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EU Approves 1.75 Billion Euro programme for IST projects

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Evaluations in the European Research Area

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IST 2004 conference, NL

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Conference best practices in science-based incubators, UK

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Technopolicy tour to Leuven, Belgium

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Marie Curie calls for proposals

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Info-day NEST programme and brokerage event NEST-PATHFINDER, Belgium

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Conference on 'converging sciences', Italy

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Briefing on FP6 financial management, reporting & auditing, Belgium

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RFID Conference, France

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China-Europe networking symposium on research networks

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European venture market 'focus', Germany

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Stepping up economic and technological intelligence - call for proposals

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Public hearings on the future shape of the European patent system

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EU funds innovative European ambient intelligence infrastructure

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Revamp FP6 service on New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST)

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European Construction Technology Platform to outline vision for 2030

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Network for European researchers in the US to be launched in 2005

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Congres 'Innovation, not stagnation', Germany


1. EU APPROVES 1.75 BILLION EURO PROGRAMME FOR IST PROJECTS

The new two-year work programme for the IST theme of FP6 has been approved by the EUs member states. This opens the way for three new calls for proposals for research and development funding of more than 1.75 billion euros

http://dbs.cordis.lu/cordis-cgi/srchidadb?ACTION=D&SESSION=&DOC=1&TBL=EN_RTDN&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:2425&CALLER=CORDISwire

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2. EVALUATIONS IN THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA

A conference entitled 'Evaluations in the European Research Area' will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 27 October. The conference will include discussions on the consequences of the European Research Area (ERA) for evaluation policies and practices, national research evaluation systems, evaluation of European research programmes, and benchmarking of European performance against the internationalisation of research.

http://www.vsnu.nl/web/show/id=42577/langid=43

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3. IST 2004 - PARTICIPATE IN YOUR FUTURE

IST 2004, the most important date in the European IST calendar, will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 15 to 17 November, with the theme 'Participate in your future'. The event is based around five elements: the conference, the exhibition, networking events, the 2004 IST Prize, and presentation of the IST work programme for 2005 to 2006. The conference will look at long-term perspectives and trends in IST and its related policy to see how they affect the research agenda and research ambitions. Networking events aim to facilitate research team and consortium building, while the exhibition and IST Prize event will present some of the practical developments that are taking place in Europe. The conference programme will appeal to decision makers from the public sector, private industry and the world of research, as well as interested citizens, young people and students. The common challenge facing them all is the improvement of prosperity, security and quality of life for all Europeans through the development of a citizen centred Information Society.

http://europa.eu.int/information_society/istevent/2004/index_en.htm

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4. CONFERENCE ON BEST PRACTICES IN SCIENCE-BASED INCUBATORS, UK

An international conference on best practices in science-based incubators will be held in Oxford, UK, on 9 and 10 December. The main issues on the agenda will be:

- International cooperation between Incubators;

- International partnering with regions;

- Finding more 'second round' investment capital;

- Creating regional private networks around incubators;

- Announcing the 'best science based incubator' award winner 2004

Info: Sander van der Wal, s.vanderwal@science-alliance.nl


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5. TECHNOPOLICY TOUR TO LEUVEN, BELGIUM

The Technopolicy Network is organising a tour of Leuven, to be held on 19 November in Leuven, Belgium. Leuven is considered one of the best examples of successful science based regional development in Europe, fostering over 300 high-tech companies in the field of ICT (information and communications technology) , life sciences and new materials. Leuven is also developing important clusters around digital signal processing (DSP), e-security (LSEC) and biotech. The technopolicy tour will, therefore, focus on how cooperation between Leuven University, the government and various enterprises has become a major catalyst for facilitating this success.

The tour offers the possibility to discuss policy strategies and instruments with specialists from the Leuven region.

http://www.technopolicy.net/

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6. COMMISSION PUBLISHES MARIE CURIE CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

The European Commission has published eight calls for proposals under the Marie Curie Actions of FP6. The details are as follows:

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Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (2.3.2.1 in the work programme). Budget: 65 million euro; closing date: 16.2.2005;

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Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowships (2.3.2.2 in the work programme). Budget: 20 million euro; closing date: 19.1.2005;

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Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowships (2.3.2.3 in the work programme). Budget: 20 million euro; closing date: 19.1.2005;

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Marie Curie Excellence Grants (2.3.3.1 in the work programme). Budget: 40 million euro; closing date: 16.2.2005;

