Managing the lifecycle of a RI

Date: 14.6.2023–30.6.2023  

Learning model: Online lectures, group works, case discussions, and a final assignment. 

This short course consists of three Sessions that will enable the participants to employ the Lifecycle approach for the analysis of the development of a Research Infrastructure, from the conceptual design phase to the implementation and through the different organization levels that are typically associated to each phase. It will provide current and future manager and operators of Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities the skills to manage the processes that lead a research community to formulate the needs and ideas for a novel or transformative RI, then to the formation of a project consortium, then to the establishment of a legal entity, as part of the implementation process. The transitions between different organizational models that are appropriate in different phases of the RI will be analysed with the help of practical examples of RIs at different operational stages.

Target Audience

The short course is aimed at managers, operators and other professionals in Research Infrastructures or Core Facilities.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

 Session 1 – The lifecycle of a RI: introduction

Session 1 concerns the Lifecycle approach as a methodology for the progress analysis of a Research Infrastructure project. It has been adopted in roadmapping exercises both at the European level by ESFRI and at the global level by GSO-GRI. The Lifecycle is mapped onto the scientific definition of scope of the RI, the user community, the interfaces with other existing or foreseen RIs, the resources that are available (financial, in-kind) and the organisation steps (informal consortium, MoU, formal consortium, legal entity) that may be needed at the different stages of RI life. The EC measures that can support the birth and growth of a RI project, from Framework Programme grants to Structural and Investment Funds will be reviewed and analysed with examples.

Case studies of specific RIs at different stages of their Lifecycle and with different organisation and legal statute will be presented and analysed in steps: 1) a one-hour lecture by the coordinator or executive officer of the RI; 2) analysis of ESFRI monitoring reports concerning the progress of the RI through its lifecycle.

The rationale of adopting ‘Readiness levels’ of the RI at a given stage, or to move to the next one, will be explained with specific reference to management issues and user-service goals. Analysis of the infrastructure services expected at each stage, and strengthening and sustainability solutions through the lifetime.

After completing Session 1, the participants will master:

  • Handling the concepts and definitions of the Research Infrastructures ecosystem as represented in the ESFRI Landscape Analysis and National Roadmaps.
  • Evaluating the implications of the horizon scanning exercises of research communities, like e.g. ASTRONET or NuPPEC in physics. These typically identify the long-term objectives of a community and can provide the scientific case for a RI project if other conditions are met: technical feasibility, lack of alternatives, availability of a critical mass of competencies in the relevant project geometry (local, regional, national, European, international, global).
  • Understanding the interplay between institutional/national/European support actions suitable to develop the concept of a new RI or its major upgrade (e.g. design study).
  • Estimating the time needed to mature the concept of the new RI, or of its major upgrade.
  • Introducing the concept of Readiness Levels (RLs) for analysing the management goals at all stages.
  • Describing and identifying transitions from organization models through the RI Lifecycle.
  • Analysing some cases of successful management evolution through the lifecycle.
  • Identifying the key features of the Framework Programmes of the EU in the Excellent Science Pillar – Research Infrastructures.
  • Understanding the role of the Programme Committee in orienting FP measures.
  • Developing managerial skills for monitoring the progress through Readiness Levels and leveraging on public funding calls.
Session 2 –Start-up funding and sustainability

Session 2 provides an overview of initiatives and instruments for supporting RIs at institutional, national and international level, and the corresponding funding models. The overview includes institutional or national funding for developing the concept of a RI that is backed by research community/ies (bottom-up approach). The sustainability strategies for the long-term, multi-decade, operational life, are analysed for RIs of national, pan-European or global-international scope.

