Most of the reflection and analysis regarding the orientations of the Horizon 2020 work-programmes will take place in ad-hoc Working Groups (WG). The resulting reports or position papers feed into the broader discussion on orientations, which takes place in the plenary meetings.
The CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF) participated in the definition of orientations and identification of priorities for ICT in Horizon 2020 during the preparation of Work Programme (WP) 2014-15, and more recently Work Programme 2016-17.
For WP2014-15, three working groups dealt with the following aspects of Horizon 2020:
The report issued by the CAF in May 2013 was an important source of inspiration in the design of ICT contribution to the WP 2014-15 of Horizon 2020, not only under the industrial leadership priority but also in the societal challenges and the interlinking between the activities in these areas.
Regarding WP2016-17 the CAF participated in the broad consultation exercise involving all the Advisory Groups of Horizon 2020. The outcome of this collective reflection is expressed in a position paper presented to the Commission in September 2014.
DG CONNECT has asked the CAF to provide advice on EU policy and research initiatives having an impact in the development and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT).
The most prominent aspects of the mandate of the IoT Group are:
The main conclusions and recommendations were presented as discussion papers in several fora and especially at the IoT Week (June 2014 - London) and are going to be published soon.