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Upcoming events

22- 24-March 2020,
RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium on research infrastructures, Cape Town, South Africa
The RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium will be held on 23-24 March, 2020, in the Wolfson Pavilion and foyer on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Cape Town.
The two day symposium will bring together staff from European and African research infrastructures to foster collaborations in the field of research and innovation. Representatives from relevant funding agencies as well as policy makers are invited to join the meeting.
Registration is already open on the RI-VIS website while the agenda and speakers will be published soon.

2 March 2020,
CORBEL Final Meeting, Florence, Italy

The final CORBEL meeting will take place on 2 March 2020 in Florence, Italy. The consortium will present their solutions for harmonising user access to the European life science research infrastructures (RIs), comprising topics such as access, data or quality management, training, ELSI and innovation support. Presentations by scientists from the biological and medical user communities will illustrate how concerted access to multiple RIs advanced their projects. More information can be found here.

26-27 February 2020,
ERINHA-Advance Annual Consortium Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal

ERINHA will gather all the members of the ERINHA-Advance’s Consortium on 26-27 February, 2020 in Lisbon to discuss the progress achieved during the first year of operation of the project, identify potential issues and their solutions, and plan the upcoming actions to achieve the project’s goals.
The project aims to continue supporting the successful operation of the ERINHA Research Infrastructure to ensure its long-term sustainability.

 13-14 February 2020,
Workshop “Best practices in Biomedical Public-Private Research Collaborations”, Lisbon, Portugal

Registration is open for a best practice workshop on public-private research collaborations. The 2-day event is organised by the CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk team and will focus on all relevant aspects of such collaborations, from initial contacts through planning and negotiation, to completion of legal agreements and project implementation. The workshop is primarily aimed at representatives of research infrastructures and academic institutions who are or expect to be involved in the implementation of such collaborative research programmes. More information can be found on the Corbel website.

Past events

9-10 December, 2019, Nipah virus International Conference,  Singapore
To mark the 20th anniversary since the discovery of Nipah, an international scientific congress—co-hosted by CEPI and Duke NUS Medical School—will be held to bring researchers and practitioners together to review the historic outbreaks, discuss the latest developments in diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, and foster greater international collaboratione.

11 0ctober 2019, ERINHA Scientific Strategy meeting, Paris, France
On 11 October, 2019, ERINHA held a Scientific Strategy meeting in Paris, bringing together scientific experts from ERINHA member facilities and members of the Independent Advisory Board (IAB). The participants discussed ERINHA’s scientific objectives for the coming years and research collaboration opportunities. It was the first step in designing our next scientific strategy for the 2020-2025 period.

6-7 August, 2019, Mars Sample Return Facility Cost Analysis: Kick-off meeting, Paris
Missions to Mars have made many exciting discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the planet, but the next step is to bring samples to Earth for detailed analysis in sophisticated laboratories with the highest level of biocontainment.

The European Space Agency recently awarded ERINHA the coordination of the Mars Sample Return Facility Cost Analysis project which also brings together the University of Leicester, Fraunhofer IPA, and Merrick Canada. The kick-off meeting took place in Paris, France on 6-7 August, 2019. The Consortium is funded by the European Space Agency – European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC) and will provide a cost estimate for equipment, technologies and potential facilities required to handle Mars samples.

9-12 November 2018, International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED) 2018 International Society for Infectious Diseases, Vienna, Austria
IMED 2018 will bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to Vienna to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, monitor, understand, prevent, and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens. More information on IMED website.

15 October 2018, 5th MIUF Meeting, Paris, France
The CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) meets for the fifth time on October 15, 2018 in Paris to continue the discussion of efficient development and use of bio-medical RIs. The meeting is open to scientific communities interested in medical research and is intended to discuss

  • the structuring of medical research communities at the pan-European level
  • the emerging needs of medical research projects in the context of the big data and personalised/stratified medicine approach
  • and the challenges raised in terms of development and deployment of data services

Registration for the meeting is possible here until September 15, 2018. Registration is free, but mandatory in order to attend. The preliminary program is available here.

20-21 September 2018, Meeting to Advance Clinical Research in Infectious Disease Outbreaks,  Brussels, Belgium

GloPID-R and the Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics’ (PREPARE) will host a joint meeting aimed at advancing clinical research preparedness for ID outbreaks. This meeting will examine bottlenecks to deployment of clinical research in an infectious disease outbreak and what can be done to overcome them by joining the efforts of patients, researchers, regulators, funders and policy makers.
Through a series of plenary discussions and workshops, the event will highlight key solutions to common bottlenecks from different global regions. More details on GloPID-R website.

17-21 September 2018,  9th European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum, Lisbon, Portugal
The theme of the 2018 EDCTP Forum is: “Clinical research and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: the impact of North-South partnerships”.
It is organized in partnership with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. More information on EDCTP website.

12-14 September 2018, ICRI 2018 – 4th International Conference on Research infrastructures, Vienna, Austria
ICRI, an international platform for strategic thinking and exchange of experience will address this year strategic issues and the development of international cooperation for research infrastructures at a global level, as well as their contribution to societal challenges. It will also address issues related to the operation and implementation of research infrastructures.
ICRI 2018 is co-organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the European Commission. For more information see the website

11 September 2018, Launch of the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures in Europe, Vienna, Austria
On September 11th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will present the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location.
The 2018 Roadmap consists of 18 Projects, with a high degree of maturity, and 37 Landmarks, RIs that reached the implementation phase.

4-7 September 2018, Europe Biobank Week 2018: Biosharing for Scientific Discovery, Antwerp, Belgium
Co-organised by BBMRI-ERIC and ESBB, the Europe Biobank Week 2018 is one of the most significant biobanking conferences worldwide. The event provides an exciting and unique opportunity for the biobanking community to discuss the future challenges for biobanking, network and explore new prospects for cooperation and collaboration.
More information is available from the conference website

12 July 2018, ERINHA AISBL 4th General Assembly
Independent Advisory Board, as well as on the new call for contributions for ERINHA AISBL members. It also discussed the budget spending and other financial and operational topics.