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22.11.2001

Informacje dotyczące Polski

1. Busquin urges Industry council not to cut state aid to research

Członek Komisji Europejskiej Filip Busquin skorzystał z okazji na spotkaniu dotyczącym zrównoważonego rozwoju w przemyśle chemicznym, które odbyło się 20 listopada w zakładzie badawczym firmy Solvay w Brukseli, aby zachęcić europejskich ministrów ds. przemysłu aby zrobić wyjątek dla badań, kiedy będą redukować pomoc państwa dla sektora prywatnego.

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2. Research finds gene at root of birth defects

Badania przeprowadzone w Wielkiej Brytanii i wspierane przez Unię Europejską doprowadziły między innymi do zidentyfikowania genu, który wywołuje chorobę spina bifida i inne defekty urodzeń.

3. UK research partnership inspired by ERA

Partnerstwo Wielkiej Brytanii, które ma na celu zachęcenie do transferu rezultatów badań akademickich do zastosowań komercyjnych i przemysłu mówi, że zostało zainspirowane przez etos następnego programu ramowego (FP6) i proponowaną europejską dziedzinę badań (ERA).

4. PhD database formed

Została utworzona internetowa wirtualna wspólnota doktorantów aby umożliwić tym którzy pracują nad podobnymi lub powiązanymi projektami, aby móc się skontaktować i nawzajem pomagać.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

5. Presidency conference to focus on 'building bridges' between science and society

Konferencja organizowana przez belgijską prezydenturę na temat "Publiczna świadomość nauki i technologii w Europie oraz jej regionach; budowanie mostów ze społeczeństwem: testy porównawcze, najlepsze zwyczaje i różnorodność regionalna" odbędzie się w Brukseli od 16 do 18 grudnia.

6. PAXIS lines up innovative enterprises

Dwa wydarzenia związane z innowacyjnymi przedsiębiorstwami odbędą się w kwietniu 2002 roku w Sztokholmie, w Szwecji.

7. EU workshop to examine benchmarking of SME 'go digital' strategies

Warsztat Unii Europejskiej na temat testowania lokalnych i regionalnych strategii pomagania małym i średnim przedsiębiorstwom w technologiach cyfrowych, odbędzie się w Brukseli 21 i 22 stycznia 2002 roku.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

8. Commission announces call for proposals for information society RTD

Komisja Europejska ogłosiła konkurs na pośrednie akcje rozwojowo-badawcze w konkretnym programie badań, rozwoju technologicznego i demonstracji w programie Przyjazne Społeczeństwo Informacyjne (1998 - 2002).

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1. Busquin urges Industry council not to cut state aid to research

Record Control Number : 17653

Date : 2001-11-21

Category : General policy

General Information :

Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin took the opportunity at a briefing on sustainable development in the chemical industry, held at the Solvay research park in Brussels on 20 November, to urge Europe's industry ministers to make an exception for research when reducing state aid to the private sector.

Asked by CORDIS News about the use of public/private partnerships as a way of easing the burden on the state, Mr Busquin agreed that these are a good idea, particularly in pre-competitive research.

'Public/private partnerships can focus on a general interest or problem,' he told CORDIS News. 'They give new possibilities to reduce energy consumption and costs, which is of general interest. Our research projects address the common interest,' he said.

The Commission's role is to act as a catalyst, said the Commissioner, 'but our contribution is something which comes on top of financing from companies,' he said, adding that he wishes to see a synergy.

Mr Busquin also stressed the value of large companies, which often receive less attention than small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in discussions on EU funded research. 'SMEs are important, of course, but so are large companies

- they bring research along. We don't want to ignore these, especially in the chemical industry, where they have a leading role,' he said.

With the Industry council taking place on 5 December, Mr Busquin called on industry ministers to listen to their colleagues in research ministries.

'Industry ministers have understood that a priority must be the stimulation of investment. Of course we must reduce state aid, but there is unanimous agreement in research ministries that state aid should not be reduced here,' he said. 'We should provide tax incentives in this field,' he added.

Three projects focusing on sustainable development in the chemical industry were presented at the event. Mr Busquin highlighted the importance of sustainable development, saying that 'the main aim is to develop production methods and high quality materials, with high added value, which are environmentally friendly, safe and not harmful to health.'

The Commissioner also pointed out that the European chemical industry is still one of the world leaders, spending nearly six per cent of its turnover on research and development.

'If there is any sector in which we are the global leader, it is this. And we need to maintain that lead, that competitive edge,' he said.

