EEA Grants Iceland, Liechtenstein Norway

Greece launches €38 million open call. Greece announced an open call for proposals on 11 January 2008 making more than €38 million available for individual project applications under the EEA financial mechanism. A total €36.25 million has been earmarked applications for individual projects within the priority sectors protection of the environment, protection of sustainable development, conservation of European cultural heritage, human resources development and health and childcare. The call for proposals is open to applications from all Greek legal entities, ranging from public and private sector bodies to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Projects may also be implemented together with partners from the donor countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Applications can be submitted until 12 May 2008 to the Greek Focal Point.

Financial Mechanism Office is seeking Statistician/Reporting Officer. The Statistician/Reporting Officer will provide the stakeholders with information regarding the overall impact of the grant assistance provided by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Deadline 29 February 2008


Lead market initiative. The European Commission has introduced the lead market initiative to unlock markets for innovative goods and services by lifting obstacles hindering innovation. The following six markets are proposed first: eHealth, protective textiles, sustainable construction, recycling, bio-based products and renewable energies. EC stresses the fact that the initiative is focused on a competitive, demand-driven approach and avoids “picking winners.”

European Science Fondation

Stem cell research aims to tackle Parkinson’s disease. New ways to grown brain cells in the laboratory could eventually provide a way to treat Parkinson’s disease.

European Environment Agency

Call for framework contract with European Environment Agency. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) published two calls for framework contracts with the European Topic Centres that support the activities of EEA: EEA/BSS/08/001 — Biological Diversity, Ecosystem Assessment 2009-2013 EEA/SKI/08/001 — Sustainable Consumption and Production 2009-2013 The deadline of the call is on April 21, 2008, requests for documentation has to be send to EEA 5 days before the deadline at the latest. EEA organizes an infoday on January 23, 2008, in Copenhagen,

Sviluppo Lazio

Novità sulla legge regionale n. 36/01, che disciplina le modalità di individuazione dei sistemi produttivi locali, dei distretti industriali e delle aree di investimento, nonché le modalità di finanziamento dei relativi progetti innovativi e di sviluppo.

Legge 46/02, stanziati dieci milioni. Dieci milioni di euro stanziati dalla Regione Lazio nel triennio 2008-2010 da destinare non solo alle imprese dell’indotto Fiat, ma anche alle altre imprese della Ciociaria che si trovano in difficoltà, oltre che per interventi infrastrutturali a supporto delle industrie


MEDIA 2007 — Development, distribution promotion and training — Call for proposals — EACEA/03/08 — Training. This call for proposals is based on the Decision No 1718/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a single multi-annual programme for Community measures in the field of Audiovisual for the period between 2007 and 2013. The objectives of the above mentioned Council Decision include: Improve the European dimension of audiovisual training activities by supporting the networking and mobility of European training professionals. Information Day 11 February, Berlin Budget 1.600.000 Deadline 14-03-2008

Call for proposals — EACEA/02/08 — EU-US Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Training — Atlantis: Actions for Transatlantic Links and Academic Networks in Training and Integrated Studies. The general objectives are to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the European Union and the United States of America including broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and institutions and to improve the quality of human resource development in both the European Union and the United States of America.Budget EUR 4,5 million Deadline 2 April 2008.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS — EACEA/01/08 EU-Canada programme for Cooperation in Higher Education, Training and Youth Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships. The general objectives of the programme and of this Call are to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the European Union and Canada including broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and institutions and to improve the quality of human resources in the European Union and Canada. Deadline 11 April 2008.

6 e 7 febbraio 2008 Bruxelles.  FP7 Information Days for Transport – Bruxelles, 6 e 7 febbraio 2008

22 February 2008, Brussels, Belgium. epractice Workshop: eInclusion – the Users Voice. The good news on the eInclusion front is that significant progress is being made towards realizing the objective of an “inclusive knowledge society”. The bad news is that there is still a significant proportion of EU citizens -over 40% – who are not actively engaged in using ICTs.

16 – 18 April 2008, Luxembourg. Med-e-Tel 2008. This event focuses on ehealth and telemedicine applications and a wide range of other medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technology with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, workflow efficiency, and widespread availability of healthcare services.

1 February 2008, Tampere, Finland. Pervasive Health 200830 January – Pervasive healthcare is an emerging research discipline, focusing on the development and application of pervasive and ubiquitous computing technology for healthcare and wellness.

26 – 27 June 2008, Nuremberg, Germany. Mobility for All – ASK-IT final Conference.The second International conference of ASK-IT marks the end of this EU research funded project. The conference will provide the opportunity to see and test the ASK-IT service and products that have been developed. It will also offer a forum for different stakeholders, whether it be telecom providers, industry, user representatives, research institutes or local authorities, to discuss the role of ICT in aiding and improving the everyday lives of mobility impaired people. The conference will welcome speakers and experts from around the world that will look at various issues, such as making content accessible, accessible tools and Ambient Intelligence, and will provide state-of-the-art information on accessibility initiatives in Europe and beyond.

5 March 2008, Cannes, France. Enabling better care through sustainable satellite-based Telemedicine Solutions.The workshop will showcase the most successful pilot applications within the HEALTHWARE project and thereby connect telemedicine user communities across Europe. Teleconsultation and remote expertise demonstrations will be run together with project partners at hospitals and universities in Cyprus, France, Poland and the United Kingdom. The selected scenarios and practical examples will highlight the state of the art of deploying satellite telecommunications in support of healthcare and medical teaching.

