Cartography of scientific and economic strengths and potential in the Upper Rhine region The researchers will create an inventory of the research structures and the terms and conditions for accessing them. They will then use the information they have collected as a basis for analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, and specific characteristics of research on the Upper Rhine.
Prospective study for establishing a research infrastructure (RI) on the Upper Rhine and benchmark The researchers will conduct a prospective study to identify research trends, potential future needs, and conditions for research on the Upper Rhine. They will compare the scientific and economic potential and the distinctive regional characteristics of research on the Upper Rhine with those of other regions in Europe and the world. This will serve first of all as a means of determining what constitutes good practice. In addition, the benchmark will also provide a way to identify a unique selling point for the Upper Rhine region that can serve as a means of positioning the research infrastructure.
Impact assessment and financial analysis
The work described above will be taken as a basis for an impact assessment on the potential influence of a cross-border RI on research, the economy, the environment, and society in the TMO. The aim of the impact assessment study (including a financial analysis) will be to identify the nature and extent of the positive and negative changes the various scenarios of establishing a large-scale research infrastructure on the Upper Rhine would bring about.
Consultation with stakeholders
Every working group will organize workshops with various stakeholders (researchers and companies) to discuss specific needs and possible scenarios.