After completing Session 2, the participants will master:

  • Providing an overview of opportunities to earn financial support at national and international levels: funding models and opportunities.
  • Understanding the logic and schemes of Framework Programme funding opportunities, the possibility to combine more than one source of support, also in collaboration with other RIs (clusters).
  • Mastering the process of inclusion in National Roadmaps and running national support schemes.
  • Assessing business models in the construction phase and help it evolve in the operation phase.
  • Mastering the ERIC status, the application process and its intrinsic benefits and operational hurdles.
  • Understanding the user’s perspective of access to RIs and access to funding for developing specific instrumentation (hardware, software) to be used at the RIs and shaping their own academic activity.
Session 3 – Monitoring and assessment of quality and impact

Session 3 provides an overview of the current framework for monitoring and assessment of the quality and impact of RIs with a special focus on ESFRI methodology and European initiatives. It will support Managers in identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess a RI quality and provide tools for identifying Key Impact Indicators (KIIs) to assess a RI impact.

After completing Session 3, the participants will master:

  • Making usage in the management of a RI of the results of monitoring and assessment of the quality and impact of RIs.
  • Developing optimal elements of monitoring as managerial skills to self-evaluate the Readiness Level of a RI and its progress towards the next RL.
  • Identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess the RI progress by integrating the “external KPIs” established by ESFRI or other monitoring process with tailored elements.
  • Understanding socio-economic cost-benefit analysis of RIs.
  • Assessing the impact of a RI through the usage of Key Impact Indicators (KIIs).
  • Adapting the RI management plan to the expectations of major stakeholders: institutional, government, EC, global.
  • Including in the strategic plan the flexibility to react to external emergencies (pandemics, earth, climatic, social, international instabilities).
The programme

The Programme


3 hours 
14 June 2023
Giorgio Rossi (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Introduction to RI Lifecycle
•     Concepts and definitions on the Research Infrastructures ecosystem as defined by ESFRI and the European Commission according to Competitiveness Council mandates
•     Transitions from organization models through the life of a RI
1 hour 
14 June 2023
Agnes Robin (EC DG RTD) 
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time 
EC measures to support the birth and growth of a RI project
•     From Framework Programme grants to Structural and Investment Funds
•     Role of Programme Committee
1 hour
14 June 2023
Ilaria Nardello, EOSC Association
•     Overview on the different trends for RI evolution and transitions (type, structure, funding-model)
Evolution and transitions from organisation models through the RI Lifecycle
1 hour
14 June 2023
Maddalena Donzelli (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous videoconference and webinars from first two case studies
Case studies analysis
•     Overview on the different trends for RI evolution and transitions (type, structure, funding-model)
1 hour
15 June 2023
Giorgio Rossi (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Recap of D1
2 hours
15 June 2023
Maddalena Donzelli (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous videoconference and webinars from three other case studies
Case studies analysis
•     Overview on the different trends for RI evolution and transitions (type, structure, funding-model)
3 hours
15 June 202314:30-17:30Paolo Piseri (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lectures, interactive discussion
Definition of Readiness Levels (RLs) in the context of RIs
    Technical knowledge about how and why Readiness Levels (RLs) are defined in the context of RIs.


1 hour 
15 June 2023
Giorgio Rossi (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Introduction to Start-up Funding and Sustainability
•     General pattern of funding early and implementation stages of a RI
1.5 hours
26 June 2023
Giulia Rossignolo (UMIL)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
National support to RIs: different approaches by e.g. Italy, France and Germany 
• National calls and national roadmaps of RIs
• The Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan for RI: a substantial challenge
1.5 hours 
26 June 2023
 Agnes Robin (EC)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
EC support actions
•     Rationale of EC support actions, role of experts, reference to landscape analysis.(Preparatory phase and implementation phase)
1 hour 
29 June 2023 15:30-16:30Paolo Piseri (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lectures 
Case studies analysis
•     Continuity of community support in the RI development process 
0.5 hours 
26 June 2023
Giorgio Rossi (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Recap of D3 introduction to D4
1 hour 
26 June 2023
Patricia Postigo McLaughlin (GSO)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
Global Research Infrastructures – the GSO and Brno Declaration
•     Importance of Global Research Infrastructures•     International strategic discussion
•     The GSO Framework and its dynamics
•     Brno Declaration
1.5 hours 
26 June 2023
Carlo Rizzuto (ERIC)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
The ERIC system
•     Structuring effect of ERICs 
•     Funding patterns of ERICs at EU and national level
•     Limited economic activity
1 hour 
26 June 2023
Massimo Cocco (EPOS)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
Developing a business model for distributed RIs
– Structuring the business model
– Implementing and updating a sustainability roadmap.
1 hour 
28 June 2023
Paolo Piseri (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Supporting the users access to RI
•     Transnational access opportunities
•     National/institutional funding connected with use of RIs


