Our Mission & Vision

The European Commission recognises research in biodiversity and ecosystems as a priority, moving further from the punctual programmes funding the many fixed-term projects, to the institution of the 14th European Research Infrastructure Consortium, LifeWatch-ERIC*, as a long term strategy to ensure sustainability of research.

LifeWatch-ERIC is the European Infrastructure supplying e-Science research facilities for scientists seeking to increase our knowledge and deepen our understanding of Biodiversity organisation and Ecosystem functions and services, with the goal of supporting civil society in addressing the key planetary challenges.

Combining a wide range of ICT tools and resources with deep knowledge of the domain, as an e-Science infrastructure LifeWatch-ERIC provides unprecedented opportunities to perform faster, cutting-edge collaborative activities for biodiversity and ecosystem research.

LifeWatch-ERIC has been designed to tackle many of the constraints affecting researchers' daily activities and their pressing need for increasingly diverse data and larger and more advanced models, open data and open science cloud, making it possible to explore the new frontiers of the ecological domain.

Aware of its socio-economic dimension, LifeWatch-ERIC was set up with a clear mission to support civil society in addressing the challenges ahead.

The infrastructure is more than a resource for researchers, being directly connected to a number of issues at the heart of society's wellbeing today, such as biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, food & energy supply, the blue & green economies, the waste cycle, tourism & cultural heritage.


*LifeWatch-ERIC was established by the European Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/499 of 17 March 2017, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22.3.2017.

What we can do for you



Provide unique access to ICT resources, services & tools for all researchers

Enhance computational power through remote resources

Improve & facilitate data management through semantic resources & tools

Increase knowledge of the domain & make it accessible

Make available Virtual Research Environments to perform new research & work collaboratively

Connect with research & stakeholder communities

Provide training for scientists (particularly young researchers)

Include citizens in drafting science priorities

Provide stakeholders with science-based tools & models for more effective biodiversity management & policy making


Provide a structuring tool for the European Research Area;

Support policy decision making;

Address key societal challenges demanding scientific knowledge;

Use a ‘study case' approach, building facilities for:

H2020/EU DGs projects;

International Conventions & Initiatives;
National/Regional authorities;

Societal needs;
Early career scientists.


Reach the computer of all scientists, ecosystem managers & decision makers, include citizens in science making

Have and provide VREs, vLabs & Big Data paradigm-based tools to run frontiers research

Boost technological innovation, continuously improving the performances of our VREs, opening new fields for socio-economic developments

Establishing synergies with different national & regional stakholders, particularly in respect to RIS3

Promote democracy & creativity in science