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What is a Research Infrastructure?

This is a terrestrial Metatron, a research facility dedicated to the study of ecological and  evolutionary processes inside semi-controlled environments. This one is located in Ariège, France. It comprises 48  populations enclosures, each with a surface of 100-m² and a height of 2-m in which climatic conditions such as temperature, humidity, solar radiation and species movements among units can be manipulated. More on AnaEE-France's website.

AnaEE-ERIC is a distributed 'research infrastructure' or RI. The European Commission defines RIs as 'facilities that provide resources and services for research communities to conduct research and foster innovation' (learn more).

Distributed RIs, like AnaEE, have their facilities spread over multiple locations, rather than a single site.  A central coordinating office brings together and coordinates the activities of national partners across Europe.

Our central coordinating office (Central Hub) is in Gif-sur Yvette, south of Paris and our national partners provide networks of one or more institutions with experimental facilities covering the large range of Europe’s ecosystems and climate zones as well as to state-of-the-art analytical and modelling platforms to support them.

RIs are selected by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI, an instrument created by the Commission to guide the use of RIs) based on their ‘pan-European interest’ and ability to meet the strategic research needs of European research communities.

Jean-Éric Paquet, DG Research and Innovation of the EU Commission, and Michel Boër, DG of AnaEE-ERIC, present the AnaEE-ERIC official plate in 2022 ©ESFRI

AnaEE became an ERIC

On 22 February 2022 the Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to AnaEE. With this AnaEE-ERIC became the 23rd ERIC established since the very first one in 2011.

The Commission decision and the ERIC statutes are available in the Official Journal of the European Union.

AnaEE-ERIC and other open European research infrastructures contribute to the new European Research Area (ERA) objectives with larger R&D investments, more evenly distributed capacities and access to excellence across Europe, better circulation of knowledge and technology and finally increased EU competitiveness. Research infrastructures such as AnaEE-ERIC also enable science-based solutions, delivering in particular on the European Green Deal.

AnaEE was also acknowledged as an as an ESFRI Landmark in 2021.

Submitted on April 26, 2024

Updated on July 12, 2024