1 hour 
28 June 2023
Giorgio Rossi (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous video lecture
Introduction to Monitoring exercises
•     General concept of KPIs
•     Time evolution of KPIs
1.5 hours 
28 June 2023
Peter Wenzel-Constabel (BMBF)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
The ESFRI Monitoring of RI Projects and Landmarks
•     Scope of monitoring
•     Monitoring methodology
•     Effects of monitoring in the ESFRI process
1 hour 
28 June 2023
Maddalena Donzelli (UMIL)
Presential or synchronous videoconference 
•     Rationale of MOS
•     Role of Member States and Associated Countries in monitoring their RIs and reporting to ESFRI 
1 hour
29 June 2023
Massimo Florio (UMIL)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
Socio-Economic Impact Analysis
    Rationale of impact analysis
•     Monitoring impact at all stages of RI 
1 hour 
29 June 2023
Caterina Petrillo (UniPG and Area Science Park)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time
Impact of RI development and operation on RPOs
    Rationale of engagement of RPOs in developing and operating open access RIs
•     Monitoring of RI impact on RPO’s strategy
1.5 hours 
26 June 2023 12:00-13:00Marialuisa Lavitrano (UniBicocca e BBMRI-IT)
Presential or synchronous videoconference
Case study: Impact of RI development in the bio-medical sector
•     Strengthening Health research in the EU
•     The COVID-19 example of data sharing
1 hours 
29 June 2023
Cristina Messa (UniBicocca)
Synchronous videoconference or webinar with synchronous question time    
Impact of RI development at national research policy level
•     Optimization of research funding
•     Internationalization and mobility of researchers
30 June 2023
Final Follow Up

The Faculty

The Faculty

Giorgio Rossi
Giorgio Rossi is Professor of Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano; he leads the APE (Advanced Photoelectric Effect Experiments) and NFFA group at CNR-IOM and Elettra in Trieste performing research in surface and interface science and operating advanced synchrotron radiation beamlines and in-situ growth laboratories that are open to academic as well as industrial users.As a member of the Programme Committee FP7 Capacities Research Infrastructure and as Italian delegate to ESFRI, Giorgio Rossi has been involved since 2007 in evaluation and support to European Research Infrastructure Projects and, in collaboration with MIUR, in the definition of the national strategy for national research infrastructures and for the Italian participation to the most relevant pan-European RIs. He chaired the Physical Sciences and Engineering Strategy Work group of European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2013-2016, and served as ESFRI Chair in 2016-2018. He also chaired the High Level Expert Group on Assessment of Research Infrastructure.He currently coordinates the NFFA-Europe (Nano Foundries and Fine Analysis) European infrastructure since 2008. He is member of the EOSC Governing Board.He is author or co-author of over 200 research papers in ISI journals.
Massimo Florio
Massimo Florio is Professor of Public Economics at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano. He is acknowledged at European level as top expert in the evaluation of EU policies, programmes and projects. He has been involved in several assignments for the European Commission (mainly DG Regional Policy), the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank, the OECD, the World Bank and other institutions (e.g. CERN, ASI, ESA, etc.). His main research interests are in applied welfare economics, cost-benefit analysis, industrial and regional policies, infrastructure and growth, privatization, public enterprise and socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. Since its first edition in 2011, he has been the Scientific Director of the Milan Summer School on cost-benefit analysis. His latest publication: “Investing in Science: Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of Research Infrastructures”, edited by MIT press (2019) and dealing with the use of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the socioeconomic impact of public investment in large scientific projects).  More details on Massimo’s expertise and publications are available at http://www.massimoflorio.com
Paolo Piseri
Paolo Piseri is Associate Professor at the Physics Department “Aldo Pontremoli” of Università degli Studi di Milano since 2010. PhD in Physics, MSC in Physics (cum laude), Università degli Studi di Milano.Research topics are: Free clusters and nanoparticles synthesis and characterization with focus on spectroscopy by synchrotron radiation and FEL techniques; Nanostructured oxides and semiconductor materials synthesis and their applications to energy conversion and storage.Co-author of over 150 papers published on peer-reviewed international Journals with circa 4700 citations. H-index 36 (WOS).He is co-inventor of six italian and international patents in the field of nanotechnology and participated to the foundation of the firm Tethis SpA, now an independent private company born as a spin-off venture of INFM (Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia – National Institute for the Physics of Matter; now part of CNR) and Milano University.
Maddalena Donzelli
Maddalena Donzelli holds a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, a Specialisation in Applied Genetics, a first-level Master’s Programme degree in Journalism and Communication of science. She has a long-standing experience in cancer research foccusing on the elucidation of the function of critical regulators of the mammalian cell division cycle and signal transduction, and their therapeutic implications in oncology. She is the author of 24 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals (Web of Science: H-Index=18, citations>2.000).As a member of the StR-ESFRI project since 2015, Maddalena Donzelli has been involved in supporting ESFRI during the last four chairmanships. She contributed to support the peer-reviewing process of the most relevant pan-European Research Infrastructure Projects, including the selection of new proposals, the monitoring of ESFRI Projects and Landmarks and the definition of the Landscape Analysis. She is the main editor of the ESFRI Roadmap 2016, 2018 and 2021 and volumes of the ESFRI Scripta series. She has recently been granted a Master’s Programme degree in Management of Research Infrastructures (EMMRI).

