12 Jan 2021
Report on effect of COVID-19 pandemic on working practices of Research Infrastructures published
On 7 January 2021, the Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities (ERF) and the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC) published a report on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the working practices of 27 analytical Research Infrastructures (RIs). COVID-19 has a substantial impact on the operations of analytical facilities that serve external users. The report highlights the changes in practices, and challenges that they faced at the end of October 2020, just before the onset of the second wave of the pandemic. Among other observations, the reports finds that most of the RIs have resumed operations, including general support to external users. More than two-thirds report full operations, with almost no change relative to the pre-COVID-19 period with respect to the share of instruments running. Despite the instruments’ availability, a large majority of RIs serve fewer external users compared to the pre-pandemic era. This situation will likely translate into slower progress or lower output in ground-breaking research and solutions to societal challenges, the authors conclude.
The fulll report can be downloaded here: