Science and society
Creating and shaping scientific networks and communities
This pathway addresses how RIs contribute to the creation of networks among researchers, and how the effects generated by these interactions generate societal and economic impacts. In particular, distributed RIs create ‘communities of practice’ by providing staff and user-training opportunities. Exchange of experiences and practices among staff members who cooperate on concrete issues and find solutions to common challenges, serving as an ‘eye-opener’ function for problems that would either not occur or could not be solved in traditional, single-site operations. RIs also induce further networking effects among their user communities whether they are single-sited or distributed.