Giulia Maria Rossignolo UMIL
Giulia Maria Rossignolo holds a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry (University of Surrey, UK).
After a decade of experience as a medicinal chemist at Almac Discovery (UK), she moved back to Italy to join the Grant Office of the University of Milan as a Research Advisor. She had the opportunity to support the scientists of the University of Milan in the elaboration of competitive projects (pre-screening of project ideas, targeted advice during the design phase, support in defining strategies to encourage multidisciplinarity, joint drafting of parts of the projects, final review, technical assistance in the presentation phase, support in drafting the budget).

In January 2023 she joined the Department of Physics (University of Milan) as a Research Advisor and Project Manager. She has been recently involved in the StR-ESFRI3 Project.
Ilaria Nardello
Dr Ilaria Nardello is the Director and Founder of ERAMARIS – From Research to Business, an enterprise based in Italy supporting the development of ESFRI Research Infrastructures, of research organizations and of both commercial and not-for-profit start-ups. She is engaged with the EOSC-Association, as Senior Policy Officer, since October 2021. In her previous role as the Executive Director of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), between 2015 and 2019, she led the establishment of the EMBRC Marine Biological Resource Centre, in the form of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Under her guidance, EMBRC-ERIC was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark. In that period, Ilaria also chaired the Strategic Group of EU Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures. Ilaria has dedicated various years to the research of models of business for RIs and technological core facilities, towards innovation, enhanced competitiveness and, ultimately, long-term sustainability, also with her involvement in a series of research projects, such as ShareBiotech Project (2010-2012), Assemble Plus (2017-2022) ERIC-FORUM (2018-2022) and  the European Network of Research Infrastructures and Industry for Collaboration – ENRIITC (2019-2022), and the ERIC Forum Implementation project.  Ilaria is an expert for the EU Commission, with a strong focus on the RI dimension, supporting the evaluation of Research and Innovation action projects as well as policy review and development. In her background, Ilaria Nardello is a biological oceanographer, with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Management of the Biological Resources and an Executive Master’s Degree in Management and Business Administration of Research Infrastructures
Agnes Robin 
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Patricia Postigo McLaughlin
Patricia Postigo Mclaughlin works at the Research Infrastructures team of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation, where she is in charge of designing the programme that supports the deployment of a roadmap of pan-European research facilities. She is responsible for international collaboration in research infrastructures, including a dedicated G7 working group and the ICRI conference. She has been working on European science policy since 2004, and in her different positions she has maintained an interest in academic-industry engagement and technology development. A journalist by training, she started her career as a Brussels-based journalist on EU affairs
Carlo Rizzuto
ERIC Forum
Carlo Rizzuto is Chair of the General Assembly of CERIC-ERIC (Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium).
He has developed basic and applied research on Cryogenics and Material Sciences at the Universities of Genova, Lausanne, McGill, Imperial College, Santiago de Chile and Zagreb. He has provided expert support in Governmental and EU Research Policy at CEPR in Italy, CODEST and ESTA in the EU, and in Research Evaluation at CIVR Italy, and lately as the chair of the EC Expert Group on the implementation of the ERIC Regulation (EGERIC). Has contributed to set up and/or managed various national and international research institutions including ESRF (Grenoble), XFEL (Hamburg), ELI-DC AISBL (Brussel), INFM (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia), Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, European Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and European Research Facilities Association (ERF). He has been active in the fields of Technology Transfer and Venture Capital with ReteVentures Srl and Quantica SgR.
Peter Wenzel-Constabel
1985 Degree in Law
1984-1987 Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, Legal Division
1987-1988 German Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Vienna, Austria
1988-1992 Federal Ministry of Research and Technology. EUREKA Division
1992-1995 Science Counsellor at the German Embassy, Washington D.C., USA
1995-2000 Head of Human Resources, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany
2000-2004 Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bilateral Relations in Western Europe, Mediterranean Region; Africa
2007-2008 Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Budget Office
2008-2017 Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Head of Controlling Division
since 2017 Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Head of Division “Infrastructures for Research”
since 2018 German delegate to ESFRI Member of the ESFRI Executive Board
Massimo Cocco
Physicist; Born on August  4,  1960, in  Rome, Italy, citizen of Italian  Republic.
