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04.04.2002

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

1. European chemical measurement network gets underway

Nowa fundowana przez Unię Europejską wirtualna sieć doskonałości w dziedzinie pomiarów chemicznych rozpoczęła swoją pracę.

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2. Survey shows further evidence of misunderstandings between science and society

Opinia publiczna spodziewa się zbyt dużo od naukowców, ale naukowcy nie potrafią zbyt dobrze przekazywać swojej wiedzy. To dwa główne odkrycia wynikające z badania przeprowadzonego przez MORI (Badanie rynku i opinii publicznej) w Wielkiej Brytanii, które podreśla przepaść pomiędzy percepcją nauki przez społeczeństwo i społeczność naukową.

3. EMBO calls for action to redress gender balance in life sciences

Europejska Organizacja Biologii Molekularnej (EMBO) wydała dokument wzywający do akcji mającej zapewnić równe traktowanie mężczyzn i kobiet w badanich w naukach o życiu.

4. ESA and UNESCO celebrate World Space Week 2002

Studenci, nauczyciele i ogólna publiczność są zaproszeni do Centrum Badań i Technlogii Kosmosu Europejskiej Agencji Kosmicznej (ESA) w Holandii, jako część Światowego Dnia KOsmosu, który odbywa się od 4 do 10 października 2002. <-- lead -->

Wydarzenia, warsztaty, konferencje

5. High level conference on air and space to take place in Brussels

'Europejska konferencja przestrzeni i powietrza' wysokiego szczebla, wspierana przez Komisję Europejską, AECMA (Europejskie Stowarzyszenie Przemysłu Lotniczego) i CEAS (Konfederacja Europejskich Stowarzyszeń Aeronautycznych) odbędzie się w Brukseli 28 i 29 maja 2002.

6. Conference to discuss automation within new global scenarios

'Automatyka w granicach nowych globalnych scenariuszy' to tytuł konferencji planowanej na 19 i 20 listopada 2002 w Milanie (Włochy), gdzie badacze, reprezentanci z przedsiębiorstw produkcyjnych, dostarczyciele usług i końcowi użytkownicy będą dyskutować nad automatyką, oprzyrządowaniem i mikroelektroniką.

7. Swedish conference to examine 'Life in space for life on Earth'

Wydarzenie '2002 życie w kosmosie dla życia na ziemi', składające się z Ósmego Europejskiego Sympozjum Badań Kosmicznych w Naukach o Życiu i 23-go Rocznego Międzynarodowego Spotkania Fizjologii Grawitacyjnej, odbędzie się w Sztokholmie (Szwecja) od 2 do 7 czerwca 2002.

8. ESA workshop to examine space technology for robotics

ASTRA 2002, Siódmy Warsztat Europejskiej Agencji Kosmicznej (ESA) na temat 'Zaawansowane technologie kosmiczne dla robotyki i automatyki', odbędzie się od 19 do 21 listopada 2002 roku w Europejskim Centrum Badań i Technlogii Kosmicznej (ESTEC) w Noordwijku (Holandia).

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9. Research visits to London's Natural History Museum

Muzeum Historii Naturalnej w Londynie ogłosiło wezwanie do składania wniosków w ramach projektu SYS-RESOURCE, akcji 'Dostęp do infrastruktury badawczej'. Projekt SYS-RESOURCE jest fundowany przez program Unii Europejskiej 'Poprawa ludzkiego potencjału' w ramach Piątego Programu Ramowego , FP5.

10. Euratom research and training actions

Komisja Europejska wezwała do składania ofert na pośrednie akcje badań i treningu (RT) we właściwym programie badań i treningu (Euratom), w dziedzinie energii nuklearnej (1998 - 2002).

11. Commission calls for study on biological status of species subject to import restrictions

Zarząd Główny Komisji Europejskiej ds. Środowiska ogłosił konkurs na badanie nad gatunkami, które są poddane ograniczeniom importowym.

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1. European chemical measurement network gets underway

Record Control Number : 18220

Date : 2002-04-04

Category : General policy

General Information :

A new EU-funded virtual network of excellence in the area of chemical measurement has started work.

Europe's Virtual Institute for Chemometrics and Industrial Metrology (VICIM) , which took up operations in March this year, aims to provide a valuable resource for industry in the analysis of chemical measurement data. The three-year initiative has been awarded 2.2 million euro of funding under the Growth programme of the Fifth Framework programme for research (FP5) .

Modern chemical measurement technology produces large amounts of complex information. Chemometrics focuses on the development and application of new data analysis tools, while metrology aims to ensure good quality data. Both have important applications in the industrial use of chemical measurement methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals and environmental monitoring. It is hoped that the integration of the two disciplines in one virtual institute will offer new opportunities for progress.

