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    Hans-Olaf Henkel, former head of IBM Europe and of the German employers' federation, today presides over the 72 research bodies which make up the Leibniz Association. An interview with an industrialist who is passionately interested in science.
 
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Striving for excellence 07/11/02

Public and private research combine with particulr effectiveness in the aeronautics and space sector. This added value of coordination is in line with the priorities of the Sixth Framework Programme and the spirit of the European Research Area.

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On Earth as in the Heavens 07/11/02

Specialised incubators are networking to enable innovative SMEs to 'translate' the advances in space research into high-tech applications in other fields.

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Introduction: New frontiers for an enlarged European R&D 07/11/02

 

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Interview: Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner
responsible for enlargement
07/11/02

RTD info talks to Günter Verheugen, the European Commissioner responsible for enlargement, about the latest state of play on the enlargement process, the role of R&D in an enlarged union, and the benefits awaiting candidate countries participating in FP6.

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Interview: Michal Kleiber, Polish Minister for Science 07/11/02

What impact does research have on the economic development of the candidate countries? How well prepared are they for FP6? What new opportunities will it bring to scientists and researchers in the candidate countries? Polish Minister for Science, Michal Kleiber, gives his point of view on these and other pertinent issues.

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Sixth Framework Programme:
Widening the horizons of European research
07/11/02

The candidate countries have a long and fruitful history as regards EU research Framework Programmes. RTD info reports on the research collaboration to date and how the changes introduced under FP6 will affect these countries.

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NAS research in action: The story of a successful collaboration 07/11/02

Candidate country participation in EU research programmes began in 1992 under the Third Framework Programme. Since then, the number of projects involving partners from the candidate countries has increased steadily to the benefit of the entire European research community. Case studies of FP4 and FP5 projects demonstrate the wealth of scientific expertise and know-how on offer in the candidate countries.

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Centres of excellence add value to enlargement process 07/11/02

The Commission has backed the development of 34 centres of excellence in 11 candidate countries to help restructure their science and technology sectors.

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International co-operation to the fore 07/11/02

The network of Innovation Relay Centres (IRC), which aims to support and promote the cross-border transfer of new technologies, has recently been extended. It is already yielding successful results. Similarly, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has now opened its full range of activities to include scientists from the candidate countries.

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Who’s who: R&D address book for the candidate countries 07/11/02

A list of National Contact Points, Centres of Excellence and Innovation Relay Centres.

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Sixth Framework Programme in the starting blocks 28/08/02

On 3 June the Council of Ministers, European Parliament and Commission officially concluded negotiations on the final content of the Sixth Framework Programme 2002-2006.

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European research steers a new course
03/04/2002

On 28 January 2002 the Council of Ministers adopted a joint position - taking into account the Parliament's opinion - on the Sixth Framework Programme. The priorities, implementing instruments and budgets have thus been decided.

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The home straight
03/04/2002

Following the political agreement of 10 December between EU research ministers, the new generation of European programmes is fast becoming a reality. The budget and content of the new 2000-2006 Framework Programme have been set.

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Research 2002: the big November meeting
03/04/2002

The Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6) (2002-2006) will be launched between 11 and 13 November this year. To mark the occasion, a vast 'multiple dimension' conference will be held at the Palais du Heysel in Brussels.

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Partners in excellence 03/04/2002

With Union support, 34 multidisciplinary centres of excellence in 11 candidate Member States are now fully operational. Together they form an advanced platform for integrating their scientific and technological potential in the European Research Area.

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Indian resolve 03/04/2002

Since independence, India has concentrated on research to accelerate its development - with impressive results in a number of high-tech fields. Yet, despite its growing importance as a centre of scientific excellence, India still has some way to go. We profile this enigmatic nation, a nation with which the European Union is establishing closer cooperation.

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Technology without borders 03/04/2002

It is not always easy for high-tech SMEs to gain a foothold in foreign markets or to find partners outside their own country. To help them to make a success of international cooperation, the Innovation Relay Centres (IRCs) offer a network of experts active throughout Europe.

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This way for your euro coins... 16/01/2002
Setting aside the socio-economic and political dimensions, the switch to the euro is an unprecedented industrial challenge for coin manufacturers. For this reason, a joint Spanish and German project - under Eureka's Production Technologies Programme - has developed innovative, automated processes and quality/security control measures. RTD info 32
EU/China Co-operation: Research without borders 16/01/2002
On a recent European visit, Professor Xu Guanhua, Chinese Minister for Science & Technology , shared his views with RTD info on the importance of 'openness' and scientific partnership in promoting wider Sino-European co-operation. RTD info 32
Grist to the mill 02/10/2001

All over the world, Ariane, named after a heroine from Greek mythology, is the symbol of European technological know-how, recognised for its quality and dependability. Ariane rockets today rank among the world's leading satellite launchers. But Europe is not only at the forefront of space applications in the field of telecommunications and Earth observation.
 

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Researchers on the move 02/10/2001

At a time when the European Research Area is acquiring real substance, the European Union is preparing to welcome new members. Which raises the question of how to make the most of their potential scientific contribution. Meeting in Brussels this summer, researchers from this 'Greater Europe' looked at possible strategies to promote the essential movement of minds.
 

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Trouble in cyberspace! 02/10/2001 

A wave of revolt is rocking the world of life sciences. An appeal for a boycott of scientific publishers who refuse to publish articles about research results on-line, quickly and without charge, has already collected more than 26 000 signatures in over 150 countries. Europe is now getting involved in the debate - initiated in the United States - and proposing a constructive solution to the conflict by launching the E-Biosci initiative.
 

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The great ESO adventure 02/10/2001

Rewarding decades of perseverance, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) has now come into service on the Mount Paranal site, at the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile. This provides the European Southern Observatory (ESO) with the most powerful space exploration instrument in the world. We zoom in on a scientific 'epic' that is a flagship of European research.
 

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Future challenges 02/10/2001 

There are no limits to curiosity, especially when trying to explore and understand the immensity of the cosmos. This is why astronomers are constantly seeking to develop the tools to satisfy their perpetual desire to know more, to see further. At the same time as developing the Paranal VLT, ESO also started work on two international 'megaprojects' known as ALMA and OWL; both represent major scientific and technological challenges.
 

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Snapshot of a magazine 02/10/2001

Who reads RTD info? What do they think of it? What changes do they want to see? What purpose do they think it serves? Has it reached all its potential readers? In short, what is RTD info doing right, and what is it doing wrong? A questionnaire included with issue 29 (April 2000) answered these and other questions. Setting aside any false modesty, the overwhelmingly positive comments are as encouraging as they are constructive.
 

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The EU embraces space 11/07/2001 

All over the world, Ariane, named after a heroine from Greek mythology, is the symbol of European technological know-how, recognised for its quality and dependability. Ariane rockets today rank among the world's leading satellite launchers. But Europe is not only at the forefront of space applications in the field of telecommunications and Earth observation.
 

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A new European frontier 11/07/2001 

By the end of the year, European space strategy is due to produce a partnership between the Commission and the European Space Agency. Achilleas Mitsos, the Director-General for Research, is responsible for coordination and space policy at the Commission, and currently the co-chair of the task force.
 

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The Ariane connection 11/07/2001 

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been weaving the technological, scientific and commercial web of Europe's command of space for more than a quarter of a century. A brief profile of an institution renowned for its excellence reveals it is now ready to place its full potential at the service of European Union policies.
 

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