The European Commission has granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch).
LifeWatch aims to advance biodiversity and ecosystem research and to provide major contributions to addressing environmental challenges such as climate change by providing access through a pan-European distributed e-infrastructure to large sets of data, services and tools that enable the creation of virtual laboratories and decision-support applications.
These virtual research environments allow specific issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem research and preservation to be addressed through the implementation of integrated models.
LifeWatch ERIC constitutes a new approach by offering to its users:
- a working environment with unlimited computational and cloud capacity;
- transparency of the research process at all stages; and
- and generic applications which allow multidisciplinary research and the development of the ‘trading zones’ between them.
Based in Seville, LifeWatch is the first ERIC infrastructure hosted by Spain. It was established by eight countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
LifeWatch ERIC is the 14th European Research Infrastructure Consortium established and is the fourth ERIC in the environment sciences area.