Who We Are

LifeWatch ERIC is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium providing e-Science research facilities to scientists investigating biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in order to support society in addressing key planetary challenges.
LifeWatch ERIC was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium by the European Commission in 2017.

Click here to read about Research Infrastructures and here to learn more about ERICs.

An interactive map of all Research Infrastructures, including ERICs, is available at this link. See all the other members of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC Landscape) here.

Mission & vision

In setting up LifeWatch ERIC, the European Commission is seeking to address the global factors (climate, demographic pressure, pollution, soil consumption, etc.) responsible for ongoing loss of biological diversity and ecosystem functioning, which have a direct impact on the well-being and development of today’s society. Understanding the evolution and functions of biodiversity and ecosystem services is now of crucial importance, not only for scientific reasons, but also to meet the demand from policy makers, managers and stakeholders for scientific-based tools.
This requires analysis of both impacts and managerial decisions on a range of spatial and temporal scales; observation (and monitoring) of data from both ecosystems and laboratory experiments; and appropriate storage and management of relevant data. It also implies the setting of standards to ensure interoperability and accurate models of ecosystem dynamics.
LifeWatch ERIC seeks to understand the complex interactions between species and the environment, taking advantage of High-Performance, Grid and Big Data computing systems, and the development of advanced modelling tools to implement measures aimed at preserving life on Earth.
Combining a wide range of ICT tools and resources with specialised knowledge, LifeWatch ERIC‘s mission is to be a first–class provider of information and services for the biodiversity research international community by:

  • Offering new opportunities for large-scale scientific development
  • Enabling accelerated data capture with innovative new technologies
  • Supporting knowledge-based decision-making for biodiversity and ecosystem management
  • Providing training, dissemination and awareness programmes. 

Impacts & perspectives

As a provider of e-Science facilities for the European Research Area, LifeWatch ERIC represents a significant step forward, empowering users and stakeholders as they seek to address societal challenges linked to climate change and resource efficiency, food security and agriculture, sustainable development and energy supply, security and health.


LifeWatch ERIC is committed to:

  • Reaching the computers of all scientists, ecosystem managers & decision makers, and involving citizens in science
  • Providing VREs, vLabs & Big Data paradigm-based tools to conduct cutting-edge research
  • Boosting technological innovation, continuously improving the performance of our VREs, opening up new fields for socio-economic development
  • Establishing synergies with various national and regional stakeholders, particularly in respect to RIS3
  • Promoting democracy and creativity in science.

Our Story



Preparatory phase


Transition Phase

Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate for the start of LifeWatch
Organisation of the first Inter-ministerial meeting
Organisation of five Operational meetings
Inaugurations of the Statutory Seat (Seville, Spain) and Service Centre (Lecce, Italy)


Operational Phase

Establishment of LifeWatch ERIC by the European Union


Operational Phase

Management & governance gathering speed
Establishment of the three Common Facilities Offices
Recruitment of the first units of personnel
Launch of LifeWatch ERIC Website
Organisation of ERIC Forum in Seville


Operational Phase

Three new EU funded Projects: ENVRI-FAIR, Resinfra EU-LAC, ERIC Forum
First Scientific Community Meeting
First National Support Networks Meeting
Portugal joins LifeWatch ERIC
Start of LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint Initiative (IJI)
Prototypes of LifeBlock & Tesseract
Co-organisation of Biodiversity Next Conference


Operational Phase

One new EU project funded: ALL-Ready
Implementation of LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint Initiative (IJI)
First release of LifeWatch ERIC Tesseract, LifeBlock and Metadata catalogue
Initiation of the preparations for the next five-year period
Expansion of dialogue and fostering of collaboration with ERICs, RIs, International Organisations and Networks, and Stakeholders


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.