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Marie Curie Excellence Awards (2.3.3.2 in the work programme). Budget: 250,000 euro; closing date: 16.2.2005;

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Marie Curie Chairs (2.3.3.3 in the work programme). Budget: eight million euro; closing date: 16.2.2005;

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Marie Curie European Reintegration Grants (2.3.4.1 in the work programme). Budget: ten million euro in 2005, 13 million euro in 2006; closing dates: 19.1.2005; 19.4.2005; 19.7.2005; 19.10.2005; 19.1.2006; 19.4.2006; 19.7.2006. This is an open call and proposals will be evaluated in batches;

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Marie Curie International Reintegration Grants (2.3.4.2 in the work programme). Budget: ten million euro for 2005, 13 million euro for 2006; closing dates: 19.1.2005; 19.4.2005; 19.7.2005; 19.10.2005; 19.1.2006; 19.4.2006; 19.7.2006. This is an open call and proposals will be evaluated in batches.

The deadline for submitting tender documents is 19.7.2006. Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/calls_activity.cfm?ID_ACTIVITY=594

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7. INFO-DAY NEST PROGRAMME AND BROKERAGE EVENT NEST-PATHFINDER

NEST-IDEA (a Specific Support Action to raise awareness and give support to the scientific community regarding the NEST initiative) in close cooperation with the NEST-Unit, is organizing an Info-day held in Brussels on 14 January 2005 (9:30 - 18:00) on NEST OPEN activities: Adventure, Insight, Support and a brokerage event on NEST-Pathfinder.

http://dbs.cordis.lu/cordis-cgi/srchidadb?ACTION=D&SESSION=&DOC=1&TBL=EN_RTDN&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:2459&CALLER=CORDISwire

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8. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 'CONVERGING SCIENCES'

The University of Trento and Microsoft Research are jointly organising an international conference on the theme of 'converging sciences', to be held in Trento, Italy, on 16 and 17 December. Given the current convergence of disciplines and technologies and the changing relationship between basic research and the industrial world, this event aims to define a roadmap and strategic vision for future (interdisciplinary) research in life sciences, information technologies, computational physics, bio-engineering and pharmacology. To achieve this goal, the conference will gather individuals from academic institutions and the relevant industry sectors, as well as the politicians responsible for developing research strategies, and actors from the main funding agencies.

http://www.unitn.it/events/consci/

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9. BRIEFING ON FP6 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, REPORTING & AUDITING

A briefing on the financial management principles governing FP6 projects, with special reference to Integrated Projects, Networks of Excellence and STREPS, will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 2 December.

The main themes of the event will be:

- the principle sources of reference for the financial rules;

- the financial rules and the FP6 instruments;

- eligible costs and subcontracting;

- building a budget and the allocation of resources;

- collective responsibility and the management of liability;

- reporting and annual reviews under FP6;

- audit and practical issues.

Info: berkleyassociates@skynet.be

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10. RFID CONFERENCE, FRANCE

A conference on RFID (radio frequency identification) and its applications will be held in Paris, France, from 15 to 16 June 2005. The conference will be held in parallel to the GES (geolocalisation and embedded services) convention.

Info: Caroline Prince, cprince@yucatan.tm.fr

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11. CHINA-EUROPE NETWORKING SYMPOSIUM ON RESEARCH NETWORKS

A Chinese-European networking symposium on research networks and broadband solutions will take place in Shanghai, China, on 9 and 10 December. The event is supported by the European Commission and the Chinese government and is designed to address European and Chinese visions of future e-infrastructures, research networks and advanced applications.

The following themes will be addressed at the symposium:

- network infrastructures;

- IPv6;

- broadband and wireless access;

- joint collaborations;

- middleware;

- network security;

- grids and shared resources;

- participation in EC programmes.

Info: Paul Van Binst, vanbinst@helios.iihe.ac.be

http://www.ec-bridge.org

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12. EUROPEAN VENTURE MARKET 'FOCUS'

The European Venture Market 'focus' will take place in Munich, Germany, on 14 and 15 December. The event is aimed at companies in the second and third round of financing in the following sectors:

- mechanical engineering;

- automotive/aviation;

- electronics and instrumentation;

- laser and optical technologies;

- micro- and nanotechnology;

- new materials;

- automation/robotics;

- hard- and software.

