effective provisioning and use of high-quality scientific data, with effective metadata descriptors, ease of access, interoperability and reusability, fully implementing the FAIR (‘Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. 

ESFRI Landmarks and other internationally open RIs, not only produce scientific data that are used by highly competitive international research communities, but also assure a robust quality control of the produced data sets. In addition, the ability of RIs to develop interoperability concepts becomes critical not only for effective data sharing, but also more generally, it will direct the capability of RIs to address the multidisciplinary character of the societal challenges and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These efforts must be recognized, properly analysed and utilized to contribute to shaping the EOSC ecosystem.

EOSC provides a chance to increase data sharing beyond RIs, since it is an infrastructure that includes not only RIs but also data, users and service providers from different national and regional backgrounds. EOSC provides a chance to increase data sharing beyond RIs, since it will provide European researchers with seamless access to a wealth of data, along with a wide range of value-added services from different national and regional backgrounds. The experience gathered by ESFRI and ESFRI initiated RIs, should be utilized to the maximum extent in the EOSC implementation, including the various alternatives for governance models and fully reflecting the engagement and responsibility of RIs in and for Open Science.

EOSC should have clear extra value for its end users. These include primary scientific advantages, such as enhanced data and service connections, better ability to address interdisciplinary and societal challenges, and improved e-infrastructure services and tools for RIs and their data consumers. On top of that EOSC should feature political, social and cultural advantages, for example improved political decision-making capabilities, increased societal awareness and leading a change in culture towards Open Science. Further, qualifying factors such as transparency, high data quality, research acknowledgement/credit, and training are important.

EOSC requires a long-term and sustained funding to ensure relevance, uptake and its continued existence. This funding should also reflect the evolving needs of the supported communities, with necessary periodic updates and related development initiatives. 

The EOSC cluster projects play an important and multi-faceted role for both EOSC and RIs, being on one side providers of data and services of all kinds (e.g., data services, research products services) and on the other side as users of services provided by EOSC. The relationship between direct funding for RIs and EOSC-derived funding for the horizontal services and resources provided for the RIs need to be considered, with the precise specification for each facility.

EOSC is working on a change of culture towards open research data, and based on the FAIR data principles. Such a cultural change can be achieved through targeted education and training, incentives and reward mechanisms. 

Promotion, outreach and training can ensure that the added value of EOSC is clearly visible for its end users, including the many benefits of Open Science, and the ‘added value’ for RIs. Further, an understanding of the costs associated with Open Science is needed. For this, funding models, legal entity concepts and statutes, as well as access models are being defined by EOSC. 

The RI community should act as a key player in these efforts, leading the change of culture, driving data quality and more open access to data. Together with the scientific community of users, the RIs have a key role to help deploy the EOSC.


The main objective of the workshop is to bring together ESFRI, ESFRI RIs and EOSC stakeholders, in order to showcase and better comprehend the EOSC concept and value proposition for its users, and ensure an optimal federation of ESFRI clusters / RIs with EOSC.

Present the current state of EOSC and see how the thematic RIs/ESFRI clusters fit into the developing landscape, including the tri-party partnership with the new legal entity (EOSC Association) and its Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SRIA). Convey ESFRI RIs/Clusters/ and ESFRI Task Force on EOSC positions into shaping EOSC:

Present the EOSC latest documents and the outcome of their consultations:

  • EOSC Partnership agreement and EOSC Association
  • EOSC Partnership Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SRIA) (including planning for the next cycles of funding)
  • EOSC Sustainability WG latest report “Iron Lady”

Showcase from ESFRI RIs and Clusters the EOSC concept and added-value for its users with concrete use cases, good practices and approaches for federating thematic resources into EOSC – around 3 main areas:

  • Thematic Clusters/RI data and tools
  • Horizontal federated e-Infrastructure resources uptake 
  • Open Science and FAIR data sharing within and across domains

Present the latest technical developments and outputs of e-Infrastructure/EOSC providers:

  • Resources and services/tools for thematic providers and end users (network, computing, data, middleware/other services)
  • Developments around incentives and policies on open and FAIR Data & Services, their sharing and towards a cultural change, and work on skills 

Reflect from the users’ perspective on the status, outputs and discussions in the EOSC WGs, with focus on:

  • Architecture
  • FAIR data 
  • Rules of Participation (RoP) 
  • Other basic findings from other groups will be covered, including: the Minimal Valuable EOSC (MVE) concept. In particular, how the Clusters/RIs data producers/service providers are connected/federated (either integrated or interfaced); skills and training
Main concepts

Work around the themes of ‘Present and Future’, both from the thematic projects (RI/Clusters) and horizontal projects (e-Infrastructures) perspectives.

