Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 19 October 2006
Congratulating ESFRI and its chairman Professor John Wood, European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “Research infrastructures are a critical element of building research excellence in Europe. Not only can they support the work of European scientists, but world-class facilities attract the best scientific minds from around the world. We can’t afford to have 25 separate approaches to such facilities and the work of ESFRI has been extremely important in providing a common European approach. This is the European Research Area in action.”
The Roadmap identifies 35 research infrastructure projects at different stages of development and in 7 key research fields: Environmental Sciences; Energy; Materials Sciences; Astrophysics, Astronomy, Particle and Nuclear Physics; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities; Computation and Data Treatment. The efforts and resources needed to build and operate such large-scale, world-class infrastructures are generally well beyond single institutions or even countries. The roadmap will therefore allow a better maximisation of resources at European level to create and develop these facilities. Some support for Research Infrastructures will be available from the Seventh Research Framework Programme, which will predominantly be used in the preparation phase, to help set up the most appropriate legal organisation, and assist in the financial and construction planning.
The roadmap has been developed after an intensive two-year consultation and peer review process, involving over 1000 high level European and international experts. ESFRI itself is composed of senior representatives of Member States and leading European scientists. The roadmap builds on the “List of Opportunities” proposed in April 2005 (see IP/05/394)
For more information see: http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/home.html
Details of the projects are in MEMO/06/384.