Info: Patrick Ernst, Patrick.Ernst@europeanventuremarket.com

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13. STEPPING UP ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The European Commission has published a call for proposals for 'stepping up economic and technological intelligence' under the 'research and innovation' thematic priority of FP6. Each economic and technological intelligence activity should address a specific research theme or industrial sector. In the second call, projects should concentrate on:

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the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or SME groupings in new and existing FP6 projects;

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enhancing the readiness of SMEs/SME groupings to participate in emerging and future European research and technological development activities and programmes.

Interested parties are invited to submit proposals using the 'specific support action' and 'coordination action' instruments. The total indicative budget for this call is 22 million euro. The deadline for submitting proposal documents is 10.2.2005. Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=171

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14. PUBLIC HEARINGS ON FUTURE SHAPE OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT SYSTEM

The European Patent Office (EPO), in cooperation with the Association of Engineers, is organising three public hearings on the future shape of the European patent system, to be held in

Prague, Munich and The Hague.

The programme of hearings is as follows:

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25 October: Prague, Czech Republic (target group: innovative small and medium sized enterprises - SMEs) ;

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2 November: Munich, Germany (target group: applicants and patent attorneys) ;

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4 November: The Hague, Netherlands (target group: finance sector).

The hearings will consist of a keynote speech, individual workshops dedicated to specific aspects of the patent system, and a closing plenary in which results and questions will be discussed. The aim of the workshops is to develop a clearer picture of the views, concerns and ideas of users of the European patent system about its future shape and evolution.

http://hearings.european-patent-office.org/prague/programme/index.en.php

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15. EU FUNDS INNOVATIVE EUROPEAN AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE INFRASTRUCTURE

With the technological development of 'intelligent' devices progressing rapidly, ICT experts are getting closer to developing a working example of the first ever structured ambient intelligence infrastructure available to all.

A futuristic concept, ambient intelligence will, in the relatively near future, provide individuals with user-friendly and intelligent support through the use of ICTs. In practise, this will increasingly result in the replacement of desktop computers with technological devices embedded in everyday objects and environments. 'Rooms will be able to recognise and respond to the presence of a

particular individual, and support them in an intelligent and unobtrusive way. Data will be collected with minimal human input required; users will spend less time entering and recording data and more time being intelligently informed by their environment,' explains the eu-DOMAIN consortium service, which, with the support of the European Commission, is hoping to develop this concept at European level.

In order to achieve this, the European Commission is providing 2.3 million euro to the eu-DOMAIN project under the IST priority of FP6. The three-year STREP project, which associates 11 partners from seven European countries, aims to develop an innovative Europe-wide ambient intelligence service platform by bringing together cutting edge communication and location-based technologies, decision support tools, and the semantic web.

'The eu-DOMAIN project aims to interconnect people, devices, buildings and information content in an open, flexible, intelligent network,' explain the consortium partners in a statement. 'eu-DOMAIN will enable mobile workers to access their 'virtual user profile' wherever they need to work, intelligently accessing the services and devices they need. It will allow content providers to

offer advanced 'augmented reality' services to such users, creating new ways of collaborative working. These services will be transparently delivered across mixed networks and devices with

different capabilities' they add.

The project aims to adopt the objectives of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) created by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, and Siemens in 2001 with the objective of developing future strategic research directions in the wireless field.

The project, by embracing the best state of the art technologies available and developing a new European ambient intelligence mobile platform, will lead to innovative business structures. It is hoped those new business models, linking content and service providers in collaborative systems, will provide frameworks for identifying potential future business opportunities.

http://www.eu-domain.eu.com

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16. CORDIS REVAMPS FP6 SERVICE ON NEW AND EMERGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NEST)

CORDIS has launched a new version of the New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) section of its information service covering FP6 . The total budget for the NEST programme is 215 million euro, and it comprises three complementary action lines: Adventure, Insight and Pathfinder.

The NEST programme was a new activity launched with FP6 in order to support unconventional and visionary research with the potential to open new fields for science and technology. The first selected projects within the programme have been confirmed, and the project abstracts are now available under 'Find a project' in the updated service.

In particular, the success of NEST's Pathfinder initiative is reflected in an expanded section within the service. Pathfinder projects are made up of a number of complementary projects, plus a

coordinating action, to create targeted actions with budgets of between 10 and 12 million euro.

