Building bridges to a sustainable world

The International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) brings together policy experts, facility managers, leading researchers and a variety of other stakeholders to discuss challenges and emerging trends for research infrastructures around the world.

ICRI 2021 is supported with funding from the European Union and is hosted by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and with additional support from Laboratories Canada and the National Research Council of Canada.

A message from your ICRI 2021 host

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined how important it is for researchers to have access to the labs and facilities they need to tackle emerging issues. From June 1-3, 2021, ICRI 2021 will address the special role research infrastructure plays in strengthening our capacity to respond to global challenges.

Throughout the pandemic, we turned to science to understand the coronavirus and look for vaccines and remedies to prevent further spread. Going forward, this experience will inform how we support researchers and facilities working not only on infectious diseases, but also on other global issues such as climate change, food security, clean energy, human health and poverty. If the problems are global, it stands to reason that so too are the solutions.

Within our own countries we have national research labs, and others located in universities, colleges, hospitals and industry. We can learn from best practices in order to use our resources wisely.

We look forward to hosting a conference that engages participants from around the world to discover new collaborations and innovative solutions to critical issues.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and CEO
Canada Foundation for Innovation