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29.11.2001

Informacje dotyczące Polski

1. Candidate countries describe boundaries to Framework programme participation

Potrzeba istnienia sieci centrów doskonałości, budowanie silnych partnerstw i i poprawa infrastruktur badawczych były najważniejszymi warunkami, które muszą spełniać państwa kandydujące, jeżeli chcą mieć realistyczną szansę uczestnicwa w programach ramowych Unii Europejskiej. Do wniosków takich doszli uczestnicy profesjonalnego seminarium na temat Uczestnictwa Państw Europy Centralnej i Wschodniej w Programach Ramowych, które odbyło się 26 sierpnia i które było zorganizowane przez KoWi, Niemiecką Aktywną Służbę Informacyjną.

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

2. Automotive industry calls for establishment of road transport advisory group

Członkowie EUCAR (Europejska Rada Badań i Rozwoju w Przemyśle Motoryzacyjnym) wezwali podczs corocznej konferencji EUCAR, która odbyła się 21 listopada w Brukseli, do stworzenia grupy doradczej ds. transportu drogowego w celu koordynowania badań nad transportem drogowym w Szóstym Programie Ramowym (FP6) i Europejskiej Dziedzinie Badań (ERA).

3. New research council aims to get European rail research back on track

Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Nauki Filip Busquin utworzył, podczas otwarcia Światowego Kongresu Badań Kolejowych 26 listopada w Kolonii, nową europejską radę doradczą ds. badań kolejowych.

4. Liikanen outlines action to prevent cybercrime hijacking ICT success

Członek Komisji Europejskiej ds. Przedsiębiorstw i Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego Errki Liikanen powiedział, że bardzo ważną rzeczą jest walka z cyberprzestępczością, która niszczy sukces technologii informacyjnych i komunikacyjnych w Europie.

5. Council moves to reduce number of animal cosmetics experiments

Rada Rynku Wewnętrznego, Spraw Konsumentów i Turystyki ustanowiła 26 listopada natychmaistowy, obowiązujacy w całej Europie zakaz testowania gotowych kosmetyków na zwierzętach, oraz zakaz eksperymentów na zwierzętach na potrzeby przemysłu kosmetycznego od lipca 2002, jeżeli istnieje inna znana możliwość.

Publikacja

6. CORDIS launches Descartes Prize service

CORDIS, Serwis Informacyjny Komisji Europejskiej, uruchomił nowy serwis związany z Nagrodą Kartezjusza.

Różne wiadomości

7. CORDIS offers interactive tool for research proposal evaluators

CORDIS, Serwis Informacyjny Komisji Europejskiej, uruchomił na nowo zaprojektowany interaktywny serwis dla fachowego składania wniosków.

8. ESA world first in laser satellite data transmission

Europejska Agencja Kosmiczna (ESA), w nocy z 21 na 22 listopada, po raz pierwszy na świecie ustanowiła połączenie informacyjne pomiędzy satelitami przy użyciu promieni laserowych jako nośnika danych.

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

9. Budapest to host EARMA conference on EU research innovation management

Ósma coroczna konferencja EARMA (Europejskie stowarzyszenie menedżerów i administratorów badań) na temat "Integracja Europejskiego zarządzania innowacją badań", odbędzie się w Budapeszcie, Węgry, 14 i 15 czerwca 2002.

10. Commission conference to mark launch of FP6

Od 11 do 13 listopada 2002 Komisja Europejska organizuje główną konferencję w Brukseli, aby zaznaczyć otwarcie Szóstego Programu Ramowego Unii Europejskiej (FP6), który będzie trwał od roku 2002 do 2006.

Konkursy i oferty Unii Europejskiej

11. Commission announces call for tenders for Internet audience measurement

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego ogłosił ograniczony konkurs na pomiar liczby osób używających serwisów internetowych (Użytkownicy i wykorzystanie internetu) w przyspieszonej procedurze.

12. Prior notice on ex-post evaluation of competitive and sustainable growth projects

Komisja Europejska podała wcześniejsze informacje na temat konkursu na ocenę rezultatów i przewidywanego społeczno-ekonomicznego wpływu 1500 ukończonych projektów z programu Konkurencyjny i Zrównoważony Wzrost.