Senior Researcher, Seismologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
Massimo Cocco is a Director of Research at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Earthquakes Department, Seismology and Tectonophysics Division, Rome.
His research interests are focused on the physics of earthquakes and faults. More specifically, his work deals with earthquake dynamics and fault interaction, seismicity patterns and fault frictional properties. He is interested in both theoretical studies and observational research. He has interests in all aspects of the mechanics of earthquake and faulting from observations of natural faults through geophysical and geological measurements to experimental faults at the laboratory scale.
His expertise also covers the management of seismic networks and monitoring research infrastructures. His skills include scientific data generation and integration as well as research infrastructures management. He has coordinated the Preparatory Phase and the Implementation Phase of the European Project named EPOS: European Plate Observing System. He has been the Executive Director of EPOS ERIC (2018-2021). The EPOS mission is the long-term integration of research infrastructures for solid Earth Science (www.epos-eu.org). He is currently involved in the EPOS ERIC Executive Coordination Office. His interests and skills also include open access to scientific data and products and research data management.
He is currently one of the Principal Investigators of the FEAR (Fault activation and EArthquake Rupture) ERC Synergy project. FEAR aims to perform controlled experiments of fault stimulation and earthquake initiation in a new deep underground experimental facility in the Swiss Alps (Bedretto Underground Laboratory).
Caterina Petrillo
UniPGArea Science Park
Caterina Petrillo is full professor with a Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Perugia where she led the Department of Physics for 5 years (2009-2014) and the Department of Physics and Earth Science for 3 years (2014- 2017). A physicist by training, she began her research career in condensed matter physics at CNR-Frascati (IT), then the University of Perugia and the Politecnico di Milano. As visiting scientist, she spent long periods in UK (RAL, Didcot), France (ILL, Grenoble) and Australia (ANSTO, Sydney) largely benefitting of neutron and X-ray scattering techniques available at the European and international large-scale facilities, where she also contributed to design and construction of neutron instruments and components. As a scientific expert, she has been member of several international evaluation and advisory committee (ESRF-SAC, ESFRI-PSE, ESFRI-NLG, H2020-RI Advisory Group, Helmholtz Association, Research Foundation Flanders FWO, EOSC-WG Training & Skills). On appointment of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) she has been a member of the governing bodies of international research facilities (Institut Laue-Langevin ILL, the European Spallation Source ESS, the Extreme Light Infrastructure ELI-DC). She also served as the MIUR appointed Italian Delegate to the Programme Committee Research Infrastructures of FP7 and a member of the Italian delegation to the ESFRI Forum. While a member of the national delegation to the ESS-ERIC, she was elected as the Vice-Chair of the ESS Council (2015-2017) and in June 2021 she was elected as the Chair of the ELI-ERIC General Assembly with a three years mandate. She was nominated the representative of the Research Ministry in the Board of Directors of the INFN and, upon election by the University Senate, she served as one of the components of the Executive Board of the University of Perugia. Caterina Petrillo is a member of the Italian Delegation to the Group of Senior Officials of the G8-5 on Global Research Infrastructures. She has a broad experience of global facilities and the strategies for their long-term sustainability. Very recently, she has been honored to be accepted as the new Foreign Member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien /IVA). His majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf is the patron. Since February 2021, she is the President of the national research organisation AREA Science Park in Trieste, appointed by the Minister of University and Research, and in January 2022 she has been appointed by the Minister of the Ecological Transition (MITE) as one of the members of the Executive Board of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development-ENEA. Since July 2022 she is the elected Vice-President of ENEA.
Coauthor of more than 200 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, author of institutional reports, invited communications to international Conferences and Workshops, she also contributed to policy documents for the EU Commission (ESFRI Roadmap and Scripta)
Marialuisa Lavitrano 
Marialuisa Lavitrano Marialuisa Lavitrano is professor of Pathology, director of Molecular Medicine Lab, and director of the School of Oncology at the University of Milano-Bicocca where she was pro-rector for International Affairs for 8 years (2006–2013). She is the Director of EMMRI – the Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures.
Prof. Marialuisa Lavitrano is among the most outstanding scientists currently working at UNIMIB. Enrolled at UNIMIB in 2001, a few years after the creation of the University, she played a key role in the development and establishment of UNIMIB as one of the most promising universities in Italy.
She is the Director of BBMRI Italy and she is part of the Board of Directors of the EOSC Association
Cristina MessaMUR

