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romoting Innovation Management Techniques in Europe
This report assesses the success of the Innovation programme's action 'Promotion of Innovation Management Techniques', which ran from 1997 to 1999. The action comprised 23 specific projects and six accompanying measures involving a total of 90 organisations in the 15 Member States and Norway, Iceland and Israel. The aim was to sensitise SMEs, consultants and business development organisations to the potential of IMTs. Over 700 SMEs in the European Union alone benefited from short consultancies, and two-thirds of the participating consultants are continuing to use the IMTs developed in the projects, the report finds.Contact
Fx. +352 4301 32084
anaging international projects
English, French and German versions,
ISBN 3-928110-02-0; 50 (on CD 100)
This workbook, subtitled 'How to promote co-operation of multicultural project groups', has been produced with the support of Enterprise DG by the partners of the Proinno (Promoting European Innovation Culture) Innovation project.
After outlining the life cycle of a typical transnational project, the workbook presents a number of concrete case studies, and identifies critical success factors. It also contains straightforward advice as well as performance tests, which may be completed by members of project consortia themselves, based on simple checklists.Contact
Krewer Consult GmbH, Proinno
Fx. +49 681 374 932
ublic Strategies for the Information Society in the Member States of the European Union
Produced by the Information Society DG's European Survey of Information Society (ESIS) project, this report provides an overview of national strategies as the basis for benchmarking, communication, partnership and the promotion of best practice. It will also serve as a navigation tool for all key actors.
It is becoming increasingly clear that information and communications technologies (ICTs) are having a major impact on the organisation and functioning of society. The report notes that very large amounts of public funding will be devoted to awareness raising, infrastructure development, new regulation, education and investment in application and service pilots over the coming years. Contact
The full report is available at http://www.ispo.cec.be/esis/
he EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research
In the decade during which the Task Force has brought together leading scientists from each side of the Atlantic to develop new ideas, biology has undergone a revolution, and international co-operation in the field has become both more feasible and more necessary. Subtitled 'Mutual understanding, a decade of collaboration (1990-2000)', this booklet demonstrates the Task Force's significant contribution to fields as diverse as neuroinformatics, genomics, nanobiotechnology and neonatal immunology.Contact
Quality of Life programme information desk
Fx. +32 2 299 1860
ecent developments in the use of environmental taxes in the EU
The latest developments in the use of environmental taxes in the European Union are described in the summary of a draft report recently published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The European Commission sees environmental taxes as important tools for creating market-based incentives for environmentally friendly commercial behaviour, and supports their application as a means of implementing the 'polluter pays' and 'user pays' principles. The report says that focus on environmental taxes is strengthening as the EU and Member States seek to achieve the Kyoto targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The summary of the draft report is available at
rowth in Action
The magazine will be published twice a year, along with occasional special editions. It will cover all aspects of FP5's Competitive and Sustainable Growth programme, in particular presenting the results of individual research projects. Articles in the first edition include the challenge of meeting increasing demands for transport whilst minimising environmental impacts, a report on new, safer, cleaner and more efficient forms of transport, a review of measurement and testing methods, as well as updates on Growth research priorities. Contact
n overview of developments and prospects for e-commerce in the agricultural sector
It is predicted that there will be around 25,000 operational Contact
e-commerce sites by 2001 - between 1,000 and 1,500 for the agriculture and food sector. In the US it is estimated that 14% of commerce in agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries will be online by 2005. This short report reviews current applications of the internet in agriculture and the food industry and considers its prospects for the future. Developments are considered in a European context, with examples.
The report is available in electronic form only at http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/markets/e-commerce/index_en.htm
C O N F E R E N C E S
econd European technology brokerage event on food
16-18 May, Marseille (France)
Organised by the Innovation Relay Centre French Mediterranean this event is aimed at technology users and technology suppliers. It includes scientific and technological conferences as well as meetings between companies and research centres designed to foster technological exchanges or partnerships, and transfers of technology or know-how. Contact
N. Sabatier, IRC French Mediterranean
Tl. +33 4 91 80 83 60
Fx. +33 4 91 80 55 82
ncouraging Baltic SME co-operation
17-18 May, Riga (Latvia)
The Baltic Sea Partenariat will serve as a platform for contacts between SMEs from the wood, construction, food products, chemical industry, machinery, IT and service sectors. More than 300 SMEs from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as more than 1,000 companies from 30 European countries, are expected to attend. The two days will be taken up with thousands of pre-booked business meetings, aimed at concluding cross-border co-operation agreements and stimulating SMEs' international business activities.
lectronic Business Technology Day
28 May, Bratislava (Slovakia)
Organised by BIC (Business and Innovation Centre) Bratislava, the event aims to develop transnational technological co-operation between companies, universities and research institutions in the fields of business-to-business and business-to-consumer systems and technologies as well as secure systems and data transmission.Contact
I. Filus, IRC Slovakia
Tl. +421 7 5441 7515
Fx. +421 7 5441 7522
30 May - 1 June, Lille (France)
The event will offer the opportunity to speak individually with experts, to exchange perspectives on e-novation and to take account of all of the dimensions of e-commerce. Meetings will take place between large enterprises in the areas of distribution, production and services, and 450 innovative enterprises involved in information technology and communication. Contact
Tl. +33 3 20 63 78 04
14-17 October, Cardiff (UK)
The European Commission's Innovation and SMEs programme and the European Patent Office have again joined forces to organise Europe's largest conference on patents and innovation. Hosting by the UK Patent and Trademark Office, it will attract high-level attendance from industry and from public authorities.
The broad theme of the conference will be 'Intellectual Property Rights in a knowledge-driven economy: Challenges ahead'. Following the conference opening and a short plenary, three parallel sessions will deal in depth with selected topics:
- patent information/EPIDOS Annual Conference
- the new economy - a challenge for IPR
- Intellectual Property Rights serving entrepreneurship
A link to the conference website will be available soon at /patinnova99/home.html