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uropean Innovation Scoreboard 2003
This CORDIS focus supplement presents the full text of the 2003 European Innovation Scoreboard, along with the accompanying data in an accessible graphical format. As one of the key annual benchmarking activities of the European Trend Chart on Innovation, the Scoreboard is becoming better and better known as a major reference document for European policy-makers. The Scoreboard’s growing authority comes partly from greater refinement in the data collection and processing, as partners from each participating state develop ever more sophisticated processes to manage their contribution. This year’s Scoreboard presents a snapshot of Europe’s innovation performance at a time when the Commission is preparing a new action plan on innovation due to be launched later this year.
Enterprise DG – Documentation Centre
Fx. +32 2 296 9930
cience, technology and innovation – Key figures 2003
ISBN 92-894-5814-3, KI-NA-20735-EN-C
The latest annual edition of this guide to research activity in Europe shows that Europe’s performance has been affected by the economic downturn experienced across the world in the past couple of years. The statistics look at both input – in terms of investment and human resources – and output – in terms of scientific publications and patenting. In many areas where recent trends have seen the EU closing the gap with its main competitors, the latest figures show the Union falling behind again. Although economic circumstances have affected all countries, it appears that Europe has been less able to maintain its performance in research and innovation. On the other hand, the figures show that the acceding countries – due to join the EU in May – are making good progress in catching up with existing Member States.
or download from http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/era/pdf/indicators/benchmarking2003_en.pdf
ECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2003
ISBN 92-64-10364-3, €49
The sixth edition of the OECD’s Scoreboard brings together over 200 indicators showing trends in the knowledge-based economy in the OECD’s member countries. These indicators cover four key areas: the creation and diffusion of knowledge, the Information Society, economic globalisation, and productivity and economic structures. Many of the indicators in this edition are new, and are intended to address emerging policy issues, including international mobility of researchers, new technologies such as biotech and nanotechnology, and the use of information technologies by firms and households.
or see web edition at http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/ 92-2003-04-1-7294/
C O N F E R E N C E S
ynchrotron radiation – technology transfer workshop
2 February 2004, Grenoble (France) The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is organising a technology transfer workshop with the aim of bringing researchers and institute managers together with technology transfer experts. Taking technology transfer as a long-term process, the seminar will look at the scientific, legal and human skills required, covering topics such as preparing the ground, assessing opportunities for technology transfer, and ensuring that relationships can endure.
icrosystems co-operation forum
19 February 2004, Munich (Germany) Demand for microsystems innovation is present in a wide range of markets, and depends on the interaction of a range of different disciplines, including electronics, mechanics, material sciences and embedded systems. This forum, built around pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between participants, is about opening up new opportunities outside the traditional value chain.
Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Tl. +49 911 206 71 160
Fx. +49 911 206 71 766
arly stage researcher mobility
25-27 February 2004, Lisbon (Portugal)
Supported by several pan-European organisations including the Marie Curie Fellowship Association (which brings together researchers who have received grants under EU Framework Programmes), this conference aims to promote good practice in encouraging the mobility of young researchers in Europe. It will examine obstacles to mobility, and will hear from young researchers about their own experiences.
niversity-industry forum on sustainability
26-27 February 2004, Bonn (Germany)
Organised by Copernicus-Campus, the European university network for sustainability, and supported by the EU’s Socrates higher education co-operation programme, this conference aims to increase mutual understanding between universities and industry. Looking at good practice in university-industry co-operation in the sustainability field, the event will explore options for innovative co-operation.
eet Laser – brokerage event
3-4 March 2004, Berlin (Germany)
Taking place alongside Laser-Optik Berlin, a major European conference for the laser, optoelectronics and optics sectors, this brokerage event will focus on pre-arranged meetings between individual participants. Organised by IRC Northern Germany, with support from the materials thematic group of IRCs, the brokerage event will bring together companies, research institutes and universities offering or looking for innovative technologies and processes.
H. Hanspach, Wirtschaftsförderung Berlin
Tl. +49 30 315 10299
Fx. +49 30 315 10316
uropean Tech Investment Forum
30-31 March 2004, London (United Kingdom)
The 11th edition of this forum, supported by the EU’s IST research programme, builds on the proven success in helping companies find investors at previous events. The forum provides a platform for Europe’s most promising or innovative information and communications technology companies to meet with active investors and larger companies seeking new technologies.
Europe Unlimited SA
Tl. +32 2 644 6580
Fx. +32 2 644 6581
anover Fair – brokerage event
19-20 April 2004, Hanover (Germany)
During the Hanover Fair, one of the world’s leading industrial markets, IRC Lower Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt will organise a co-operation event. Working with a number of partner IRCs from across Europe, the event will enable participants to meet with potential partners seeking or offering new technology. This year the focus will be on the fields of measurement, automation and process technologies.
S. Austermann, IRC Niedersachsen/Sachsen-Anhalt
Tl. +49 511 9357 491
Fx. +49 511 9357 439
ision for university-based research and innovation
25-28 April 2004, Liège (Belgium)
Following up its February 2003 Communication on the role of universities in the Europe of knowledge, the Commission is organising this conference to conclude its consultations and set out its strategy to help Europe’s universities play the greatest role in innovation. Topics to be covered will include the creation and certification of knowledge, the link between research and education, public-private partnerships, the research role of regional universities, and the challenges of inter-disciplinary research.
European Commission, Research DG
urrent Research Information Systems
13-15 May 2004, Antwerp (Belgium)
CRIS 2004, a European conference on research information systems, aims to promote both scientific discussion and information exchange. The value of CRIS in fostering dissemination of new knowledge for innovation will be central to the discussions. Among the topics to be covered will be support for R&D and innovation, the benefits of CRIS to researchers, quality requirements, technological developments in CRIS, and the step from information to knowledge.
Ministry of the Flemish Community, Science Division