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Sunday 2 October 2016

Time Event
17:00 - 19:00 Registration & Cocktail, CTICC

Monday 3 October 2016

Time Event
08:00 - 10:15 Registration
09:30 - 10:15 Minister Pandor and senior dignitaries walk through the science exhibition, and engage with school learners
10:15 - 11:00

ICRI 2016 Welcome and Opening

MODERATOR
Lerato Mbele
presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television.


RAPPORTEUR
Vinny Pillay
South African Department of Science & Technology, Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU


Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology (South Africa)
The Honourable Minister Naledi Pandor, MP serves as South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology. During 2004-2009, she served as the Minister of Education. She has been a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2002, and a member of parliament since 1994.

Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 

Robert-Jan Smits is Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this capacity he is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro).

11:00 - 11: 45 Keynote profiles

Rob Adam, SKA South Africa Project Director

Dr Rob Adam is the Director of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Project. He has previously held the positions of Group Executive: Nuclear at the Aveng Group, Chief Executive of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology. 

Kevin Govender , Director of the Office of Astronomy for Development at the International Astronomical Union

Kevin began work at the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in 2011 as its first Director. During his previous position as the Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory, he worked extensively, especially within the African continent, in the area of “astronomy for development”.

11:45 - 12:15 Break
12:15 - 13:15

ICRI Plenary Session 1 - Global Research Infrastructures

MODERATOR
John Womersley
Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)


RAPPORTEUR
Daniel Adams
South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology



Rationale for the session:

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.

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

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?

Panellists issues:

  • setting the scene and providing a broad definition for Global Research Infrastructures
  • Outline the main policy issues and common challenges for global RIs providing narrative and links for introducing the topics that will be dealt with during the parallel sessions
    • Long-term sustainability
    • Socio-economic impact
    • Expanding partnerships
    • Human capital development

Examples from Global research Infrastructures

  • Presenting concrete examples of Global RIs, its features and lifecycle (identification, location, selection, construction, funding, management, access, evaluation, research etc.), messages to be conveyed for the discussion in the parallel sessions.
  • Exploring the role of Research Infrastructures as a means to support post2015 agenda and sustainable development goals;

Charles Mgone, Former Director of European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Charles Mgone is the Convocation President and Member of the University Council and Senate of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. His special interest is in global health, especially in the alleviation of the disease and social burden of poverty-related diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Phil Diamond, Director-General of SKA Organisation

Professor Philip Diamond is the Director-General of the SKA (Square Kilometre Array). He was appointed to this position in October 2012, and is responsible for the team designing and ultimately constructing the SKA, which, when completed, will be the largest scientific project on Earth.

Barbara Ryan, Director of Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Barbara J. Ryan is Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 102 Member States and the European Commission and 103 Participating Organizations that are integrating Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management.

Beatrix Vierkom-Rudolph, Deputy-Director General for Large Research Infrastructure and BMBF
 

Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt. Since 2005 she is Deputy-Director General for Large Research Infrastructure and Basic Research of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF). There she has the responsibility for five of the Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany as well as for XFEL and FAIR, the large new Research Infrastructures, Germany is constructing.

Dmitry Kamanin, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
 

Dr. Dmitry Kamanin is the Head of International Cooperation Department at JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research), an international intergovernmental scientific research organization located in Dubna near Moscow. JINR is the largest civil research organization in the Eastern Europe and in the countries of the Former Soviet Union.

Iain Mattaj, Director General of EMBL

Prof. Iain Mattaj was born in St. Andrews, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (honours) he attended the University of Leeds, England for his PhD studies. Following his PhD, Prof. Mattaj carried out postdoctoral research at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland then at the Biocentre, University of Basel, Switzerland before joining EMBL Heidelberg, Germany as a Group Leader in 1985.

13:15 - 14:45 Lunch
14:45 - 16:00

ICRI Plenary session 2 - Open Science and Open Innovation: Harnessing the Potential of Research Infrastructures

MODERATOR
Roseanne Diab
Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)



RAPPORTEUR
Philippe Froissard
Deputy Head of Unit Research Infrastructures, DG R&I, European Commission

Rationale for the session:

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 impact the concept of research and thus also Research Infrastructures, their structure, requirements, the way research infrastructures are developed and access to them.

