Science stakeholders have asked member states to develop national plans for large-scale research infrastructures so that the implementation of a European road map, adopted in 2006, can begin.
A European Conference on Research Infrastructures (ECRI2007), which took place in on 5-6 June, urged policymakers to take the necessary steps to implement of the European research infrastructure road map adopted in October 2006.
So far, only one of the 35 projects identified, the European X-Ray Laser project, XFEL, has gathered the necessary funding commitments. The construction of this €1 billion infrastructure is set to begin in early 2008.
“A prerequisite for the implementation of the ESFRI road map is the development of national road maps for research infrastructures, which should be integrated in the European and the global road maps,” state the conference conclusions, which also call for greater collaboration with global partners on infrastructure development.
German Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan highlighted the need to establish joint decision-making processes and viable funding strategies for implementation of the ESFRI road map.