European research: Raising the game in the European Research Area.

The fostering of truly integrated structural biologists with access to the most advanced technology available will help make Europe the leading force in structural biology. Researchers working from small groups or institutes will be able to take on bigger scientific challenges thanks to Instruct. The new areas of research opened by integration and collaboration will generate scientific breakthroughs. We also believe that promoting high-impact research will attract the best scientists to Europe.

We believe that we can raise the standard of scientific work by making integrated approaches to science more accessible. Structural biology is not the only field that requires investment in expensive technology infrastructures and risks developing researchers with specialist but overly narrow skills. We know more integrated approaches can deliver significant advances in structural biology. The same should be true in a wide range of sciences.

Fragmentation of research inhibits Europe’s potential for innovation, makes investment less effective, and reduces our ability to solve problems such as ageing populations, pandemics and climate change. Part of the solution is the establishment of the European Research Area. This will foster greater cooperation and collaboration across European Union member states and encourage the region’s sustainable development and competitiveness. Instruct-ERIC is one of the biomedical sciences projects that contributes to making the European Research Area a reality.

Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS) projects

The Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS) projects are a sub-set of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap which deals with biomedical research. Instruct-ERIC i

ESFRI represents the Member States’ research ministries and the European Commission. ESFRI was established in April 2002 to produce the “European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures” reflecting a common mid- to long-term strategy for European Member States. ESFRI published its first roadmap in 2006. In the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, ESFRI has prioritized 10 research infrastructures in the areas of biological and medical sciences which are essential to realize to Europe’s potential to lead the world in innovative biological and medical sciences.

The coordinators of the BMS projects have met regularly to exchange best practice, to identify and discuss issues encountered by each RI initiative, and to work on identified bottlenecks which occurred on the way to implementation.

Name of Project Web site Coordinator/Director
BBMRI Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure

Prof. Kurt Zatloukal (Austria)

EATRIS European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine Prof. Giovanni Migliaccio(Germany)
ECRIN European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network

Prof. Jacques Demotes-

Mainard (France)

ELIXIR European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information Dr Niklas Blomberg (United Kingdom)
EMBRC European Marine Biological Resource Centre Prof. Roberto di Lauro (Italy)
EU-OPENSCREEN European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology Dr. Ronald Frank (Germany)
Euro-BioImaging European Biomedical Imaging Infrastructure

Dr. Jan Ellenberg (Germany)

ERINHA European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents Dr. Hervé Raoul (France)
INFRAFRONTIER European Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes

Prof. Martin Hrabé de Angelis


INSTRUCT Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure for Europe

Prof. David I Stuart (United Kingdom)

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