providing a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research infrastructures at global level;
highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures in addressing global challenges and contributing to sustainable development goals;
reflecting on the needs, development, and operation of global and national research infrastructures;
building on the outcomes of ICRI 2016, discussing existing and emerging challenges faced by RI stakeholders and investigating policy options and possible steps forward.
The detailed programme for ICRI 2018 is currently being developed by the ICRI Programme Committee. Updates will be posted shortly.
Topics discussed in 5 Parallel Sessions on 13 September
ICRI Conference Schedule (subject to updates)
|12:30 – 14:00||Registration & welcome coffee|
|14:00 - 14:30||Welcome - official opening of ICRI|
|14:30 - 16:00||Keynote speech, plenary session|
|16:00 – 16:30||Coffee break|
|16:30 - 18:00||Keynote speech, plenary sessions|
|9:00 - 9:30||Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
|9:30 - 11:00||Parallel sessions|
|11:00 - 11:30||Coffee break|
|11:30 - 13:00||Parallel sessions|
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 - 15:30||Parallel sessions|
|15:30 - 16:00||Coffee break|
|16:00 - 17:30||Parallel sessions|
|17:30 - 18:00||Cocktail at Hofburg|
|18:00 - 22:00||ICRI official dinner at a Viennese Heuriger|
As the global research landscape becomes increasingly interconnected, there is growing interest in internationalizing research infrastructures so that they can better serve a wider range of researchers across numerous disciplines as they join forces to tackle global challenges. This need for both trans-national access and international sharing of results creates a number of difficult challenges for governments, their funding agencies, institutions and researchers. The purpose of this session is to identify these challenges and discuss ways to address them.
Research infrastructures are complex organizations that rely on multiple competences in order to offer to the scientific community and other stakeholders a range of services: unique science facilities, open and assisted access, support to innovation, advanced training, and an interface between science and society. Ensuring the excellence and sustainability of research infrastructures requires highly skilled staff members who can operate in multicultural and multi-disciplinary work contexts. The required skills concern technical aspects, governance systems and the ability to design and operate cutting-edge data technologies, manage large-scale research data collections and interface with a broad range of e-infrastructures. This session will focus on identifying existing and future gaps in human resource capabilities and the means to address these gaps.
Although research infrastructures are essential for the advancement of scientific knowledge, not all countries and communities can equally contribute to their development and benefit from their use. Differences in size, financial capacity, human resources and educational levels, amongst other factors, limit engagement and participation. In order to achieve their goals of promoting scientific excellence and maximising scientific return on investment research infrastructures should be open to all capable researchers, and countries should be able to contribute human and financial resources at levels that are appropriate and feasible. This session will tackle a series of questions related to overcoming inequalities in the development and use of research infrastructures and identifying practical measures that can foster diversity in their use.
Research infrastructures create societal value in a wide variety of ways depending on the nature of the infrastructure. They are, however, at the first step of the research enterprise value chain, and as such they are distant from the actual application of new scientific knowledge. This poses significant challenges in assessing, enhancing and communicating the societal value of research infrastructures. The purpose of this session is to explore new ways of tackling these challenges by examining new approaches to measuring value.
The issue of societal trust – how to build it and how to maintain it – is woven into this theme.
In today’s digital world, research is increasingly data-driven and research infrastructures are becoming large-scale data factories, producing, collecting, managing or processing ever larger volumes of increasingly complex data. While significant advances are being made in making research data openly available to researchers, concerns around data quality and reliability remain. For the overall integrity of the research enterprise, these concerns are of vital importance. How can we ensure that data, including experimental facilities, data repositories, cyber infrastructure and associated data services comply with the requirements of quality and openness? This session will focus on the central questions of how best to ensure data quality and reliability, how to design and implement reliable data management systems and the impact on both present and future research infrastructures and data producers and users.
|9:00 - 10:30||ICRI summary of parallel sessions|
|10:30 -11:00||Coffee break|
|11:00 – 13:00||ICRI plenary session: The Way Forward, Conference conclusions and Conference Closing|
The organisers regret to inform that there is no capacity to accommodate or support the organisation of satellite events. People interested in organising satellite events or side meetings should enquire at their hotels or could for instance check the following websites:
Participation in ICRI 2018 will be possible by invitation only.
Research Infrastructures are invited to provide roll-ups (100x202,5 cm (220)) for the exhibition. As the Austrian EU Council Presidency follows a paperless policy, there is no need to bring brochures. However, organisers would appreciate web links on the different Research Infrastructures taking part in the conference in order to share them with interested parties on the ICRI website.