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
Phone: +3727 376 433
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
Phone: +3727 375 936
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
Phone: +3727 375 936
e-mail: andres.metspalu@ut.ee

 

EATRIS ERIC (European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure for Medicine)

Estonia joined EATRIS ERIC in 2013. The national centre implementing EATRIS ERIC activities in Estonia is a consortium of three partners (University of Tartu, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu University Hospital).

Contact: Prof Sulev Kõks
Institute of Bio- and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu
Phone: +3727 374 371
e-mail: sulev.koks@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
Phone: +3727 375 483
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
Phone: +3727 375 261
e-mail: enn.lust@ut.ee

Ott Rebane
Industrial Liaison Officer, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu
Phone: +3727 376 607
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
Phone:+372 645 4125
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
Phone: +372 627 9795
e-mail: madis.vooras@eas.ee

 

Dr Anu Reinart
Director, Tartu Observatory
Phone: +372 696 2510
e-mail: anu.reinart@to.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: Prof Martti Raidal
National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Phone: +372 645 4711
e-mail: martti.raidal@cern.ch

 

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, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
Phone:+372 628 5869
e-mail: kristina.lillemets@hitsa.ee
http://hitsa.ee/en

Tarmo Ainsaar
Service Department, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
Phone:+372 7 302 110
e-mail: tarmo.ainsaar@hitsa.ee

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: Tarmo Ainsaar
Service Department, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
Phone:+372 7 302 110
e-mail: tarmo.ainsaar@hitsa.ee
http://hitsa.ee/en

Mario Kadastik
Deputy Director, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Phone:+372 503 7434
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 Ergo Nõmmiste
Institute of Physics, University of Tartu
Phone: +3727 428 102
e-mail: ergo.nommiste@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
Phone: +3727 313 207
e-mail: steffen.noe@emu.ee

 

Links to some related international research infrastructure home pages

 

Research infrastructures in other Baltic States