Informacje dotyczące Polski


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1. Candidate countries describe boundaries to Framework programme participation

Record Control Number : 17677

Date : 2001-11-27

Category : General policy

General Information :

The necessity of networking centres of excellence, building up strong partnerships and improving research infrastructures was highlighted as vital if candidate countries are to have a realistic chance of participating in the EU's Framework programmes. These conclusions were drawn at an expert seminar on the Central and Eastern European countries' involvement in the Framework programmes on 26 August, organised by KoWi, the German research and development (R&D) liaison office in Brussels.

The seminar was attended by representatives from research institutes, research ministries, universities, the European Commission and other Brussels-based R&D liaison offices. The event included presentations on the European research area (ERA) in the context of enlargement, candidate countries' hopes for the Framework programmes and the results of two studies on the participation of Central and Eastern European researchers in the Framework programmes.

Summing up the seminar, KoWi director Martin Grabert said that there was one clear message: 'It is essential to find partners, good and reliable partners. Trust building actions should be a focus in constructing FP6 [the Sixth Framework programme] , both from the Commission and from the Member States,' he said.

Summarising other points which had been raised during the presentations and discussion, Mr Grabert said that there was a strong need to continue the activities of centres of excellence in FP6, and that when the European Commission organises expert seminars, candidate countries must be involved. It is important to offer young people chances and to enhance their participation in research, added Mr Grabert.

As part of its 'Fit for Europe' project, which aims to assist candidate countries in their FP5 involvement, KoWi had distributed a questionnaire to candidate country researchers. The questionnaire aimed to obtain both objective information on FP5 involvement and opinions of the researchers involved or seeking to become involved.

Presenting the project, coordinator Piotr Swiatek emphasised that the questionnaire would have taken around two hours to complete, but the response rate was nonetheless between ten and 40 per cent for each country, thus demonstrating a 'real interest in the issue'. Interestingly, the highest response rate was from the candidate countries experiencing the most difficulties in meeting the Commission's targets.

The survey indicated that the majority of respondents have a good knowledge of European funding mechanisms and wish to have further training, 78 per cent believing it would be beneficial to have this training in other countries. The completed questionnaires also highlighted difficulties however. Limited possibilities for contacting parties in the Member States make cooperation with the EU difficult. The main barrier to FP5 involvement is a lack of motivation among candidate country researchers, according to the survey, which the respondents believe to be caused by a low success rate in terms of proposal acceptance in the candidate countries.

Jana Körner presented the results of her study on the experiences of Polish researchers in EU environmental research. Most of those interviewed had either been a project partner or a principal contractor and nearly 70 per cent found the information they needed to apply on the CORDIS website. Nearly all respondents expressed the belief that participation in an EU project plays a major role for extending contacts and networks. Most had links with other research institutions, although more national than European institutions and 80 per cent collaborate with industry.

The Polish researchers highlighted a number of areas which they believe act as boundaries to full participation in EU projects, these include a lack of necessary equipment, poor relations with foreign researchers and a lack of foreign language skills. Ms Körner also cited a tendency among Polish researchers to be pessimistic about FP6 as they are 'under the impression that FP6 will only fund large projects with experienced teams, which would put Poland at a disadvantage.'

'Both studies show the Commission went a bit far in preparing FP6 when stating that all countries are equal already,' said Martin Grabert. Although much remains to be done, by both the candidate countries themselves and the Commission, a lot of progress has already been made.

The candidate countries have all been involved in discussions on the forthcoming FP6. Although unable to vote, all candidate countries have the right to participate in CREST meetings, the committee on scientific and technological research, where they are able to voice their opinions. Many candidate countries have also submitted position papers to EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.

'EU accession is the main driving force,' said Jerzy Langer, vice president of Euroscience, and member of the Polish academy of science. He said that this has lead to entrepreneurship among the younger generation, foreign investment and bilateral links. On the negative side, he highlighted the industry research paradox, explaining that there are still many research institutes working without industry and industrial centres without a local R&D infrastructure.

Norbert Króo, Secretary General of the Hungarian academy of sciences pointed out another paradox, the 'European innovation paradox', whereby although R&D is in good shape, the results of this are not reflected in the economy. 'We still have negative trade on high technology products and increasingly on low technology products,' he said.

