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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.
List of BMS Research Infrastructures in the ESFRI Roadmap (RI's with Finnish activity linked)
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
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.
BBMRI, Anu Jalanko, THL
EATRIS, Olli Kallioniemi, FIMM
ELIXIR, Tommi Nyrönen, CSC
ECRIN, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Biocenter Kuopio
EU-OPENSCREEN, Olli Kallioniemi, FIMMInfrafrontier , 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