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05 Apr 2019

Czech Republic hosts 68th ESFRI Plenary Meeting

The main topics of 68th Plenary Meeting of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) included the preparation of an ESFRI Roadmap 2021 update and the debate on future directions of ESFRI.

The discussion on the future directions of ESFRI followed the conclusions of the “ESFRI: Future Directions” workshop, which was held in London in January 2019. These conclusions were summarised in 3 areas: “ESFRI Mission”, “ESFRI Vision” and “ESFRI Priorities for Action”. These were further divided in subareas aimed at strengthening the strategic role of ESFRI and its impact on the ERA, the role of ESFRI in the consolidation of the research infrastructures’ landscape in Europe, the organisation of ESFRI, and the evolution of the ESFRI Roadmap.

In the context of the preparation of the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 update, the measures that need to be implemented before the actual update process is launched have been identified. For example, the methodology will be revised to reflect the lessons learned from update 2018. No major changes are expected. However, the minimum key requirements of new European research infrastructures project proposals as well as questionnaires and evaluation forms should be revised. In addition, the evaluation processes should be updated, with regard to greater involvement of external evaluators, as well as better coordination between the ESFRI Strategy Working Groups. These measures should lead to an enhancement of the transparency of the ESFRI evaluation process. Greater emphasis will be put, inter alia, on the preparation of a landscape analysis, which should serve as a future strategy planning tool for the European landscape of research infrastructures.

Other topics discussed at the ESFRI Plenary Meeting include cooperation on the preparation of the ERA Action Plan, the forthcoming cost analysis of European research infrastructures, and information on the progress made by the European research infrastructures Monitoring Working Group, including the proposal of key performance indicators.

The next, 69th ESFRI Plenary Meeting will be held in Bucharest in June 2019 on the occasion of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

Source: ESFRI News

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