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  Graphic element INDUSTRY, SCIENCE: New European platform provides specialist help to biomedical industry (25/01/01)
    An initiative has been launched to foster closer cooperation between academia and companies working in the biomedical engineering and rehabilitation technology sectors.
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    World Sustainable Energy Day 2001 will be celebrated with a special conference on 1 and 2 March.
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  Graphic element SCIENCE ACCESS: Commission support for science shops conference (24/01/01)
    The first ever conference on 'science shops' will be held in Leuven, Belgium, on 26-27 January.
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  Graphic element INFORMATION SOCIETY: EU gives 9.8 million euros for grid development (19/01/01)
    The EC's Information Society Programme has committed 9.8 million euros to support a major computing project headed by CERN.
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Graphic element INDUSTRY, SCIENCE: New European platform provides specialist help to biomedical industry (25/01/01)
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  An initiative has been launched to foster closer cooperation between academia and companies working in the biomedical engineering and rehabilitation technology sectors.
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Co-funded by the European Commission, the 'Fellows for Industry' network will increase the innovation potential of companies in these sectors, particularly SMEs. The aim is to offer firms access to highly qualified scientific personnel - at the doctorate and post-doctorate level - so that they can improve their levels of expertise. In turn, the scientists involved will gain access to training opportunities in enterprises at the forefront of technological development.

Meeting research needs
Biomedical engineering and rehabilitation technology are important industrial sectors dependent on high-quality research being channelled into applications. The industrial process needs extensive cooperation and information exchange between research centres and universities on the one hand and companies on the other - making them areas particularly suitable for establishing 'Fellows for Industry'.
The network - coordinated by BIT, the Austrian Bureau for International Research and Technological Cooperation - consists of a group of experts from 12 countries, including five partners from candidate countries. It is a good example of a coordinated activity involving national and transnational organisations that matches the objectives of the European Research Area, currently being implemented by the Commission and Member States.

'Fellows for Industry' provides an integrated service for enterprises and scientists interested in participating successfully in the European Marie Curie fellowship programme. This service includes raising awareness amongst scientists and companies, offering information on the fellowship scheme, and providing targeted assistance and coaching in the entire process of EU proposal preparation including finding the best possible fellowship partners.

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Source: DG Research briefing note

Contact: : Dr Sabine Herlitschka, herlitschka@bit.ac.at

 
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Graphic element SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: World Sustainable Energy Day (19/01/01)
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  World Sustainable Energy Day 2001 will be celebrated with a special conference on 1 and 2 March.
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The conference, which takes place in Wels, Austria, will provide a key forum for presenting sustainable energy solutions, planning and launching political initiatives and starting partnerships. It will feature presentations from a range of experts in sustainable energy, transport and the environment. Participants will include decision-makers from the business community, the energy industry, universities and research institutions. The European Commission and Parliament, along with national public institutions, will also be represented.
Delegates will learn about some of the world's outstanding sustainable energy projects and initiatives and how they can contribute to protecting the environment and climate, and to developing European and global economies. Information on major European and international policy developments will also be revealed.

Winning formula
The organisers, who include the Austrian Government and the EU, hope to build on the success of last year's event which attracted more than 500 participants from 56 countries. Also, the winning projects of the Energy Globe Award 2001 will be presented within the conference framework. A grand gala awards' ceremony - held on 28 February - will celebrate the winners' achievements.

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Source: Conference programme brochure

Contact: Conference Office: office@esv.or.at

More information on this subject:
The conference website page: http://www.esv.or.at/

 
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graphical element SCIENCE ACCESS: Commission support for science shops conference (24/01/01)
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  The first ever conference on 'science shops' will be held in Leuven, Belgium, on 26-27 January.
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Science shops aim to provide independent research support by responding to the concerns of civil society. They seek to improve public access to and public awareness of science and technology. The term science is used in its broadest sense, incorporating social sciences as well as those disciplines based in nature, engineering and technology.
The conference is part of a project called SCIPAS (Study and Conference on Improving Public Access to Science through science shops) which has been awarded financial support by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme.

An international approach
Work on the project is being carried out by a consortium of participants from nine countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Romania, Austria, Israel, South Africa, and the USA. Objectives include starting an international network of science shops thereby facilitating greater access to scientific information, and stimulating transnational cooperation between science shops.
The conference will examine the outcomes of SCIPAS and present practical examples of science shop projects. Delegates will take part in workshops covering issues such as setting up science shops, training, and quality assessment. The event will end with an EC presentation on raising public awareness of science and technology.

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Source: Living Knowledge - The International Science Shop Network

Contact: Living-Knowledge@zonnet.nl

More information on this subject:
The Living Knowledge site:
http://www.bio.uu.nl/living-knowledge/

 
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Graphic element INFORMATION SOCIETY: EU gives 9.8 million euros for grid development (19/01/01)
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  The EC's Information Society Programme has committed 9.8 million euros to support a major computing project headed by CERN.
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Many computing experts see the DataGrid project as an ideal test case for the development and evolution of the existing World Wide Web, which was also pioneered by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.
As the Web is exploited by more people, its limitations in dealing with the huge amounts of data involved are becoming increasingly apparent. Its successor, the DataGrid will, according to CERN, allow people to tap into a valuable and powerful new resource through which super computers, processing farms, disks, databases, information systems, and people are linked by a high-speed network.

Open to all
The project aims to develop a new computing environment designed to analyse and move vast amounts of data. CERN and partners want to establish a Grid which is not owned by anyone or any organisation. It will be a flexible tool that is readily accessible as a valuable application for the scientific community as well as industry on a global scale.
The project was submitted to the European Commission last May and after a successful review the contract to provide funding for three years was signed in December. The Information Society Programme is part of the FifthFramework Research Programme for technology development.

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Source: CERN

Contact: Head of Press and Publications CERN, e-mail:Neil.Calder@cern.ch

More information on this subject:
The DataGrid Website:
http://www.eu-datagrid.org/

 
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