Participants from more than 50 countries are expected to take part in this event. Speakers representing high-level stakeholders from across the globe and highly profiled institutions will intervene in the debate. ICRI 2018 aims at: • providing a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research infrastructures at global level; • highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures in addressing global challenges and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals; • reflecting on the needs, development, and operation of global and national research infrastructures; • building on the outcomes of ICRI 2016, discussing existing and emerging challenges faced by RI stakeholders and investigating policy options and possible steps forward.