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 event, scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 December 2021 at the Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
ESFRI Days will feature two major events, complemented by the 78th ESFRI plenary meeting (for ESFRI National Delegates only, 6-7 December):
After 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. The Roadmap will include 11 new Research Infrastructure Projects and report on the development of Research Infrastructures on the existing Roadmap.
The ESFRI Roadmap details the best European science facilities, as determined by a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It also describes the broader landscape of research in Europe, which is an important component of ESFRI methodology.
All previous ESFRI Roadmap updates proved to be very influential and provided truly strategic guidance for European Countries’ investments, even 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 ingredients of ESFRI rests in ensuring that excellent scientists have access to Europe´s best research infrastructures, irrespective of borders. These actions require 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.
Click here for more information on the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Launch.
The ESFRI Stakeholders Forum is a newly established platform, developed by ESFRI with the ambition to instigate an open dialogue among the different European research infrastructure stakeholders, in order to reinforce the position of Research Infrastructures (RIs) as an essential pillar of the European Research Area (ERA). This concept was presented in the ESFRI White Paper adopted in 2020.
As we move towards a renewed ERA the participatory element should be applied across the ERA, including ESFRI and RIs as to position them at the heart of the research and innovation ecosystem, and closely interlinking them with different actors, such as researchers, educators, policy makers, citizens, businesses and others. The Stakeholders Forum aims to engage these actors and facilitate regular discussion among them.
The Stakeholders Forum initiative reflects ESFRI’s intention to look beyond the traditional RI communities. The platform aims to attract stakeholders, raising their awareness across the whole research and innovation ecosystem. These stakeholders include, amongst others, decision and policymakers, municipalities, citizens, socio-economic actors, research organisations and higher education institutions with scientific communities participating in ERA activities, which are potential users of RIs.
Detailed information about how the platform will work and how stakeholders can participate in discussions will be available in due course.
Click here for more information on the 1st ESFRI Stakeholders Forum Meetup.