About ICRI

The International Conference on Research Infrastructures typically occurs every two years. The conference engages 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 be a fully virtual event that runs from June 1-3, 2021.

This will be the fifth time this global-scale conference takes place. It is also the first time it will be hosted by a country 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.

The virtual experience

We are in the process of developing the ICRI 2021 virtual experience. Check back again soon to find out what we have in store!


Registration for this conference is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent directly to invitees and will include detailed information on how to register.


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.