The Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures is a report on the status and development of national and international research infrastructures. It is updated by SERI every four years in preparation for the Federal Council Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation (ERI Dispatch). This report provides an overview of future needs and planned developments in the various research areas and thus serves as a basis for the ERI Dispatch.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) periodically prepares a report - the Roadmap – on the status and development of national research infrastructures as well as international research infrastructures and internationally coordinated research infrastructure networks, that Switzerland takes part in. Roadmap reports have been published every four years since 2011 and are used to prepare the corresponding ERI Dispatch (see 2011 (PDF, 2 MB, 30.03.2011), 2015 (PDF, 614 kB, 24.06.2015) and 2019 (PDF, 2 MB, 17.04.2019) Roadmaps). SERI takes the following into account when preparing each Roadmap report:
- development priorities of fields of expertise and disciplines in Switzerland;
- corresponding development priorities of the ETH Domain and higher education institutions in Switzerland;
- Switzerland's duties under international agreements
- developments, particularly in the European research and innovation area, with regard to establishing and operating internationally coordinated research infrastructures
SERI prepares Roadmap reports in collaboration with the ETH Board, the Swiss Conference of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions (swissuniversities), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences a+.
The 2023 Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures provides a general overview of newly planned research infrastructures and will be used to prepare the ERI Dispatch for 2025-2028. At the same time, the report contains updated information on infrastructures that were mentioned in the 2015 and 2019 Roadmap reports and still require continued funding.
The preparatory phase of the 2023 roadmap process began in April 2021: under a SERI mandate, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) worked with various scientific communities to produce the first thematic roadmaps for research infrastructures. This was a novelty compared to previous editions of the Swiss Roadmap report and was intended to inform decision-makers (i.e. university management) of research infrastructure needs and thus facilitate selection and prioritisation.