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&T institutions and S&T policies in the EU acceding countries
EUR 21166 EN This report, part of the IPTS’ Enlargement Futures project, aims to identify and analyse the technical, economic and social challenges the current and new Member States will face as science and innovation policies become more and more integrated. It looks at the main drivers of change in this field, and analyses ways to achieve and balance the twin goals of enhanced competitiveness and sustainability. The main focus is on integrating the new Member States into the Lisbon process. The report takes stock of the research capacities in the ten new Member States and three candidate countries, investigating the numbers of researchers in employment and their scientific output.
Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective
isbon Review 2004
This annual publication from the World Economic Forum assesses progress towards the Lisbon target set in 2000. It looks at the performance of the current and new Member States, as well as the three candidate countries. The report finds that the three Nordic countries are outperforming the US in many areas; others, particularly southern countries are falling behind. In fact, on many individual criteria, the best placed new Member States are doing better than the southern countries. The report concludes that the target is still achievable by 2010, but the strategy needs to receive the same attention as the internal market programme in the years up to 1992.
World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness
MEs and access to financeObservatory of European SMEs report 2003, No 2
This Enterprise DG-backed report looks at the different sources of finance available to SMEs across EU Member States and the conditions on which it is available. Rather than equity, it focuses on debt financing, in particular bank credit – which for the majority of SMEs is still the main source of funding. It also looks at short-term credit such as trade credit and alternatives to loans such as leasing. In general, the reasons why SMEs are refused credit tend to be quite similar across Europe, with the main differences relating to size: lack of collateral for smaller firms and poor performance for larger firms being the main reasons finance is denied.
European Commission, Enterprise DG
orld KnowledgeCompetitiveness Index 2004
This report provides an integrated and overall benchmark of the knowledge capacity, capability and sustainability of 125 regions across the world, using 19 indicators. It also looks at the extent to which the regions’ knowledge is converted into economic value and transferred to inhabitants’ wealth. The regions are made up of 45 in Europe, 55 in North America and 25 in Asia-Pacific. San Francisco (including Silicon Valley) heads the list, followed by Boston. The two highest ranked European regions are Stockholm at 15th and Uusimaa (Helsinki) at 19th. Indeed, of the top 50 regions, only ten are outside the USA.
Robert Huggins Associates
Tl./Fx. +44 1443 202 300
C O N F E R E N C E S
isheries and aquaculture – brokerage event
4-5 June 2004, Thessaloniki (Greece) This brokerage event takes place alongside the biennial Aliia international fair for fisheries andaquaculture. Organised by IRC Hellenic and the IRC network’s fish thematic group, the event covers sectors such as boats and fishing equipment,feed and pharmaceuticals, and packaging,transport and fish processing.
A. Karahaliou, IRC Hellenic
Tl. +30 210 727 3921
Fx. +30 210 724 6824
illennium Technology Conference
13-15 June 2004, Espoo (Finland)
This conference will look at the impact of technological change on people’s quality of life and the related challenges of corporate responsibility. It provides a forum for interaction between decision makers and scientists. The conference will also hostthe award of the Millennium Technology Prize, amajor new prize for technological innovation.
oznan International Fair – technology transfer day
15 June 2004, Poznan (Poland) This brokerage event takes place alongside the annual Poznan international fair, and is organisedby IRC West Poland. Participants will be able to arrange meetings and discuss opportunities in thefields of electrotechnics, electronics, measurement equipment, machine tolls and surface treatments.
C. Bohdanowicz, IRC West Poland
Tl. +48 61 827 9746
ifth International Venture Capital Forum
16-17 June 2004, Athens (Greece) This event is dedicated to matching entrepreneurs and investors from across south-eastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. It also provides a forum for investors to meet anddiscuss with policy-makers, entrepreneurs and researchers. Three of the best business plans submitted by entrepreneurs will receive a prize.
uropean Venture Market
16-18 June 2004, Berlin (Germany)
This venture capital market provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs looking for investment to meet a range of potential investors, gain new contactsand exchange ideas and experience. There will be presentations on best practices in presentinga business plan to potential investors, and best presentation will receive a prize at the event.
lue Biotech – brokerage event
17-18 June 2004, Blue Biotech is about turning marine resources into a wide variety of new products such as food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical products.This brokerage event, organised by IRC Scotland, provides the opportunity for marine researchers to meet with companies interested in developing new products. There will also be exploratory discussions on the development of a Scottish blue biotech cluster.
Oban (United Kingdom)
W. Burns, IRC Scotland
Tl. +44 141 572 1600
SPIM Conference 2004
20-24 June 2004, Oslo (Norway) The International Society for Professional Innovation Management 2004 conference addresses the theme ‘Successfully creating innovative products and services: integrating academia, businessand consulting’. It provides an opportunity for theoretical discussion of the key issues in innovationin the enterprise.
ST Mobile and Wireless Communications Summit
27-30 June 2004, Lyon (France) This IST-programme sponsored event provides the opportunity to see the latest research results from projects funded by the programme in the field of mobile and wireless communications. It also offers the chance to discuss business opportunities and explore future roles for actors in the sector.
C. Hossenlopp, Transit Communications
Tl. +33 4 7298 5858
echnology Transfer andInnovation Conference 2004
29 June – 1 July 2004, This annual conference, organised by TTI Ltd, provides an opportunity to hear and discuss the latest thinking on innovation from around the world, as well as to make contacts to further your organisation’s work. A series of practitioners’ workshops provide more in-depth case studies and the chance to look at solutions to specific problems.
Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Tl. +44 1367 245 217
ustainable urban management and land use
1-2 July 2004, Prague (Czech Republic) This conference, organised by the Commission’s Research DG and the Czech Senate, seeks to encourage the uptake of research results and in particular their application at the local level. Its focus will be on helping policy-makers and practitioners ensure sustainability in their work. The conference will also promote opportunities for participation in the Sixth Framework Programme.
thens Business Club
13-29 August 2004, Athens (Greece) An initiative of the Greek government, in partnership with the Olympic Games Organising Committee, the club aims to introduce foreign firms to Greek companies seeking opportunities for cooperation on both commercial and technical levels. Prior to the Games, the club will operate online. During the period of the Games, the club will provide facilities for meetings and work, along with networking opportunities.