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IST 2004 Conference - The Hague, Netherlands

IST 2004 Conference - The Hague, Netherlands

IST workprogramme 2005-2006 and proposal submission

This session will present the IST Work Programme for 2005-06: the Strategic Objectives, the priorities, the instruments and the details of how to make a proposal. Special emphasis will be put on the understanding of the characteristics and concrete use of the instruments, and on the different cost models available. The session will allow for extensive interactions with the audience. The presentations will also address the practical aspects of proposal submissions, evaluation and negotiations and the contracting process, with details also on the modalities for participation of SMEs and non-EU countries, especially INCO target countries. (17/11, 9:00-12.00, repeated sessions, Escher 2 conference room)

EU Russia: Where does co-operation add most value?

Constant political dialogue takes place at all levels of EU-Russia relations, from the Summit meetings between Heads of State down to meetings of senior diplomats. Since 2001, Russia has become the first and, so far, only partner country to have monthly consultations with the EU Political and Security Committee. The EU also recognises Russia’s importance in the international scientific and technical community and the EU and Russia signed an Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation in 2000. The Agreement provides a framework for allowing Russian organisations to take part in EU research programmes and also promotes the free access to, and shared used of, research facilities and the visits and exchanges of scientists. This session will highlight how EU-Russia co-operation can be strengthen further and will underline Russian priorities on Information and Communication Technologies (17/11/2004, 11:00 - 12:30, Escher 1 conference room)

Open Discussion Forum on FP7

This session will provide an open forum for discussion on the Community Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development and, in particular, the parts related to Information and Communication Technologies. Participants can forward their questions on the above issues to the Commission through the conference web-site before and during the Conference. These questions will be addressed during the session following a brief introduction by the Commission. (17/11/2004, 14:00 - 15:30, Prins Willem Alexander conference room)

Free and Open Source Software in the Information Society

In recent years free and open-source software has developed from a movement to a very visible competitor in the software market. Business models for delivering open-source based solutions are currently being put into practice. This session will address open source in the public sector and industry, and touch upon wider socio-economic issues.This session will have contributions on calibrating open source research in European industry, open source in the public sector, the economy of open source software, industry and open source, the ITEA report on open source software, and eVillages - demonstrating exploitation of public sector information on an open source platform.(17/11/2004, 11:00-12:30,Rembrandt conference room)

iWater : exploiting water as a valuable online service

Water management is an issue of global importance. Enormous investments are needed to guarantee that the right amount of water is always in the right place.iWater will show operational, state-of-the-art water management technologies, in which the output of sensor networks is fed into theoretical models that forecast where and when problems will occur. The system is used for the remote control of water flow in sewage infrastructures. Video cameras in Friesland will show live images of the waterfront. These images are used by image recognisers which help monitor critical installations such as pumping stations (Exhibition, Dutch pavillion, stand H10)

European Technology Platforms

The primary role of Research and Technological Development in economic growth is widely recognised, but the level of investment in research in Europe is still lagging behind that of its main competitors. The concept of “European Technology Platforms” (ETPs) has been introduced as a means of stimulating investment in research by uniting stakeholders from the private and the public sectors in a common vision and approach to the development of the technologies, which are strategically important for achieving Europe’s future growth, competitiveness and sustainable development objectives. There is a specific focus on the definition of Strategic Research Agenda and the mobilisation of the necessary critical mass of research and innovation effort.This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about ETPs and clarify any outstanding issues. The Commission will outline the general objectives, principles, and state-of-play concerning ICT. Three pilot ETPs will be described, along with the views and expectations of industry participants (16/11/2004 -14:00 - 16:30 - Van Gogh conference room)

Citizens at the heart of public services

Governments at all levels -European, national, regional, local- and the entire public sector, in partnership with private companies, have to provide their services to every single one of their citizens. These services must guarantee safety, security, liberty and justice; cope with demographic changes such as aging populations and immigration; make Europe work better; create jobs and boost sustainable economic growth. On top of these challenges, each sector involved, e.g. public administration, health and environment, faces specific challenges such as reinforcing democracy, realising cross-border administrative services, improving efficiency and quality in health care diagnosis and delivery, and building up an infrastructure for emergency management applications. This session will involve a mix of politicians, researchers, and technology visionaries. It will present challenges, excellence and visions in research for services of public interest. (16/11/2004 - 14:00 - 16:30,Escher 2 conference room)

European IST prize : Ten Years of Innovation and Competitiveness of European IST Industry

During this European IST Prize 10th Anniversary Session, keynote speeches will be made by Fabio Colasanti (DG Information Society and Ad Huijser (Philips). The twenty winners of the IST Prize 2004, Europe's most distinguished award for groundbreaking IST products, will be celebrated in the Vermeer lounge from 18.00h to 19.30h on Tuesday 16 November. The winners, selected by the European Commission on 17 September 2004, each receive Euro 5,000 and were invited to exhibit in the European IST Prize Winners Village at IST 2004. Three Grand Prize winners, to be selected from among the twenty winners, will each receive Euro 200,000 and the European IST Prize Trophy at an Awards Ceremony in Brussels early in 2005. (16/11/2004, 17:00-18:00- Mondriaan conference room)

IST 2004 Event : open for business

Close to 3000 registered participants showed up for the first day of the event. After the opening and plenary session in the morning, the serious business of information exchange and networking got underway. By early afternoon the exhibition was buzzing with visitors. Visit the conference website for pictures on the event

Opening East to West - RTD cooperation between the EU, the NMAS and the NIS in IST priority projects