  • Present: where are we now both in terms of latest policy and technical developments. Policy with regards to the tri-party partnership, the new legal entity and the SRIA document, along with the EOSC Sustainability WG “Iron Lady” document. Regarding technical developments portray characteristic use cases both from horizontal and thematic projects, reflecting also the ESFRI White Paper related points. 
  • Future: What is expected in the next period, both policy and technically, following up on the current state. On the one hand study the evolving legal landscape of EOSC next phase (post 2020) and envisage the role of the thematic stakeholders, and on the other hand focus on user-related technical aspects and expectations; what services are planned to be available in the Minimum Valuable EOSC (MVE) when EOSC is launched on 1st Jan 2021 compared to what services users are expecting? EOSC Governance to present the current state of play; thematic stakeholders/clusters/RIs to reflect on their role in the developing landscape; clusters to present key services/good practices to be federated in EOSC, showcasing the EOSC potential and added-value; horizontal projects to present also a set of horizontal services, again showcasing the EOSC potential and added-value.

Main focal and other points: 

  • Present latest EOSC Governance plans, including the EOSC partnership and extract user expectations on governance.
  • Present use cases for end users to understand EOSC and to attract them to use it. 
  • Go into the details in specific topics in round table discussions and identify key benefits for the users: e.g. unified data formats, service level agreements, MVE services, training/skills, AAI.

Provide highlights-“flavours”- good practices: Need to provide highlights and “flavours” (use cases, good practices, etc.) in close cooperation with the clusters showcasing/ demonstrating breadth of issues.

Informed by ESFRI White Paper, including: 

  • ESFRI vision/mission and the strategic orientations for a renewed ERA.
  • Implementation of a healthy RI ecosystem in Europe with high-quality open research data from RIs for EOSC federation.

Workshop report: A report from the event needs to be prepared, along with the presented case studies/use cases with the identified benefits for their users, which can possibly act as input into the  future developments of EOSC (that can also act as a tool to attract users to join the EOSC, thus supporting uptake/integration within this community).

Further reading
ESFRI White Paper
EU Council Conclusions on EOSC
Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum
EC Implementation Roadmap for EOSC


"European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future" Conference
  The Conference is now completed. All the material is available in the "Outcomes" tab of the event page.   The "European Research Infrastructures for a smarter future" Conference will be held on May 15th 2020, and will be fully digital.   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.   Background information   Addressing the big challenges of the 21st century 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 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: “Making Science Happen: A new ambition for Research Infrastructures in the European Research Area” lays 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 digital 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 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.

ESFRI Workshop on the Future of Research Infrastructures in the European Research Area

The event is part of Exchange of Experience (EoE) workshops.

This event was live-streamed via the ESFRI YouTube Channel. The resulting video will be available for viewing in a few days.

With the next Roadmap of European Research Infrastructures, foreseen for publication in 2021, ESFRI will end the second cycle of its Roadmaps, comprising the editions of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018. The last two editions have demonstrated clearly how the landscape of research infrastructures in Europe has evolved and matured.

As demonstrated through the work on long-term sustainability of research infrastructures over the last three years, the facilities that have now become operational face very different challenges to the ones early in their lifecycle.

Recognising the nature of these challenges and responding to the invitation of the Competitiveness Council to strengthen its strategic role, ESFRI started a comprehensive reflection process on the role of research infrastructures and ESFRI itself in the evolving European Research Area.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss with the research infrastructures, thematic clusters and other stakeholders a number of key topics that emerged through this process in a view of preparing a formal ESFRI document in December 2019.


