2a: What tools for strategy planning and decision making?
Chaired by W. Mönig, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Session overview: Planning new research capacities as well as taking decisions, requires detailed and up-to-date analysis of the already existing research infrastructures: how they operate, and how they should be further developed. It also requires a vision for the future as well as impact studies. This session will present different analyses currently developed with the aim of helping both national and European authorities in this
planning and decision-making process. It will focus on tools for mapping existing resources such as surveys and benchmarking exercises, on the development of foresight exercises and on studies to measure the impact of the projects undertaken.
2b: The European Roadmap
Chaired by E. Ikonen, ESFRI delegate
Session overview: A major achievement in 2006 for the future of European research infrastructures was the publication of the first ESFRI Roadmap report. This constitutes an important milestone in the structuring of a European Research Area. It is now time to draw the first conclusions from this exercise and to discuss ways to foster the implementation of the ESFRI Roadmap, the methodology for updating it as well as the current status of the ESFRI
process as a whole. The view from a Third country will also be presented. Furthermore, the session will no doubt trigger discussions on how to implement the projects retained in the ESFRI Roadmap that have a global dimension.
2c: The European Integration
Chaired by H. Chang, ESFRI delegate
Session overview: A number of associations, fora or councils are currently contributing to the structuring of the European Research Area. It is crucial that the views and ideas of these different organisations are exchanged and discussed. This session will constitute a platform to bring together views from various key European organisations: the EIROforum, the European Research Council (ERC), the European association of national Research Facilities laboratories (ERF) and the e‑Infrastructures Reflexion Group (eIRG) in particular.