VICIM, which includes 13 centres from EU Member States and associated and candidate countries, will provide a range of services to the industrial community. These include courses in chemometry and metrology, precompetitive research and development through industrial consortia and commissioned research in the agro-food, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical sectors. It will also host industrial fellows and provide distance learning, consultancy, metrological support for standardisation bodies and guidelines and software.

Dr Jürgen von Frese of the Institut für Chemo

- und Biosensorik in Germany, one of the centres involved in the project, said VICIM would help to build links between fundamental research and industry. 'What's special about this network is that we will try to figure out what industry really needs,' he said. He added that the network aims to develop links with similar initiatives in areas such as bioinformatics in order to broaden the range of support for European industry.

Following an initial three years of funding from the EU, VICIM will become an independent research foundation.

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Data Source Provider : Institut für Chemo- und Biosensorik (ICB)
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ICB
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, GROWTH
Subject Index Codes : Measurement Methods, Industrial Manufacture, Other Technology,
Education, Training, Coordination, Cooperation, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:

http://www.quimica.urv.es/quimio/VICIM

or contact:

Dr Catherine Perrin
VICIM Secretariat
Dept. FABI/VICIM
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Laarbeeklaan 103
B-1090 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-4774513
Fax: +32-2-4774735
E-mail: vicim@vub.ac.be

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2. Survey shows further evidence of misunderstandings between science and society

Record Control Number : 18206

Date : 2002-04-02

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

The public expects too much from scientists, but scientists are not very adept at getting their message across. These are two of the findings from a survey carried out by MORI (Market and opinion research international) in the UK, which highlights the chasm between the perception of science between the public and the scientific community.

According to the survey, 61 per cent of the public expect science 'to provide 100 per cent guarantees about the safety of medicine', something which scientists claim they either cannot or should not deliver. On the other hand, scientists' poor handling of publicising their work is shown by the fact that only seven per cent of them spontaneously think of the media as an important group to communicate with. Some two thirds of scientists admitted to not having spoken to the media in the previous year.

The public also felt that scientists needed to improve their communication skills. Some 85 per cent of the public said that the scientists needed to improve the way they communicate their research findings to the public through the media. This is particularly important as 90 per cent of respondents relied on the media for information about science, with 65 per cent specifically highlighting television as their source.

Despite the clear gap between the public and the scientific community, the public remains largely supportive of science. Some 87 per cent of respondents felt that science had a positive impact on society, with only three per cent disagreeing.

The results of the survey served to underline the need for centres which bring together the public, the media and the scientific community. One such new centre, the Science media centre, opens on 2 April in the UK, to help science become more accessible to the public and to help the media become more accessible to scientists. The centre has been set up by scientists in recognition of their need to convey better the results of their work and to get the public to be more interested and supportive of their work.

'On the one hand we have a public with an apparently poor grasp of the way science works and on the other hand we have many scientists who are equally poor at engaging with the media,' said the head of the new centre, Fiona Fox.

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Data Source Provider : Science and media centre
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Science and media centre
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, SCIENCE-SOCIETY C
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Information, Media, Policies
Contact Person : For further information, please consult the following web address:
http://www.sciencemediacentre.org
Related News : 18172


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3. EMBO calls for action to redress gender balance in life sciences

Record Control Number : 18214

Date : 2002-04-03

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) has issued a position paper calling for action to ensure equal treatment of men and women in life sciences research.

The paper was endorsed by the EMBO Council following a meeting on 'The glass ceiling for women in the life sciences' held by the organisation in June 2001.

The paper highlights the under-representation of women in senior positions in the life sciences, stating that 'although there are at least as many women as men among undergraduate students, the proportion of women diminishes as one scales the career ladder.'

Research cannot afford this loss of talent, EMBO warns, as 'the life sciences are expanding rapidly and the demand for well-trained scientists is increasing at a time when the number of students studying science is decreasing.'

The pressures of combining work and family can also curb women's careers, says EMBO, as 'childbearing coincides with the period when most young scientists are establishing an independent position, and time away from the laboratory makes it more difficult to remain competitive.' In addition, women lack role models of senior women scientists, which, combined with a lack of workplace support, may make them 'hesitant to apply for research grants or senior positions.'

The document highlights discrimination of an overt kind, such as the dominance of men at conferences and in senior posts as well as more subtle means, such as lower salaries, which may stand in the path of women scientists.

It recommends collecting and monitoring information on employment, salaries, budgets, grants and laboratory space and establishing goals for increasing the number of qualified women in senior positions. It proposes offering support for scientists pursuing a research career whilst bringing up a family, promoting family-friendly policies such as childcare and flexible employment arrangements and raising awareness of the importance of female representation at conferences and courses.

It adds that mentoring programmes should be supported and women should be encouraged to apply for large, competitive research grants and assume senior positions in science.