How to Apply

How to Apply

Application period starts 3 April 2023 and ends 5 May 2023. Selected participants are informed via email by 15 May 2023. If the participant wishes to cancel their participation, they are required to inform the organisers at least 2 weeks prior to the course. 

Apply by filling in the form and upload your CV (max 3 pages)


The pilot short course is offered free-of-charge and requires the participant’s full commitment during lectures, group work and written assignments.


Info & Contact


Why should I take this programme?

The programme is aimed at managers, operators and other professionals at Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities.

Who is behind this programme?

The pilot programme is designed by academic and educational experts in the RItrainPlus project who have a long experience working or leading Research Infrastructures or other scientific institutions.

How is the programme organized?

The programme  is divided into seven short courses, each containing sessions.  The short courses take up 16–32 hours each, plus individual work.

How do I take part?

The participants can take up either the whole programme and progress from one short course to the next, or take an individual short course that best fits their needs. For those interested in taking up the whole programme, it should be noted that some activities will be overlapping. Participants are advised to check the course schedules for more information.

What’s expected of me?

The participant is expected to participate in at least 80% of the scheduled activities. The courses are assessed in various ways. 

Do I have to take all the sessions in a short course? Can I just choose what I like?

The participant needs to participate in all the modules in the short course. 

What does it cost?

The pilot courses are offered free of charge

How are the courses taught?

Most of the short courses are offered as online intensive courses that take up 2-6 consecutive days. The courses are taught by experienced academics at RItrainPlus partner universities and institutions with  invited international experts.The courses will be delivered in the period June-September 2023.

How do I apply?

The application period is 03.04.2023 – 05.05.2023. Apply to the short course by submitting a short motivation letter and your CV. The chosen applicants will be informed via email by 15. 05. 2023.

When will I know if my application has been accepted?

Selected participants are informed by May 15th.

What if I realize that I cannot participate anymore after I’ve been admitted to participation?

If the participant wishes to cancel their participation, they are required to inform the organizers at least two weeks prior to the starting of the course

Managing the Lifecycle of an RI