Parallel session B1

5th October 2022/ 17:00-18:30
Machado room
(floor -2)

Research Infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. They can be used beyond research e.g. for education or public services and they may be single-sited, distributed, or virtual. They include:

  • major scientific equipment or sets of instruments
  • collections, archives or scientific data
  • computing systems and communication networks
  • any other research and innovation infrastructure of a unique nature which is open to external users


The Commission defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools to provide Europe with world-class sustainable Research Infrastructures. The Commission does this while coooperating closely with EU countries and countries associated to Horizon 2020. It also ensures that these research infrastructures are open and accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond. The Key objectives are:

  • reduce fragmentation of the research and innovation ecosystem
  • avoid duplication of effort
  • better coordinate the development and use of Research Infrastructures
  • establish strategies for new pan-European, well-established intergovernmental or national Research Infrastructures
  • join forces internationally to construct and run large, complex or expensive infrastructures, respond to global challenges and/or foster combining skills, data and efforts of the world's best scientists
  • foster the innovation potential of Research Infrastructures by making industry more aware of opportunities offered to improve their products and by the co-development of advanced technologies
  • use Research Infrastructures for science diplomacy - using science collaboration to address common problems and build partnerships internationally


The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) plays a key role in policy-making on Research Infrastructures in Europe. It is composed of national delegates nominated by research ministers of EU countries and countries associated with Horizon 2020. It also includes a Commission representative. ESFRI is a self-regulated body, operating on a consensus basis and typically meets 4 times a year. ESFRI's mandate is:

  • establish a European roadmap for Research Infrastructures for the next 10-20 years, stimulate the implementation of these facilities, and update the roadmap as needed
  • support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy making on Research Infrastructures in Europe
  • facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to a better use and development of Research Infrastructures, with the ESFRI acting as an incubator for new initiatives
  • ensure the follow-up of implementation of already on-going ESFRI projects after a comprehensive assessment, as well as the prioritisation of the infrastructure projects listed in the ESFRI roadmap
  • to implement the European Research Area (ERA)


The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 consists of:

  • 18 projects in development phase requiring around €2.9 billion of investment in the coming years
  • 37 landmarks, identifying key Research Infrastructures that are being implemented or have been completed, representing an overall capital value of around €14.4 billion.


The parallel session will present the EC strategic proposal and activities for the Research Infrastructures and ESFRI in Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation framework programme, and will review the H2020 programme supporting Research Infrastructures and ESFRI.

Research infrastructures make science happen (Infographic: EC)

The Commission defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools to provide Europe with world-class sustainable Research Infrastructures.


Inmaculada FIGUEROA - Subdirectora General Adjunta de Internacionalización de la Ciencia y la Innovación (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)

  • ESFRI Roadmap for Big Science: Projects and Landmarks


EC - Johannes KLUMPERS, Head of Research and Industrial Infrastructures at DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

  • Horizon Europe for Big Science and Research Infrastructures: challenges and opportunities


EC- Patricia Postigo-McLaughlin (TBC), Research and Industrial Infrastructures at DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

  • A brief explanation of the H2020 Research Infrastructures Programe


H2020 Grant Speaker (TBD)

  • An example of H2020 Grant on Research Infrastructures


ESFRI Project Speaker (TBD)

  • TBD: An example of ESFRI Project on Big Science Research Infrastructure


ESFRI Landmark Speaker (TBD)

  • TBD: An example of ESFRI Landmark on Big Science Research Infrastructure



  • Jorge LÓPEZ REIG - Research Infrastructures Expert for Industrial matters and ILO, CDTI


European Research Infrastructures  and e-Infrastructures (Photo: EC)