World stage for IST in The Hague
Preparations are in full swing for the IST 2004 Event, a Commission-hosted showcase of the latest European research results and developments in the information communications and technology (ICT) sector. Ideas are still being accepted for the ‘networking sessions’ at the forum.
Following on from the successful 2003 event in Milan (IT), the IST 2004 Event will again be organised alongside the rotating EU presidency. This leading forum for information society technology (IST) stakeholders will take place – under the Dutch Presidency – in The Hague between 15 and 17 November. The broad theme for the event is ‘people’ and ‘the economy’.
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The event, which includes a conference, exhibition and networking facilities, is being organised by the Information Society DG of the European Commission in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. A key feature of the three-day meeting is the annual IST Prize, which is awarded to three of the best European innovations in the ICT field.
The 30 conference sessions at IST 2004 will look at ways to harness ICT in order to enhance European prosperity, security and quality of life. The exhibition of around 130 stands will show how information technology helps Europeans live and work together, while the networking sessions (numbering around 50) will bring delegates – industry, SMEs, policy-makers, business decision-makers, the research community and interested citizens – together to exchange new ideas and results, and to explore partnerships opportunities.
Building on the two main pillars of ‘people’ and ‘the economy’, the conference workshops and exhibits will fall under four headings. Theme one is ‘People, as individuals in the knowledge society’; theme two is ‘People as members of communities and organisations’; theme three is ‘Economy, the private sector in the knowledge economy’; and theme four is ‘Economy, the public sector in the knowledge economy’. All of these themes could include sub-themes covering the technological, political, societal and organisational implications.
A major draw card for the press corp each year is the IST Prize. Each year, three projects receive a grand prize of €200 000 in recognition of their contribution to innovation in Europe. Last year’s laureates – Picsel Technologies (UK), InSightec (IL), and CEDES and CSEM (CH) – beat off 420 innovative ICT-related projects from 28 countries for the grand prize.
The networking sessions have been built into the programme to complement the conference and exhibition. Bringing together thousands of delegates from all over the world, these sessions help the EU achieve one of its primary objectives, which is, according to the IST 2004 website, “to encourage forward-thinking collaborative initiatives that support the development of the European Research Area”. The deadline for submitting ideas for these sessions is 29 October.
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IST 2004 EventThe IST Prize 2003 winners (press release, 7 October 2003)Networking sessions (call for ideas)IST 2003 EventIST research activities (FP6 priority 2)