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Objective and issues to be addressed

The overall objective of ICRI 2016 is to explore the move towards a reinforced cooperation on globally-relevant Research Infrastructures and to discuss concrete steps in this direction.

As recognised by the GSO, global research infrastructures play a vital role in addressing worldwide Science and Technology challenges. Coordinating efforts to this end is highly beneficial to these industries. New and complementary approaches need to be tailored to the specific nature of these infrastructures and foster multidisciplinary settings.

ICRI 2016 aims to analyse the "state of play" in these infrastructures, as well as new and emerging trends. The goal behind this is to develop global approaches for prioritising, accessing, financing and governing research infrastructures.

Conferences will discuss framework conditions for sustainable International Research Infrastructures, outlining possible answers and developing arguments around this debate.

In particular, ICRI 2016 will address issues including:  

Long-term Sustainability
How to implement it into Research Infrastructures. The advantages and what the constraints of different models. Effective funding and investment models for building and operating RIs. How to define a sustainable access model. The legal forms of International Research Infrastructures. Methods of preserving and managing big data, knowledge and information.

Openness -
Developing, managing and operating research infrastructures to respond to open science. The increasing need for data sharing across disciplines and boundaries. Enabling openness by ensuring re-usability and accessibility of open research data.

Socio-economic impact
of Research Infrastructures – The socio-economic impact of an RI. Ways in which it contributes to sustainable development. Setting international standards, performance indicators, and models for assessing the socioeconomic impact of an RI.

Science Diplomacy
How foreign and security policy objectives, or development objectives, might drive the development of RI. In a funding-constrained environment, how can these objectives be factored against RI to support scientific discovery? Vice-versa, how can we assess the impact of RI on relations between States? How RI might help govern ungoverned spaces.

Engaging internationally and expanding RIs' partnerships for tackling global challenges and foster research excellence – How best practices and knowledge might be shared among researchers, creating possibilities for new research and innovation. Existing high-level infrastructures, and how they share facilities and access opportunities with researchers and research institutes for enhanced capacity building.

Attracting, training and retaining human resourcesFostering mobility and knowledge transfer. How to retain talents and expertise in RIs. How to recognise new, arising skills and professions. Facilitating exchanges, for global development of capacity in key RI areas.

Global Research infrastructures as hubs for innovationFostering co-creation mechanisms, and strengthening ties between infrastructures, industry, research centres and universities, with integration into local, regional and global innovation eco-systems. Better integrating for innovations, boosting public-private partnerships. Exploring potential commercial data use, produced by RIs Examining how RIs position themselves, with respect to Open Science and Open Innovation.

Expected outcome

The conference aims to address the above-mentioned issues, carrying the discussion forward, and providing recommendations in the conference conclusions.

Considering the location of the hosting country, specific attention to the role of Research Infrastructures for Africa would need to be addressed. Therefore, this event should also lead to tangible suggestions for the development of a Pan-African agenda for Research Infrastructures discourse, addressing regional challenges, and contributing to global ones.

The conference will also provide the opportunity to officially launch the South African Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. Satellite events and smaller workshops could also be an opportunity to explore, in-depth, specific issues related to certain thematic areas.

Organisation and participants

In previous ICRI conferences, approximately 800 delegates took part in the debate: policy and decision-makers, RI managers, scientists, stakeholders in the field of Research Infrastructures from around the globe including representatives from Ministries, funding bodies, the Group of Senior Officials for global RI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), major facilities and organisations (CERN, ITER, ESA), representatives from the H2020 Advisory Group for Research Infrastructures, and major project coordinators.


  • South Africa
    +27 (11) 025 5985
    Office Hours | 08h00 - 17h00 | Mon - Fri

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