All participants agreed that the candidate countries must work more on harmonising their national research programmes, improve their infrastructures and increase R&D spending. Andrzej Siemaszko, Director of the Polish national contact point (NCP) suggested that the candidate countries implement a 'stairway to networking', twinning Central and East European research centres with those in Member States, creating links to networks of excellence in Europe, networking at national and regional level, revitalising networks and cooperation with the newly independent states and establishing cooperation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) .

Christian Paterman, Director of the Research DG's 'preserving the ecosystem' directorate said that the candidate countries should also make more use of stagiere positions (temporary trainee positions within the European institutions) and encourage more researchers to become evaluators for project proposal submissions. He said that the Commission senses a resonance where this is concerned. He finished by saying 'don't forget, any transition period is difficult.'

Participants agreed that the Commission too must play its part. 'Collaboration has to start from the inception of the programmes. The candidate country researchers must be present at take off if we expect them to be interested in the landing,' said Norbert Króo.

Mr Langer also called for the use of cohesion and structural funds to finance the upgrading of research infrastructures, saying that 'in Poland, almost every euro is backed up by a Polish euro, which shows how much good you can do, how much influence you can have.'

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News attendance at a KoWi seminar
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News attendance at a KoWi seminar
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Regional
Development, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For more information on KoWi, please consult the following web
address: http://www.kowi.de

For more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:
Piotr Swiatek
E-mail: p.swiatek@bn.kowi.de
or
Jana Körner
E-mail: stagebruxelles@gmx.de

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne


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2. Automotive industry calls for establishment of road transport advisory group

Record Control Number : 17671

Date : 2001-11-26

Category : General policy

General Information :

Members of EUCAR (European council for automotive R&D) called for the establishment of a road transport advisory group to coordinate road transport research in the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) and the European research area (ERA) at the EUCAR annual conference in Brussels on 21 November.

Dr Ulf Palmquist, programme manager for carbon dioxide R&D (research and development) from EUCAR said that such a group is necessary to coordinate research efforts across the Commission's thematic priorities, and also to coordinate cross border issues such as road networks, energy consumption and emissions. It could also offer opportunities for a closer partnership between the Member States and industry.

Speaking to CORDIS News, Horst Soboll, Director of technology policy at Daimler Chrysler and vice president of EURAB (the EU's research advisory board) explained that under the Fifth Framework programme (FP5) , there are several key actions which relate to road transport and with different advisory groups. 'Land transport issues are scattered among various key actions in these groups and discussions run parallel on the same subject. It's not efficient,' he said. Mr Soboll gave examples of scattering under FP5, citing telematics, engine technology and intermodality as issues which are covered by different research programmes, if not different DGs.

Mr Soboll said that ideally, land transport would be dealt with under one programme, but if this is not possible, the second solution is that activities are coordinated. 'It makes sense that those discussing the same thing sit together,' he said.

Head of unit for the European Commission's city of tomorrow and cultural heritage unit, David Miles, conceded that whilst transport research was very coordinated in the first half of FP5, it tended to fragment in the second half of the programme. EUCAR members were concerned that the same thing would happen in FP6. However, following a vote by the European Parliament, 'sustainable surface transport' has now been added as an envisaged action under the 'sustainable development' thematic priority of the proposals for the next Framework programme. .

Dr Palmquist suggested a that a road transport advisory group take in representations from academia, industry, the Commission and the Member States are represented. Mr Soboll says he is 'more realistic', and would be happy if academia, industry and representatives from the Commission's relevant DGs would come together in such a group. He added that the next step would be for national representatives to join, but conceded that they may be reluctant to do so.

Opinion at the conference on who should take the initiative and form such a group was divided. Whilst Mr Soboll, argued that the Commission should request such a group is set up, Mr Miles responded by saying that the Commission cannot be on both sides. He contended that 'the key actors, the ones who want the results should be the driving force.'

Mr Soboll told CORDIS News that 'EUCAR would take the initiative and set up the group if the Commission gives a sign that it should. ' EUCAR is now waiting for such an indication from the Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin or Research DG Director Achilleas Mitsos.