Panellists issues:

  • Open Science and Open Innovation in a global context;
  • The concept of Open Data;
  • Open Science Infrastructures outlining challenges and opportunities of harnessing the potential of RIs for Open Science/Open Innovation. RIs as collaborative platforms and intermediaries between public and private sectors, ecosystems for Open Innovation - RI examples to be selected from the ESFRI Roadmap;
  • Mechanisms and potential challenges for the developing world to embrace open science;
  • Outlining opportunities and challenges ahead;

Anne Cambon-Thomsen, INSERM / BBMRI-ERIC

Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, immunogeneticist, with diplomas in human biology, biostatistics, and health ethics, is Emeritus Research Director in CNRS (French national centre for scientific research). She works in a joint research Unit on epidemiology and public health at Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) and University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France.

Christoph Häuser, Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin

With a background in evolutionary biology, taxonomy and systematic entomology, Dr. Hauser’s research interests currently focus on applications of Information Technology to taxonomy and biodiversity documentation and assessment. His work at the museum includes initiating and coordinating of international collaboration and projects, including advice on grant applications; liaison with relevant political bodies and mechanisms for linking scientific expertise with environmental policy, representation of the university in national and international organisations, fora and relevant networks.

Hans Schutte, Director-General: Higher Education and Science, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

After completing his two studies, specifically Public Administration and Business Economics, Mr. J. H. (Hans) Schutte worked in several management positions in vocational education: at the Northern University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden, ROC of Hengelo and ROC of Amsterdam. From 2002 till 2012, he was the chairman of the Executive Board at ROC Nijmegen, thereafter at ROC Twente.

Thomas Auf der Heyde, Deputy-Director General of Department of Science and Technology (South Africa)

Currently Deputy Director-General at the South African national Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Auf der Heyde has held teaching, research and executive management posts at the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape, Cape Town, Berne (Switzerland), Cambridge and Princeton. Following a successful early career as a structural chemist, he developed interests in science and technology policy, and research and higher education management, acting as a consultant and advisor in this field to a range of government bodies, civil society organisations and trades union.

Tim de Zeeuw, ESO DG

Professor Tim de Zeeuw is the Director General of ESO, the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation, which operates the world-leading Very Large Telescope in Chile, is a partner in the transformational radio interferometer ALMA, and is constructing the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, with first light in 2024. His research focuses on the formation, structure and dynamics of galaxies including our own Milky Way.

Mart Saarma , Vice-president ERC

Mart Saarma is the Professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland. M. Saarma graduated in molecular biology and biochemistry from Tartu University and received his PhD in 1975 for the studies on protein synthesis at the Tartu University. In 1982 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.

16:00 - 17:00

ICRI Plenary Session 3 -The Role of Research Infrastructures in a Data-Driven Society

MODERATOR
Sverker Holmgren
Scientific Computing at Uppsala University


RAPPORTEUR
Isayvani Naicker
South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology


Rationale for the session:

In research, as in all fields of society, information- and communications technology (ICT) has become the key enabling factor for progress. ICT is also changing the modus operandi of research by providing new possibilities for geographically distributed collaboration and sharing. Science has become data driven, and open access to data and scientific results is transforming not only how science is made, but also science itself.

Today, all large-scale research infrastructures are already dominated by data-driven science and produce massive amounts of data. Big data brings endless opportunities as regards scientific analysis and understanding, but also new challenges in how to store, secure, manage, use and reuse data, especially when the amounts of data continue to grow exponentially. Sharing of scientific results within and between disciplines opens a new era of effective cross-disciplinary science, combining data and results, benefiting from newest data analysis methodologies.

Data and cloud infrastructures simultaneously are developing fast, and consolidation and integration of various e-infrastructure offerings are key enablers for the development of the Research infrastructures. Data policies and practices facilitating international collaborations, fostering innovation, tackling and contributing to the sustainable development goals will be key challenges to tackle in this new era of data.

This session will set the scene for data driven science and research infrastructures' role in it. It will present the most pressing challenges and most up-to-date solutions from different angles: big data, data as an infrastructure, e-infrastructure as a service for data-intensive science, and HPC as an infrastructure supporting science.

