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Tender Specifications: "Role and impact of professional and scientific societies in ICT research, education and innovation", SMART 2009/0061

Funded under: FP7-ICT

Abstract

Scientific Societies are public or private organisations established to further a particular scientific or engineering discipline, by promoting the related academic curricula and certification of skills (accreditation), issuing technical standards for products or processes, fostering the links between the scientific and engineering aspects of that discipline, disseminating technical information through conferences and journals, and protecting the legitimate interest of the professionals vis-à-vis their clients and the national governments.
In the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), scientific societies contribute to numerous policy aspects of crucial relevance for Europe, particularly related to the future of research, education and innovation policies. These include key issues such as the need to shortening the time to market of ICT research results, stimulating entrepreneurship and nurturing fast-growing ICT companies in Europe, reducing the shortage of ICT skills, ensuring the widest dissemination of scientific knowledge, furthering the construction of a European ICT Research Area, as well as promoting the international dimension of ICT.
Europe hosts a large variety of ICT societies covering a wide range of topics, engaging in different activities and operating on different geographical level, either regionally, nationally or internationally. Moreover, societies take various legal forms and types of membership (e.g. individual researchers, other societies or institutions). As a result, European societies are highly fragmented and do not have the same impact as other long-standing international scientific societies on new developments in information and communication technologies.

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Record Number: 9840 / Last updated on: 2009-07-09
Category: SUPP
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