BIC furthermore advocates a dedicated strategy of fostering long-term international cooperation in Trustworthy ICT. Driven by the very strong interest from the international community, BIC proposed the strategy of forming in-country working groups (EWG’s: Extended Working Group’s) that will continue after the BIC project concludes in Dec 2013. The main purpose is to maintain the current momentum of this group of researchers, which are supported by their governments, in order to strongly promote the vital research topics of mutual benefit for future international research collaboration.
As tangible expression of interest by the target countries, the idea of long-term cooperation has garnered strong interest. It has already led to the launch of the BIC’s 1st EWG in India in May 2013 supported by India’s main government research agencies as well as influential policy and research planners. (For details, please see: http://www.bic-trust.eu/2013/05/22/bic-india-ewg-launch/)
BIC is now happy to report that Brazil will now launch the 2nd EWG on 21-22nd October 2013 in São Paulo, Brazil by Dr. Augusto de Albuquerque, Minister Counselor, Head of Information Society and Media Sector, European Commission in Brazil representative. (For details please see http://www.bic-trust.eu/2013/09/24/bic-brazil-ewg-launch/.
The final EWG is currently being formed in the third BIC country, South Africa, which is due to launch in December 2013.
Jim Clarke of Waterford IT, the BIC coordinator: “These achievements clearly address the long term strategy of BIC as it is pretty clear these structures can continue long after the conclusion of BIC. It shows the strong commitment of the research communities and governments of the BIC countries and their desire to cooperate with EU researchers also in relation to the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme.”
The final Annual meeting will be held during ICT 2013 in Vilnius on 7th November 2013. There are still a few more seats available if interested to attend. More information on this open event can be found at http://www.bic-trust.eu/2013/09/06/bic-iag-annual-forum-2013/.
For details, please see: http://www.bic-trust.eu/