PT B/2: Multinational RI and International Cooperation
14:00 - 15:30

Challenges of Multinational Research Infrastructures – Maintaining Synergistic Relationships.


This session will focus on the geographical challenges. Unless positioned geographically for scientific reasons, the big research infrastructures are typically located in advanced countries. At the same time hosting a research infrastructure creates a number of challenges and risks (financial, operational, etc.). Thus, securing access and leveraging resources for relevant research infrastructures might be a very reasonable approach for all parties. We will also look at the cooperation aspects across the continents.

  • Inmaculada Figueroa, Vice Deputy Director General, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain
  • Udunna Anazodo, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • More speakers TBA


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