Asked about using his position as vice president of EURAB to influence the Commission on the creation of such a group, Mr Soboll said that he has already proposed that the advisory group structure for FP6 be discussed at EURAB's first meeting on 13 December, but that he didn't convince the majority, so he doubts that it will be on the official agenda. Moreover EURAB tends to deal with non-sectoral issues, he added.

'I'm just one voice and we have to make sure we get a majority, so for the time being, I guess because it's sector related, we have to start at EUCAR,' he told CORDIS News.

Speaking for the Commission at the conference, Mr Miles was keen to reassure those present that the automotive industry's R&D needs will be catered for in FP6. He welcomed EUCAR's support for the proposed new tool, integrated projects, and suggested that the relevant parties start thinking now how such a tool could be used.

'My personal concern is that, if we wait until the first call for proposals it will be several months before an integrated project is started. Early work is very useful,' he said. He recommended that those involved in road transport R&D 'focus on research needs, specific issues, rather than the structure of the Framework programme. Take it for granted that they will be covered in one part or another of the Framework programme. Start by choosing what you consider to be the most important issues.'

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News interview and attendance at EUCAR conference
Document Reference : Based on CORDIS News interview and attendance at EUCAR conference
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C
Subject Index Codes : Transport, Policies
Contact Person : For further information on EUCAR, please consult the following web
address: http://www.acea.be/eucar
Related News : 16388, 17661


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3. New research council aims to get European rail research back on track

Record Control Number : 17676

Date : 2001-11-26

Category : General policy

General Information :

A new European research rail research advisory council (ERRAC) was launched by European Research Commissioner, Philippe Busquin, at the opening of the World congress on railway research in Cologne on 26 November.

The body will bring together private and public players in the sector and will help to define a strategic rail research agenda for Europe. It encompasses manufacturers, users, research organisations, environmental and urban planning groups, the European Commission and representatives of the EU's Member States.

The development will help the European Commission in its push to help 'rebalance transport in favour of rail,' according to Mr Busquin. 'The development of the high speed train shows that Europe has the engineering potential and a competitive industry. We now need to get better organised and maximise our resources and strengths from the public and private sectors. The set-up of ERRAC is a concrete example of what the European research area is all about,' he said.

The specific mandate of the ERRAC is to respond to the European Commission's White Paper on transport policy, strengthen the leadership of the European rail industry, maximise the synergies between European, national and private research, improve the response to user needs, reinforce Europe's move towards sustainable transport and provide answers to a number of outstanding themes, such as rail safety and interoperability issues.

There are presently 40 ongoing Community-funded research projects analysing improvements in the rail industry, with Community funding reaching more than 150 million euro. With the proposed European research area (ERA) , the focus for research will be placed more on ensuring that collaboration between countries, between private and public and between industry and academia, is optimised.

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research, Transport
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Jean-Yves Calvez
DG Research
European Commission
Tel: +32-22962921
E-mail: jean-yves.calvez@cec.eu.int


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4. Liikanen outlines action to prevent cybercrime hijacking ICT success

Record Control Number : 17693

Date : 2001-11-29

Category : General policy

General Information :

Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Errki Liikanen has said that action is crucial to prevent cybercrime hijacking the success of information and communication (ICT) technologies in Europe.

Commissioner Liikanen, opening the first plenary session of the European Forum on Cybercrime in Brussels on 28 November, said: 'When discussing security threats, we should not forget that it is actually the success of the information society that also attracts criminal activities and threatens network security.'

He explained that information technologies are now fundamental to European economy and society, and that 'the more networks are used for legitimate economic and social purposes, the more potential they offer for illegal activities either directly or in providing information and communication support to traditional crimes.'

New information and communication technologies are revolutionising our economies and societies, said Mr Liikanen, with e-commerce '[driving] a re-invention of the very concepts of companies and marketplaces.' But he explained that it is this emerging economic force which needs to be protected by developing security and tackling cybercrime.

Mr Liikanen highlighted the eEurope action plan, adopted by the European Council in June last year, which aims to increase security and step up the fight against cybercrime to protect the 'communication networks and information technology [that] have become a critical part of the infrastructure of our economies.'

