Research infrastructures play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology. A research infrastructure is an organization that enables the research community to use specific facilities, resources and services in order to accelerate scientific achievements and promote sustainable research. They are a key instrument in bringing together a wide diversity of stakeholders to look for solutions to many of the problems society is facing today.
European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach and to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe.
The Forum identifies the new research infrastructures of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities in a framework of a regular update process resulting in Roadmaps.
The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 was launched on 10 March 2016, in Amsterdam. The Roadmap addesses 21 ESFRI Projects with a high degree of maturity - including 6 new Projects (and EMPHASIS) - and 29 ESFRI Landmarks - RIs that reached the implementation phase by the end of 2015.
The Forum includes working groups to analyse topical issues related to:
- Health and Food
- Social and Cultural Innovation
- Physical Sciences and Engineering