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Call to take part in RI-PATHS participatory workshops

Words by Elina Griniece, 10th August 2018

RI-PATHS is kindly inviting research infrastructure stakeholder community to take part in the refinement and substantiation of the socio-economic impact assessment model that the project team is currently developing. The aim is to generate a shared understanding of when, how and under what conditions investments in research infrastructures bring about various types of impacts. At the same time, workshop participants will be asked to focus on establishing the largest common denominator of what impact pathways are the most relevant and feasible to account for in an impact assessment.

The impact assessment model will have a modular structure tailoring its content to specific types of research infrastructures. A separate workshop will be convened for each defined type of research infrastructure to discuss and elaborate on their specificities. RI-PATHS proposes a classification that distinguishes between research infrastructure missions: research infrastructures that focus on basic, use-inspired and applied research and those that deliver research-oriented services. Read more here. In many cases research infrastructure mission spans across multiple RI-PATHS categories. The workshops will focus on gathering in-depth knowledge in a structured way from research infrastructures whose predominant focus falls within one of the defined categories.

First participatory workshops will be held:

  • 13 November 2018 at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) focusing on infrastructures for basic research. Link for registration here.
  • 28 November 2018 at ALBA (Barcelona, Spain) focusing on applied and solution-oriented research infrastructures. Link for registration here.
  • 4 December 2018 at ELIXIR (Cambridge, UK) focusing on distributed and virtual data infrastructures. Link for registration here.

Each workshop will convene up to 25 participants for a five-hour meeting. A dedicated tour of the host research infrastructure will be organised after the meeting. Catering and an accommodation option at advantageous discount rates will be provided to all participants. If you are interested to take part in one of these workshops, please send us your registration form. Further details and the workshop agenda will be sent to you by mid-September. For all inquiries please write to contact@ri-paths.eu.

Words by Elina Griniece, 10th August 2018