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11.04.2002

Polityka Unii Europejskiej, wiadomości ogólne

1. Commission to emphasise renewables and efficiency in new energy programme

Komisja Europejska musi położyć większy nacisk na energię odnawialną i wydajność energii w swoim nowym wieloletnim programie ramowym na akcje w dziedzinie energii, 'Inteligentna ennergia dla Europy', który ma być ogłoszony 17 kwietnia.

2. Explaining that FP6 is different to FP5 is not easy, says director in DG Research

'Nie można niczego ekstrapolować z Piątego Programu Ramowego [FP5] na Szósty Program Ramowy [FP6]. Jest to zupełnie inna koncepcja z powodu nowych instrumentów i tego, że chcemy zająć się sprawą nad-subskrypcji.' - powiedział Peter Kind, Dyrektor Zarządu Głównego ds. Badań dla 'Spraw strukturalnych Europejskiej Dziedziny Badań', w wywiadzie dla CORDIS News.

3. Commission proposes new FP6 Informatics System

Komisja Europejska opublikowała oferty na nowy system informatyczny, zaprojektowany do administrowania i komunikowania się w Szóstym Programie Ramowym (FP6).

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4. ESA study revels twice as many asteroids as previously believed

W naszym układzie słonecznym może być więcej asteroid niż dotychczas przypuszczano, według rezultatów pierwszego badania przeprowadzonego przy użyciu Obserwatorium Astronomicznego Promieniowania Podczerwonego (ISO) Europejskiej Agencji Kosmicznej (ESA).

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5. 'Dwarves are revolutionising information technology' - panel discussion in Brussels

Reprezentacja Północnej Westwalii w Unii Europejskiej razem z Politechniką w Aachen organizują wspólnie dyskusję panelową na temat 'Nanotechnologia: karły rewolucjonizują technologię informacyjną', która ma się odbyć w Brukselii wieczorem 14 maja.

6. Finland to host research management event

Międzynarodowy warsztat poświęcony zarządzaniu badaniami w Europie odbędzie się w miejscowości Turku, Finlandia, 27 i 28 maja.


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1. Commission to emphasise renewables and efficiency in new energy programme

Record Control Number : 18233

Date : 2002-04-08

Category : General policy

General Information :

The European Commission is to put greater emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency in its new multi-annual framework programme for actions in the energy field, 'Intelligent energy for Europe', to be announced on 17 April.

The programme has been organised into four separate themes: rational energy use and demand management (SAVE) , new and renewable energy sources (ALTENER) , energy aspects of transport (STEER) and promotion at international level of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency (COOPENER) .

The budget for the programme has not yet been finalised, but is expected to be around 256 million euro, compared with the 200 million euro foreseen for the period of 1998 to 2002, which was later reduced to 175 million euro.

One of the aims of the programme is to encourage investment in emerging technologies already on the market and to encourage the spread of best practice. Technological options as well as project results will be monitored in coordination with the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) .

Each area will be addressed with six types of action area:

- promotion of systems and equipment to ease the transition from demonstration to marketing;

- implementation of strategies, studies and the development of standards;

- development of information and education structures;

- creation of structures as well as financial and market instruments;

- monitoring;

- assessment of the actions' impact.

The new programme should help the Commission to fulfil a number of strategic objectives, including energy efficiency, an increase in the share of renewables in energy production, an increase in the share of renewables in total energy consumption and the Kyoto protocol.

The programme is also intended to raise awareness among the main actors, including national, regional and local public authorities, consumers, producers and professional associations, encouraging them to use efficient, intelligent and sustainable schemes for energy production and consumption. The aim is also to promote exchanges of experiences and know-how.

The Commission will propose the establishment of an executive agency with the task of managing and following up the programme, thus freeing up some Commission staff who were previously involved in this to concentrate on strategic activities, such as global monitoring and providing information about the programme.

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Data Source Provider : Press sources
Document Reference : Based on press sources
Subject Index Codes : Renewable Sources of Energy, Energy Saving


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2. Explaining that FP6 is different to FP5 is not easy, says director in DG Research

Record Control Number : 18236

Date : 2002-04-09

Category : General policy

General Information :

'You can't extrapolate anything from the Fifth Framework programme [FP5] to the Sixth Framework programme [FP6] . It is a fundamentally different concept because of the new instruments and because we want to tackle the issue of over-subscription,' said Peter Kind, Director of the Research DG's Directorate for 'ERA

- structural matters' in an interview with CORDIS News.

As head of the Commission's task force on the new instruments for FP6, the new EU four year research and development programme due to start at the end of the year, Mr Kind is well aware of the difficulties involved in developing new instruments and explaining how they will work. Speaking exclusively to CORDIS News, Mr Kind reflected on Commission's actions so far, including organising the publication of a call for expressions of interest and information seminars, as well as analysing the problems and the goals.