Panellists issues:

  • Challenges and opportunities provided by big data, cloud, data management and the implications for research infrastructures;
  • Data as infrastructure in a global context. Data policies and practices facilitating international collaborations, fostering innovation, tackling and contributing to the sustainable development goals;
  • Coherent e-infrastructure landscape supporting research infrastructures in the world which are becoming more and more data intensive and data driven
  • HPC as a research infrastructure supporting research and as a major enabler for data-driven science.
  • Conclusions on data from RDA pre-ICRI workshop

Kay Raseroka, Research Data Alliance

Dr Helen Kay Raseroka is currently a member of the Board of trustees of INASP, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. She has worked in the library and information service sector for over two decades. Dr Raseroka contributed to the development of the University of Botswana Library and Information Services through the leadership position assumed in 1981.

Barend Mons, Leiden University Medical Center

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training (PhD Leiden University 1986)

He spent over 15 years in malaria research in close collaboration with endemic countries. After that, he gained experience in computer-assisted knowledge discovery, which is still his research focus. He spent time with the European Commission as a Seconded National Expert with the INCO-DC programme (1993-1996) and with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO 1966-1999). Barend also co-founded several spin-off companies.

Xue-Feng Yuan, National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou

Professor Xue-Feng Yuan is a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of Royal Society Chemistry, a Professor working in School of Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, P. R. China. He is the founder Director of National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou and is a leading coordinator of IT&HPC ICT&HPC thematic area for the BRICS STI Framework Programme. He has nearly 30 years research experience in experimental, theoretical and computational rheology of soft condensed matter, recently its applications in biology and medicine.

Bernie Fanaroff, Former Project Director, SKA South Africa

Bernie Fanaroff was born in 1947 in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. He has a Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, is a Visiting Professor in Physics of Oxford University and has honorary degrees from six South African universities. He has been awarded South Africa’s Order of Mapungubwe.

 

17:00 - 17:30

Wrap up of Day 1

Daan du Toit
Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the South African Department of Science and Technology


Antonio di Giulio
Head of Unit : Research infrastructure : Open Innovation and Open Science : Deputy Director-General : Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World. Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

17:30 - 20:00 Reception and Welcome Cocktail - CTICC

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Time Event
08:30 - 09:30

ICRI Plenary session 4 - Science Diplomacy, Research Infrastructures and Societal Challenges

MODERATOR
Molapo Qhobela
Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation


RAPPORTEUR
Rakeshnie Ramoutar-Prieschl
Director : Human and Infrastructure Capacity, National Research Foundation


Rationale for the session

This high-level panel will discuss the framework for science diplomacy and international cooperation on global research infrastructures and societal challenges including sustainable development, poverty alleviation and job creation, climate change, public health, food security and sustainable agriculture. Science diplomacy has become an umbrella term to describe a number of formal or informal technical, research-based, academic or engineering exchanges among nations to address common problems and build constructive international partnerships.

In January 2010, the Royal Society noted that "science diplomacy" refers to three main types of

activities:

  • Science in diplomacy - informing foreign policy objectives with scientific advice
  • Diplomacy for science - facilitating international science cooperation
  • Science for diplomacy - using science cooperation to improve international relations between countries

This high-level panel discussions will be in the context of one global and two regional agendas: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the European Union growth strategy 2020 (Europe 2020), the African Union adopted Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024).

The discussion on the Sustainable Development Agenda will focus on UN’s Sustainable Goal (SDG) 17[1]: to ‘strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development’, under challenge areas relating and/or cross-cutting other SDGs. Focus will be on informing the issues related to Technology, in particular, SDG 17.6 "Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms''.

Europe 2020 sets three mutually reinforcing priorities to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy to help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The European Union has set five ambitious objectives to be reached by 2020-

  • Employment,
  • Innovation,
  • Education,
  • Social inclusion and
  • Climate/energy .

The Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for AfricSTISA-2024). The focus of STISA-2024 is to lift large sections of the African population out of poverty and improve the quality of life of its citizens through delivery on six Priority Areas, namely:

  • Eradication of hunger and achieving food security;
  • Prevention and control of diseases; Communication through physical and non-physical media;
  • Protection of our environment, including outer space
  • Living together in peace and harmony; and
  • Creation of wealth for the people of Africa.

Panellist issues:

Role of RI’s in the developing world

RI’s for Food security and public health

RI’s for Climate change and the environment

RI’s for social science Education, outreach, attracting young people and women into

Role of RI's in bringing governments together to advance ‘science for peace’ agenda

[1] https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

Molla Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of the African Academy of Science

Prof Berhanu Abegaz is the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, a position he has held since 2011.  Previously, he was Professor of chemistry of the University of Botswana for 17 years (1994-2011) and Addis Ababa University for 21 years (1973-1994). Abegaz has contributed to the rapid growth and development of the Academy that has been witnessed in recent years.

Sergio Matheos, Deputy Secretary - Argentina Ministry of Science and Technology

Undersecretary of Institutional Coordination of the Secretariat of Scientific and Technological Coordination, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. PhD in Natural Sciences from the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and Main Researcher at the CONICET. He holds a degree in Geology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum of the UNLP.

Eckhard Elsen , Director for Research and Computing - CERN

With a PhD in particle physics from Hamburg University in 1981 Eckhard Elsen’s research, which focused on e+e- collider particle physics, led him to several prominent post-doctoral positions at Hamburg University, Stanford University National Accelerator Laboratory, and Heidelberg University, where he made first contact with CERN as a member of the OPAL collaboration.

 

09:30 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 12:00

Parallel session 1 - Towards Long-Term Sustainability

MODERATOR
Antonio di Giulio
Head of Unit : Research infrastructure : Open Innovation and Open Science : Deputy Director-General : Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World. Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission


RAPPORTEUR
Therina Theron
Senior Director: Research & Innovation at University of Stellenbosch


Rationale for the session:

The sustainability of Research Infrastructures (RIs) has become in recent years a major policy issue, for RI managers, research funders, and decision-makers. RIs are increasingly diverse, including not just single-site facilities but also a variety of distributed infrastructures, which operate under very different models of governance and financing. A number of major and very successful RIs have been established on the basis of international treaties, which provides some long-term stability. However, this approach has been increasingly rejected by governments and funding agencies due to its lack of flexibility and to the length of the negotiation processes required between planning and implementation. Lighter legal and organisational frameworks are now preferred but these also have drawbacks (or uncertainties) in terms of medium to long-term visibility and financial security.

Although it is recognised that there are various definitions of “sustainability”, encompassing different criteria, it can be understood as the capacity for an infrastructure to remain operative and effective over its planned lifetime. Sustainability challenges are diverse and interconnected. RIs must remain scientifically at the cutting edge, establish long-term financial visibility, be able to recruit and maintain highly qualified staff, respond to needs for upgrades and/or new operations associated with rapid developments in science and technology etc.

Governments, funding organisations, RI planners, and administrators need to define funding and operating models that can ensure the successful operation of RIs beyond their establishment phase, taking into account the evolving needs of the scientific community which increasingly relies on a diverse range RIs.

Panellists issues:

  • Sharing good practices and comparing models from different world regions;
  • Discussing the implications of an increasing open science environment for sustainability;
  • Discussing innovative funding mechanisms and investment models for the RIs of tomorrow;
  • Reconciling political and scientific decision-making in the context of national and multi-national road mapping;
  • Sharing experiences on legal forms and governance regimes of an international RI, business models/ frameworks for global research infrastructure;
  • Using concrete examples as CASE STUDIES from different fields responding to the above-mentioned points: (to be selected, potential options: European Spallation Source, ITER, SKA, CERN…)

Hans-Rudolf Ott, Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-Chair of the OECD GSF Expert Group on the Sustainability and Effectiveness of Research infrastructures

Hans Rudolf Ott was full professor of physics at ETH Zürich from 1986 to 2005 and has been professor emeritus at the same institution with continuing involvement in research since then. He has chaired the international research committee of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland and chaired the physics department of ETH Zürich from 2001 to 2005.

