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CeBIT 2009: Social Scientists meet ICT

The EU project PLATON+ supports this year’s Future Match to engage Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to undertake interdisciplinary collaboration projects with researchers from the ICT area.

3 March 2009 - 8 March 2009
Austria

The international brokerage event Future Match has been organised within the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) exhibition CeBIT since 1999. The EU project PLATON+ supports this year’s Future Match to engage Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to undertake interdisciplinary collaboration projects with researchers from the ICT area.

Even though the importance of social sciences to other research areas has been recognised and collaboration between different types of knowledge producers is encouraged on the European level, organised actions, such as events and other initiatives are well needed. The main idea behind EU project PLATON+ is also to ease the knowledge transfer between research areas and to promote the establishment of interdisciplinary research teams, in particular with the involvement of SSH researchers.

Future Match (www.futurematch.cebit.de) brings together all who are interested in establishing new cross?border contacts for future collaboration. Enterprises, universities and research organizations from both ICT and SSH areas are offered this year the opportunity to participate in face?to?face meetings to lay the foundations for interdisciplinary and cross?sector co?operations.

In addition, in the frame of the PLATON+ project (www.platonproject.net) the ICT work programmes of the European Framework Programmes 6 and 7 have been analyzed and the potential for interdisciplinary cooperation explored. The outcome of these analyses has been summarized for the Policy Brief ‘The role of socio?economic research in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) research domain’, available for download on the project website: http://www.platonplus.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=92&&Itemid=99999999 or at the PLATON+ booth at Future Match (Hall 9, A56).