Vienna, 11th September 2018 – The 5th Strategy Report and Roadmap 2018 of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (hereinafter referred to as the “ESFRI”) was presented within the framework of Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Event was organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research in a close cooperation with ESFRI and Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission at Aula der Wissenschaften.
The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 is a vivid demonstration of the high merit and potential of the pan-European collaboration in developing joint visions and sustainable perspectives for an interoperable research infrastructure ecosystem as a key asset of Europe. The Roadmap displays the ESFRI Landmark portfolio of 37 long-term engagements in all fields of science and 18 ESFRI Projects, with 6 new entries in the energy, environmental, health and food and social and cultural innovation domains.
An extensive landscape analysis outlines the context of the most relevant research infrastructures that are available to European scientists and developers in all domains of research. For the first time ESFRI focussed on the broad impact that specific research infrastructures have on all domains of science and knowledge, via the cross-disciplinary usage and the openness and interoperability of data produced. New areas of high strategic potential in the field of social and cultural innovation are identified as well.
An interconnected research infrastructure ecosystem capable, as a whole, to address the great societal challenges is a key aspect of ESFRI strategy, building on the integration of the knowledge produced at interoperable excellent research infrastructures by researchers from diverse disciplines. The issues of sustainability of research infrastructures, the impact on innovation, the construction of Open Science and the open data management are also addressed within the document.
The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 is a collective work. Over 250 individuals from all over Europe were involved in the permanent and the ad hoc Working Groups, the Forum and the European Commission, providing knowledge, analysis and discussion to form a collective vision for European research infrastructures to inspire European science policy for maximizing competitiveness of Europe worldwide.
The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Event was participated by high-level European Union officials, ESFRI delegates, representatives of research infrastructures´ projects and policy-making bodies, national and regional authorities as well as media.
More information on the ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Event and ESFRI Roadmap 2018 update may be found on the websites www.esfri.eu, http://www.esfri.eu/esfri-events/launch-2018-esfri-roadmap-research-infrastructures-europe and www.ec.europa.eu/research/esfri.