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Ideal-ist offers a new service for FP7 proposers: The Face2Face Brokerage Tool

Ideal-ist, the only quality-labelled partner search network for Information and Communication Technologies will provide a new service in addition to its well-established and successful partner search system: the Face2Face Brokerage Tool. This online brokerage tool enables registered proposers to promote their know-how and skills, their research interests and business needs. Additionally, the Face2Face Brokerage Tool will be used to plan Face2Face meetings in advance at specific events. Online registration for the forthcoming Face2Face event in Basel on June 25th is now open.

Brussels, 10 June 2009 - Ideal-ist, the worldwide ICT support network has been assisting proposers for 13 years in building consortia and strengthening the whole network for Information and Communication Technologies by using its unique quality labelled and well-established partner search system. Other services include providing update information to open calls and workshops for proposers. Just in time for the 5th ICT Call, which will be launched at the end of July, Ideal-ist presents its new software tool as an additional service to the successful partner search system: The Face2Face Brokerage Tool. This newly developed software is implemented on the www.ideal-ist.net website and offers the following possibilities: • to promote profile and collaboration offers and requests • to get in touch with other proposers • to book meetings with potential project partners on-line • to actively participate in a Face2Face event. To present, discuss and develop new project ideas for ICT in a cross-border environment as well as pursue business opportunities Next Brokerage Event organised by Ideal-ist with this new brokerage software is the CHALLENGE 3 FACE2FACE in Basel, on June 25th 2009. Ideal-ist is organising this brokerage event in collaboration with the European Commission, DG INFSO to provide the latest information about ICT Challenge 3 (Nanoelectronics Technology, Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control Systems, Photonics and Microsystems and Smart Miniaturised Systems) and to enable the participants to facilitate the setup of FP7 project consortia (ICT Call 5). Online registration is already open. It is intended to transfer some of the data collected through the Face2Face brokerage service of Ideal-ist for the benefit of Face2Face members of CORDIS. Proposers are offered, if they agree, an added opportunity to achieve further visibility through the CORDIS web portal and use the services offered by CORDIS. This event specific brokerage tool enables Face2Face members to match their ICT interests, expertise, collaboration offers and requests with those of other Face2Face members. Furthermore, the Face2Face Brokerage Tool will be used to plan pre-scheduled meetings at events between researchers, delegates from universities, government and laboratories, big companies and SMEs who want to find project partners or want to join a project from countries all over the world participating in the 7th EU framework programme. An intelligent search matching algorithm-software allows automatic allocation of timeslots for Face2Face meetings and simplifies the organisation of brokerage events as well as the success rate for finding appropriate partners. Face2Face Brokerage Tool is offered to all registered proposers with the partner search system and vice versa, registered Face2Face members also have full access to all other Ideal-ist services. Users will have to log in only once and can then proceed to the services they want : Partner search system or Face2Face Brokerage Tool. After filling in the relevant sections, Face2Face members can promote their know-how and skills, business and research interests and find potential partners. Face2Face members profiles and collaboration offers/requests will be quality-checked just as the partner search system By browsing or searching those with similar or complementary expertise, ICT interest, company mission, Face2Face members can match their interests with other Face2Face members, as well as look for open partner searches or post one in the Research as well as Business field by indicating type and a description of a collaboration offer/request and partner profile sought. Face2Face members will be supported throughout by a dedicated personal assistance from the Ideal-ist Face2Face team.

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