Giorgio Rossi, ESFRI Chair, Professor of Physics at Università degli Studi di Milano

Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads the APE (Advanced Photoelectric Effect Experiments) and NFFA group at CNR-IOM and Elettra in Trieste performing research in surface and interface science and operating advanced synchrotron radiation beamlines and in-situ growth laboratories that are open to users.

Lise Sagdahl, Senior Adviser, Finance and property staff, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Lise Sagdahl has a PhD in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has research experience from the field of high-temperature superconductors and material science. Since 2002 Lise T. Sagdahl has had the role of senior adviser in Rector staff at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Lise T. Sagdahl is a member of the Global Science Forum Expert Group on Research Infrastructure sustainability.

Mark Moore, Executive Director, International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium

Mark currently serves as Executive Director of the IMPC and Senior Consultant to National Human Genome Research Institute. For the past 10 years, he has helped guide international consortia to develop genomic resources using mouse ES cells and phenotyping to further the effort to elucidate the function of genes in the mammalian genome.

Suzanne Miller, CEO and Director, Queensland Museum Network

Suzanne commenced as CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network in 2013. Since 2013, the Queensland Museum (QM) has almost doubled its visitation, becoming the most visited museum in Australia and attracting close to two million visitors in 2015/16. During this period, QM has more than quadrupled its corporate support, increased its commercial revenue by 40%, secured and delivered the highly successful inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane, and initiated 4 new research partnerships with Universities.

Fabio Mazzolini, CERIC-ERIC

Dr. Fabio Mazzolini, After twenty years experience in international Research Infrastructures based on open access for users, he moved from a more technical coordination area to the international relations, serving as assistant to the ESFRI Chairperson and as executive secretary of ERF-AISBL, the Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities. At present he is Deputy Director for EU and International Relations at CERIC-ERIC.

Parallel Session 2 - Socio-economic Impact of Research Infrastructures

MODERATOR
Fréderic Sgard
Global Science Forum, OECD


RAPPORTEUR
Claire Dougan
Head of Impact Evaluation for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK


Rationale for the session:

Research infrastructures (RIs) play an ever-growing role in scientific research. They are now actively developed and used in most scientific domains, and allow for many new and breakthrough research discoveries. These facilities are not only dedicated to basic scientific research where they play an ever-growing role but many of them have been built recently to provide direct scientific support for the resolution of major societal or environmental challenges. Concomitantly, building and operating RIs requires a growing share of public research funding, and government and research funding institutions are therefore increasingly concerned with the value for money and the added value that these infrastructures provide, and this in a context of increased pressure on public budgets.

There is an increasing demand for methodologies and tools for assessing the social and economic impact of RIs, in order to inform ex-ante prioritisation/decision making on new (and upgraded) RIs and ex-post evaluation/monitoring of existing RIs. The demand stems from funding agencies, policy makers at all levels (local, national, regional authorities) and RI administrators but also from (potential or new) user communities in many sectors of industry and society.

However, given that the primary objective of an RI is to support excellent science, traditional methodologies (as used for industrial or transport infrastructures) can only be applied to a limited extent and other models and appropriate indicators are necessary. This is complicated by the fact that many of the most important impacts of research are long-term and unpredictable.

There is, therefore, a need for a common reference framework for impact assessment, which could take into account the diversity of research infrastructures as well as the evolution of the impact along their life cycle.

Panellists issues:

  • Defining and measuring the socio-economic impact of Research Infrastructures;
  • Sharing existing models and good practices;
  • Life-cycle of an RI and related socio-economic impact;
  • Using concrete examples as CASE STUDIES from different fields responding to the above-mentioned points: (to be selected)  

Jelena Angelis , Deputy Director, Technopolis Group Baltics

Dr Jelena Angelis, Deputy Director of Technopolis Group Baltics, is a qualified economist working in the field of evaluation and innovation policy formation since early 2002 –with SQW Consulting and Oxford Innovation in the UK and since February 2011 with Technopolis Group. She has international project experience, having worked on projects for a range of clients and in countries across Europe and beyond (e.g. China, Russia, Uganda and Tunisia).