He also pointed to a variety of measures to tackle cybercrime, drawing attention to a 'cybersecurity and cybercrime' communication issued by the Commission in January 2001 and jointly sponsored by Commissioner Liikanen and Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner, Antonio Vitorino. The communication, the first comprehensive policy statement of the European Commission on cybercrime, announces a number of initiatives. It includes a proposal for a framework decision that includes measures to combat child pornography. At the technical level, the Commission has been promoting research and development in this area using the Information Society Technology (IST) programme to boost the development of confidence-building technologies.

In addition, the Commission plans to adopt shortly a proposal for a framework decision to combat serious attacks on information systems such as hacking and the spread of viruses. In June, Mr Liikanen said, the Commission issued a communication on 'network and information security' to complement the forthcoming framework decision proposal and tackle some of the issues addressed in the January communication in greater detail. While the framework decision will deal with the prevention of crime, the second will facilitate the efficiency of ex-post criminal investigations.

He explained, however, that the task of formulating effective policy to combat cybercrime involves a balancing act between issues such as network security, economic priorities and the protection of privacy. The issue of the retention of traffic data

- a by-product of electronic communication which can prove useful in criminal investigations

- has gained a new importance since the terrorist attacks of 11 September in the USA, according to Mr Liikanen.

The retention of such data is limited in line with the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights. The regulations state that personal data may only be processed when necessary for legitimate purposes. Both EU data protection directives and the European Court on Human Rights also set out exceptional cases where this principle can be overlooked in the name of public security, defence interests or the prevention and investigation of criminal activity.

However, extending the storage time of traffic data to provide more material for the prevention and investigation of crime, which some law enforcement authorities have called for, raises fundamental legal, social and human rights questions, Mr Liikanen said, calling for further debate to move the issue forward.

Mr Liikanen also outlined the tripartite organisation of the Cybercrime Forum announced by the 'cybersecurity and cybercrime' communication. It includes a website where information and discussion papers are published and opinions can be voiced, expert meetings on selected issues and plenary sessions of the Forum in Brussels.

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Data Source Provider : Commission Press Room
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Commission Press Room
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, IST
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Telecommunications,
Safety, Social Aspects, Economic Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://europa.eu.
int/information_society/topics/telecoms/internet/crime/index_en.htm
Related News : 17404


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5. Council moves to reduce number of animal cosmetics experiments

Record Control Number : 17694

Date : 2001-11-29

Category : General policy

General Information :

The Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council agreed on 26 November on an immediate EU-wide ban on the testing of finished cosmetic products on animals, and a ban on all animal experiments for cosmetics from July 2002, if there is a validated alternative.

The compromise text seeks to strike a balance between the needs to protect human health, reduce the suffering of animals used in testing and comply with EU international trade obligations. As well as make up, cosmetics in this sense includes healing balms, toothpaste, shampoo, oral hygiene products, deodorants, shaving foam, soap, depilation products and sun creams.

Enterprise and Information society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen welcomed the compromise and stated that it should reinforce the EU's leading role in research on alternative testing methods.

Current chair of the Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council, Magda Aelvoet regards the agreement as the first step in reducing the number of experiments conducted on animals, and certainly not the last.

For a number of years, the EU has adopted the position that as far as possible, safety must be guaranteed by conducting tests not involving the use of animals. Compliance with this has led the cosmetics industry to find a number of alternatives for several tests previously performed using animals. Alternative testing methods are assessed by the European centre for the validation of alternative methods (ECVAM) and at an international level by the Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD) .

The agreement complies with the European Commission's proposals on the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) for research and development (R&D) , which, following amendments adopted by Parliament, reads 'in accordance with the Amsterdam protocol on animal protection and welfare, animal experiments must be replaced with alternatives wherever possible. Suffering by animals must be avoided or kept to a minimum.'

Although the immediate ban currently relates only to finished cosmetics, testing on cosmetic ingredients and combinations of ingredients will be banned on a case-by-case basis as soon as more of these alternative methods are validated. When no alternative testing method is available, researchers will be required to use a test which causes the least possible suffering to animals. It is thought that this agreement will lead to a reduction in the number of animals used for cosmetics experiments from 30,000 to between 7, 000 and 8,000.

