Community Research Federal Ministry of Education and Research German EU Presidency 2007 ESFRI DESY

Challenge 3: Links between the Research Infrastructures actors

3a: Infrastructures and innovation
Chaired by L. van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament
Session overview: Research infrastructures play a key role as an interface between science and industry. Their design and construction often require major technology advancements with potential industrial impact. Many cases demonstrate that technology clusters of associated industry emerge in their direct periphery and constitute technology parks. Also, research infrastructures constitute places where researchers from academia and industry can meet and work together. This session will explore these relationships and potential improvements in the exploitation of the knowledge generated.

3b: Infrastructures and human resources
Chaired by B. Henrichsen, ESFRI delegate
Session overview: As service providers, research infrastructures constitute important platforms around which researchers and engineers with different expertise, from different domains or fields, and often from different countries and cultures, can meet and share their experiences and knowledge. This is especially true for large instruments and facilities where scientists travel to, and often work around the clock. Also, different generations of researchers from graduate students to experienced scientists can meet in these facilities.
Research infrastructures are therefore very important for training, as well as key elements in the careers of scientists. In this session both infrastructure operators and scientists will present their views regarding the impact of infrastructures on human resources, their scientific careers, and management related issues.

3c: Infrastructures and users
Chaired by D. Weselka, ESFRI delegate
Session overview: Access to instruments, databases, structured information or repositories is core to the services provided by research infrastructures. The scientific, technical and logistic support offered to users must enable them to conduct high quality research and exploit effectively the potential of these facilities. This session will cover the multiple interactions between the users and the infrastructures, ranging from the adoption of services by the scientific communities, to the development of access policies, and the impact
measurement of the access and services delivered.