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Participation in pan-European ESFRI infrastructures

ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) was established in April 2002 to produce a "European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures" for European Union. The first roadmap was published in 2006, and updates in 2008 and 2010. The current roadmap contains 13 research infrastructures in the domain of Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS).


Finnish scientists have been active participants in nine of these during their preparatory phase. Now that the first BMS infrastructures are entering their construction phase, there is a need to make more formal decisions at governmental level on Finnish involvement, as all ESFRI projects are seeking to obtain a widely recognized legal status.


To become effective and inclusive pan-European Research Infrastructures, all BMS ESFRI projects plan to establish a distributed “hub-and-spoke” –type structure, which includes the establishment of a national node structure in participating member states. The BF Infrastructure networks already represent such structures as they bring together research infrastructures and their technology services in most of these fields. Therefore BF is ready to take an active supporting role in helping the Finnish scientific community to participate in the BMS ESFRI infrastructures also during their construction phase.


"European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures"


List of BMS Research Infrastructures in the ESFRI Roadmap (RI's with Finnish activity linked)

2006 Roadmap

BBMRI (, BBMRI,fi): Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure

EATRIS: European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine

ECRIN: European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network

ELIXIR: European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information

Infrafrontier: European Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes

INSTRUCT: An Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure for Europe

2008 Roadmap

EMBRC: European Marine Biological Resource Centre

EU-OPENSCREEN: European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology

Euro-BioImaging: European Biomedical Imaging Infrastructure

ERINHA: European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents


Six of these RIs were included in the 2006 Roadmap and are receiving EC funding for their Preparatory Phase until 2010/2011, and will soon enter Construction Phase. Four of them were included in the updated Roadmap in 2008 and are likely to receive EC funding for the Preparatory Phase starting 2010/11.


Past events

Satellite meeting on Finnish participation in ESFRI projects in the field of biological and medical sciences (BMS), October 12, 2011


Presentations (pdf)

BBMRI, Anu Jalanko, THL

EATRIS, Olli Kallioniemi, FIMM

ELIXIR, Tommi Nyrönen, CSC

ECRIN, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Biocenter Kuopio

EU-OPENSCREEN, Olli Kallioniemi, FIMM

Infrafrontier , Raija Soininen, Biocenter Oulu

Instruct , Adrian Goldman & Hanna Oksanen, Institute of Biotechnology

ISBE , Tero Aittokallio, FIMM

Euro-BioImaging, John Eriksson, BioCity Turku

Finnish infrastructure policy and the ESFRI infrastructures, Marja-Liisa Niemi, Ministry of Education and Culture

Finnish infrastructure policy and the ESFRI infrastructures – from the perspective of the Academy of Finland, Eeva Ikonen, Academy of Finland

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