Publication date: 2005-06-03
While questions have been raised over the desirability of deeper European integration in some quarters this week, politicians and scientists alike continue to emphasise the importance of collaboration in the field of research. With most parties calling for an increased budget for EU research, there is a visible will for ’more Europe‘ in this policy area.
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The European Parliament's rapporteur on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) proposals has admitted that it will be very difficult to reach a timely decision on the issue as long as there is uncertainty surrounding the EU's financial perspectives for 2007-2013. MEP and former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek outlined his thoughts on the FP7 proposals and the political process now getting underway to adopt them during an interview with CORDIS News on 1 June.
The European Commission has tabled a five-year strategy, called 'i2010: European Information Society 2010', aimed at boosting jobs and growth in the information society and media industries, as well as stimulating the digital economy. i2010, which is the first new Commission initiative to be adopted under the EU's renewed Lisbon strategy, will be financed by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), which will provide 1.8 billion and 802 million euro respectively to boost innovation from ICT use.
'We have managed to take EUREKA a step further towards reaching the Lisbon goals,' said Kris Douma, Dutch MP and co-chair of the 15th EUREKA inter-parliamentary conference that took place in The Hague on 26 and 27 May. Asked about any changes to the EUREKA strategy, Mr Douma underlined that the resolution not only emphasises the importance of research, but also development and innovation. Indeed, the resolution invites the European Commission and the EUREKA member countries to 'work closely together to provide an optimal policy mix to support innovation'. Possible mechanisms for doing this, including Article 169, were dicussed on the first day of the conference.
These articles have been taken from CORDIS News, a daily news service updated every weekday lunchtime. For more research and innovation headlines, go to the CORDIS News homepage.
Focus on Innovation
'With this initiative, we hope to help make the 21st century the century of innovation,' said Innovact President François Cravoisier at the launch of Innovact in Europe, which took place in Brussels on 26 May. Innovact, the European forum for innovative growth companies, started ten years ago as a French regional forum for young companies seeking development solutions. It has now become the leading European network in this field.
Future of Research
The CORDIS 'Towards FP7' service has added a section for private organisations to its debate sections, enabling us to publish positions on FP7 from companies and other entities. First to be included in this section are Microsoft and Philips. In a paper that is likely to be controversial in some quarters, Philips calls for a number of regulatory changes, including the introduction of fast redress procedures, to be implemented, for example, in the form of second opinions following 'unjust proposal rejections'. The company would also like to see special treatment for large multinationals, frequent users and major framework programme participants.
A new article on the CORDIS Swedish Member State service reports that a council has been assigned the task of coordinating events to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linnaeus. The Swedish government has put aside seven million SEK (765,497 euro) for anniversary events.
A world textile conference, held in the context of the AUTEX (association of universities for textiles) network, will take place in Portoroz, Slovenia, from 27 to 29 June 2005. AUTEX brings together universities internationally renowned for their work in textile education and research. It involves institutions from Europe, both within and outside the EU, and a few from further afield. The association aims to play a leading role in the future development of textile education and in basic, strategic and applied research.
An international conference on intelligent transport systems (ITS) telecommunications will take place from 27 to 29 June in Brest, France. The event will bring together engineers and scientists working in the field of ITS, as well as those focusing on radiocommunications. Individual sessions will address infrastructure, research results, technologies, applications, policy and standards.
Calls and Tenders
The Commission's Employment and Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG is calling for tenders to draw up scientific summaries for the Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits to Chemical Agents (SCOEL). The eventual contractor will be responsible for the production of scientific summary documents for 26 chemical substances.
Pilze-Nagy Ltd in Hungary is seeking partners for research on the production of oyster mushrooms, as well as the production of bio-products and biomass technology. The company lists its research interests as the following: agrochemistry; microbiology; biochemistry; agronomics and production technology.
The CORDIS Partners Service publish partner profiles and find research collaborators to take part in EU-funded research, join a consortium or run a private collaboration in your area of interest. You can also search by profile type, programme and/or country to Find project partners for FP6 and FP7. To find partners for the Sixth Framework Programme, go to our FP6 Partners Service, which also features an advanced search facility.
The NACBO project is focusing on the study and commercialisation of overlapping areas in materials science, materials chemistry and supporting hardware systems. The partners intend to deliver novel and improved solutions to emerging and current needs in biology, health, chemistry, process engineering and environment, and in particular, molecular diagnostics.
An EU funded project has succeeded in creating a number of web-based tools associated with user capabilities and ontologies. Prototypes of the Ontology Knowedge Evaluator and the User Profile Editor have been developed, and can be used for demonstration purposes. The technology will facilitate start-ups' access to knowledge, and will enable corporations to cope with vast bodies of knowledge.
All emerging technologies featured in this marketplace are awaiting further exploitation, be it production, marketing, funding or further development. To see the range of new offers that are posted every week, go to Technology Marketplace.
Finally and briefly…
If you‘ve ever heard politicians offering to solve the world‘s problems without raising taxes, or seen those posters promising that you can earn hundreds of euros a day from home, you may have thought to yourself ’something smells fishy here‘.