The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has published the updated Strategy Report and Roadmap 2018 that identifies eight scientifically leading projects from previous Roadmaps which, after ten years of incubation, have reached the operational phase, or are well advanced in their construction, and deserved the ESFRI Landmark status, as well as six new projects that were selected, among the collected proposals, for their strategic potential and impact for strengthening European research.
The Roadmap is a collective work: as many as 100 individuals from all over Europe were involved in the writing if all Working Groups providing analysis and knowledge are counted. The whole Forum was extensively involved in discussing and refining the drafts along with the European Commission Officers and Secretariat, and the editorial team who managed the production of this document that represents the state-of-the-art of ESFRI: a collective vision for European Research Infrastructures to inspire European policy for maximizing competitiveness.
In fact, the impact of this work goes beyond the achieved technical and strategy report: it is a vivid demonstration of the high merit and potential of European collaboration in developing visions and sustainable perspectives for progress, in the spirit of freedom, of the rich culture that derives from the specialities that all of the participants represent and that ESFRI knew how to bring together, for reaching a synthesis and a pleasant perspective.
The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 is now available for download.