Estonia’s participation in international research infrastructures

Estonia is a member of several international research infrastructures (ESFRI roadmap objects and others). The Estonian Research Council participates in accession preparations, represents Estonia in accession negotiations and in the governing bodies of international research infrastructures after joining them.

CLARIN ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure)

Estonia joined CLARIN ERIC in 2011. The Centre of Estonian Language Resources, a consortium of three partners (University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, and the Institute of Estonian Language) implements CLARIN ERIC activities in Estonia.

Contact: Kadri Vider, MA
Executive Manager, Centre of Estonian Language Resources
Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu
e-mail: kadri.vider@ut.ee

 

ESS ERIC (European Social Survey)

Estonia joined ESS ERIC in 2013. The Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Tartu, is the coordinator of ESS ERIC’s survey activities in Estonia.

Contact: Dr Mare Ainsaar
Senior Researcher, ESS coordinator in Estonia
Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Tartu
e-mail: mare.ainsaar@ut.ee

 

BBMRI ERIC (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)

Estonia joined BBMRI ERIC in 2013. The national body implementing BBMRI ERIC activities in Estonia is the Estonian Genome Center, University of Tartu.

Contact: Prof Andres Metspalu
Director, Estonian Genome Center, University of Tartu
e-mail: andres.metspalu@ut.ee

 

ELIXIR (A Distributed Infrastructure for Life-Science Information)

Estonia joined ELIXIR in 2013. The national implementing node in Estonia is University of Tartu together with its consortium partners (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Biocentre, Tallinn University and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics).

Contact: Prof Jaak Vilo
Head, Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu
e-mail: jaak.vilo@ut.ee

 

European Spallation Source ERIC

Estonia joined the European Spallation Source ERIC in 2015. The scientific activities of Estonian participation in the construction of European Spallation Source are coordinated by the University of Tartu together with its consortium partners (Tallinn University of Technology, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics). To better involve Estonian companies in the construction of the Spallation Source, an Industrial Liaison Officer is employed by the University of Tartu.

Contact: Prof Enn Lust
Director, Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu
e-mail: enn.lust@ut.ee

Ott Rebane
Industrial Liaison Officer, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu
e-mail: ott.rebane@ut.ee

 

SHARE ERIC (Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe)

Estonia is not official member of SHARE ERIC, but is involved actively in the survey. The scientific activities are coordinated by Tallinn University.

Contact: Dr Luule Sakkeus
Senior Researcher, Estonian Institute of Population Studies, Tallinn University
e-mail: luule.sakkeus@tlu.ee
http://www.share-estonia.ee/

 

Participation of Estonia in other international research infrastructures

European Space Agency (ESA)

Estonia’s accession agreement to ESA was signed on 4 February 2015. The research-related activities are mainly co-ordinated by the Ministry of Education and Research; industry-related activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. The main contact point in Estonia is the Estonia Space Office at Enterprise Estonia.

Contact: Madis Võõras
Sectorial Manager, Estonian Space Office, Enterprise Estonia
e-mail: madis.vooras@eas.ee

 

Dr Anu Reinart
Director, Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu
e-mail: anu.reinart@ut.ee

 

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Estonia participates in the activities of CERN according to the cooperation agreement from 23 April 1996 which is renewed every 5 years. The research activities are coordinated by the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics.

Contact: Mario Kadastik
National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
e-mail: mario.kadastik@cern.ch
https://www.kbfi.ee

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Estonia has become prospect member since June 2019.

Contact: Prof Toivo Maimets
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu
e-mail: toivo.maimets@ut.ee

GÉANT

GÉANT is the leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. Estonia is represented by Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA).

Contact: Kristina Lillemets
Director of Estonian Education and Research Network (EENet), Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
e-mail: kristina.lillemets@hitsa.ee
http://hitsa.ee/en

European Grid Initiative (EGI)

EGI is a publicly-funded federation of over 300 data and computing data centres spread across Europe and worldwide. Estonia is represented by Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics.

Contact: Kristina Lillemets
Director of Estonian Education and Research Network (EENet), Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
e-mail: kristina.lillemets@hitsa.ee

Mario Kadastik
Deputy Director, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
e-mail: mario.kadastik@kbfi.ee
https://kbfi.ee/?lang=en

MAX-IV Laboratory

2010 was the inauguration of the construction site of MAX IV Laboratory on the fields of Brunnshög in Lund, Sweden. The Estonian-Finnish beamline FINESTBEAMS is being built on the 1,5 GeV ring jointly by the University of Tartu and 3 Finnish universities – University of Turku, University of Oulu and Tampere University of Technology.

Contact: Prof Marco Kirm
Institute of Physics, University of Tartu
e-mail: marco.kirm@ut.ee

 

Network of SMEAR stations

SMEAR Estonia is part of Estonian Research Infrastructures Roadmap object ”Estonian Environmental Observatory”. The Observatory covers research stations all over Estonia and the aim is to do research and monitoring on atmosphere-biosphere interactions, marine and limnological sciences, and land ecosystems.

SMEAR Estonia is established in south east Estonia, at the Järvselja Experimental Forestry station. Additional structures in direct connection are the ”Free Air Humidifcation Manipulaton” (FAHM) experimental site at Rõka (also Järvselja) and meteorological research at Valgjärve (near Põlva) 300 m tower.

The Järvselja SMEAR station is the extension of the network of Finnish SMEAR stations which extends from Arctic to the Baltic states.

Contact: Dr Steffen M. Noe
Senior Researcher
Institute of Agricultural and environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences
e-mail: steffen.noe@emu.ee

 

Links to some related international research infrastructure home pages

 

Research infrastructures in other Baltic States