EMBO is establishing a Restart fellowship programme for scientists who resume their research career after a break for childcare. The first deadline for applications is 15 August 2002.

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Data Source Provider : EMBO
Document Reference : Based on information provided by EMBO
Subject Index Codes : Social Aspects, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information about EMBO and the Restart fellowship
programme, please consult the following web address:

http://www.embo.org
Related News : 17928, 18155


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4. ESA and UNESCO celebrate World Space Week 2002

Record Control Number : 18216

Date : 2002-04-03

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

Students, teachers and the general public are invited to the European space agency (ESA) space research and technology centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands as part of World Space Week, which runs from 4 to 10 October 2002.

ESA, in cooperation with UNESCO (United nations educational, scientific and cultural organisation) is holding two days of special events at the International Space Station (ISS) user information centre at ESTEC.

On 6 October organised tours of the centre will include a presentation from a European astronaut and a virtual reality tour of the ISS. Student and teacher tours will take place on 7 October, including presentations on the ISS and 'Space and daily life.'

UNESCO, in cooperation with ESA and other space agencies, is holding an international essay contest for students on the World Space Week 2002 theme of 'Space and daily life.' The contest aims to encourage students to reflect on how space affects their daily life and how it will influence the development and security of society in the future. The contest is open to high school students aged 15 to 18.

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Pre-registration deadline for ESTEC tours: 30-06-2002.
UNESCO essay contest deadline: 31-07-2002.

Data Source Provider : ESA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ESA
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Education, Training, Information, Media,
Social Aspects
Contact Person : For further information on World Space Week 2002, please consult
the following web address:

http://www.esa.int/worldspaceweek

For further information about the events at ESA/ESTEC, please
contact:

Ms Barber Uijl
Tel: +31-71-5654626

For further information about the UNESCO essay contest, please
contact:

Ms Yolanda Berenguer
Tel: +33-1-45684171
http://www.unesco.org/science/earthsciences

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5. High level conference on air and space to take place in Brussels

Record Control Number : 18211

Date : 2002-04-02

Category : Event

General Information :

A high level 'European air and space conference', supported by the European Commission, AECMA (European association of aerospace industries) and CEAS (Confederation of European aerospace societies) will take place in Brussels on 28 and 29 May 2002.

The conference will be attended by Commissioners de Palacio and Liikanen, Spanish Research Minister Anna Birulčs, Research DG Director-General Achilleas Mitsos, Director-General of the European space agency (ESA) , Antonio Rodotŕ, several MEPs, as well as representatives of several European organisations and companies. It will focus on research and technology, civil aviation and space.

Parallel workshops will cover issues such as the response of research to future developments in civil aviation, large scale facilities and tools, military research and technology, space technology and research, safety, space telecommunications and Earth observation and GMES (global monitoring of environment and security) .

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Data Source Provider : AECMA
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
AAAF (Association aeronautique et astronautique de France)
Tel: +33 1 39 79 75 15
Fax: +33 1 39 79 75 27

or consult the following web address:
http://www.aecma.org/Whatsnew/EuropAirandSpaceConf_meta.htm


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6. Conference to discuss automation within new global scenarios

Record Control Number : 18218

Date : 2002-04-03

Category : Event

General Information :

'Automation within new global scenarios' is the title of a conference planned for 19 to 20 November 2002, to be held in Milan, Italy, where researchers, representatives from manufacturing companies, service providers and end-users will discuss automation, instrumentation and microelectronics.

The conference will seek to answer questions such as 'what is the impact of market globalisation on industry automation?', 'what is the current real value of strongly automated enterprises?' and 'how can new business opportunities be found through automation?'

The conference organisers are currently inviting papers for the conference, which should focus on the following issues:

- innovation and research in the field of automation

- design, simulation and modelling methodologies

- architectures and new standards for control in process and manufacturing industries

- optimisation and advanced control systems

- integration between automation and production management systems

- mechatronics

- instrumentation and methodologies for measurements, actuation and communication within the field

- automation and company business finance

- management and organisation of strongly automated businesses.

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Papers should be submitted by 22.04.2002

Data Source Provider : Federazione delle associazioni scientifiche e tecniche
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Programme Acronym : MS-I C
Subject Index Codes : Electronics, Microelectronics, Industrial Manufacture
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Bias 2002 Secretariat
Tel: +39-02-55181842
E-mail: eiom.fairs@bias-net.com
http://www.ilb2b.it


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7. Swedish conference to examine 'Life in space for life on Earth'

Record Control Number : 18221

Date : 2002-04-04

Category : Event

General Information :

The '2002 Life in space for life on Earth' event, including the eighth European symposium on life sciences research in space and the 23rd Annual international gravitational physiology meeting, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2 to 7 June 2002.

The event, organised by the European space agency (ESA) and the International society for gravitational physiology (ISGP) , will feature presentations from biological scientists on investigative results in gravitational physiology.