Claire Dougan , Head of Impact Evaluation, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Claire Dougan is Head of Impact Evaluation for the Science and Technology Facilities Council. She has 13 years’ experience of working for the UK Research Councils and has spent the last 6 years working in impact evaluation, establishing STFC’s well-respected impact evaluation framework. She manages a small team to deliver a range of impact studies and annual impact reports, with a particular focus on Research Infrastructures.

Claudia Burger , Managing and Administrative Director at European XFEL

Administrative and Managing Director, European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH

Since 2012, Claudia Burger is the administrative director of the European XFEL, a European research infrastructure under construction in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Northern Germany.

Gabriele Fioni , Director for International cooperation at CEA and Dedputy-Director, CEA-Technology

Gabriele Fioni is a Nuclear Physicist, graduated in Physics of the Bologna University (Italy) and Doctor of Science of the Ghent University (Belgium). Currently he is Director for International Cooperations, in charge in particular of the ITER project, and Deputy Director of CEA-Tech, at the French Atomic and Alterative Energies Commission (CEA).

Vincent Mangematin , OECD / Grenoble Ecole de Management

Vincent Mangematin is Associate Dean for Research at Grenoble Ecole de Management. He is also Professor of Strategic Management. His research stands at the intersection of Strategic Management and Innovation. He focuses on emergent phenomenon and on the transformative influence of digital technologies in the society. In the recent years, he has been focusing on business models as an approach to renew strategy. He is recognised as a stimulating scholar on topics related to innovation and emergence.

Manhyung Cho , Hannam University

Dr. Manhyung Cho has been a professor of public administration at Hannam University in Korea since 1992. He graduated from Syracuse University with a doctoral degree majoring in public administration. His research has focused on public policy specialising in science & technology policy. He has served as a member in a couple of government committees such as National Research Foundation.

 

Parallel Session 3 - Expanding partnerships across disciplines, sectors and world regions

MODERATOR
Jeanette Ridder-Numan
Senior policy advisor and deputy head at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands


RAPPORTEUR
David Moorman
Senior Advisor, Policy and Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation


Rationale for the session:

Research infrastructures are a key enabler of partnerships between researchers from different disciplines, nations, and sectors. They provide exciting opportunities for scientific breakthroughs, foster inter-disciplinary initiatives and encourage public participation in research and knowledge creation. The building and operating of research infrastructures lead to the development and application of new technologies and new ways of effectively dealing with societal challenges. Increasing the positive outcomes in the development and use of research infrastructures, however, requires the expansion of partnerships at all levels. This parallel session will draw on the experiences and expertise of highly accomplished researchers who have undertaken cutting-edge science while working to expand partnerships across nations, world regions and sectors.

Panellists issues:

  • Discussing ways to foster stronger convergence at global level;
  • Practices for increasing multi-disciplinary approaches and new players entering the RI's scene, fostering public-private partnerships;
  • Enabling contributions from basic science to turn into new knowledge and applications, contributing to societal challenges ;
  • Enhancing citizens' and public engagement in science;
  • Sharing practices and experience on evaluation criteria and prioritization processes;
  • Using concrete examples as CASE STUDIES from different fields responding to the above-mentioned points: (to be selected)

 

Sara Iverson is the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)

Dr. Sara Iverson is the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), an international infrastructure, research, and technology development platform, headquartered at Dalhousie University and supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, as well as both national and international partnerships and contributions.

Caterina Petrillo, Vice-Chair of the European Spallation Source ERIC Council

Caterina Petrillo is full professor with a Chair in Experimental Physics. She is the Head of the Physics and Earth Science Department at the University of Perugia. She is a member of several scientific advisory and governing bodies of international research facilities, like the Science Advisory Committee of the ESRF (2006-2011) and the Steering Committee of the ILL (2002-2009). In 2007 she was appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research as Italian Delegate at the Programme Committee Research Infrastructures of FP7.

Guy Levesque, Canada Foundation for Innovation

As Vice-President of Programs and Performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Guy Levesque is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the organization’s research infrastructure funding programs. He also provides leadership and strategic advice for developing policies relevant to these programs.