The first project presented at the event is named INTINT (an intelligent separation technology) . Project coordinator Andrzej Górak explained how the project seeks to combine the chemical reaction and separation processes, thus saving energy, raw materials consumption and costs whilst increasing yields and developing cleaner processes. Some 15 partners, including large companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities from seven countries, including two candidate countries, are working together on the project. The results will be useful for a variety of products, from vodka to complex pharmaceuticals.

Mr Górak said that he is convinced that they will be able to apply the results, which will lead to an average saving of up to 20 per cent in operation costs and can be seen as a step towards zero waste.

Sylvie Cauvin from the Institut Français du Pétrol presented the second project, CHEM (a new decision support system for chemical/petrochemical processes) , which aims to improve chemical plant safety. The project involves partners from six EU states as well as Poland and international cooperation with Japan and the USA, who are providing their own funding.

Ms Cauvin said that is a serious industrial accident roughly every three years, costing the industry around 80 million euro. The project hopes to reduce both the number and the gravity of the accidents by providing concise and accurate information to plant operators, thus facilitating decision making. The root of many accidents lies in the complexity of control systems and in the difficulty operators have in making the right decision under extreme pressure in a very limited time.

'The project will integrate tools from leading European companies, universities and research organisations and will help companies to better operate, monitor and supervise processes,' said Ms Cauvin.

The SUPERPOL project (supercritical fluids clean up polymer manufacturing) was presented by project coordinator Costas Kiparissides. This new method of producing polymers will reduce energy consumption, pollution and emissions and eliminate organic and aqueous waste streams, said Mr Kiparissides. He added that the new technologies already generated by the project would not have been possible without the European Commission.

The new production methods developed by the consortium involve using supercritical fluids. These reduce the amount of toxic waste generated in conventional plastic manufacturing and also result in polymers of exceptionally high purity. These 'fluopolymers' are in great demand in many industries, such as aerospace, and have considerable potential for applications in nanotechnologies, particularly in medical applications of polymeric nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery.

SUPERPOL involves universities and leading European chemical companies and promises rapid commercial implementation. 'Companies that can produce the highest grade fluopolymers will control the markets for semiconductors and other applications,' said Mr Kiparissides.

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News interview and attendance at Commission event
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News interview and attendance at Commission event
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, GROWTH
Subject Index Codes : Industrial Manufacture, Materials Technology, Safety, Economic
Aspects, Policies
Contact Person : For further information on sustainable development, please consult
the following web address:
http://europa.eu.
int/comm/research/growth/gcc/projects/sustainability.html

More information on the projects can be found at the following web
addresses:
http://plato.chemietechnik.uni-dortmund.de/tv/english/index.html
http://www.chem-dss.org
http://europa.eu.
int/comm/research/growth/gcc/projects/sustainability-superpol.html

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2. Research finds gene at root of birth defects

Record Control Number : 17649

Date : 2001-11-20

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

Research carried out in the UK and supported by the European Union among others has identified a gene which causes spina bifida and other birth defects.

A team of scientists and researchers led by Dr Philip Stanier at Imperial College. London, and by Professor Andrew Copp at University College, also in London, made the discovery using mice to replicate human test conditions. 'We have identified the gene that is mutated in the loop-tail strain of mice. These mice develop the severe form of spina bifida closely resembling that seen in humans,' said Dr Stanier.

Spina bifida, one of the most common birth defects, occurs in early pregnancy when the neural cord, the part of the foetus that forms the brain and the spinal cord, fails to close properly. Having narrowed down to 12 genes those that were suspected of causing this to happen, the teams carried out tests which revealed that 11 of them were involved in neural cord formation. A mutation in the twelfth newly identified gene, Lpp1, was discovered, leading to the team's findings.

'Our identification of the loop-tail gene is a key finding which will aid in understanding the developmental pathway that regulates neural tube closure. The long term aim of our research is to develop new methods for preventing spina bifida by treating the embryo as it develops during pregnancy,' said Professor Copp.

Spina bifida affects one in every 1,000 pregnancies and its effects can range from stillbirth, in the most severe cases, to paralysis and incontinence.

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Data Source Provider : News sources/Imperial college
Document Reference : Based on information supplied by Imperial college as well as news reports
Subject Index Codes : Medicine, Health, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Judith Moore
Imperial College of science, technology and medicine
Tel: +44-207-594 6702
E-mail: j.h.moore@ic.ac.uk
http://www.ic.ac.uk


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3. UK research partnership inspired by ERA

Record Control Number : 17651

Date : 2001-11-20

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

A UK partnership which aims to encourage the transfer of academic research results into commercial applications and industry says that it has been inspired by the ethos of the next RTD framework programme (FP6) and the proposed European research area (ERA) .