Rates of over-subscription in FP5 have been 'excessive' according to Mr Kind, and the new instruments proposed for FP6 are a way in which to reduce the time and money necessary to put together a project. The average size of a project in FP6 could be up to 10 times the size of an FP5 project, and the Commission is hoping that this will lead to a drop in the number of proposals received by a factor of up to 20 in comparison with FP5.

'When you translate that back to the number of topics you need to identify in the call, it means you're looking for a hugely reduced number because you only want to attract five per cent by number of the proposals you used to receive,' Mr Kind told CORDIS News. He believes it is paramount that contractors have an assurance that there will not be excessive over-subscription.

Mr Kind believes that this hugely reduced number of topics in the FP6 calls will mean a surge of hypothetical proposals in response to the publishing of a call for expressions of interest in March 2002.

'I suspect that if it's going to be anywhere away from the mean that we expect, it will be towards the too many rather than the too few. It is clear to those that are interested, that if they do not submit an expression of interest, their topic is in danger of not being in the call,' he said.

The Commission has other interests in issuing a call for expressions of interest. It is one more step in the quest to raise awareness about the new instruments, and provides the Commission with information on how successful their attempts have been thus far in explaining to researchers how the new instruments will function.

'The expression of interest requires people to go to the document, to understand what a network of excellence or an integrated project is so that they can start putting together their expression of interest. People will start forming embryonic consortia [and get them] to start crystallising their ideas,' said Mr Kind.

Conveying the message has been no easy feat, according to Mr Kind, even though the Commission has been in continuous consultation with stakeholders on the proposals for FP6. One of the principal problems has the constraints of language when attempting to describe new concepts, said Mr Kind.

'The English language, despite its richness of words, doesn't have new words to describe new concepts. The problem is, as soon as you see the word project or network, everyone immediately has preconceived ideas of what is a project and what is a network,' he added.

'Using words is not enough to convey the message. It requires a lot of extra information behind the simple words in order to make it clear that things have changed,' said Mr Kind, alluding to one of the reasons for the recent information seminars that the Commission organised in order to inform 'information multipliers' about the new instruments in FP6.

Mr Kind describes the seminars as a 'step inside the idea of consultation,' which the Commission adopted instead of presenting a fait accompli to the research community. Consultation has not been without criticism, as ideas have changed. Despite these difficulties, Mr Kind has no doubt that this was the right way to proceed.

'I think this is a much healthier way to develop new concepts. There's no reason why we are the only people with good ideas,' he said.

Feedback from the seminars as well as from general dialogue is being filtered through Commission task forces, which involve all of the DGs responsible for research activities. In addition to a task force on instruments, of which Mr Kind is chairman, such groups are also working on areas such as the evaluation process, model contracts and the informatics system used for submitting proposals.

The instruments task force is now moving down from the development of broad concepts, 'which are now more or less stable,' according to Mr Kind, to the more complex details. The group is working on issues such as ensuring the instruments are as simple and rapid to implement as they can be, whilst providing maximum flexibility and autonomy.

One new instrument which has received less attention than the networks of excellence and integrated projects is Article 169, something which Mr Kind describes as 'potentially the most powerful of all instruments.' Whilst the other new instruments are aimed at integrating institutions, Article 169 would see the integration of national programmes. Because of an implementation procedure which is 'frighteningly complicated', in the words of Mr Kind, 'it is very unlikely that it [Article 169] will be a generalised instrument, and certainly not in the foreseeable future.' The Commission will however present pilot proposals to the Research Council this year, with the aim of making the instrument more employable.

Alongside the new instruments, the old instruments will be used for those areas where researchers are not ready to use the new instruments. Responses to the expressions of interest will give the Commission an idea of where these areas lie. Although too early to know how FP6 calls for proposals will look, one suggestion is that they will list topics where proposals for integrated projects or networks of excellence are sought, and topics where specific targeted research project proposals are sought. These will be used 'where you want to move things forward, but can't use a big instrument,' says Mr Kind.

Asked whether everything is on schedule, Mr Kind replied by saying that 'it depends what is on the critical path.' The Commission's main concern is that the legislative process may be delayed, but 'the Commission will do everything it can to try and reach a consensus between the three main institutions involved to avoid going to the conciliation process...It's too early to be pessimistic, but it is a tall challenge,' added Mr Kind. //CPA

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Data Source Provider : CORDIS News interview with Peter Kind
Document Reference : Based on a CORDIS News interview with Peter Kind
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 5C, FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Policies


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3. Commission proposes new FP6 Informatics System

Record Control Number : 18239

Date : 2002-04-09

Category : General policy

General Information :

The European Commission has published proposals for new informatics system, designed to administer and communicate the Sixth Framework programme (FP6) .

