The European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) and the Living Labs Open Innovation Community were launched in November 2006. A Living Lab is a system enabling people, users/buyers of services and products, to take active roles as contributors and co-creators in the research, development and innovation process. A Living Lab is based on a business-citizens-government-academia partnership.
In a Portuguese Presidency event on 17 October in Brussels, ENOLL announces the enrolment of 32 new members. Endorsing this development of the ENoLL, the Presidency wishes to encourage the development of innovation networks in Europe, fulfilling the development strategy articulated in the Lisbon Agenda. Read more
This report highlights major trends and developments on broadband access in the EU. The availabilty of broadband is a key indicator of ICT development. July data reveal that broadband has continued to grow in the EU, thanks to increasing competition. Although some European countries lead the world in broadband access, there is a growing gap between the best and the worst performers.
Data refer to fixed broadband lines only and have been validated by Member States via the Communications Committee. Read more
Although some European countries lead the world in broadband access, there is a growing gap between the best and worst performers, according to a report presented by the European Commission on 15 October. Lack of competition and regulatory weaknesses are cited as the main obstacles to broadband growth. The Commission will address these shortcomings in its proposals to reform the EU's Telecom Rules on 13 November. Read more
On 15 October the European Commission adopted a decision on the UK list of events of major importance for society to be broadcast free to air, either live or with a slight delay. The list covers not only international events like the Rugby World Cup Final, the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup Finals but also more specific national events like Cricket matches, the Grand National, the Derby, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games. Read more
The event is organised by Lazio Region - Regional Ministry for Consumer Protection and Administrative Simplification. The initiative is strictly related to the First European Summit on Interoperability in the iGovernment, held in Valencia, Spain, in 2006. The Interim Conference represents a middle step between the first and the second European Summit. The main objectives of the event are: enhancing and supporting good practices and knowledge sharing in the field of Interoperability in the iGovernment; analysing the state of the art of the initiatives promoted in the Interoperability Declaration of Valencia especially the creation of the European Regional Network for Interoperability (ERNI); involving national, European and International stakeholders and administrations in the organization of the Second Summit on Interoperability in the iGovernment, in order to represent as much as possible the reflection of European Regions' needs in the field of Interoperability. Read more
The Commission plans to publish in October 2008 a communication on 'telemedicine and innovative technologies for chronic disease management'. This communication will be the culmination of a process starting with the current consultation aiming at gathering expertise in all Member States. Read more
AGILENT, partner in the eHealth Project Multiknowledge, took part in the ISMB 2007 Conference, held in Vienna, July 21-25, 2007. The meeting has constituted an important chance to present the preliminary achievements of the Multi-Knowledge project (by mean of a poster and a lecture), but also to get a deeper knowledge on the progresses and advancements in the genomic and computational biology fields as well on other relevant aspects, such as ethics aspects, thus offering to the project new inputs and new issues to investigate.
The conference proceedings are now published online. Recorded presentation is also available at http://iscbsc.org/scs3/index.htm#agenda Read more
Four European scientists have been awarded the Nobel prizes for Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. Sir Martin Evans, of Cardiff University, shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine with two scientists based in America for their work on mouse genetics. Albert Fert of Université Paris-Sud and CNRS and Peter Grünberg of Forschungszentrum Jülich shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery of the effect underlying data retrieval from hard disks. Gerhard Ertl of the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin has been honoured with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his study of chemical processes on solid surfaces. Read more
Who will take care of the millions of older citizens in coming decades?
Many of tomorrow’s older adults will enjoy good health and independence into old age. Others will live with chronic health conditions, and many of them will rely on families and healthcare providers to manage as best they can. Clear social and inclusion challenges will accentuate in the upcoming years. New models of care are slowly emerging that will address the complex needs of patients and their caregivers, while providing relief to the already - stressed traditional models of acute care.
How is Europe reacting, which policies are in discussion, what are the perspectives of our Regions, what are they doing, can technology help? This workshop, part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, will explore these questions. Read more