Brussels, 23rd September 2002
IST 2002 - Europe's main event on IT and communications research to be held in Copenhagen
This year's most significant "networking" event for research and development in Information Society Technologies (IST) takes place in Copenhagen on 4-6 November 2002 during the Danish Presidency. It is in effect, to be THE place to meet and be met by other researchers wanting to form consortia for research projects in this field. "IST 2002 Partnerships for the Future" is organised by the European Commission in co-operation with the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Development.
The main purpose of the event is to assist European researchers and industrialists build and strengthen their networks for research and technological collaboration, at a time when the IST priority within the EU's sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development is getting underway.
For the first time, this annual event is opening its doors to all European research in the IT and communications sector, whether this be funded at European, national, or regional level or even entirely by industry. A series of "Calls for Ideas" for conference sessions and exhibits, launched in March, have generated a very high level of interest and response from organisations across Europe.
"This is an event designed to capture the ideas and imagination of Europe's Information Society community, and to strengthen the European Research Area in the field of information and communications technologies", explained Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society. "The number of proposals generated by the calls for conference sessions and exhibits shows this is a successful approach. A renewed RTD effort in IST will allow European researchers to achieve critical mass and build skills in technologies essential to the EU's long-term competitiveness."
Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Development, Helge Sander, is very pleased to be able to welcome the IST 2002 Event to Denmark. "Partnership between researchers and industry also across national boundaries are crucial, if Europe is to succeed in the knowledge economy. The IST 2002 Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for European IT researchers and industry to meet and establish these networks."
Highlights of the IST 2002 Event include
IST 2002 takes place before the first IST Call for Proposals under the sixth Framework Programme is launched. The event will include a thorough introduction to new possibilities for strengthening IST's collaboration with other research initiatives at national and corporate level, building up the "European Research Area" in the information and communication technologies. The total EU research budget for the IST priority stands at € 3 625 million. This is complemented by an additional € 200 million budget for the development of the GEANT research network infrastructure and grids.
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