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Unconventional skills are needed to achieve research infrastructures’ potential, say Katharina Cramer and Nicholas Rüffin

Europe’s research infra-structures are unmatched in their diversity, density and interconnectedness. These facilities offer several tens of thousands of external scientists access to unique instruments and experimental resources. 

Research infrastructures are vital components in political strategising and public dialogue, serving as catalysts for societal welfare and economic progress through innovation and frontier research. But increased political attention and new objectives that come with the expansion of roles pose challenges.

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