The European Commission recognises research in this area as a priority, moving further from the punctual programmes funding the many fixed-term projects, to the institution of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, LifeWatch-ERIC, as a long term strategy to ensure sustainability of research.
LifeWatch-ERIC is the 14th European research infrastructure to be granted this important status, and it is composed by eight founding member states and three common facilities. Through the use of the ICT, the infrastructure guarantees the access to big sets of data on biodiversity, ensuring their standardisation and interoperability, and providing researchers and institutions with tools and services allowing the creation of customised virtual research environments, supporting policy making.
The Organisational Structure
On 8th and 9th May 2017, the first General Assembly of LifeWatch-ERIC took place in Seville (Spain), and elected the interim members of the statutory bodies whic will manage the Consortium until the formal ones will be appointed.