Roadmap 2021 InfoDay
Note: registrations for this event are now closed, since the maximum room capacity has been exceeded. For any info, please contact us at info@str-esfri.eu The ESFRI Strategic Report on RIs in Europe, known as the ESFRI Roadmap, has been, for the past 18 years, the prestigious result of a laborious collaborative process aspiring to guarantee the creation of and access to large international Research Infrastructures with the vision to expand European scientific excellence.   ESFRI organises an Information Day on 25 September 2019 in Brussels, with the aim to inaugurate the process of updating its Roadmap (to be completed in 2021). Top Roadmap stakeholder will provide a thorough presentation of the requirements, the procedure and the methodology of selection of proposals for new RI Projects to enter the Roadmap. The Roadmap Landscape Analysis of Research Infrastructures will also be presented along with information on its ongoing update process. There will also be further discussions on the process of monitoring for ESFRI RIs already on the Roadmap.   The Info Day will last the whole morning of the 25th of September and will be hosted by the European Commission in Brussels. It is co-organised and supported by the StR-ESFRI2 Project - Support to Reinforce ESFRI, and the European Commission - DG Research and Innovation.    

ESFRI Validation Workshop on "Monitoring of Research Infrastructures Methodology and Key Performance Indicators'
ESFRI will be organising a Validation Workshop dedicated to “Monitoring of Research Infrastructures- Methodology and Key Performance Indicators“ in the context of the work of the ad hoc Working Group on Monitoring of Research Infrastructures Performance. The workshop will be held in Brussels, on 3 July 2019, 10h00-17h00.The mandate of the ESFRI WG on Monitoring is to consolidate the existing knowledge on monitoring of RI performance, propose a common approach at European level and explore options to support this through the use of a core set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).  Following the ESFRI Workshop on Monitoring of RIs, Periodic Update of Landmarks, and the Use of KPIs, which took place in Milan on 19-20 November 2018, this workshop will now focus on the validation of preliminary findings and recommendations of the Monitoring WG. The Workshop is expected to explore a common methodological approach, a set of core KPIs, a framework for adapting KPIs to specific RIs, and some recommendations on their inclusion in the governance of RIs. The workshop will be hosted in the European Commission in Brussels (premises to be decided), supported by the StR-ESFRI2 Project (Support to Reinforce ESFRI).  Participation is by invitation only. Registration is mandatory. A detailed agenda will be published later this month. Due to limited capacity, one person per project will be inivited. For any further communication on this issue, please contact the StR-ESFRI2 team at info@str-esfri.eu.  

'Future Directions of ESFRI' Meeting

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. 


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. 



ESFRI RIs and EOSC Workshop

ESFRI will be organising a workshop on the relationship between ESFRI Research Infrastructures (RIs) and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in London on 30 January 2019.  

The main objective of the workshop is the liaison among ESFRI, ESFRI RIs and EOSC stakeholders, in order to ensure the optimal integration of ESFRI RIs in the EOSC ecosystem. In this direction, the Workshop aims to 

1. Promote sharing existing good practices and experiences and collaborating on:

  • Open science policies, including domain/cross-domain ones
  • Data and services’ sharing and re-use, including the adoption of FAIR principles and the appropriate criteria for reproducibility of data and research results (+R)
  • Understanding strategies for federating into EOSC the good practices and services developed by the ESFRI RIs
2. Understand, plan for and serve current and future ESFRI RIs requirements by: 
  • Understanding and discussing the architecture, access, and interfaces
  • Understanding and discussing the governance and participation rules 
  • Planning training for developing skills
3. Share ESFRI position on EOSC: The workshop will be hosted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI/STFC) at the London Royal Geographical Society, supported by the StR-ESFRI Project (Support to Reinforce ESFRI), in cooperation with ESFRI and the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (Unit B4 – Research Infrastructure). The workshop is expected to start at 09am on 30th of January and end in the evening of the same day with a networking reception. Participation is by invitation only; each ESFRI project and Landmark will be guaranteed a place but additional places will depend on demand.       STFC UKRI Full colour CMYK 300dpi.jpg