Ten major new EU research infrastructures in the ESFRI Roadmap Update – three of them proposed by Nordic countries

On the 9th of December 2008, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) released an update of the ESFRI-Roadmap from 2006, describing the needs for pan-European Research Infrastructures for the next 10-20 years. 10 new infrastructures have been identified by ESFRI. This followed an intensive consultation process, involving more than 200 experts. Three of the ten new projects were proposed by Nordic countries.
The update brings the number of identified priority projects to 44 Research Infrastructures in all fields of Science. In total 34 of the 35 projects on the Roadmap 2006 were endorsed and 10 new infrastructures are proposed. Among these ten new projects retained are:

• 3 projects in the field of Environmental Sciences
• 4 projects in Biological and Medical Sciences
• 1 project non-nuclear Energy
• 1 Project in Materials and Analytical Facilities
• 1 project in Physical Sciences and Engineering

The 3 new projects from the ESFRI Roadmap Update that were proposed by the Nordic countries are:

In the field of Environmental Sciences:
Upgrade of the European Incoherent Scatter radar system – EISCAT 3D upgrade, (proposed by Sweden with expressed interest of Norway and Finland), which provides state-of-the-art radar facilities to study various processes taking place in the Earth’s atmosphere. These studies can help understanding the formation and evolution of our own and other solar systems.

Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing Facility – SIAEOS, (proposed by Norway), is the upgrade of the present infrastructure on Svalbard. It integrates the studies of geophysical, chemical and biological processes from all research and monitoring platforms - land, sea, ice/glacier and atmosphere/space based - thus responding to a highly relevant need to monitor global environmental change.

In the field of non-nuclear Energy:
European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure –
ECCSEL, (proposed by Norway). It combines three approaches to capture (pre and post combustion and O2/CO2 -oxyfuel- recycle combustion capture) and three approaches to carbon storage (aquifers, depleted oil/gas fields, coal bed methane). The project is based on the upgrading of existing national infrastructures to European level. The upgraded facility is composed of distributed parts in different countries and a coordination centre in Norway.

For the Roadmap Update and more information on ESFRI see: http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/

For more information on current policies for research infrastructures in the Nordic countries and Europe, see the NordForsk Policy Brief Improving research capabilities – An evaluation of the possibilities for increased Nordic cooperation on research infrastructures. Download or order the report here.
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