The proposal agreed by the Council also includes a ban on the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals outside Europe in an attempt to discourage those in the cosmetics sector to relocate outside Europe, where such tests are sometimes still authorised or even obligatory.

Minister Aelvoet also secured a commitment to revise the European Directive concerning animal experiments in the chemical industry, which involves a significant number of animals. The minister has been very active in this area for a number of years. In Belgium, she has paved the way for the establishment of ethical commissions and the prohibition of a number of animal experiments. Her work has also led to the recruitment of new laboratory inspectors and the completion of an ongoing study into the ethical acceptability of animal experiments.

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Data Source Provider : Belgian Presidency and European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information from the Belgian Presidency and European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, SCIENCE-SOCIETY C, MS-B C
Subject Index Codes : Social Aspects, Scientific Research, Medicine, Health, Safety
Contact Person : For more information on the Council meeting, please consult the
following web address:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/index.htm

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6. CORDIS launches Descartes Prize service

Record Control Number : 17695

Date : 2001-11-29

Category : Publication

General Information :

CORDIS, the European Commission's Research and Development Information Service, has launched a new service to cover the Descartes Prize activities.

Launched in 2000, the Descartes Prize aims to promote scientific and technological excellence and raise awareness on successful European collaborative research in all scientific fields. A grand jury made up of well-known figures from academia, industry and public life selects the winners from a list of submitted research projects. The initiative stresses the European added value of cross-border teamwork and raises the profile of outstanding findings.

The new service offers all prize-related information for the media and potential applicants, including participation conditions, submission documents and descriptions of 2000 and 2001 winners' prize.

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Data Source Provider : CIMS
Document Reference : Based on information from service provider
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, FRAMEWORK 6C, IMPROVING
Subject Index Codes : Social Aspects, Education, Training, Economic Aspects, Policies,
Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.cordis.lu/descartes

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7. CORDIS offers interactive tool for research proposal evaluators

Record Control Number : 17670

Date : 2001-11-23

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

CORDIS, the European Commission's Research and Development Information Service, has launched a redesigned interactive feature for expert application submission.

The European Commission regularly uses experts and specialists to evaluate and assess research proposals or projects. Interested candidates are invited to submit their profiles on-line to be included in a roster.

CORDIS now features a simplified interactive application form allowing registered candidates to modify and update their profiles online or via e-mail. The new interface aims to support the supply of specialists to assess proposed or on-going Commission projects.

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Data Source Provider : CIMS
Document Reference : Based on information from service provider
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C
Subject Index Codes : Evaluation
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://candidature.cordis.lu/expert-evaluators


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8. ESA world first in laser satellite data transmission

Record Control Number : 17682

Date : 2001-11-27

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

The European space agency (ESA) set a world precedent on the night of 21-22 November when it established a data link between satellites using a laser beam to carry signals.

The SILEX system on board ESA's Artemis satellite was used to provide an optical data transmission link with the French space agency CNES's Earth observation satellite SPOT 4

SPOT 4 is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 832 km while Artemis is temporarily in a parking orbit at 31,000 km. Whenever the two satellites are in line of sight, images taken by SPOT 4 can be transmitted in real time via Artemis to the Spot Image processing centre in Toulouse, France, using the data laser link. Without the Artemis relay, the images are stored in SPOT 4's memory and downloaded to the ground stations in batches.

During the laser link experiment, the link was established four times during the course of four successive SPOT 4 orbits, during which it was maintained for a pre-programmed period of between four and 20 minutes. When the two satellites were in communication, test data was transmitted from SPOT 4 at a rate of 50 million bits per second with a high degree of accuracy.

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Data Source Provider : ESA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ESA
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Other Technology
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

ESA Communications Department
Media Relations Office
Tel: +33-1-5369 7155
Fax: +33-1-5369 7690

Gotthard Oppenäuser
ESA/ESTEC
Artemis project manager
Tel: +31-71-565 3168

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje


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9. Budapest to host EARMA conference on EU research innovation management

Record Control Number : 17675

Date : 2001-11-26

Category : Event

General Information :

The eight annual EARMA (European association for research managers and administrators) conference on 'Integrating European research innovation management' will take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 and 15 June 2002.

The event, organised by EARMA and the Hungarian academy of sciences, hopes to bring together research managers, administrators and other interested parties.

