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European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, Roadmap 2008, Update 2008



The availability of open, competitive and quality-based access to pan-European and global research infrastructures is vital to make the European Research Area attractive at a global level. The ESFRI Roadmap for research infrastructures is a major contribution to this strategy, and one of the most successful European initiatives in attracting the interest of international players, as shown by the inclusion of research infrastructures in the agenda of the G8 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting and in meetings of the OECD Global Science Forum.
This is the first update of the European roadmap for new, pan-European and global research infrastructures adopted by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) on September 25th, 2008, fulfilling a request by the European Council of Research Ministers. This update presents new facilities tackling challenges in Environment, Energy and Health, while at the same time endorsing almost all the previous projects in the first edition, published in 2006.
In the updated roadmap, each group of research infrastructures is preceded by a short introduction outlining the context of the projects in the roadmap, including some emerging fields. More information can be found in the detailed reports of the Roadmap Working Groups on the ESFRI website. These reports also outline critical areas for society at large where a more proactive and strategic approach may be needed to foster the emergence of new research infrastructures of pan-European relevance in critical fields of research, such as systems biology, food, agriculture, and energy.

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