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Deadline for registration: 05-04-2002

Data Source Provider : ESA
Document Reference : Based on information provided by ESA
Subject Index Codes : Aerospace Technology, Scientific Research
Contact Person : For further information and to register, please consult the
following web address:

http://www.spaceflight.esa.int/users/symposium/index2.htm


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8. ESA workshop to examine space technology for robotics

Record Control Number : 18222

Date : 2002-04-04

Category : Event

General Information :

ASTRA 2002, the seventh European space agency (ESA) workshop on 'Advanced space technologies for robotics and automation,' will take place from 19 to 21 November 2002 at the European space research and technology centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

The event, organised by the robotics section of ESA's Technical and Operational Support directorate, aims to provide a forum for information exchange and discussion for the European space automation and robotics (A&R) community.

It will provide an up-to-date picture of planned space missions where A&R could play a major role, the A&R technology needs which can be derived from these application scenarios, the current status of European research and development programmes in the field of space A&R and new technology trends in the field.

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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 consult the following web address:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/conferences/02C18/index.html

For administrative and organisational matters please contact:

ESA/ESTEC Conference Bureau (ADM-ZRC)
PO Box 299
NL-2200 AG Nordwijk
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-71-5655005
Fax: +31-71-5655658
E-mail: confburo@esa.int

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9. Research visits to London's Natural History Museum

Record Control Number : 18217

Date : 2002-04-03

Category : Tender

General Information :

The Natural History Museum in London, the UK, has announced a call for applications under the SYS-RESOURCE project of the 'Access to research infrastructures' action. SYS-RESOURCE is funded by the EU's Improving human potential programme under the Fifth Framework programme for research, FP5.

The museum is inviting proposals from high calibre researchers seeking access to the collections and facilities of the Natural History Museum with the option of associated visits to the Linnean Society and/or the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Visits of up to 60 working days are allowed. SYS-RESOURCE is able to meet the costs of international travel, accommodation in London, a 'per diem' to cover living costs and research-related costs.

Applicants must be from EU or Accession State research groups.

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The deadline for submitting tender documents is 31-05-2002.

Tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text at
the reference given.

Data Source Provider : Natural History Museum
Document Reference : Based on information provided by the Natural History Museum
Programme Acronym : MS-UK C
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

Lyanne Houseago
Research and Consulting Office
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
Fax: +44-20-79425841
E-mail: l.houseago@nhm.ac.uk
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/science/rco/sysresource


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10. Euratom research and training actions

Record Control Number : 18223

Date : 2002-04-04

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for indirect RT (research and training) actions under the specific programme for research and training (Euratom) in the field of nuclear energy (1998 to 2002) .

Those eligible to participate in indirect RT actions under the specific programme are hereby invited to submit proposals that address the following parts of the work programme:

Research and Technological Development of a Generic Nature

Radiation protection and health

Scope will be strictly limited to the following topics:

- Mechanisms for and predisposition to radiation-induced health effects. Identification of genes, in particular those of low penetration, conferring predisposition to radiation-induced health effects; mechanisms and cellular consequences of radiation effects induced in the absence of initial DNA damage; mechanisms of genomic instability and its role in carcinogenesis and other non-cancer pathologies.

- Epidemiological studies. Investigation of the claimed excess of breast cancer in Chernobyl in contaminated areas of the former Soviet Union.

Indicative budget per activity: 2,5 million euro.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following cut-off date: 03-07-2002.

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The deadline for submitting tender documents is 03-07-2002.

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 given.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities
Document Reference : OJ No C 79 of 03-04-2002, p. 18
Programme Acronym : FWP-EAEC 2C
Subject Index Codes : Education, Training, Nuclear Fusion
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Nuclear Energy Information Desk
MO 75 5/59
B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32-2-2954991
http://www.cordis.lu/fp5-euratom/calls/calls.htm


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11. Commission calls for study on biological status of species subject to import restrictions

Record Control Number : 18224

Date : 2002-04-04

Category : Tender

General Information :

The European Commission's Environment DG has announced a call for tenders for a study on species which are subject to import restrictions.

The species in question are subject to import restrictions according to Article 4.6 of Regulation 338/97. The study is designed to provide information of the biological status of these species, currently around 375 taxa from 900 countries of origin. This information should allow the Commission to revise the annex of the suspensions regulation based on the best available information.

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The deadline for requesting tender documents is 29.04.2002.
The deadline for submitting tender documents 13.05.2002.

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 66-051278 of 04.04.2002, p.34
Subject Index Codes : Environmental Protection, Biotechnology
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Environment
Attn: Mrs Gail Kent
Unit ENV.5 'Budget and Finance'
BU-5 00/120
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2994449

For administrative and financial matters
Tel: +32-2-2960008

For technical matters
Tel: +32-2-2992095


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