Two new reports on research infrastructure

20.04.2012
The development of and access to top-modern research infrastructure are vital if Nordic research groups are to successfully compete in the international arena. The two reports “Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation” and “Evaluation of Nordsync and Nordic membership of the ESRF” shed light on and lay the foundation for enhancing Nordic cooperation on research infrastructure.

The NORIA-net “Nordic Research Infrastructures Network” (NRIN) was launched in 2009 with the aim of strengthening Nordic cooperation on research infrastructure. NRIN’s work culminated in the report “Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation”, which offers a number of recommendations. The report describes the similarities and differences in the national infrastructure roadmaps of the various Nordic countries and proposes actions that can be taken to boost transnational collaboration. NRIN recommends giving priority to initiatives that have a direct impact on Nordic research infrastructure cooperation and using infrastructure that is already well-established in the Nordic countries as a platform for broader Nordic cooperation within a particular area. NRIN has identified types of infrastructure with major potential for Nordic cooperation by reviewing projects on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Roadmap, among other things. The report highlights several areas in which the Nordic countries have the opportunity to contribute on a global scale by making use of their top-notch expertise and unique infrastructures. These include biobanks and registry-based research, biodiversity and eScience. The report offers recommendations targeted towards NordForsk, the national research councils and political decision-makers, and proposes ways to improve administrative coordination and efficiency in order to strengthen the Nordic position in the international arena.

While preparing its report, NRIN commissioned an evaluation of Nordic participation in international research cooperation. A pilot project for this evaluation examined the NORDSYNC membership of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). The main purpose was to identify how the Nordic collaboration on research infrastructure can maximise Nordic influence and cost-effectiveness. The main findings of the report “Evaluation of Nordsync and Nordic membership of the ESRF” are that the ESRF has proven to be very relevant to strong research communities in different disciplines and that the NORDSYNC membership has formed the core of the involvement of leading research groups in the Nordic countries.

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure

http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/index_en.cfm?pg=esfri

 

Contact person NRIN: Troels Rasmussen (trra@fi.dk/+ 45 7231 8296)

Contact person NordForsk: Maria Nilsson

Text: Marius Hagen

Photo: Alexander Kuzovlev/iStockphoto

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