Ilaria Nardello, Executive Director, European Marine Biological Resource Centre
Dr. Ilaria Nardello is the Executive Director of the "European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC)", a distributed, pan-European Research Infrastructure consortium, aiming to respond to the societal Grand Challenges through advanced marine biology and ecology research. In her role, she provides strategic leadership and supports the EMBRC Implementation Board setting the vision, plan and strategies for this Research Infrastructure.

Faiçal Azaiez - Managing Director, iThemba LABS

Dr Faiçal Azaiez is the Director of iThemba LABS, a national research facility in South Africa focused on accelerator-based sciences, under auspices of the National Research Foundation. He is the former Research Director at CNRS, Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics-Orsay, and Chairperson of the Nuclear Physics Board of EPS.

Parallel Session 4 - Inclusive Research Infrastructures for development & capacity building

MODERATOR
John Wood
Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK


RAPPORTEUR
Thandi Mgwebi
University of the Western Cape



Rationale for the session:

Because today's research is increasingly data-driven, the key skills needed for the management of Research Infrastructures are changing as well. E-skills are becoming crucial for researchers and scientists that must widen their knowledge to take full advantage of the current data revolution. Additionally, skills relating to the supporting science are in increasing demand: the research infrastructures need physicists, computer scientists, and mathematicians, to create the new environments that the latest science requires.

It is clear that a research infrastructure, as it is defined now, requires the management capacities as before, but that must be complemented with sufficient understanding of the underlying technical challenges, and not only the challenges of the present day but also challenges that lie ahead to keep the research infrastructures up to speed with latest technology and latest scientific development in its field. Much of this development is virtual. New skills required, in addition to the scientific skills, management skills, and project skills, more and more infrastructure operators, research technologists, data scientists or data librarians are emerging. Additionally, we need specialised computer scientists for the thematic environments, mathematicians able to develop the necessary optimised algorithms and simulation environments, engineers and technicians to maintain and update the ICT environments which are becoming not only more complex but also key to the scientific work in research infrastructures.

We must ensure a recognition of new professions by creating a reference model which define their competencies and promotes a coordinated curricula shared by universities and professional training organizations. We must also ensure availability of the basic professions – mathematicians, physicists, ICT-experts – to keep up to speed in the development towards new, more and more virtual and data-driven research infrastructures.

Attracting talents, training and retaining human resources, recognising new skills and professions is yet another challenge for these new professions that lack legitimacy.

Moreover, we must address the need to facilitate networking and sharing of expertise, best practice, and trends.

Panellists issues:

  • Research infrastructures in the changing world: what are the challenges for skills?
  • How to be a researcher in the new data-driven knowledge?
  • How to overcome the skills gap?
  • How to ensure the best expertise for the wide area of required skills?
  • Human capital/capacity development,;
  • Attracting talents, training and retaining human resources, recognising new skills and professions;
  • Filling the skills gap and fostering/legitimising new professions (e.g. data librarians, einfra operators);
  • Introducing the users' perspective and specific training modules, promoting access to Research Infrastructures;
  • Fostering capacity building and sharing good practices in the context of sustainable development goals;
  • Common challenges & opportunities ahead;
  • different levels of e-infrastructure maturity and capacities/capabilities;
  • Exchange programmes / support for mobility of staff / networking of RI staff
  • Skills development: Training for RI managers / harmonized curricula/ international training or educational certified programmes
  • Industry-university collaboration with RIs: involve them in training for RI staff/managers
  • How to improve attractiveness of careers in RIs

Happy Sithole, Center for High-Performance Computing, South Africa

Dr. Happy Sithole is the Director for the Center for High-Performance Computing. The Center amongst its responsibilities, host super-computing facilities for the country, and also provides a platform for large scientific data repositories. Dr. Sithole, with a PhD. in Materials Science, focused on mineral extraction schemes using large-scale simulations. He has applied the simulation techniques in the diamond mining industry, where he worked as Process Optimisation specialist.

George Miley, Leiden University, The Netherlands

George Miley is Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He carries out research into distant radio galaxies and has co-authored more than 350 refereed papers. He was the initiator of the Low Frequency Array, a European radio telescope centered in the Netherlands and was Director of Leiden Observatory for more than a decade. 

