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The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies established in Seville

On 15 April 1994 Professor Antonio Ruberti, the Commission Member responsible for research and education, and Professor Elias Fereres, Spain's Secretary of State for universities and research, signed an agreement in Seville setting up the Institute for Prospective Technologica...

15 April 1994 - 15 April 1994
Spain

On 15 April 1994 Professor Antonio Ruberti, the Commission Member responsible for research and education, and Professor Elias Fereres, Spain's Secretary of State for universities and research, signed an agreement in Seville setting up the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Union's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Cartuja Technology Park in Spain.

As Professor Ruberti pointed out, the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies is a key component of the mechanism being set up by the Commission to study and monitor developments in science and technology and for assessing research policy options. The Institute will provide the EU and other European authorities with objective data and analyses on the broad trends in science and technology in Europe and the rest of the world. It will liaise closely with organizations specializing in prospective studies and technology surveillance within the European Technology Assessment Network (ETAN), which is proposed in the framework of the specific programme of targeted socio-economic research under the European Union's Fourth Framework Programme for research technology and development (RTD)1994-98.

At the same time as the establishment agreement was signed, the IPTS and Seville University signed a collaboration agreement. In addition, a European economic interest grouping (EEIG) composed of the IPTS and research organizations from several European countries will be created. The Cartuja site's role as a regional centre for research, technology and innovation will be further enhanced by the establishment of Spain's Scientific Research Council near the IPTS in the near future.

The IPTS is one of the eight institutes of the Joint Research Centre. These institutes, each of which is specialized in a particular area (environment, remote sensing, advanced materials, etc.) conduct part of their activities under the specific programmes of the Framework Programme of RTD. They also provide scientific and technical support for the implementation of the Community's major policies in areas such as the environment, energy and agriculture.

In the coming years, the IPTS will set up a "European Science and Technology Observatory". This Observatory, working in liaison with the equivalent bodies at national and European level, will have responsibility for collecting, processing and disseminating information on research and technological development policies in the industrialized countries. A technology monitoring system will be developed to detect new scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations at an early stage, and to bring them to the attention of EU policy makers.

The eight JRC Institutes of the European Union are:
1.- Institute for Safety Technology (IST);
2.- Institute for Systems Engineering and Informatics (ISEI);
3.-Institute for Remote Sensing Applications (IRSA);
4.- Environment Institute (EI);
5.- Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM);
6.- Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM);
7.-Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU);
8.- Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS).
For further information on the IPTS please contact:

European Commission
Mr. Michel Andre
DG XII
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-2960781; Fax +32-2-2958220

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