About ICRI

The International Conference on Research Infrastructures happens every two years. It 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.

Research infrastructures are the tools and facilities researchers require to do their work. It includes things like high-powered telescopes, highly specialized physics laboratories, state-of-the-art genome sequencers or high-tech observation systems for social science studies, to name just a few examples.

ICRI 2021

ICRI 2021 will take place in Ottawa, Canada, from June 2-4, 2021.

This will be the fifth time this global-scale gathering takes place. It is also the first time it will be held in North America.

The 2021 conference will build on the discussions and conclusions of the first four conferences. It will also be an opportunity to advance debates about research infrastructure policies that have been ongoing in various international fora.

The goals for this year’s conference are to:

  • develop a more structured approach to international collaboration
  • identify lessons learned and best practices in the development and use of research infrastructures
  • discover areas of common interest, and
  • build connections between stakeholders and decision makers across the globe.


This invitation-only event brings together experts in the development, financing and exploitation of research infrastructures across all disciplines and areas of research to discuss how to best enable excellent research, technology development and innovation in all sectors of society.