Transnational Access to Research Facilities: an EPOS service to promote multi‑domain Solid Earth Sciences in Europe

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Richard Wessels
Geertje ter Maat
Elisabetta Del Bello
Lucia Cacciola
Fabio Corbi
Gaetano Festa
Francesca Funiciello
George Kaviris
Otto Lange
Joern Lauterjung
Ronald Pijnenburg
Giuseppe Puglisi
Danilo Reitano
Christian Ronnevik
Piergiorgio Scarlato
Letizia Spampinato


Transnational access (TNA) allows cross-border, short-term and frequently free-of-charge access to world-class research facilities, to foster collaborations and exchanges of experience. Specifically, TNA aims to encourage open science and innovation and to increase the efficient and effective use of scientific infrastructure. Within EPOS, the European Plate Observing System, the Volcano Observatories and Multi-scale Laboratories communities have offered TNA to their high-quality research facilities through national and European funding. This experience has allowed the definition, design, and testing of procedures and activities needed to provide transnational access inn the EPOS context. In this paper, the EPOS community describes the main objectives for the provision of transnational access in the EPOS framework, based on previous experiences. It includes practical procedures for managing transnational access from a legal, governance, and financial perspective, and proposes logistical and technical solutions to effectively execute transnational access activities. In addition, it provides an outlook on the inclusion of new thematic communities within the TNA framework, and addresses the challenges of providing market-driven access to industry.

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Wessels, R., ter Maat, G., Del Bello, E., Cacciola, L., Corbi, F., Festa, G., Funiciello, F., Kaviris, G., Lange, O., Lauterjung, J., Pijnenburg, R., Puglisi, G., Reitano, D., Ronnevik, C., Scarlato, P. and Spampinato, L. (2022) “Transnational Access to Research Facilities: an EPOS service to promote multi‑domain Solid Earth Sciences in Europe”, Annals of Geophysics, 65(2), p. DM214. doi: 10.4401/ag-8768.

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