Jon Holmes, manager of the Smart Optics Faraday partnership, said that the partnership has applied for a grant from the UK government to look into boosting the involvement of research and industry in the next EU framework programme and help improve access to EU funding opportunities. Mr Holmes said the partnership would be looking in particular at networks of excellence under FP6, CRAFT and European space agency (ESA) and European Southern Observatory (ESO) programmes.

The Smart Optics Faraday partnership is an organisation managed by 3 'hub partners'

- UK optical instrumentation company Siraeo, the Mullard space science laboratory, which is part of the University College of London, and the UK astronomy technology centre, part of the Royal Observatory. Each partner contributes personnel and resources to the project, which helps to exploit the results of academic research by funding projects targeted at end products with commercial applications. He explained that a study is currently being undertaken on EU funding opportunities, the conclusions of which should be ready by early 2002.

He said that half a million pounds of funding has been provided both by PPARC (the particle physics and astronomy research council) and EPSRC (the engineering and physical sciences research council) to support research work in the UK. The partnership has also been awarded a 1.2 million pound grant by the UK government's department of trade and industry to run the partnership, including its web site and promotional activities, for three years.

There are a total of 18 Faraday partnerships in the UK, aimed at improving collaboration between academic research and industry.

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Data Source Provider : Smart Optics Faraday partnership
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Smart Optics Faraday partnership
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Innovation,
Technology Transfer, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web addresses:


http://www.smartoptics.org

http://www.faradaypartnerships.org


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4. PhD database formed

Record Control Number : 17652

Date : 2001-11-20

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

An online virtual community of PhD students has been created to allow those working on similar or related projects to contact and assist each other.

Additional features such as fora and discussion groups are planned for the community, as well as links which could assist with studies.

The organisers have established free membership of the community until October 2002. Signing up for membership is available at the address given below.

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Data Source Provider : Website organisers
Document Reference : doctoralstudents.com
Subject Index Codes : Information, Media, Education, Training, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.doctoralstudnets.com

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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5. Presidency conference to focus on 'building bridges' between science and society

Record Control Number : 17657

Date : 2001-11-21

Category : Event

General Information :

A Belgian presidency conference on 'Public awareness of science and technology in Europe and its regions; building bridges with society: benchmarking, best practices and regional diversity' will be held in Brussels from 16 to 18 December.

The conference aims to boost debate on the relationship between science, society and the citizen. It is hoped that discussions at the event will produce recommendations on issues such as such as the need for a general public which is well-informed in matters of science and technology, a skilled work force and cultural and democratic aspects of the gap between science, technology and society. EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will give the opening address at the conference, which will also feature talks from Commission, government and academic representatives.

The event is being co-organised by the European Commission, the Belgian federal office for scientific, technical and cultural affairs, the French Community and the Walloon Region. It is being co-ordinated by the Flemish Community.

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Data Source Provider : DG Research
Document Reference : Based on information provided by DG Research
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, SCIENCE-SOCIETY C
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Social Aspects, Education, Training
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:
http://www.cordis.lu/belgium/17122001.htm


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6. PAXIS lines up innovative enterprises

Record Control Number : 17658

Date : 2001-11-21

Category : Event

General Information :

Two events geared at innovative enterprises will take place in April 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The third European forum for innovative enterprises will take place on 8 and 9 April, and is designed to analyse the latest developments for innovative start-ups. Attended by European Enterprise and Information society Commissioner, Erkki Liikanen, the event will bring together specialists in the field, highlight results and progress from the PAXIS project and will finish with an awards dinner where the European 'Regions of excellence' will be announced. An exhibition of projects and networks working in collaboration with the PAXIS project will also be available.

On 9 and 10 April, the Gate2Growth annual conference will also take place in Stockholm bringing together the main elements needed for innovative start-ups, including venture capitalists, advisors, entrepreneurs and intermediaries. The event will provide opportunities for networking, as well as being able to discuss pertinent issues such as patent protection, academia-industry interface and financing opportunities.

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Data Source Provider : PAXIS
Document Reference : Based on event announcements
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, INNOVATION-SME
Subject Index Codes : Coordination, Cooperation, Economic Aspects, Information, Media
Contact Person : For further information on the Third European investment forum
event, please contact:
Astrid Severin
Tel: +32-2-7140742
Fax: +32-2-7140762
E-mail: astrid_severin@saatchi.be

For further information on the Gate2Growth event, please contact:
Guilia Antonelli
Europe unlimited
Tel: +32-2-643 7179
Fax: +32-2644 6581
E-mail: gate2growth@e-unlimited.com
http://www.e-unlimted.com

For further information on PAXIS, please consult the following web
address:
http://www.cordis.lu/paxis


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7. EU workshop to examine benchmarking of SME 'go digital' strategies

Record Control Number : 17663

Date : 2001-11-22

Category : Event

General Information :

An EU workshop on benchmarking local and regional strategies for assisting SMEs to 'go digital' will take place in Brussels on 21 and 22 January 2002.

