ICT Event 2008 25-27 November Print
ICT Event 2008

Conference themes:

Inventing the Future: ICT technologies for the future, featuring:

Major current research trends in information and communication technologies (ICT) such as ICT-bio and nano, photonics, cognition robotics and ICTs for general science.

The 2009-2010 Work Programme for ICT research in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will be presented in detail. Other sources of EU research funding for ICT will also be examined, including the new Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). These initiatives together represent more than €2 billion in EU support for ICT research over the next two years.

Innovative Europe: new markets, new sectors, new players

The Conference will seek to involve new actors in the development of next generation ICT and to ensure the expansion of existing businesses. In the spotlight: SMEs, new business sectors and creative industries. The relationship between research and successful innovation will be critically examined. Mobilising and inspiring today's young people as potential researchers and innovators of the future will also receive special attention.

Impact through Policy:

Focus on effective public policies to stimulate ICT research and innovation for growth and sustainable development. This will include issues such as Community and public research spending, the creation of conditions favourable to innovation and better coordination of the European research effort in ICT.