European Research Infrastructures for a Smarter Future
The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union cordially invites you to participate in the European Research Infrastructures for a Smarter Future Conference to be held in Zagreb on 18 and 19 March 2020 at the Šubićeva centre (Šubićeva ulica 29), in the framework of the Future of Research Infrastructures in European Research Area events.
Addressing the big challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change, the increasing loss of biodiversity and environmental quality, demographic changes, shaping the industrial and digital transitions as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of the European quality of life requires a new ambition for European science.
As European Research Infrastructures form the backbone of our competitiveness in science and innovation, their quality and the ability to provide the needed services and data largely determines our capacity to produce the new knowledge, innovation and understanding that Europe needs to tackle the challenges we face. The overall objective of the conference is to explore the potential of European Research Infrastructures to make a meaningful impact on the European strategic agendas and identify the ways in which this could be achieved. The outcome of this high-level event will provide a new impetus for the European research infrastructure policy, supporting full realisation of the potential of the European Research Area to drive the necessary changes in our economy and society.
The conference is divided into three main blocks and concludes with a high-level panel identifying directions for future European research infrastructure policy. The presentation of the ESFRI White Paper on the future of European research infrastructures policy in the opening plenary, with its key messages, will set the scene for the discussions throughout the conference on:
The Conference is open to all participants. We kindly ask you to pre-register no later than 17th February 2020 via this form. All pre-registered people will then receive details on the steps required to finalise registration and accreditation. Registrations will be possible until the maximum number of participants is reached. Only the registered participants and badge holders will be allowed access to the meeting venue.
All practical details regarding the event, including accreditation, accommodation and travel are available at the event webpage.