The most advanced web-based technology available will be used to enable proposers and project participants to communicate with the Commission electronically. The directorates-general involved in research and FP6 say that they have agreed to produce this common informatics system to make communication with the Commission more transparent and rapid.

Given the interest of the research community, the scale of the task and the short time scale within which it must be achieved, the Commission has decided to publish its plans for IT developments, except where these relate to security.

It stresses, however, that these plans are subject to an 'ongoing political process for the adoption of FP6, its associated specific programmes and the rules for participation'. This political process may involve changes to the proposed system but the Commission will update the relevant website if and when such changes are made.

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Data Source Provider : European Commission
Document Reference : Based on information from the European Commission
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, ERA
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Information
Processing, Information Systems
Contact Person : For a detailed account of the components of the proposed Sixth
Framework Programme Informatics System, please consult the
following web address: http://europa.eu.
int/comm/research/fp6/it-system/index_en.html

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4. ESA study revels twice as many asteroids as previously believed

Record Control Number : 18235

Date : 2002-04-08

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information :

There may be more asteroids in our solar system than was previously thought, according to the results of the first search performed using the European space agency (ESA) infrared space observatory (ISO) .

The ISO Deep Asteroid Search (IDAS) indicates that there are between 1.1 million and 1.9 million space rocks larger than 1 kilometre in diameter in the solar system's main asteroid belt, around twice previous estimates. Astronomers believe, however, that it is still too early to revise current assessments of the risk of the Earth being hit by an asteroid.

Despite their relative proximity, it can be harder to observe asteroids in our own solar system than distant galaxies. The changing brightness of asteroids and their relative speed

- they have been dubbed 'vermin of the sky' because they often appear as trails on long exposure images

- means asteroids can prove elusive to astronomers.

IDAS, the first ever systematic search for these objects performed using infrared light, focused on the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter where asteroids are too far from Earth to pose any significant threat. As it is impossible to focus on the whole asteroid belt at once, astronomers analysed selected regions and then used a theoretical model to apply the data to the whole belt.

Edward Tedesco of the USA's TerraSystems Inc., one of the astronomers involved in the project, said: 'If you consider the average value of 1.5 million asteroids, the ISO result is about twice as high as estimated by two other recent studies in visible light.'

The ISO operated from 1995 until May 1998. During this period it made nearly 30,000 scientific observations.

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

Edward Tedesco
TerraSystems Inc.
Lee
New Hampshire
USA
Tel: +1-603-6595620
E-mail: etedesco@terrasys.com or E-mail: eft@mediaone.net

Leo Metcalfe
ISO project scientist
European space agency
Vilspa
Spain
Tel: +34-91-8131372
E-mail: lmetcalfe@iso.vilspa.esa.es

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5. 'Dwarves are revolutionising information technology' - panel discussion in Brussels

Record Control Number : 18234

Date : 2002-04-08

Category : Event

General Information :

North Rhine-Westphalia's representation to the EU together with Aachen University of technology (RWTH) are jointly organising a panel discussion on 'Nanotechnology: dwarves are revolutionising information technology', to take place in Brussels on the evening of 14 May.

The perception of nanotechnology has changed significantly in recent years. Whereas five years ago there was still a gap between the concept of nanotechnology and industrial practice, nanotechnology is now seen as a major driving force for massive long term influence on information and energy technologies as well as life sciences.

The panel discussion, with international experts, will address the most important economic and social implications of nanotechnology for Europe based on a realistic review of scientific and technical possibilities. The discussion will tackle questions such as: 'will there be a change in paradigms?', 'what are the chances for industry?', 'should top down and bottom up approaches be combined?' and 'do visions clash with facts?'

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Data Source Provider : RWTH Aachen
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 6C, FP6-INTEGRATING, MS-D C, FP6-NANOTECHNOLOGY
Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems, Electronics,
Microelectronics, Other Technology
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Priska Sonntag
EU office at RWTH Aachen
Tel: +49-241-8023648
E-mail: euf@rwth-aachen.de
or consult the following web address:
http://www.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/EUF/Veranstaltungen/Nanotech.
html


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6. Finland to host research management event

Record Control Number : 18248

Date : 2002-04-10

Category : Event

General Information :

An international workshop focusing on European research management will take place in Turku, Finland on 27 and 28 May.

The event will focus on three key themes: the Sixth Framework programme, EARMA's graduate studies programme for research management professionals and the Community of science services for universities to fund research funding.

Speakers will include Professor Anthony Davies from the University of London and Dr Frank Heemskerk of the EARMA (European association of research managers and administrators) .

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Data Source Provider : University of Turku
Document Reference : Based on an event announcement
Programme Acronym : MS-FIN C
Subject Index Codes : Scientific Research, Coordination, Cooperation, Information, Media
Contact Person : For further information, please contact:
Ms Soile Haverinen
E-mail: soile.haverinn@utu.fi
Tel: +3523336165


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