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RI-PATHS participatory workshop at ELIXIR (2019)

Date(s) - 09/05/2019
All Day

Cambridge, UK

Towards new ways of documenting network effects in research, innovation and training

During the first round of RI-PATHS workshops it became evident that a number of specific impact pathways and mechanisms are especially (albeit not necessarily exclusively) relevant for distributed RIs. Due to their specific set-up these tend to generate particularly strong effects through the networking of diverse knowledge sources and the development of new ways of knowledge diffusion with implications for research, innovation and training. In this area, some distributed RIs have piloted a range of relevant methods of data collection and analysis which can be relevant for various types of RIs, including non-distributed ones.

Against this background, this workshop will present and further explore concrete methodologies to collect data on network effects in research, innovation and training, highlight the analytical limits of quantitative methods in this context and explore qualitative approaches which could be applied to tackle the current challenges.


ELIXIR workshop_final agenda


Approaches to capture and measure network effects_Griniece and Reid

Assessing network effects_a perspective from CERIC-ERIC_Kolar

Network effects and intangible benefits_a perspective from ELIXIR_Martin

State of play and advances in the RI-PATHS project_Griniece and Kroll

Travel and accommodation

Travelling to the workshop:

The workshop will take place in the Garden Room, at The Red Lion Whittlesford, 42 Station Road East, Whittlesford Bridge, Cambridge CB22 4NL (UK).

By train

Whittlesford Parkway is the closest railway station to the meeting, and is on the Cambridge-London Liverpool Street line. The workshop venue is 1 minute walk from Whittlesford Parkway.

The journey time from London is approximately one hour, and 15 min from Cambridge Station.

By car

From the South: Leave the M11 at junction 9 (signed A11 Newmarket) and take the first exit signed A1301 towards Cambridge.

From the North: Leave the M11 at junction 10 (note that M11 junction 9 is restricted and only accessible from the South).


ELIXIR has blocked a limited number of bedrooms at the Holiday Inn Hotel for the night before the workshop (Wednesday 08 May 2019). The cost is £115 per person per night, and includes breakfast and VAT. There is ample parking, but please note the hotel charges £5 per day.

This accommodation is located two minutes walk from the meeting room.

NB: Participants need to make their own accommodation arrangements by contacting the venue at (+44) 01223 497040, quoting ‘RI-PATHS workshop’.

Participants are responsible for covering the cost of their stay.


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Words by Henning Kroll, 9th May 2019