30 January 2008, Brussels. CIP Information Day: Total Conversation and e-Accessible Emergency Services. How can we address the challenges of when real-time multimedia inclusive technology meets electronic communications (Total Conversation) and Emergency Services to offer an accessible user experience ( e.g. “112 accessible for all”). The Commission intends to co-finance in the 2008 ICT-PSP programme a pilot on ‘total conversation’. Contribute your ideas – hear what others are thinking. Issues can include: Delivery of accessibility by a multimedia service like Total Conversation; Technical, organisational and regulatory issues; Criteria for technology and solutions to realise Total Conversation and accessible Emergency Services for all groups of users; State of play in Europe and internationally; Opportunities for total conversation / emergency services deployment pilots validating innovation, interoperability, cost-effectiveness, and user acceptance.

26 – 28 March 2008, Zurich, Switzerland. Internet of Things 2008. The term “Internet of Things” has come to describe a number of technologies and research disciplines that enable the Internet to reach out into the real world of physical objects. The conference will be the first that brings leading researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry together to facilitate sharing of applications, research results, and knowledge. The event will feature keynotes from industrial and academic visionaries, technical presentations of cutting-edge research, reports on the user-experience from seasoned practitioners, panel discussions on hot topics, poster sessions summarizing late-breaking results, and hands-on demos of current technology.

31 March 2008, Bled, Slovenia.The Future of the Internet. The internet underwent far-reaching changes and became today a critical infrastructure for economy and society. Todays’ 1 billion users will soon be joined by 3 billion more when mobile devices will make use of a fully pervasive wireless Internet infrastructure, anywhere, anytime. This open conference identifies the long term societal and economic trends of future on-line societies, how they will impact the underlying network and service technologies and how they subsequently drive research and technology requirements towards a “Future Internet”, hence defining future actions at European level in a domain that has now become a global issue, with bold initiatives started in the US and in Asia.

12 April 2008, Carvoeiro, Portugal. e-Society 2008. This event aims to address the main issues of concern within the Information Society covering both its technical as well as non-technical aspects. Broad areas of interest are eSociety and Digital Divide, eBusiness, eLearning, New Media and E-Society, Digital Services in eSociety, eGovernment, eHealth, Information Systems and Information Management.

Decisione della Commissione, del 14 dicembre 2007, che istituisce l’«Agenzia esecutiva per la ricerca» per la gestione di talune parti dei programmi specifici comunitari «Persone», «Capacità» e «Cooperazione» nel settore della ricerca, a norma del regolamento (CE) n. 58/2003 del Consiglio

European Commission makes computer-assisted translation easier and more accessible. The European Commission is going a step further in its efforts to foster multilingualism as a key part of European unity in diversity. The Commission’s collection of about 1 million sentences and their high quality translations in 22 of the 23 official EU languages — including those of the new Member States — is the biggest ever collection in so many languages and is now freely available.


26- 27 March 2008 Prague. European robotics symposium and annual meeting. With a programme focusing on four key areas (cognition, autonomy, adaptivity and robustness), this event will provide a scientific forum for leading edge research on robotics across the latest topics in fundamental research and applications. It will also attempt to offer young researchers the opportunity to have contact with European research labs and the industry.

29 January 2008 Barcelona Spain – FP7 conference. A conference on the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) The event will have high-profile participants, including Spain’s ministers for education and science, and industry, tourism and commerce. The Director-General of the Commission’s Research DG, José Manuel Silva, will also attend.


Milano, 29 gennaio 2008. Opportunità di finanziamento per lo sviluppo di imprese ad alta tecnologia – Milano 29 gennaio 2008

InnoSME identifica le PMI innovative nei nuovi Stati membri. Obiettivo del progetto InnoSME è quello di istituire reti nazionali e regionali di organizzazioni che agiscano da interfaccia con le PMI, quali le associazioni di imprese, le camere di commercio, le agenzie di sviluppo locale, le autorità pubbliche e gli istituti di formazione.

Ricerca  Partner: SMESEC – Security Management Environment for Enhancing Small Enterprise Competitive Position. Subject: Competitiveness of SMEs depends mostly on the quality of their effective management. The project is focused on information security and business continuity management for SMEs working in the e-business sector. These issues are very important for SMEs whose functioning is strongly dependent on ICT and those that use or provide e-services, especially within the supply chain. The number of such SMEs is growing. Deadline 11-04-2008

Ricerca Partner: HEterogeneous Robot Teams for Search and Rescue Operations (HETRO). The HEterogeneous Robot Teams for Search and Rescue Operations (HETRO) project aims the development and implementation of an integrated system composed of several heterogeneous robotic modules for urban search and rescue operations. HETRO is targeted to support to Civil Protection Agencies, Fire brigades and Police forces when dealing with potentially dangerous scenarios such as natural and man-made disasters. Deadline 08/04/2008

Premi di Laurea AICA 2008. Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici, e AICA, Associazione Italiana per l’Informatica ed il Calcolo Automatico, indicono un concorso per l’assegnazione di n.4 premi dell’importo di Euro 3000 (tremila) ciascuno per le migliori tesi, ad autore unico, di laureati delle Università Italiane, che abbiano trattato argomenti concernenti l’area tecnico scientifica dell’ICT e l’area delle applicazioni dell’ICT. Deadline 31 gennaio 2008

Piemonte: agevolazioni a sostegno di “Progetti strategici su tematiche di interesse regionale o sovra regionale”  Il bando ha come oggetto il finanziamento di progetti di ricerca industriale e sviluppo sperimentale nell’area scientifica/tecnologica dell’aerospazio. Budget 20 milioni di Euro Deadline 29-02-2008