ICRI 2024 will explore trends, challenges, and opportunities in research infrastructures globally.  Key themes include:​

Digital research infrastructure: Integrating Quantum, AI, High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other new technologies into RIs. Managing research data, and building digital skills to support RIs.  ​

Research Infrastructure for translation: Ensuring RIs deliver societal impact, with a focus on international best practices and examples of RI-enabled translation into policy, community, and industry applications.  ​

Global collaboration: Opportunities to expand global collaboration, partnership and access to RI.

Indigenous knowledge: Engaging with Indigenous communities and knowledge systems in developing and using RIs.​

Hope and wonder (enabling future science): What are the future RI needs, how will they enable future science and technologies? Skilling the future workforce, and imagining RIs beyond 2050. ​

Challenges: Climate change and the energy transition; Feeding the planet; Healthy communities: The role of RIs in addressing and collaborating on these challenges and showcasing best practice examples. ​

Conference program

This is the draft program, as of 4 July 2024, and is subject to change.

Monday, 2 December
Side event: Global Science Forum (GSF) workshop on research security and consequences for RIs, 9am-5.30pm. Invitation only.
Tuesday, 3 December
Welcome to Country and Opening Ceremony
Keynote: Where Indigenous knowledge and methodologies intersect with research infrastructures
Morning Tea
Panel discussion: How research infrastructures are supporting the energy transition
Keynote: AI & imaging – innovative insights into next generation therapeutics and diagnostics
Breakout sessions:
– Improving critical ocean and earth observations 
– Developing research infrastructure partnerships with local and indigenous communities
– Creating a trusted and secure research environment  
Breakout sessions:
– Research infrastructure business models that enable translation
– Building networks and scaling up: data sharing on a global scale
– How research infrastructure is supporting sustainable agriculture, nutrition and development
Afternoon Tea
Breakout overviews
Panel discussion: Looking to space for answers on earth
Conference Dinner
Wednesday, 4 December
Welcome and reflections on yesterday
Keynote & panel discussion: How will RI contribute to solving global climate challenges in the next 30 years?  
Panel discussion: Global collaboration in biosecurity and pandemic preparedness
Morning Tea
Networking Session – Brella App
Panel discussion: The skillsets needed today and for the future; developing our next gen leaders
Breakout sessions:
– The role of research infrastructures in training the digital workforce
– Using research infrastructures to investigate and document the impacts of the environment on human health
– Greening research infrastructures
Breakout sessions:
– Digital research infrastructure for healthy communities
– Institutional and policy frameworks for inclusive research infrastructure collaborations
– Early Career Researchers – Pitch Session
Afternoon Tea
Breakout overviews
Panel discussion: Inside the atom: how large research infrastructures are harnessing the power of the smallest elements
Networking Drinks
Thursday, 5 December
Panel discussion: How global research infrastructure collaborations can solve global challenges 
Panel discussion: Research infrastructure successes in supporting research translation
Morning Tea
Keynote: Research infrastructures beyond 2050
Closing Ceremony and Lunch
Side event: 16th Meeting of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures. Invitation only.
Friday, 6 December
Side event: 16th Meeting of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures. Invitation only.
Monday, 9 December
Side event: 16th Meeting of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures. Invitation only.