Andrew Smith, ELIXIR

Andrew Smith joined ELIXIR in 2011. Andy manages ELIXIR’s External Relations team, which covers policy, strategy, communications, outreach and industry. He leads on engagement with Member States, funders and policy-makers and relations with the EU institutions. Andy has overall responsibility for ELIXIR’s International Strategy, which presents ELIXIR’s activities globally.

Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director, EGI Foundation

Tiziana is Technical Director at EGI.eu since October 2013 and Technical Coordinator of the H2020 EGI flagship project funded by the EC: EGI-Engage. She was responsible for the direction of the EGI-InSPIRE project and was former Chief Operations Officer taking care of the operations coordination of EGI. She is a promoter of the Open Science Commons and participated in the definition of the EGI governance and service portfolio in the framework of the EGI_DS project.

Anthon Botha, Technoscene

Anthon Botha holds a PhD in Physics and is Managing Director of TechnoScene (Pty) Ltd and Executive Director of InnovationLab (Pty) Ltd, a black economic empowered company. From 1992 to 1999 he acted as Managing Director of Decision Technologies (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of TechnoScene. TechnoScene operates in the knowledge industry to provide business consulting in the management and commercialisation of knowledge, technology and innovation and facilitates debates and events in the field of science and technology. 

Florian Berberich, Member of the Board of Directors for PRACE

He is the project manager of the PRACE Implementation Phase projects. Since October 2015 he became a member of the Board of Directors of PRACE aisbl. He is working for the PRACE Project Management Office at Forschungszentrum Juelich - JSC, since 2008.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 (continuation) Parallel Session 1 - Towards Long-Term Sustainability
(continuation) Parallel Session 2 - Socio-economic Impact of Research Infrastructures
(continuation) Parallel Session 3 - Expanding partnerships across disciplines, sectors and world regions
(continuation) Parallel Session 4 - Inclusive Research Infrastructures for development & capacity building
14:30 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:00

ESFRI 2018 Roadmap update - with live web-stream

15:00 - 15:20
Giorgio Rossi

ESFRI Chair – The ESFRI strategy document and 2018 Roadmap


15:20 - 15:40
David Bohmert
Member of ESFRI Executive Board – ESFRI methodology for the road mapping exercise


15:40 – 16:00
Gabriela Pastori
Chair of the ESFRI Health and Food Strategy Working Group - The European Landscape of Research Infrastructures in Health & Food and interfaces with RIs in other domains


16:00 - 17:00 Launch of the South Africa Research Infrastructure Roadmap
*by invitation
19:00 ICRI Official Dinner - The Lookout

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Time Event
09:00 - 10:30

ICRI Summary of Parallel Sessions

MODERATOR
Thandi Mgwebi



RAPPORTEURS

Claire Dougan
Head of Impact Evaluation for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK


Therina Theron
Senior Director: Research & Innovation at University of Stellenbosch

David Moorman
Senior Advisor, Policy and Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation


10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00

ICRI Plenary Session 5: Roundtable discussion on the Way Forward

MODERATOR
Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the South African Department of Science and Technology


RAPPORTEUR
To be confirmed

Panellists: 4 to 5, round table discussion – 3 to 4 questions to answer.

Rationale for the session:

Panel debate on the way forward based on the recommendations raised by the parallel sessions conclusions

Phil Mjwara, Director General of Department of Science and Technology

Dr Phil Mjwara has served as the Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006.  In this capacity he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa. Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr Mjwara was the Group Executive: Research and Development; Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
 

Robert-Jan Smits is Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this capacity he is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro).

Henna Virkkunen, Finnish MEP

Henna Virkkunen has been a member of European Parliament since 2014 and is a member of the European People's Party (EPP). Her primary committee is the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE). She is a substitute member of the committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and a member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa.

12:00 - 12:30 ICRI Conclusions
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Bus Departure 14:00 SANBI Kirstenbosch Tour

Thursday 6 October 2016

Time Event
06:00 Departure SKA
06:00 Departure SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)

Friday 7 October 2016

Time Event
Full Day SKA
+- 16:00 Return SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
Early Morning iThemba LABS

Saturday 8 October 2016

Time Event
+-18:00 Return SKA

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