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Connecting continents through molecular biology

Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) entity, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and some South African universities will visit the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to assess whether the DST should join the institution. This according to DST Director-General Dr Phil Mjwara, who addressed… Continue Reading

Research infrastructure critical in addressing global challenges like climate change and energy

The first International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) 2016 hosted on African soil ended this week with a broad consensus that global cooperation is key in tackling global challenges, bridging the skills gap and growing innovation hubs. Attracting about 600 scientists, policy makers, academics and other stakeholders from 60 countries, the conference co-hosted by the European… Continue Reading

Fringe Event this afternoon

Collecting Research Infrastructure Data in a Global Context The MERIL project (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape) is hosting an event to discuss global needs and challenges in terms of RI-related data collection. Keynote presentations from OECD Global Science Forum, the European Commission and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will be followed by a… Continue Reading

ICRI 2016 BUZZING

From the formal plenary to parallel sessions, live radio broadcasts and fringe events, the ICRI 2016 event is definitely buzzing. Research Infrastructure(RI) issues continued to provoke interesting discussion as we explore moves towards a collaborative approach on globally-relevant Research Infrastructures. Day 2 kicked off with the only plenary for the day, a discussion on Science… Continue Reading

ICRI 2016 Fringe Events

EU and South Africa join forces to better understand the oceans The European Union and South Africa have signed a declaration to cooperate in marine research and innovation, further cementing their 20-year-old collaboration in science and technology. The Declaration of Intent was signed in Cape Town on Monday, 3 October on the occasion of the… Continue Reading

Welcome to ICRI 2016

Introduction
The International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) are a well established international forum encouraging global cooperation and providing a unique opportunity to share views on matters of international relevance in the Research Infrastructures' domain.

The forthcoming ICRI 2016 conference, which will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) from 3 to 5 October 2016, is co-organised by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the European Commission.

Building on the conclusions of previous ICRIs and the ongoing debates on Research Infrastructures in international fora such as the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) and the OECD-Global Science Forum (GSF), a more structured approach to collaboration on global Research Infrastructures will be discussed with the international community, underlining the strategic importance of Research Infrastructures and exploring their role as a tool for Science Diplomacy.

Building on the conclusions of previous ICRIs and the ongoing debates on Research Infrastructures in international fora such as the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) and the OECD-Global Science Forum (GSF), a more structured approach to collaboration on global Research Infrastructures will be discussed with the international community, underlining the strategic importance of Research Infrastructures and exploring their role as a tool for Science Diplomacy.


Setting the scene
Research infrastructures are core enablers of competitive research, development and innovation, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge. They are often by nature cross border and exploitable by multiple disciplines. Research Infrastructures are also highly data intensive, with more and more virtually enabled access, leading the way to global exploitation.

The opportunities and challenges offered by the increasing drive towards open science and access to vast amounts of research data impacts the concept of research and thus also Research Infrastructures, their structure, requirements, the way research infrastructures are developed and access to them.

Data-intensive science changes the nature of modern research and paves the way towards new skills and completely new professions required to tackle the challenges related to big data.

Open and stronger innovation ecosystems encourage the involvement of new actors and the deployment of new funding solutions for Research Infrastructures. A shift towards long-term planning and stronger attention to sustainability is crucial. New solutions to process and store the massive amounts of research and technical data produced by various Research infrastructures are required, and harmonisation and standardisation efforts are needed to ensure obtaining full advantage of the data. World-class technology infrastructures can increase the scope and the pace of innovation but industry's access to them and investment incentives are still not fully exploited.

How will truly global research infrastructures look in this continuously evolving scenario? And how to best address challenges together, finding synergies and complementarities, and harnessing new opportunities? These questions are relevant in continuously setting the scene and defining the role and impact of RIs.

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