Posted by Wout van Wijk, DG INFSO, Project Officer 'Trust and Security'
For a fruitful implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe's pillar on Research and Innovation, we are dependent on a strong and unified ICT scientific society. The following study provides the necessary tools to build one.
The final report of the study: "The Role and Impact of Professional and Scientific Societies in ICT Research, Education and Innovation"(1) is available online.
The study examines the current situation and the dynamics of the ICT societies in Europe, and proposes strategies to help overcome ICT society fragmentation, increasingly seen as a major bottleneck to their future development and their impact on research, innovation and policy-making. The study also created and developed an online inventory describing 442 societies throughout Europe to be used as a reference tool.
Europe hosts a large variety of ICT societies covering a wide range of topics, engaging in different activities and operating on different geographical level, either regionally, nationally or internationally. Moreover, societies take various legal forms and types of membership (e.g. individual researchers, other societies or institutions). As a result, European ICT societies are highly fragmented and do not have the same impact as other long-standing international scientific societies on new developments in information and communication technologies.