Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


If you are at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in the week of 30 November you could meet the robot developed by EU-funded project SPENCER. The robot will be able to help you find your way around the airport. Read more
This article (in French) from Huffington Post explains how plants now rely on robotics to fully express their intelligence. The article gives the example of the FET project PLANTOID, where Italian researchers have developed robotic roots capable of artificial growth. Eventually, the root robot will be able to explore the quality of soil as its richness in nutrients or toxic products. Read more
Using image processing technology, CADDY's underwater robot Artu is able to understand sign language freeing the divers from cumbersome cables and remotes. Read more
The Digital4Science platform was launched in September 2015 to build bridges between scientists, citizens and policy-makers. It allows you to conduct and be part of interactions with scientists, technologists, researchers and innovators. Since its launch, the Digital4Science platform has seen the opening of 18 discussions on European e-infrastructures. Read more
A new section within the Joinup Open Government community is devoted to discussing the draft outputs and results of an ongoing study on the new generation of eGovernment services and how can the public sector become an agent of innovation through ICT. Read more
Discover how EU companies are putting big data to use. Join the webinar on 26th November on the uptake of big data by European business. Read more
Plants can do something that until now no one thought them capable of – they can learn: two scientists engaged in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) projects discussed the brilliance of plants with the BBC World Service. Read more
'Political debates around the trustworthiness of reusing health data in Europe started five years ago. Have we made any progress?' This question, raised by 'Himss Insights', has been answered by, amongst others, Claudia Prettner (Policy Officer Unit Health & Wellbeing, DG Connect, European Commission), Dipak Kalra (President of the EuroRec Institute) and Catherine Chronaki (Secretary General HL7 Foundation). Read more
Cyprus has just launched a national coalition for digital skills and jobs in support of the European Commission’s call for action within the Grand Coalition. The coalition is addressing the shortage in digital skills and the future anticipated mismatching of unfilled ICT-related vacancies across Europe. Read more
On the occasion of the Annual German IT-Summit, the Association Self-Regulation Information Economy (SRIW) presented a consumer friendly template for companies to communicate their data privacy policies. Politics, the industry and academia discussed how the digital future should be shaped. Read more
Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT talks about the need to promote EU innovators with ground-breaking innovations. Read more
Did you know the FET-Open program receives an extremely high number of submissions each year and the chances of new brilliant ideas to be funded by FET have dramatically dropped? It leaves a lot of great interdisciplinary thinking unrewarded and a lot of people disappointed - this problem needs to be addressed if FET-Open is to remain credible as early detector of future technologies. Read more
The European Commission has launched the European Data Portal. Its goal is to be a gateway offering access to data published by administrations in countries across Europe, from the EU and beyond. Find details in the new blog post by Wendy Carrara. Read more
These are the 45 films that have secured EU funding and compete in the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn. Read more
In his blogpost, Francisco Ibanez Gallardo, Deputy head of Unit at the European Commission, Unit Components, shares his overall impression of the ICT 2015 event. Read more
High-performance computing (HPC) is one of today’s most important priorities. Europe can attain worldwide leadership in HPC, not for the sake of being the first to get the fastest machine, but to master this strategic technology and put it to the service of a more competitive and innovative Europe and to help address societal problems. Read more
​Scientists in Cambridge, UK, have demonstrated a lithium-oxygen battery with high energy density, efficiency and stability. The device is over 90% efficient, and may be recharged more than 2,000 times. The results of the research study led by Cambridge University chemist Clare Grey, who leads the energy activities in the Graphene Flagship, have been published in the Science journal. Read more
Interested in research and innovation? Join our new Digital4Science platform, explore its possibilities and contribute to discussions. Read more
Join our brand new discussion forum to voice your ideas on FET, Open Science and e-Infrastructures. Latest topics include the low success rate of FET Open, innovation from FET and citizen science. Read more
ICT4Society is looking for case studies of ICT companies that have integrated CSR principles into their strategies and procedures. Case studies will be published on the ICT4Society Café and shared with its members, providing inspiration to others and an opportunity to promote your company CSR efforts and achievements. SMEs are mostly welcome and feel free to post your information in your mother tongue! Read more