ResInfra@DR - Review: ResInfra@DR presented at RI flagship conference in Sofia in March


On March 22 and 23 Sofia Tech Park (Sofia, Bulgaria) hosted an international conference with approximately 300 participants on the topic of Enhancing Long Term Sustainability and Opening Up Research Infrastructures to Society and Industry. ResInfra@DR was presented during the event with posters and leaflets as a participant in the thematic exhibition held as a side event. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria with the support of EC.

The overall objective of the conference was to reflect on the staff working document (SWD), explore and discuss a concrete set of actions to foster sustainability and impact of European research infrastructures on industry, policy and society. The outcome of this high-level event will be a European Call for Action on Long-term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures to provide the impetus for full realisation of the potential of the European Research Area in order to further boost broad-based research and innovation. The Call for Action will therefore foster long-term competitiveness and excellence of the RIs in Europe and world-wide.

The conference provided a platform for discussion and dialogue between policy, research and industry stakeholders on the future of the Research Infrastructures policies and their contribution to research excellence, innovation, growth and jobs. The event contributed to the debate on how to effectively foster the inclusiveness of the European Research Area by spreading excellence across the regions and opening-up to industry and society, thus reducing the innovation divide in Europe. Its further aim is to increase visibility and promote partnership between Research Infrastructures, business and academia for efficient implementation of broad-based innovation and business models, fostering open data sharing and multi-actor involvement. Finally, the conference explored the ways to take full advantage of the educational and training potential of Research Infrastructures for the Skills Agenda, in particular regarding the next generation of researchers and innovators.

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)