PT B/1: Integrated RI Ecosystem
11:00 - 12:30

Multi-scale Ecosystem – Fostering Cooperation Between Facilities at Different Scales.


Research infrastructures of different scales contribute to tackling various societal challenges. How can these challenges be tackled more efficiently in more intense collaboration at different scales? How can the smaller-scale and the larger-scale infrastructures reinforce each other? What are the examples of research infrastructures ecosystems from around the world?

  • Julia Fernandez Rodrigues, President, CTLS, Sweden
  • Rodrigo Portugal, Head of cryoEM facility, Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory
  • Obed M. Ogega, Programmes Manager, African Academy of Sciences
  • Jacques Demotes, Director General, ECRIN – ERIC
  • Louis Franklin DiMauro, NEXUS, USA


Parallel Theme B: Multi-scale Ecosystem of Research Infrastructures  
Until recently the policy debate around RIs focused mainly on the large-scale facilities that are costly and typically can become reality only when a few countries join their forces. Lately, the ecosystem approach to research infrastructures covering the whole spectrum of facilities from the very large ones through the medium all the way to the small-scale ones is emerging. The facilities of various sizes create an ecosystem that is mutually reinforcing. The ecosystem approach is natural for distributed research infrastructures, which are common in the field of life sciences and environment but is relevant for the other research fields as well, which we will strive to demonstrate during this Parallel Theme. One of the first policy documents developing the ecosystem approach is the ESFRI white paper entitled Making Science Happen: A New Ambition for Research Infrastructures in the European Research Area from 2020. This Parallel Theme will investigate various topics touching on the ecosystem approach to research infrastructures, such as:  What are the benefits and challenges of research infrastructure ecosystem, both small-to-small and small-to-big? How can modern research infrastructures respond to increasingly complex and interdisciplinary questions and how can the ecosystems approach help in this respect? What are the specific needs of smaller-scale installations/facilities (as opposed to the big ones)? What are the funding modalities for smaller-scale facilities and networks of RIs? How can the notion of RI ecosystem help to integrate countries across the globe in the worldwide research family?
- PT B/1: Multi-scale Ecosystem — Fostering Cooperation Between Facilities at Different Scales
- PT B/2: Challenges of Multinational Research Infrastructures – Maintaining Synergistic Relationships
- PT B/3: Toolbox Session – Examples of Good Practices for Research Infrastructures Ecosystem Focused on Smaller Scale Facilities