The RI Research Development Plan 2011-2020, Revised 2016, listed LifeWatch among the international RI projects in the field of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technology. Slovenian researchers cooperating in this infrastructure are seeking to raise Slovenian science to an internationally comparable level in Environmental sciences. LifeWatch is part of the Slovenian Strategy for Smart Specialization (S4) and Horizon 2020, focusing on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.
Since 2015, the established Slovenian Consortium, LifeWatch-SI, has been promoting the importance of integrating and networking information & data in oreder to:
- coordinate biodiversity research into marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems; - plan common access to a vast array of data from various databases and observatories; - predict computing capabilities with analytical and modelling tools in vLabs; - support training and educational programs that will enable a proper understanding of biodiversity.
• Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU): national coordinator and headquarters • National Institute of Biology – Marine Biology Station Piran • Slovenian Forestry Institute • University of Ljubljana – Biotechnical Faculty • University of Nova Gorica • Škocjanske jame: Škocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency • Slovenian Museum of Natural History • Society for Cave Biology - Tular Cave Laboratory • University of Maribor.
In accordance with the agreement on the establishment of the LifeWatch-SI consortium, the headquarters of the Karst Research Institute (IZRK) at ZRC SAZU is an organisational centre, a carrier institution providing services defined by LifeWatch-ERIC and, in agreement with the Management Board, enabling successful implementation of the infrastructure.
Each partner in the research infrastructure contributes data resources, applications and tools, and has the ability to access data and infrastructure in a transparent and non-discriminatory way. Priority is given to resources with free and open access, but existing licenses are considered.
Members promote the use of appropriate standards in resource design, application and tool design regarding the use of LifeWatch-ERIC services, collecting feedback and taking note of requirements.
Partners are integrated in the international research sphere, with international exchanges and reciprocal hosting of researchers.