EMBL Director-General Iain Mattaj takes over the Chairship of EIROforum and reflects on the role that EIROforum can play in international science.
On 11 May, EIROforum’s Directors-General assembly met with the European Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas, and Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert Jan-Smits, in Brussels.
EIROforum's position paper on the creation of a new European Innovation Council (EIC).
A new EIROforum discussion paper tackles the issues of long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures (RIs), which was launched in the European arena in 2014. The paper should be considered as a contribution to this discussion led by the European Commission, and involving other stakeholders.
Having long-standing experience in managing large-scale European RIs, EIROforum wishes to contribute to this discussion. The paper does not aim at being exhaustive but emphasises the main elements that EIROforum believes constitute and define the long-term sustainability of RIs which have a European dimension and involve the joint effort of a number of member states.
Criteria for long-term sustainability
In this respect, EIROforum has indentified five main criteria that enable RIs to be sustainable in the long term and can provide guidance for additional funding commitments, namely:
- Relevance of an RI to its scientific community and the ability to generate scientific excellence;
- Sustainable governance model and legal framework;
- Sustainable funding model;
- Ability to attract scientific talent and build a critical mass of scientific expertise; and
- Socio-economic impact.
EIROforum remains available to explain its position in more detail, if required, in dedicated follow-up meetings.
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The EIROforum IT Working Group published in 2013 the e‐Infrastructure for the 21st Century document that presented a vision for an integrated set of e-Infrastructure services to support the growing needs of data intensive science.
EIROforum's response to the European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report, which was published by the European Commission on 23 September 2013.
“It is absolutely vital that investment in our scientific resources - both human and technical - is sustained, at a time when a return to growth is the most pressing policy priority across Europe”
EIROs look back and move forward, calling for sustained science funding in Europe.
Joint EIROforum/ERF Proposal for a new mobility scheme for European Research Infrastructures.
EIROforum participated in the EC Conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding, held at the Charlemagne building in Brussels on 10 June 2011.