Cape Town, South Africa
|Lunches / Day Social|
|Dinner / Evening Social|
Sunday 2 October 2016
|17:00 - 19:00||Registration & Cocktail, CTICC|
Tuesday 4 October 2016
|08:30 - 09:30||
ICRI Plenary session 4 - Science Diplomacy, Research Infrastructures and Societal Challenges
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
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: 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-
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:
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
Molla Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of the African Academy of Science
Sergio Matheos, Deputy Secretary - Argentina Ministry of Science and Technology
Eckhard Elsen , Director for Research and Computing - CERN
|09:30 - 10:00||Break|
|10:00 - 12:00||
Parallel session 1 - Towards Long-Term Sustainability
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
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.
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
Giorgio Rossi, ESFRI Chair, Professor of Physics at Università degli Studi di Milano
Lise Sagdahl, Senior Adviser, Finance and property staff, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Mark Moore, Executive Director, International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium
Suzanne Miller, CEO and Director, Queensland Museum Network
Fabio Mazzolini, CERIC-ERIC
Parallel Session 2 - Socio-economic Impact of Research Infrastructures
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.
Jelena Angelis , Deputy Director, Technopolis Group Baltics
Claire Dougan , Head of Impact Evaluation, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Claudia Burger , Managing and Administrative Director at European XFEL
Gabriele Fioni , Director for International cooperation at CEA and Dedputy-Director, CEA-Technology
Vincent Mangematin , OECD / Grenoble Ecole de Management
Manhyung Cho , Hannam University
Parallel Session 3 - Expanding partnerships across disciplines, sectors and world regions
Senior policy advisor and deputy head at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands
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.
Sara Iverson is the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)
Caterina Petrillo, Vice-Chair of the European Spallation Source ERIC Council
Guy Levesque, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Ilaria Nardello, Executive Director, European Marine Biological Resource Centre
Faiçal Azaiez - Managing Director, iThemba LABS
Parallel Session 4 - Inclusive Research Infrastructures for development & capacity building
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.
Happy Sithole, Center for High-Performance Computing, South Africa
George Miley, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Andrew Smith, ELIXIR
Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director, EGI Foundation
Anthon Botha, Technoscene
Florian Berberich, Member of the Board of Directors for PRACE
|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
15:20 - 15:40
Member of ESFRI Executive Board – ESFRI methodology for the road mapping exercise
15:40 – 16:00
|16:00 - 17:00||Launch of the South Africa Research Infrastructure Roadmap
|19:00||ICRI Official Dinner - The Lookout|
Wednesday 5 October 2016
|09:00 - 10:30||
ICRI Summary of Parallel Sessions
|10:30 - 11:00||Break|
|11:00 - 12:00||
ICRI Plenary Session 5: Roundtable discussion on the Way Forward
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
Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Henna Virkkunen, Finnish MEP
|12:00 - 12:30||ICRI Conclusions|
|12:30 - 13:30||Lunch|
|Bus Departure 14:00||SANBI Kirstenbosch Tour|
Thursday 6 October 2016
|06:00 Departure||SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)|
Friday 7 October 2016
|+- 16:00 Return||SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)|
|Early Morning||iThemba LABS|
Saturday 8 October 2016