The Commission has supported a number of accompanying measures in FP5 and the first calls of FP6, to promote cooperation between the EU and the NMAS and NIS in IST priority actions. The objective of this networking session is to open East to West by bringing together these projects with players interested in collaborations involving partners from Member States, Associated States, New Member States, Accession Candidate Countries and Newly Independent States from East and South East Europe. It will provide an opportunity for networking and establishing contacts that will strengthen international participation in Europe's R&D activities. (16/11/2004 - 17:00-18:30, Mesdag Hall 2)

Software and Services: future directions

The benefits of the information society will be delivered to people and organisations through services supported by software. It is therefore important that Europe develops world class capabilities to produce and deliver advanced software and services, and promotes a competitive industry in this field. This networking session addresses "Software and Services" strategic objective, and will provide an opportunity to discuss future research orientations in the area of software, services and complex systems (16/11/2004 -17:00 - 18:30-Breughel 5)

EU-China : Where does co-operation add most value ?

China has undergone dramatic change since it opened to the outside world in 1978. It has become a major trading nation, thanks to a rapid internal transformation that has made it shift from a centrally planned economy to a market-driven one engaged in global commerce. The country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accelerated this process.On the research side, EU and China have cooperated very successfully and Chinese organisations have taken part in many IST projects. An IST conference session will offer an opportunity to hear presentations on China’s national Information Society programmes and initiatives. Because of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, an "EU-China Working Group on Digital Olympics" was created in 2002. This aims to take advantage of the 2008 Olympic Games to strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between Europe and China. (Tuesday, 16/11, 9.00-10.30, Room Prins Willem Alexander)

Services for the Mobile User

ICT applications and services for the mobile user remain high on the agenda. Progress in, for example, 3G systems and location-based and other context-aware services is opening up ever more possibilities for novel services supporting mobile living and working adapted to the users' needs and demands. A dedicated conference session will give insight into the emerging user-oriented e-services landscape, which surrounds and supports mobile users in a rich variety of situations including travelling, business, work, family and leisure. Issues addressed will include : after sales market services and remote services for cars; effortless services enhancing mobile users’ experience in daily life; end-to-end location-based services, wearable computing for a wide range of mobile worker communities and, last but not least, the immediate, automatic post-accident emergency call.

Communicating IST Projects and Results to the Marketplace, Media and Society: Expert advice and insights

Raising awareness of the results of IST-funded research is a key theme of IST2004 - participate in your future. This networking session aims to exchange practical tips and techniques for dissemination between expert practitioners and IST projects, and develop a list of useful resources for wider promotion after the event. The session is aimed at IST project participants and dissemination support organisations. The format includes brief presentations from key dissemination channels followed by a roundtable discussion (Tuesday, 16/11, 9:00-10:30, room Breughel 3)

Mobile and Wireless Systems beyond 3G

This networking session provides an opportunity for existing and potential participants in projects in the IST strategic objective "Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G" to meet together, and to obtain further information from Commission representatives about future activities, including Call 4. (Tuesday, 16/11, 9:00-10:30, Mesdag Hall 2)

EU-Russia Industrialists’ Round Table continues efforts to promote EU-Russia economic ties

At its 6th General Conference in The Hague, the EU-Russia Industrialists’ Round Table (IRT) - which annually develops recommendations to Russia and the European Commission on trade and regulatory barriers - adopted a set of joint conclusions and recommendations to governments on the implementation of the plan to create a Common Economic Space with Russia. The Round Table also adopted specific conclusions in the areas of Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, Transports and Forestry. The Commission expressed its support to the process, commending the IRT for the serious work carried out, and its efforts to promote closer economic relations with Russia and eliminate barriers to trade and investment. [link] also : IST2004 Event, The Hague, The Netherlands, 15-17 November 2004 - Conference Session: EU Russia -Where does co-operation add most value?)[/link]

IST 2004 Event : open for business

Opening speeches were made by Wilbert Stolte, deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague, Chris Buijnk, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and by Fabio Colasanti, Director General of the Information Society DG of the European Commission. Other keynote speakers included Mrs. Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, Mr. Mangena, South African Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Hendricks (Philips), Mr. Alahuhta (Nokia), Mr. Meric (HP Europe), Mr. Donofrio (IBM). The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by fireworks, followed by a VIP tour of the projects on show.

Dutch Pavilion : showtime !

The Dutch Pavilion presents examples of how Dutch ICT companies and universities are ensuring that every citizen benefits from the knowledge-based economy. A studio in the middle of the pavilion will present a series of shows including : Intensive Care Ambulance Online, a new process of intensive care transport ; SARAgene, giving an insight into genomics using virtual reality and 3D visualisation ; MobiData : instant information anywhere for police forces, fire brigades and ambulance services in mission critical situations. A detailed programme can be found at

New factsheets on the Information Society published

A number of new factsheets on the Information Society have been published. The factsheets are short, non-technical presentations of both EU Information Society policies and programmes. Factsheets on the EU's policies with regard to the electronic communications regulatory framework, the '.eu' domain, intellectual property and digital rights management, radio spectrum and mobile communications, privacy and spam, and on Programmes such as IST, eContent, eTEN and Safer Internet have been produced. Pick up your copy at the European Commission's Information Stand.

Networking sessions : join in !

Networking sessions bring together people who are interested in a specific topic in order to discuss project ideas, research activities and business partnerships. After a call for ideas for these networking sessions, more than 160 proposals have been received, out of which 72 sessions have been selected. All networking sessions are open for IST 2004 visitors.