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IMPC in G7 report as model example of international research
The IMPC has been included in the G7 Science Ministers report as a case study of how to achieve a globally distributed research infrastructure. The full report is attached below. The IMPC is covered on pages 22-24, in section 6, Future Actions for the GSO.
At the G7 Summit, ministers from seven major advanced economies meet to discuss primarily economic issues; Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This year it was held on 7–8 June 2015 in Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.
The report was requested by the G8 Ministers at their meeting in the UK in June. It set out the progress of the is led by the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on global research infrastructures. The IMPC was one of five case studies that will be analysed as part of a 'pilot exercise' by the GSO to inform the development of future global collaborations.
The IMPC is comprised of 18 research institutions and five national funders, representing 12 countries from four continents. Since it was established in 2011, it has already begun to demonstrate how so many research institutions from so many different countries can work together to accomplish more than any single institution could hope to achieve. In this way, it is working towards the ambitious goal of building the first comprehensive functional catalogue of a mammalian genome, which will give new insights into gene function and human disease.
In order to get where it is today, the IMPC has created a standardized set of tests, which all centres use to collect the data, and a data coordination centre to collect, check and disseminate it on the IMPC web portal, so that it can be freely accessed by researchers and clinicians. This web portal is already recieving traffic from countries all around the world. It is therefore provides an excellent example of how infrastructures can be created for collaborations on a global scale.