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Information and Communication Technologies



29 June 2011
B-1160 Brussels, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Room 0/S1

Workshop objectives: The European Commission's proposal for a Common Strategic Framework (CSF) for EU research and innovation funding is planned for adoption by 30 November 2011. The public consultation on the CSF Green Paper closed on 20 May 2011 ( ). It has resulted in a tremendous response with some 750 position papers and over 1300 responses to the online questionnaire.
As a next step and to complement the Green Paper consultation, the European Commission organises a series of informal workshops in order to discuss with key stakeholders the specific objectives and areas that should be addressed in the CSF. In this context, this workshop will discuss potential activities under the broad domain of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). ICT is one of the enabling technologies which underpins industrial competitiveness across a range of existing and emerging sectors and which can be applied to address multiple societal challenges. It is important for Europe to maintain and build global leadership in this domain.
Participation: Some 60 invited participants representing the ICT research and innovation community - industry, business, academia and research laboratories, national and European funding agencies discussed the above issues. A short report of the workshop is publicly available.
Information and Communication Technologies ( ICT ) are critical to improve the competitiveness of European industry and to meet the demands of its society and economy.

On 4 July 2011, a related "Horizon 2020 thematic workshop" took place. This other workshop addressed "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" and materials from it can be accessed on this page .


10h30 – 12h30 Setting the scene: The CSF Green Paper Consultation – results and next steps (Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General, DG INFSO)

Report from the High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (Gabriel Crean, Vice-President CEA Technologies)

Report from ISTAG (Lutz Heuser, CEO at AGT Group (Germany) GmbH and CTO at ATS Group GmbH)

Questions and discussion

12h30 – 13h30 Sandwich lunch

13h30 – 16h30 Discussion of questions (chaired by the ICT Directors)

(a) How to best address R&D&I on generic ICT versus application-driven ICT? What are the links to societal challenges? (Megan Richards, Director INFSO D)
(b) How to best cover the full innovation cycle, from frontier research, to industrial research, to innovation activities? (Khalil Rouhana, Director INFSO E)
(c) What are the new research challenges to be addressed and the impact to be targeted? Are there any "negative" priorities which should not be addressed anymore at European level? (Mario Campolargo, Director INFSO F)
(d) What funding schemes and instruments are the most relevant ones for implementation, e.g. PPPs, open schemes? (Thierry Van der Pyl, Director INFSO G)
(e) EU versus Member States priorities - what are the best means for co-ordination (e.g. joint programming)? (Willy Van Puymbroeck, Head of Unit INFSO H5)

16h30 – 17h00 Conclusions

Summary presentation of Workshop findings and conclusions

Workshop Report


Chaired by Zoran Stančič (Deputy Director General, DG INFSO)