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.
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