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Conference Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures in a Changing Global, Environmental and Socio-economical Context

The “Research Infrastructures in a Changing Global, Environmental and Socio-economical Context” conference organised in the frame of the Belgian Presidency of the European Council, will take place on June 4th and June 5th 2024, in Brussels, at the Royal Library of Belgium, (KBR).

The conference will focus on 3 main issues: 1) Research Infrastructures (RIs) as key players of strategic autonomy in a changing global context; 2) the socio-economic and environmental impact of RIs and 3) the broad ecosystems of RIs.

Research infrastructures are increasingly faced with a changing global context, facing a volatile and unstable geopolitical situation on the global scene, new and rapidly changing political priorities (open strategic autonomy, digital and environmental transition, mission-oriented policies…). This requires flexibility, capacity to adapt and resilience. RI’s are already confronted with the scarcity of some crucial raw material and disruption in the supply chain. The conference will explore the value of RIs to open strategic autonomy, their contributions to key political objectives like the Green Deal and look at the broad ecosystem, the relation with national/regional RIs and other initiatives and instruments.

Practical information

Date: June 4th and June 5th 2024

Place: Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
The conference entrance is located at Bd de l'Empereur 2, Brussels. 

Registration: As all available places have been allocated, registration for the conference on 4-5 June 2024 is now closed.

Programme: June 4th 2024 - June 5th 2024

Programme June 4th 2024

Video streams
  Introductory session
9:00 -
10:00
Welcome coffee and registration
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome speeches

Welcome by the Master of Ceremony, Sven Retoré (visuality.eu)
Marc Vanholsbeeck, Director of the Federal, Interfederal and International Coordination Department, BELSPO
Anna Panagopoulou, Director at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Elisa Rivera, Director General for Planning, Coordination and Knowledge Transfer, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities
  Key notes speeches:
10:30 - 10:50 “Future vision for Research Infrastructures – Vision from the Commission”

Anna Panagopoulou, Director at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
10:50 - 11:10 “Future vision for Research Infrastructures - Vision from a key RI”

Prof Edith Heard, Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
11:10 - 11:20 Short interaction with audience (moderation by the Master of Ceremony)
11:20 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 13:00 Session 1: RI as actor of Open strategic autonomy

Moderator
: Inmaculada Figueroa Rojas, Deputy Director General for International Consortia, Organizations and Research Infrastructures, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain
11:45 - 12:00 Impact of the global context

Dr Nicole Elleuche, Managing and Administrative Director, European XFEL
12:00 - 12:15 Critical raw materials and supply chain challenges

Dr Jana Kolar, Director General CERIC-ERIC
12:15 - 12:30 Key competences and skills

Dr Jo De Boeck, CSO IMEC
12:30 - 13:00 Panel discussion
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 16:00 Session 2: Socio-economic and environmental impact of RI’s

Moderator: Elena Hoffert, Scientific Advisor at the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, ESFRI Vice-Chair
14:30 - 14:45 Digitalisation and AI as enablers of multi-disciplinary collaboration

Anton Ussi, Operations and Finance Director EATRIS
14:45 - 15:00 Greening of Research Infrastructures

Dr Werner Kutsch, Director General ICOS
15:00 - 15:15 Access as an enabler of innovation

Dr Ed Mitchell, Head of Business Development, ESRF
15:15 - 15:30 Digitalisation and use of AI

Prof Tim Hubbard, Director ELIXIR
15:30 - 16:00 Short Debate
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 ERIC Plate Ceremony (LOFAR, INFRAFRONTIER)
17:30 - 19:00 Free time
19:00 - Dinner at the Royal Library

Programme June 5th 2024

Video streams
8:30 -
9:00
Welcome Coffee and registration
9:00 -
10:30
Session 3: The broad RI ecosystem

Moderator:
Prof Jose-Luis Martinez, ESFRI Chair
9:00 -
9:15
“Setting the scene”

Prof Jose-Luis Martinez, ESFRI Chair
9:15 - 9:30 ESFRI Landscape Analysis

Dr Gelsomina Pappalardo, National Research Council of Italy, ESFRI Vice-Chair
9:30 - 9:45 European and national research infrastructure landscape – Croatia

Jelena Ilić-Dreven, Head of Department for Preparation, Monitoring and Implementation of Scientific and Technological Policies, Ministry for Science, Education and Youth, Croatia
9:45 - 10:00 European and national research infrastructure landscape - France

Dr Elena Hoffert,Scientific Advisor at the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, ESFRI Vice-Chair
10:00 - 10:30 Short debate

Prof Jose-Luis Martinez, Dr Elena Hoffert, Prof Jens Habermann, Sally Chambers
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:20 Session 4: Strengthening and consolidating the RI landscape

Moderator: Anna Panagopoulou, Director at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
11:00 - 11:10 Benefits of ERIC

Prof Jens Habermann, Director General BBMRI ERIC
11:10 - 11:20 Challenge faced by ERICs

Dr Antje Keppler, Chair ERIC Forum
11:20 - 11:40 Joining up digital services and resources for RIs

Sally Chambers, Director DARIAH
Cathrin Stöver, Chief Communications Officer, GEANT
11:40 - 12:10 Panel discussion

Anna Panagopoulou, Dr Gelsomina Pappalardo, Jelena Ilic-Dreven, Dr Antje Keppler, Cathrin Stöver
12:10 - 12:30 Closing

Marc Lemaitre, Director General DG Research &Innovation , European Commission
Frank Monteny, Director General Research & Space, BELSPO
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch / Working lunch ESFRI EB
14:00 - 18:00 Visit RI

VIDEO STREAMS

Video streams are available here:

The stream will become available on the days of the event.

Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union (europa.eu)
European Commission (europa.eu)