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CONNECT Advisory Forum

As part of the preparation for Horizon 2020, we have set up a new advisory structure – CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation (CAF).

The CAF's role is an essential platform to bring closer to the potential users the ICT research and innovation. The CAF core group involves a number of leading personalities of the European ICT industry, large public research organisations as well as a group of distinguished academics addressing not only the scientific and technological aspects of ICT but also the economic and societal impacts of new developments.

The CAF contributes to an ICT research and innovation portfolio that is engaged with citizens, attentive to individual impact and responsible; that drives out-of-the-box work, agile research and disruptive innovation; that supports SMEs as well as major players.

Our role in the implementation of Horizon 2020 is extensive and cuts across the three priorities "scientific excellence', "industrial leadership" and "societal challenges". Given the pervasiveness of ICT, the CAF is uniquely positioned and therefore explicitly tasked to advise on safeguarding the linkages and coherence of the ICT across all the three priorities of H2020, but taking into account the broader policy context within which the implementation of Horizon 2020 will be taking place.

The advisory role of the CAF goes beyond "informing" our understanding of the future of ICT research and innovation and shaping the choice of EU's priorities in this area. The CAF will be also an instrument for soliciting and assimilating signals from across the society on our part of H2020. It will support outreach and strengthening our dialogue with a wider group of stakeholders.

The first meeting of CAF took place on the 28th February 2013.

A second plenary meeting took place on 14th May 2013 (See the notes).

Read CAF Recommendations for ICT in Work programmes 2014-2015 of Horizon 2020.