Odd Ivar Eriksen holds a Cand.scient. degree in Organic chemistry from University of Oslo. He worked as research scientist/Senior scientist in SINTEF for many years and later as Research Director for Organic synthesis and Vice President Research for SINTEF Applied Chemistry, an institute with 220 employees. He has experience with large research projects and planning, construction and operation of both analytical facilities and research laboratories with advanced scientific instrumentation. In the Research Council he has a position as Special Adviser in the Division for Science, working full time with research policies and strategies, funding of research infrastructures and Norway’s participation in projects in ESFRI Roadmap. He is delegate to ESFRI and member of the programme committee for Research Infrastructures since 2008 and also member of the ERIC-committee.