After the successful completion of the first (in Sofia, between February 13 and 16 - read a review here...) in the series of three training sessions for policy-makers from research infrastructure programme owning and funding authorities, active research infrastructure operators and coordinators, and research infrastructure reviewers, the ResInfra@DR consortium is now preparing the next two trainings. The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska will host the training in Banja Luka between April 24 and 27, and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) will welcome the training participants in Bucharest between May 22 and 25.
The content of the training will stay the same as was in Sofia and will cover the following important topics:
- The introductory lecture will explain the main definitions and terms, present the most important RI actors and stakeholders, and briefly sketch the four central training topics (core processes of the RI lifecycle).
- The lecture about RI planning and establishment will focus on the consecutive phases of the RI life cycle and highlight the most relevant issues that need to be taken into consideration during these stages.
- During the lecture on RI operation and management, participants will learn about the following management aspects: financial resources; technical resources; human resources; and governance structures of RIs.
- The module about results and impacts of RIs in practice focuses on the benefits of RIs for society and industry and offers an overview of types of RI impacts, along with appropriate methods for assessment and examples of indicators.
- The final module about the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures will present numerous concrete recommendations for long-term sustainability from the viewpoint of different RI actors.
As part of the training, a study visit to a local research infrastructure will be organised. The participants will be able to meet with the scientists operating and using the infrastructure, ask questions and exchange experiences and opinions.
The Banja Luka training will be attended by 34 participants from 8 Danube region countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia). The Bucharest event will be similarly well attended, bringing together 30 RI managers, researchers, scientists, national contact points and policy-makers from 11 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine)
Know-how available after training
After the completion of the trainings and final revision of the materials, all those who are interested in the topic, but were unable to attend one of the training sessions, will be able to download the materials (PowerPoint presentations and supporting narratives) from the ResInfra@DR project website!