The Second ERIC Forum Policy Seminar on the Socio-Economic Impact (SEI) of ERICs took place virtually on April 29th 2022. It brought together more than 90 participants from Research Infrastructures and ERICs, with their national, regional and European stakeholders and collaborators, including funding and policy-making bodies as well as relevant projects and entities working on RI SEI assessment methodologies. It aimed to pave the way towards evaluating the full value and contribution of Research Infrastructures to resilient knowledge-based economies.

This Policy Seminar will serve as the basis for the Third ERIC Forum Policy Report on the Socio-Economic Impact of ERICs.

Read more here about the past ERIC Forum Policy Reports.


The objectives of the ERIC Forum Policy Seminar were to:

  • Showcase the diversity of ERICs and their impact (both at an individual level as well as their contributions to tackling societal challenges through, for example: EU Missions, Green and Digital Transitions, ERA Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Present the findings from the ERIC Forum Survey on the SEI assessment practices of ERICs, followed by case studies of SEI assessment by ERICs belonging to different clusters during different phases of their lifecycle,
  • Engage with the relevant ERIC national and EU stakeholders as well as cross-sectoral user communities, taking into consideration their perspectives,
  • Propose joint recommendations on how capturing the diversity, value and impact of ERICs can be supported. 



ERICs and Socio-Economic Impact (SEI) Assessment:

  • EIROforum /EMBL Case Study, Jessica Vamathevan (EMBL): here
  • ERIC Forum Survey findings on SEI evaluation practices by ERICs: Evi-Carita Riikonen (ICOS ERIC): here
  • Case Studies from the ERIC Forum:
    • Jimmy Andersen (European Spallation Source ERIC): here
    • Ornela de Giacomo (CERIC-ERIC): here
    • Lorna Ryan (European Social Survey ERIC), Franciska de Jong (CLARIN-ERIC): here

Stakeholders perspectives from different constituencies:

  • Michela Vellico (European Commission, DG RTD): here
  • Nad’a Witzanovya (ELI ERIC): here
  • Chris Hartley (CERN/ EIROforum): here
  • Antje Keppler (Euro-BioImaging ERIC): here
  • Frédéric Sgard (OECD): here
  • Elisabetta Marafioti (University of Milano–Bicocca; EMMRI): here

Globalisation success stories: Global BioImaging, Global VLBI Alliance:

  • Antje Keppler (Euro-BioImaging ERIC): here

 Watch the policy seminar here.

 The agenda is available here.

Read more about the speakers of the seminar here.


This event was organised jointly by WP6 (Role of ERICs in European Science Policy and Research Strategy), in collaboration with WP4 (Evaluation and Impact Assessment) of the ERIC Forum Implementation Project GA823798.