EARMA aims to improve the excellence and competitiveness of European research through improved research management and administration.

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Data Source Provider : EARMA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by EARMA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Innovation, Technology Transfer
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web addresses:


http://www.cineca.it/earma

http://www.sztaki.hu/conferences/earma2002


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10. Commission conference to mark launch of FP6

Record Control Number : 17680

Date : 2001-11-27

Category : Event

General Information :

From 11 to 13 November 2002 the European Commission will hold a major conference in Brussels to mark the launch of the EU's Sixth Framework programme (FP6) for research, which will run from 2002 to 2006.

The event aims to create a forum for the presentation of the objectives and priorities of the next Framework programme and to explain the rules for participation. It will also create opportunities for scientific debate and exchange of best practice beyond areas addressed in the Framework programme.

There will also be plenary sessions addressing all the main thematic priorities of the Framework programme and the cross-cutting issues of the European research area, such as human resources, mobility, patenting and intellectual property. Sessions will also be held to provide guidance on participation in FP6, along with symposia, workshops and poster sessions from science, industry and other interested parties on topical subjects which may extend beyond the remit of FP6. A call for proposals for the topical sessions will be published early next year.

In addition, the conference will feature project presentations for the media and a general audience presenting the aims and results of research projects carried out under past EU research programmes or projects involving international cooperation. In parallel to the conference, there will be a major exhibition of EU-sponsored research projects. Two press briefings will be held each day of the event.

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Data Source Provider : Research DG
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Research DG
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Research
Information and Communication Unit
Tel: +32-2-295 9971
Fax: +32-2-295 8220
E-mail: rtd-conference2002@cec.eu.int

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11. Commission announces call for tenders for Internet audience measurement

Record Control Number : 17669

Date : 2001-11-23

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission has announced a restricted call for tenders for an Internet audience measurement service (Internet users and usage) by accelerated procedure.

The eEurope 2002 action plan was launched at the Feira European Council in June 2000. It sets out a detailed programme covering 64 actions to accelerate the development of the information society in Europe. To monitor these developments, the Commission in cooperation with the Council has agreed a list of indicators to benchmark eEurope.

The Internet audience measurement service should cover the indicator on frequency of use, social data of the users, and type of use for at least 90 per cent of the population as well as at least 90 per cent of the Internet population of the EU (plus, if possible, Norway, Iceland and the United States) .

This call for tenders invites tenders from companies which currently provide an Internet audience measurement service.

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Remarks :
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 03-12-2001.

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 S 226-155377 of 23-11-2001, p. 63
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Social Aspects
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Information Society
Infso-1
Att: Ms Nina Obermaier
BU 24 1/8
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-295 4044
Fax +32-2-296 1780


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12. Prior notice on ex-post evaluation of competitive and sustainable growth projects

Record Control Number : 17674

Date : 2001-11-26

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has given prior information on a call for tenders for ex-post evaluation of the results and of the anticipated socio-economic impact of up to 1,500 finished projects from the competitive and sustainable Growth programme.

The awarding authority intends to issue a call for tenders for a five-year period contract for an estimated value of 4,500,000 euro.

The service consists in assisting the Commission in carrying out an ex-post evaluation of the results and of the anticipated socio-economic impact of up to 1,500 finished projects from the competitive and sustainable growth programme (RTD, demonstration and combined projects, thematic networks and concerted actions, and collaborative research projects, in the areas of innovative processes, products and organisation, sustainable mobility and intermodality, land transport and marine technologies, aeronautics, materials and their technologies for production and transformation, and measurements and testing) .

This evaluation aims to produce information documents on the achievements and anticipated impact of the programme, to identify projects which would benefit from innovation support measures, to identify factors contributing to the success or failure of projects and to identify areas of high and lower impact from funding by the Commission.

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Remarks :
Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to
consult the original call text, when available, 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 S 227-156032 of 26-11-2001
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, GROWTH
Subject Index Codes : Evaluation, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Scientific Research,
Transport, Other Technology
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Research
Directorate G
Office MO75 6/18
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-295 9312
Fax: +32-2-299 1848
E-mail: stefaan.vandendriessche@cec.eu.int


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