The Association of European-Level Research Infrastructures Facilities (ERF-AISBL) published an insightful report on the current working practices of analytical facilities, which were strongly impacted by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The national and international analytical (experimental) facilities located in Europe that are open to international users were invited by ERF-AISBL to describe their working practices via a questionnaire, since several research infrastructures (RIs) are closed for operations or strongly limiting their activities, while some others provide limited access to external researchers for COVID-19 related research.

The published report provides an overview of the current level of operations, summarises the safety measures put in place by the RIs in order to enable safe operations during the pandemic, and also discusses some of the issues and possible future decisions faced by the analytical facilities. These collected practices aim to contribute to the safe and swift re-launch of operations and services provided by these RIs, but also, more broadly, by European research performing institutions. 

To read the full report, please click here.