The Committee of the regions and the European Commission are sponsoring the workshop, which will examine key strategies and actions that governments, regional and local authorities have launched in order to help SMEs increase their use of information and communication technologies.

The event aims to:

- present a wide-ranging picture of current policy initiatives in support of e-business for SMEs in Member States;

- present the suggested analytical framework and benchmark indicators to benchmark such policy initiatives;

- invite all participants to assist in completing the picture of main e-business policies for SMEs by providing information about the main regional/local activities in their area.

National, regional and local e-business policy makers, SME associations, academics, policy analysts and experts from international organisations will participate in the workshop.

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Data Source Provider : DG Enterprise
Document Reference : Based on information supplied by DG Enterprise
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Lordana Eleftheriadou
DG Enterprise
European Commission
E-mail: lordana.eleftheriadou@cec.eu.int
Related News : 17636

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8. Commission announces call for proposals for information society RTD

Record Control Number : 17646

Date : 2001-11-19

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has announced a call for proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on a user-friendly information society (1998 to 2002) .

Those eligible to participate in indirect actions under the specific programme are hereby invited to submit proposals that address those parts of the work programme given below. The indicative total budget available for this call is 370 million euro of Community contribution.

Part 1a: Proposals for RTD, demonstration and combined RTD/demonstration projects. Fixed deadline: 21 February 2001 at 5 pm Brussels local time.

- Key action I

Action lines:

IST-2002-1.1.1.

- 1.1.2. IST-2002-1.2.1 IST-2002-1.4.1

- Key action II

Action lines:

IST-2002-II.1.1 IST-2002-II.1.3

- Key action III

Action line:

IST-2002-III.5.3 KA3

- Key action IV

Action lines:

IST-2002-IV.2.1

- IST-2002-IV.2.3 IST-2002-IV.3.1

- IST-2002-IV.5.2 IST-2002-IV.6.1 IST-2002-IV.7.1

- IST-2002-IV.7.2 IST-2002-IV.8.1

- IST-2002-IV.8.3

- Others:

Action lines:

IST-2002-V.1.9

- IST-2002-V.1.10 IST-2002-V.1.14

- IST-2002-V.1.15 IST-2002-VI.2.1

- IST-2002-VI.2.2 IST-2002-VII.1.1

- IST-2002-VII.1.2

Part 1b: Proposals for take-up actions and support activities. Fixed deadline: 21 February 2002 at 5 pm Brussels local time.

- Key action I

Action lines:

IST-2002-1.4.1 IST-2002-1.5.1

- Key action II

Action lines:

IST-2002-II.1.2

- IST-2002-II.1.3

- Key action III

Action lines:

IST-2002-III.5.1

- IST-2002-III.5.2

- Key action IV

Action lines:

IST-2002-IV.2.1

- IST-2002-IV.2.4 IST-2002-IV.3.1 IST-2002-IV.7.1

- IST-2002-IV.7.2 IST-2002-IV.8.1

- IST-2002-IV.8.4

- Others

Action lines:

IST-2002-V.1.9

- IST-2002-V.1.10 IST-2002-VI.2.1

- IST-2002-VI.2.2 IST-2002-VII.1.1

- IST-2002-VII.1.2

Part 2a: Proposals for RTD, demonstration and combined RTD/demonstration projects. Continuous submission scheme: proposals may be submitted at ay time with a final reception deadline of 28 February 2002 at 5 pm Brussels local time.

Action lines:

IST-2002-VI.1.1 IST-2002-VIII.1.6 0 IST-2002-VIII.1.7 IST-2002-VIII.1.11

Part 2b: Proposals for support activities. Continuous submission scheme: proposals may be submitted at ay time with a final reception deadline of 28 February 2002 at 5 pm Brussels local time.

Action lines:

IST-2002-VIII.1.1

- IST-2002-VIII.1.4 IST-2002-VIII.1.6

- IST-2002-VIII.1.10

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Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to
consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the
European Communities at the reference below.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities
Document Reference : OJ No C 321 of 16-11-2001, p. 13
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
The IST Information Desk
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
E-mail: ist@cec.eu.int
Fax +32-2-296 8388 http://www.cordis.lu/ist


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