PT D/3: Transnational Access - The Societal Challenge
16:00 - 18:00

Global collaboration for complex science questions, scientific equity and inclusion.


Contemporary scientific challenges are increasingly complex and multidimensional. Addressing them requires collaboration beyond a single facility, scientific domain or country, thus necessitating broader collaboration. Key examples of such challenges include earth and climate observation, pandemic outbreaks or multi-messenger science. The session will explore the principles and models of such collaborations, including legal and governance arrangements as well as integrating and sharing results.  

Opportunities for access to world-leading research infrastructures, where top scientists meet, learn from each other and establish new collaborations, can also play an important role in promoting scientific equity and inclusion. The session will also explore specific actions that exist in parts of the world where RIs are less developed to facilitate more inclusive access leading to upskilling and better-connecting researchers across the world. The session will reflect on how we can upscale and multiply such actions, including exploring sources of funding.

- Panel discussion: Models for multi-RI collaboration
- Panel discussion: Fostering science equity and inclusion through RIs

  • Speakers TBA


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