4a: Legal aspects
Chaired by B. Vierkorn-Rudolph, ESFRI delegate
Session overview: New large-scale European infrastructures are being constructed more and more through collaboration between several countries. Such collaborations go through long and complex negotiations, in particular concerning the choice of the legal form for the new entity to be set up. New legal instruments, more suitable than Limited Liability Companies or International Organisations, might facilitate the founding process
of new infrastructures. This session will discuss this need and will present the outcome from a working group studying the creation of a European legal form for pan-European infrastructures. The session will also address the use of Public-Private Partnerships and the new concept of pre-commercial procurement for innovation, in particular in support to ICT infrastructures.
4b: Management aspects
Chaired by R. Aymar, Director General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Session overview: European research infrastructures range from large single-sited installations to highly distributed resources. They are mono- or multi-national. They cover all fields of science from biology to astrophysics. They combine industry and public bodies or are exclusively academic. They generally offer open access but can also offer commercial research services. They need to be upgraded periodically or on a more continuous basis. They have new requirements, notably longer term perspectives for data curation and preservation. This session is intended to discuss the impact this high diversity, and sometimes complexity, has on the management of infrastructures.
4c: Funding strategies
Chaired by B. Bigot, High Commissioner for Atomic Energy (CEA)
Session overview: The next generation of research infrastructures sees the emergence of large international infrastructures, or distributed multi-national facilities and resources, as demonstrated by the 2006 ESFRI Roadmap. Single national sources of financing, public and/or private, will be not enough. Financial engineering needs to be developed, with complementary financing sources matching the increased diversity and complexity of the infrastructures. This session will present different funding strategies and opportunities available from the European Investment Bank, the structural funds, Foundations and Trusts, and under the Seventh Framework Programme.