The aim of the proposed activity is to support the organisation of the fourth European Conference on Research Infrastructure (ECRI 2007), which will take place in Hamburg on June 5-6, 2007, under the German Presidency, following the previous successful events in Strasbourg (2000), Trieste (2003) and Nottingham (2005).
Overall objectives of the conference are:
1. to explore means of structuring and strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) with respect to research infrastructures (RI), and to better coordinate between countries, policies, instruments and funding mechanisms;
2. to increase the efficiency of creating new research infrastructures, focusing e.g. on legal and managerial issues, on combination of funding sources, on specific past experiences at European level, taking into account also the social economic impacts of research infrastructures;
3. to continue and intensify the exchange of views between decision-makers at international level.