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RI-PATHS Webinar “Next steps in mainstreaming sound and feasible impact assessment requirements for RIs”

Date(s) - 24/06/2020
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The RI-PATHS project team is pleased to invite research infrastructures, funding agencies, policy makers, impact analysts and other potential user communities to three dedicated online webinars tackling the theme “A European framework for socio-economic impact of research infrastructures: A way forward”.

22 June 10:00-13:00: Panel discussion with RIs: “Advances in the field of socio-economic impact assessment of Research Infrastructures: How can these help in practice?”

24 June 14:30-16:30 : Panel discussion with policy makers: “Next steps in mainstreaming sound and feasible impact assessment requirements for RIs”

29 June 10:00-13:00 : Pilot project presentations “Spotlight on impact pathway insights: what RIs have learned about their impact and impact study requirements?”

Webinars will be held via the GoToMeeting platform. Link to access the webinar will be sent to all registered participants. The events are free of charge.


RI-PATHS webinar_24 June_agenda


Laura Hillier

Laura Hillier is the Director of Performance, Analytics and Evaluation at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). She leads a team responsible for monitoring corporate performance and assessing the outcomes and impacts of the investments in Research Infrastructures made by the CFI. Laura has a keen interest in methodologies for research impact assessment that provide relevant and useful information while not disadvantaging any type or area of research. She works collaboratively with others in the Science & Technology community to ensure the team’s work meets the needs of the CFI and its stakeholders.

Laura holds a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Epidemiology and the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation. She has worked in research evaluation at three different funding organisations over the past 10+ years. Laura brings to her work in research performance and impact assessment past experience working across the different areas of health research – basic biomedical research, clinical research, health services research as well as population health research.

Jan Hrušák

Jan Hrušák is the chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) since January 2019. He is a senior research fellow and scientific advisor at the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Jan has completed studies in physical chemistry and received PhD (Dr.rer.nat) in 1987 at the Technical University Leuna-Merseburg (Germany), before joined the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. In 1990 he moved to TU Berlin to work with H.Schwarz in theoretical chemistry. In 1995 accepted a position at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, where, after spending one year as visiting professor at the Institute of Molecular Science at Okazaki (Japan), he is working since. Jan Hrušák served two terms in the executive body of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and he has been appointed for two years Director general for research at the Ministry of Education, youth and sport of the Czech Republic (MEYS). He is longstanding ESFRI member (currently vice-chair) and the Czech delegate to ERAC. (c. 100 scientific papers, 3500 citations).

Johannes Klumpers

Johannes Klumpers, a German national, studied forestry and wood technology and obtained a PhD from the French Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et Forêts (ENGREF). After several years of industrial research in Sweden, he joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation in 1998 and has worked there since, on a variety of topics, from renewable raw materials and industrial processes to gender, science in society, finance and budget. From 1 October 2015 he was heading the “Group of Chief Scientific Advisors – SAM, EGE” Unit, a unit providing science advice to all Commission departments.  He represents the European Commission as observer in the Councils of CERN (Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire), SESAME (Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) and EIROforum (European Intergovernmental Research Organisations Forum).

He took over the management of the “Research and Industrial Infrastructures” unit in Directorate-General Research & Innovation on 16 April 2020. The Research & Industrial Infrastructures unit defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools to provide Europe with world-class sustainable Research Infrastructures. The unit cooperates closely with EU countries, countries associated to Horizon 2020 and also internationally. It ensures that European research infrastructures are open and accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond. The unit collaborates very closely with ESFRI, the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures and with the Group of Senior Officials, a G7 mandated international group on research infrastructures. The unit provides the secretariat for both groups.  Another part in the unit develops policies on research integrity and research ethics and is managing the ethics assessment scheme of the research framework programme.

Frédéric Sgard

Frédéric Sgard is currently project administrator at the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (, where he manages selected Forum activities. He has been involved in many of the Forum’s projects on research infrastructures, such as the 2019 Reference framework for assessing the scientific and socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. His current portfolio includes finalising a new report on “Optimising the operation and use of national Research Infrastructures”, an activity on “Policies to foster High-Risk/High-Reward research”, and a new project on Very Large International Research infrastructures. Frédéric Sgard is a member of the programme committee of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) and acts as independent expert for the evaluation of European ESFRI projects.

Prior joining the OECD, he worked as senior scientist in a pharmaceutical company until the end of 2002, on the discovery of new pharmacological targets and on neuronal cell differentiation. Trained as a molecular biologist, he studied Molecular Genetics at the University of Paris XI, Orsay (France), and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK, in 1994.


Words by Christine Nève, 24th June 2020