Working Group on Research Infrastructures

The Research Infrastructures Working Group brings together experts on planning and management of research facilities from across the Science Europe Member Organisations. The Working Group’s objective is to tackle common challenges related to research infrastructure among members.

Research Infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research. Research infrastructures can be ‘single-sited’, ‘virtual’ or ‘distributed’. They can include for instance: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments); skilled personnel engaged in services, competence development and outreach; knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives or scientific data; and e-infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks.

The Working Group will specifically focus on alerting and advising Science Europe’s members on current and emerging issues related to research infrastructures, and ensuring relevant contribution to European initiatives related to these (e.g. Horizon 2020ESFRI). It will also review strategies for evaluation and management of research infrastructures, investigate ways to promote integration and innovative funding, and stimulate networking among scientific communities in areas and disciplines where no dedicated schemes are implemented.

In pursuing these activities, the Working Group will take into account issues related to other policy fields such as research data, and cross-border collaboration.

Working Group Members

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(12 September 2016) Science Europe releases a new workshop report on 'The Importance of Content Mining for Science' …read more