ICRI 2016 – International Conferences on Research Infrastructures

Building on the conclusions of previous ICRIs, and the ongoing debates on Research Infrastructures in international fora, such as the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) and the OECD-Global Science Forum (GSF), a more structured approach to collaboration on global Research Infrastructures will be discussed with the international community. Here, the strategic importance of Research Infrastructures and exploring their role as a tool for Science Diplomacy will be underlined.

Research infrastructures are core enablers of competitive research, development and innovation, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge. They are often, by nature, cross-border and exploitable by multiple disciplines. Research Infrastructures are also highly data intensive, with more and more virtually enabled access, leading the way to global exploitation.

The increasing drive towards open science and access to extensive research data provides opportunities and challenges to impact the concept of research. This, in turn, affects Research Infrastructures, their structure, requirements, and the way research infrastructures are developed and access to them.

How will truly global research infrastructures look in this continuously-evolving scenario? And how to best address challenges together, finding synergies and complementarities, and harnessing new opportunities? These questions are relevant in setting the scene and defining the role and impact of RIs.

Objective and issues to be addressed

The overall objective of ICRI 2016 is to explore the move towards a reinforced cooperation on globally-relevant Research Infrastructures and to discuss concrete steps in this direction.

ICRI 2016 aims to analyse the "state of play" in these infrastructures, as well as new and emerging trends. The goal behind this is to develop global approaches for prioritising, accessing, financing and governing research infrastructures.

In particular, ICRI 2016 will address issues including:

  • Long-term Sustainability
    How to implement it into Research Infrastructures. The advantages and what the constraints of different models. Effective funding and investment models for building and operating RIs. How to define a sustainable access model. The legal forms of International Research Infrastructures. Methods of preserving and managing big data, knowledge and information.
  • Openness
    Developing, managing and operating research infrastructures to respond to open science. The increasing need for data sharing across disciplines and boundaries. Enabling openness by ensuring re-usability and accessibility of open research data.
  • Socio-economic impact of Research Infrastructures
    The socio-economic impact of an RI. Ways in which it contributes to sustainable development. Setting international standards, performance indicators, and models for assessing the socioeconomic impact of an RI.
  • Science Diplomacy
    How foreign and security policy objectives, or development objectives, might drive the development of RI. In a funding-constrained environment, how can these objectives be factored against RI to support scientific discovery? Vice-versa, how can we assess the impact of RI on relations between States? How RI might help govern ungoverned spaces.
  • Engaging internationally and expanding RIs' partnerships for tackling global challenges and foster research excellence
    How best practices and knowledge might be shared among researchers, creating possibilities for new research and innovation. Existing high-level infrastructures, and how they share facilities and access opportunities with researchers and research institutes for enhanced capacity building.
  • Attracting, training and retaining human resources
    Fostering mobility and knowledge transfer. How to retain talents and expertise in RIs. How to recognise new, arising skills and professions. Facilitating exchanges, for global development of capacity in key RI areas.
  • Global Research infrastructures as hubs for innovation
    Fostering co-creation mechanisms, and strengthening ties between infrastructures, industry, research centres and universities, with integration into local, regional and global innovation eco-systems. Better integrating for innovations, boosting public-private partnerships. Exploring potential commercial data use, produced by RIs Examining how RIs position themselves, with respect to Open Science and Open Innovation.

For more details, agenda and regsitration, visit the event website of ICRI 2016.