ICRI 2018 aims at:


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)

  • trending_flat Preliminary programme to download
  • trending_flat Wednesday, September 12
    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
  • trending_flat Thursday, September 13
    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
  • keyboard_arrow_right Parallel Session 1: Internationalisation of Research Infrastructures

    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.

  • keyboard_arrow_right Parallel Session 2: Human resources in the development and use of RIs

    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.

  • keyboard_arrow_right Parallel Session 3: Fostering diversity and overcoming inequality in the development and use of RIs

    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.

  • keyboard_arrow_right Parallel Session 4: Enhancing the societal value of Research Infrastructures

    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.

  • keyboard_arrow_right Parallel Session 5: Research Infrastructures on Data

    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.

  • trending_flat Friday, September 14
    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
    13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • trending_flat Satellite events around the ICRI 2018

    Several public Satellite meeting might be taking place in parallel, centered around strategic thematic areas of this or past ICRI conferences.
    If you plan such public meeting, the ICRI organisation will gladly advertise your event on the conference webpage.
    Please provide us with the purpose of your plan meeting for evaluation.

    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:

  • trending_flat Conference related tour

    MedAustron is a synchrotron particle accelerator located in Wiener Neustadt, 40km from Vienna, which focuses on cancer therapy with ion beams. Currently only proton beams are used. In the near future, however, also carbon ions and other ion types will be available.

    When not being used for treatment, for instance at night or at the weekend, the ion beam is also available for use by universities for non-medical research.
    A tour of MedAustron would take about an hour, and would be possible on:
    Wednesday, 12 September, 2018, 10:00 – 11:00, followed by lunch, or,
    Friday, 14 September, 2018, 15:00 – 16:00
    The tour will be available for a maximum of 20 persons per visit.
    A bus will bring participants to and from the MedAustron.

    Interested participants should register by sending an email
    to ICRI2018@bmbwf.gv.at by 31 August, 2018.

  • trending_flat ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Event

    Please note that this event is by invitation only. Registration to this event is separate from the ICRI 2018. For questions regarding the ESFRI RM 2018 Launch Event,
    please contact info@str-esfri.eu

    esfri 2018 launch roadmap website



  • trending_flat ICRI Steering Committee
    • person_outlineDaniel Weselka
    • person_outlineJean David Malo
  • trending_flatICRI Programme Committee
    • person_outlineDaniel Weselka
    • person_outlineCristina Martinez Gonzalez
    • person_outlineSabine Hertgen
    • person_outlinePaolo Budroni
    • person_outlinePhilippe Vialatte
    • person_outlineMatthew Hawkins
    • person_outlineAles Fiala
    • person_outlineKeji-Alex Adunmo
    • person_outlineGabrielle von Voigt
    • person_outlineCarthage Smith
    • person_outlineFrédéric Le Pimpec
    • person_outlineDavid Moorman
    • person_outlineGiorgio Rossi
    • person_outlineDaan Du Toit
    • person_outlineAlexander Cooke
  • trending_flatICRI Organisation Committee
    • person_outlineSabine Hertgen
    • person_outlineElvira Zak
    • person_outlineKeji Adunmo
    • person_outlinePierre Quertenmont
  • trending_flatLocal Organisers
    • person_outlineSabine Hertgen
    • person_outlineCatherine Whitelegg
    • person_outlineHemma Bauer
    • person_outlinePatrizia Jankovic
    • person_outlineReinhard Klang
    • person_outlineHeidemarie Rybnicek
    • person_outlineIngrid Schekulin
    • person_outlineManuela Wasserrab
    • person_outlineElisabeth Steigberger
    • person_outlineElvira Zak


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.



HOFBURG Vienna is located in the historical complex of the former imperial residence, which stands at the heart of downtown Vienna near the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It can be said that the Hofburg – with 19 courtyards, 54 staircases and some 2,600 rooms with a total floor space of more than 250,000 m2 – has developed unsystematically over the centuries to become one of thebiggest secular buildings in Europe and an impressive monument to Austrian history. Today the Hofburg is used by several institutions for political activities and as museums and tourism facilities.
© Hofburg Vienna

© Hofburg Vienna

Practical information

  • trending_flat Transport from Airport

    From the airport to the city centre
    Vienna Internaional Airport is about 16km from Vienna city centre and is easily reached by public transport

  • keyboard_arrow_right City Airport Train (CAT)

    The fastest way is to use the City Airport Train (CAT) which connects the aiport to the city centre “Landstraße/Wien Mitte” in 16 minutes. Trains leave from the airport every half an hour at 09' 39'. Tickets can be bought at the self-services tickets machines at the airport station. A return ticket is slightly cheaper than two singles and is valid for six months.
    City Airport Train

  • keyboard_arrow_right Express Train S7

    The Express Train S7 is also an efficient way of reaching the city centre and takes 25 minutes to reach “Landstraße/Wien Mitte”. It stops at other stations in the centre. These trains also leave every half an hour and tickets can be bought at the self-services tickets machines at the airport station.
    Express train S7

  • keyboard_arrow_right Vienna Airport Lines Buses

    The Vienna Airport Lines buses serve Vienna city center, the Donauzentrum via Vienna International Centre (VIC), the Westbahnhof and Vienna Main Station. Buses take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the location. More information on the individual destinations can be found here:
    Vienna Airport Lines

  • trending_flat Vienna - Public transport

    It is very easy and efficient to get around Vienna by public transport

    Single tickets cost € 2.40 and will take you to your destination (including changing modes of transport). There are however, 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour tickets. More information can be found here:

    The easiest way to find out how to get to your destination within Vienna is to use Qando. More information on how to download Qando can be found here:

  • trending_flat Accommodation
  • trending_flat Tourist Info

    The following link provides you with all the practical information you will need for your trip to Vienna including emergency numbers, lists of embassies and information about money.
    Tourist Info

  • trending_flat Transportation of roll ups

    Conference participants who are bringing roll ups with them from outside the EU, or from outside the Community Value Added Tax system, would be advised to bring their roll ups with them in their luggage, when they arrive at Vienna Airport and when they leave. This is to avoid paying customs duties for the roll ups. You will need to fill out a Za246 form (link) at the at the customs office at Vienna airport and declare, that the roll up will be used for temporary professional practice at a congress in Vienna only and then be taken home again. A deposit can be waived then by the customs office having the corresponding service instructions.

    However in the case of separate shipping in advance or afterwards the application for temporary admission for professional use would require the filing of a standard customs declaration by the carrier (forwarding agency) and in this case a security deposit would be required in any case.

    Za246 customs form to download