ICRI 2012

Welcome to ICRI 2012

The forthcoming International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2012) will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21- 23 March 2012, under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the European Council. ICRI 2012 is co-organized by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and the European Commission. This will be the seventh major Conference on Research Infrastructures, and for the first time the Conference will address an international audience.


Objective of ICRI 2012


Following the European conferences (ECRI) which started in 2000, this will be the first to address an international audience on how global research infrastructures can respond to the Grand Challenges: lessons, priorities and future directions. ICRI 2012 will provide important input to the European strategy and to the implementation of the next EU Framework Programme "Horizon 2020", supporting the strengthening of a global ecosystem of research infrastructures.


Keynote speakers and contributors

Selected keynote speakers and contributors at the ICRI 2012 conference are:


» Morten Østergaard, Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Denmark


» Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner, Vice-President, Digital Agenda

» Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, European Commission


» Máire Geoghegan-Quinn,  European Commissioner, Research & Innovation


» Dan Shechtman, Professor, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, Israel


» Flemming Besenbacher, Professor, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark


» Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, DG for Research & Innovation, European Commission





Bella Center

21-23 March 2012


Conference ambition

Conference will make specific recommendations on how international cooperation on research infrastructures can be more effective in the future. This may include calling for a coordinated support and strengthening of existing initiatives, highlighting possible needs for additional efforts, and developing a vision of open science.




Participation in the conference is free, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Please note that participation in the ICRI 2012 Conference is by invitation only and only those accredited by the organizers are able to register.