[Event Review] Launch of the ESFRI Roadmap 2016
On 10 March 2016, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a one-day conference in Amsterdam.
Large telescopes, particle accelerators and biobanks are among the topics covered by the eight new Research Infrastructure projects that were announced as part of the 2016 Roadmap for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). This conference was part of a series of events marking the Dutch presidency of the European Union. It was organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in close cooperation with ESFRI, the European Commission, and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
ESFRI Chair John Womersley presented the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap while EU Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker commented on the new edition. Discussions focussed on strategic roadmapping, long-term sustainability and the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. The detailed Agenda is available for more information on the programme held. Live stream was available via www.knaw.nl/esfri.
ESFRI identifies research facilities of pan-European importance that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU. The updated Roadmap now consists of 21 'ESFRI Projects', which are research infrastructures in development phase. It also includes 29 'ESFRI Landmarks', denoting projects that are being implemented or have been completed.
About ESFRI Roadmaps
The ESFRI Roadmaps reflect the long-term needs of the European research community. The EU strives for high-quality research facilities that are accessible to all top researchers to enable the scientific world to realise its full potential.
The 2016 Roadmap highlights the strong socio-economic impact of research infrastructures as well as their potential to generate innovation through collaboration with industrial partners.
More information: http://www.ec.europa.eu/research/esfri
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