Workshop "Common challenges and actions for distributed Research Infrastructures in Europe"

Online Event:  17-18 March 2021, 14h00-17h00 Brussels time


The European landscape of research infrastructures has evolved significantly over the past decades, namely by witnessing an increasing number of institutions, facilities and laboratories that have organized and consolidated their operations and services offered to the research community across countries. With this workshop we would like to invite the RI community to reflect on current challenges and explore future options for developing and sustaining their operations and demonstrate their impact in Europe. The workshop is covering all fields of research and focuses on mid- and small-scale, distributed physical infrastructures, and those RIs that offer Trans-National Access or similar programs.
The workshop is addressing primarily research infrastructure managers and operators, but it is open to all interested participants.


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Please note that the deadline for registrations is March 16th 2021, 17h00 CET 

Organised by

ESF-Science Connect and Europlanet Society

Programme Committee:

Prof. Nigel Mason, University of Kent, UK  

Prof. Sylvie Jacquemot, Ecole Polytechnique, France  

Dr. Lavanya Premvardhan, Institut Curie, France   

Dr. Francesco Loreto, CNR, Italy  

Ms. Niamh Flavin, Marine Institute, Ireland 


Dr. Ana Helman, ESF, ahelman[at]esf[dot]org

Draft agenda 

14:00 – 17:00 Day 1 : Common challenges

14:00 – 15:30: Session 1 - Setting the Scene

  • Welcome and introduction – Nicolas Walter, European Science Foundation – Science Connect
  • Exploiting the intellectual, scientific and human capital of distributed RIs – Nigel Mason, EuroPlanet 2024 RI, University of Kent, UK
  • Evolution of transnational and virtual access programs and their implementation under Horizon Europe  – Lorenza Saracco, European Commission
  • Experiences from the Covid-19 pandemics – expanding access capabilities of physical distributed RIs – Jana Kolar, CERIC-ERIC, ACCELERATE project
  • Q&A session

15:30 – 15:45: Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00: Session 2 - RIs’ contribution to European research and innovation missions

  • Round table: contributions from participating RIs
  • Discussion: How can community driven distributed RIs respond to challenges defined in Horizon Europe?

14:00 – 17:00 Day 2 : Common actions and way forward

14:00 – 15:30: Session 3 - Sustainability (Chair: G.Pappalardo, CNR, ESFRI Executive Board Member)

  • National support for distributed research infrastructures – case studies from countries: Italy (Francesco Loreto, CNR), Germany (Annika Thies, Helmholtz Association)
  • Models for sustainability: Panel with representatives from RIs established as projects, societies, networks, ERICs, etc. Claes – Göran Wahlstrom – LaserLab, Ondrej Hradil –  Masaryk University, Stefan Jungbluth – EVI/TRANSVAC, Gerry Sutton – MARINERG-i, Geert Van Minnebruggen – VBI, Simon Krek - ELEXIS, Federica Paina – Euro-BioImaging ERIC
  • Q&A session

15:30 – 15:45: Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00: Session 4 - Going forward

  • Increasing visibility of research infrastructures – Claudia Alén Amaro, Instruct-ERIC, RI-VIS project
  • Assessing the impact of research infrastructures – Elina Griniece, EFIS
  • Discussion on future actions
  • Highlights and wrap-up