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V4 Conference 2024: Research Infrastructures

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Brussels, Belgium





In collaboration with the colleagues from V4 R&I support offices in Brussels (CZELO, SLORD, PolSCA, NRDIO), PAN have selected Research Infrastructures as their central theme for this year’s conference. The V4 region boasts a wealth of intriguing examples of best practices, ranging from established infrastructures to emerging ones. Their aim is to delve into these examples and provide a platform for insightful discussions led by speakers coming from various directions.

They recognize the importance of aligning our discussions with past Presidencies of the Council of the EU, particularly emphasizing Council Conclusions touching upon Research Infrastructures. These conclusions underscore the necessity for member states to ensure the long-term sustainability and digital enhancement of their research infrastructures.

Moreover, the conference promises ample networking opportunities, facilitating engaging debates among relevant stakeholders from the Brussels R&I community, EU bodies, and Permanent Representations.

The conference will commence with presentations from RI representatives, providing insights into their respective institutions.

Following this, the first panel will feature representatives from V4 Research Infrastructures and EOSC. Together, they will explore examples of best practices in establishing research infrastructures, personnel challenges (attraction, retention, and quality management), long-term sustainability considerations, and data management and governance, emphasizing the principles of Open and FAIR data.

In the afternoon, the 2nd panel will take centre stage, featuring speakers from Ministries, Permanent Representations of V4 countries, and a representative from the European Commission. This session will focus on the future trajectory of research infrastructures, building upon earlier discussion. Topics will include the evolving role of V4 countries in RI initiatives, changes since the adoption of various Council Conclusions, and the exploration of Technology Infrastructures. Furthermore, they will delve into future financial and legislative goals, fostering a lively debate on potential enhancements for FP10.