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We've put together details of a Berlin event which introduces life sciences researchers to basic management skills. The biennial ICT conference and exhibition will create an invaluable networking environment, where SMEs can learn more about funding opportunities in FP7 and meet potential partners.

Management Training for Life Sciences Researchers
5-9 May, Berlin (Germany)

Supported by the EU-funded TRAYSS PRIME project, this course will provide junior group leaders, postdocs, advanced PhD students and other scientists in the life sciences sector around the Baltic Sea region with the opportunity to acquire knowledge about important aspects of scientific management.

During the week, participants will learn the basic skills of how to manage projects and intellectual property, exploit research results and acquire EU funding. 'Soft skill' topics, such as self management and conflict management, will also be covered, and bioethical issues will be discussed with experts.

Courses will include extensive hands-on exercises and be conducted by international experts from industry, consulting and management companies, as well as EU funding experts.

Eureka Ministerial Conference
6 June, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Slovenia's chair of the EUREKA industrial research initiative comes to and end in June, when Commissioner Potocnik will talk more about the Eurostars Programme that has just been given the go-ahead with a EUR 300 million budget and a further EUR 100 million from FP7. The result of a joint effort between the EUREKA intergovernmental network and the European Commission, the programme offers dynamic research-oriented SMEs the opportunity to lead international collaborations on innovative projects.

2008 25-27 November, Lyon (France)

This biennial Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) event is organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for the Information Society and Media.

The 2009-2010 Work Programme for ICT research in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will be presented in detail. Other sources of EU research funding for ICT will also be examined, including the new Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). Together, these initiatives represent more than EUR 2 billion in EU support for ICT research over the next two years.

Special activities for young people and students - the researchers of tomorrow - are also taking place around the event. An exhibition will be showing examples of leading-edge research. But perhaps most importantly, ICT 2008 will provide small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the opportunity to meet and discuss possible research activities with potential partners interested in similar areas of work.