PT B/3: Toolbox Session – RI Ecosystem
16:00 - 18:00

Toolbox Session – Examples of Good Practices for Research Infrastructures Ecosystem Focused on Smaller Scale Facilities.


Examples of good practices of smaller-scale facilities focusing on governance, training, and networking will be presented.

  • Ivan Baines, Chief Operating Officer, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
  • Katarina Eggenberger, Senior Policy Advisor and Research Manager, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Tanja Ninkovic, ARISE Programme Manager, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
  • Rosario Durán, Head of the Mass Spectrometry RI, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Marialuisa Lavitrano, Director of the Executive Masters’ in Management of Research Infrastructures, Milano-Bicocca University, Director of the RItrainPlus
  • Lavanya Premvardhan, Coordinator of the CurieCoreTech, Institut Curie, France
  • Joshua Rappoport, Executive Director, Research Infrastructure, Boston College, USA
  • Lia Pietrasanta, Associate Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


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