Projects are selected by the Commission, based on consultation with the scientific community, outputs of other NEST projects, and high-level scientific advice. The Pathfinder section of the new

NEST service includes information on the proposal and selection procedure, successfully launched projects and an 'Ideas Box' for interested stakeholders to propose their own topics for research.

The revamped service continues to provide contacts for support and a documentation library for more detailed information. The news, events and highlights sections have greater prominence to reflect the rapid progress of the activity. The updated NEST service will help scientists to shape the direction of future visionary research in Europe, and thus establish leadership in the most important areas of science and technology for the future.

http://www.cordis.lu/nest/

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17. EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM TO OUTLINE VISION FOR 2030

A new technology platform for the construction sector has been established, and is drawing up a vision for 2030, by which time the partners foresee the availability of intelligent houses, lowering the costs of underground construction to the level of above ground construction and ending the emission of CO2 from buildings.

These aims and others are contained in a European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) working paper, which is still to be revised before approval by the TP's high level group - CEOs and representatives from the EU Member States and the European Commission.

A pathway to each of the ultimate objectives for 2030 is included in the document, with stepping stone goals for 2010 and 2020. In addition to the final Vision 2030 document, the TP is also expected to draft a strategic research agenda and action plans for the Member States and the European Union as a whole to follow.

Construction is the largest industrial cluster in the EU, representing some ten per cent of GDP, according to the ECTP. Construction spending is also expected to grow by 4.6 per cent annually over the next four years, and at an even higher rate in India and China. The pressure of international competition is encouraging construction companies to investigate the use of advanced technologies - for construction itself, rationalising supply chains and increasing worker safety.

'Comprehension of the new ascending technologies, foresight of the challenges in the business environment and, when needed, a capability to differentiate are necessary in order to attain a

continuous competitive advantage in the business,' states the ECTP working paper. The technology platform will act as a tool for pooling the technology, skills and competence necessary to make the vision for 2030 a reality. It will also enable the development of public-private partnerships involving industry, public research entities, financial institutions, users, regulatory authorities and policy makers. This will, in turn, act as an impetus for the mobilisation of research and innovation and facilitate the emergence of lead markets in Europe, it is hoped.

The work of the TP is divided into a number of focus areas: cities and buildings; underground construction; quality of life; networks (rail, road, water, infrastructure) ; materials and cultural heritage.

Under the 'cities and buildings' heading, the TP will work towards closing the gap between citizens' needs and what the sector can offer. This will involve a fresh look at concepts of buildings and construction processes as well as approaches to urban planning. In order to meet these aims, progress needs to be made in areas such as biomaterials, integrated sensors and preventions systems, the integration of fuel cell systems into buildings where cars are parked, and flexible modules for buildings.

In order to facilitate underground construction, the working paper lays out step by step progress towards being able to construct underground with no workers inside the tunnel. The path towards this objective involves the development of linings with auto-correction tools, equipment capable of making automatic modifications from data collected during construction, laser technology, and, ultimately a universal boring machine able to work without stopping in any geological conditions.

The vision for materials is currently divided into three sub-headings: cementitious materials, which should become a sink for CO2 and become resistant to fracture; ceramic materials, which will be developed with new applications in mind and using new production processes; and composite materials, which will ultimately include nano and smart composites.

All of the individual goals set out in the working document are part of the broader aspiration to increase the competitiveness of Europe's construction centre while at the same time ensuring sustainability. In order to raise awareness of sustainable construction within Europe, 'tolerance, responsibility and creativeness' are needed, states the ECTP paper.

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18. NETWORK FOR EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS IN THE US TO BE LAUNCHED IN 2005

A network for European researchers living and working in the US is to be established by the European Commission and embassies of the EU Member States in the US. The network is currently in its design stage, and a survey has been launched in order to establish how the network should be established, and what services and types of information would be useful to researchers in the US. The resulting network will be launched under the name of ERA-Link in late 2005. European researchers in the US are invited to complete the short online questionnaire, which can be found at the reference below.

http://www.evaluationpartnership.com/surveys/eralink.htm

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19. INNOVATION, NOT STAGNATION

A congress entitled 'Innovation, not stagnation' will take place in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's Stuttgart institute in Germany on 19 November. Representatives from industry and research organisations will be present and will be discussing current approaches to innovation management. The event will also see the presentation of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft's 'innovation and creativity award'.

Info: Guido Noack, guido.noack@teg.fraunhofer.de