PT D/1: Transnational Access after COVID-19
11:00 - 12:30

What Does Transnational Access Mean in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic?


The COVID-19 pandemic made a very substantial impact on the research infrastructures relying on physical access, stimulating accelerated adaptation and introduction of new access modalities. In the context of the framework developed by the G7 Group of Senior Officials, identifying 14 principles for Global Research Infrastructures and National Facilities of Global Interest, this session will look into the evolution of transnational access modes in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing experiences of RIs in different parts of the world.  

In particular, increased digital and remote access possibilities offer substantial opportunities, such as lower costs for users, more efficient use of facilities and better coordination of efforts. At the same time, new challenges appear such as increased staff needs and different competencies required, as well as limited contacts with and among users leading to decreasing educational and social role of RIs.  

The types of users are also evolving, with a growing number of non-expert users and industry, requiring RIs to adapt to address their needs and provide the necessary training so that they can take full benefit from access to the RI.

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Parallel Theme D: Transnational Access to Research Infrastructures    
Contemporary challenges, such as facilitating the green and digital transitions to counteract climate change, are global in nature and require global cooperation in science. Research Infrastructures, as enablers of excellent science, are at the heart of scientific discoveries and innovative solutions. Therefore, ensuring access to the world-class facilities and the services they offer for researchers across the globe is essential. However, significant barriers to transnational access to research infrastructures between different countries and world regions still remain. The COVID-19 pandemic on the one hand stalled mobility of scientists and thus limited physical access, but on the other hand accelerated the development of alternative modes of access, creating additional opportunities.  
These themes will explore these different aspects of transnational access, looking into the remaining barriers and how they could be overcome as well as analysing the changes to access modes and their funding models. Collaboration models among Research Infrastructures will also be presented as powerful tools for jointly addressing the most challenging scientific questions and promoting scientific equity and inclusion.
- PT D/1: What Does Transnational Access Mean in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- PT D/2: Overcoming Current Bottlenecks to Transnational Access to RIs at International Level
- PT D/3: Global Collaboration for Complex Science Questions, Scientific Equity and Inclusion