Plans for new major European research facilities to help push the boundaries of science

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Large telescopes, particle accelerators and environmental stations are among the topics covered by the eight new research infrastructure projects that were announced as part of the 2016 Roadmap for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Its launch is hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at its headquarters in Amsterdam.

Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation, said: "To remain at the forefront of scientific discovery, Europe needs to ensure that its scientists and innovators have access to the very best Research Infrastructures. This requires a strategy and funding. The 21 projects identified by ESFRI are a major contribution in this context."

ESFRI identifies research facilities of pan-European importance that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU. The updated Roadmap now consists of 21 'ESFRI Projects', which are research infrastructures in development phase. The Roadmap comprises the 29 'ESFRI Landmarks', denoting projects that are being implemented or have been completed.


See the rest of the press release here.