DANUBIUS-PP will develop measures to ensure that the RI is open to all interested groups. Direct users of DANUBIUS-RI will be researchers spanning the environmental science disciplines (including geoscientists, biologists, ecologists, chemists, physicists, numerical and physical modellers, climatologists, social and economic scientists, engineers and technologists) working on freshwater, terrestrial and marine habitats and transition zones. In addition, through the Social and Economic Node and the TTO, DANUBIUS-RI will collaborate with consulting companies and SMEs. Users of research products will include business/academia/decision and policy makers, at local, regional, national, European and global levels.
To reach this range of researchers will require a major effort by the consortium to publicise DANUBIUS-RI at conferences and meetings across Europe and globally. The role of DANUBIUS-PP will be to initiate this process. Special sessions within conferences such as the European Geosciences Union will be launched, and a dedicated DANUBIUS-RI conference will be held at the end of the PP. It is envisaged that increasing awareness within the science community will lead to a regular and sustainable conference series beyond the lifetime of DANUBIUS-PP. As part of DANUBIUS-PP, an ‘open access’ policy for publicly funded research will be defined together with a long- term strategy for sustainability. The access policy will be based on the principles expressed in the Draft European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures, by the directives AIE and INSPIRE, regarding the availability of environmental data, and by the provisions of the General Block Exemption Rules relevant for Development and Innovation.