The ERIC Forum is taking part in the 4th edition of PARI, Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures conference, which will be held on 18-20 July 2022. The presentation will tackle the societal role and impact of European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs), as well as ERICs’ impact on European employment.
The session is organised in the frame of WP5 of the ERIC Forum Implementation Project (Communication and Dissemination).
Research Infrastructures are considered one of the success stories and a major pillar of the European Research Area. Their importance is measured through the added value they bring to the European Research Area and scientific research, and the opportunities they create by enabling access to large-scale facilities and data infrastructures to perform excellent and ground-breaking research.
The ERIC community by now counts 23 large-scale Research Infrastructures providing access to high-quality data and cutting-edge instrumentation. It’s a diverse community that covers the 5 research domains of the ESFRI roadmap, in which each ERIC largely contributes to addressing grand societal challenges, the European Green Deal and the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
This presentation aims to raise awareness about ERICs’ role and impact towards society, highlighting: 1) ERICs’ contribution to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, including examples of the online and offline communication activities implemented within the ERIC Forum to address and support that, and 2) ERICs’ impact on European employment, specifically addressing how ERICs leverage secondment, In-kind contributions and employment outside their seats’ countries to become even more attractive and EU-wide employers.
The presentation will also be an opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices, and stimulate the discussion about communicating Research Infrastructures’ values and impact.