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Issue number 190, 11 February 2002
Scientific and technical research
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Decision on ITER postponed until February at the earliest The much awaited meeting between participants in the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) project, which was to settle where the reactor will be hosted, closed without a decision on 20 December page 2 Ten projects addressing new and emerging science and technology selected by Commission Ten very varied projects have been selected for funding under the new and emerging science and technology (NEST) activity of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) page 2-3 Conference considers strategies for European leadership in nanotechnology Most participants at the EuroNanoForum in Trieste, Italy, on 9 December, agreed that Europe is in an enviable position on the nanotechnology stage page 5 Busquin calls on medical researchers to create a forum EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin has invited the opinions of the research community on the contributions that a forum on academic medical research could make to European research in this field page 6 FP6Calls A full list of the 28 calls for proposals published on 13 and 17 December 2003, along with information on how to find more details online page 11 Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Innovation: Policy and Practice . . . 7 Programme Implementation . . . . . . 9 Calls and Tenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 General Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Inside Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Other Items Online . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 New on CORDIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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Irish Presidency announces research and innovation priorities The Irish government has announced that raising research investment, furthering excellence in basic research and developing an effective European space policy will be among its priorities during its six month Presidency of the EU. ‘The Irish Presidency will prioritise initiatives ministrations, businesses and citizens), which to advance the creation of a European Research seeks to support the establishment of pan-Eu-and Innovation Area and in particular to achieve ropean eGovernment services including the research and develop- interoperable telematic ment investment target of networks. The adoption of 3% of GDP by 2010,’ states a decision on this issue is the Irish government. The foreseen during the Irish Presidency will promote Presidency. the development and im- The mid-term review of plementation of a ‘work- th e Action Plan, to able open method of co-bee  ceoEnurdoupcted duri the ordination in order toIrishPrll nrg  achieve these objectives, athe opepsiodrteunnciy,t iweis oeff leenct-statement adds. largement d highlight an The Irish government will facilitate discussions the benefits of broadband across the EU, states on the role of the EU in facilitating excellence the Irish government. To this end, the Hungar-in basic research, on the basis of forthcoming ian Government, with the support of the Irish proposals from the Commission. It also stresses Presidency, will host a European ministerial that an effective follow up on the recent White meeting on the Information Society in Buda-Paper on European Space Policy will be a prior- pest. A follow up assessment of the broader ity. The Galileo project is also to be promoted, situation in electronic communications will be in order to maintain ‘the momentum towards conducted in advance of the Spring European the development of Europe’s strategic capabil- Council. ity in satellite navigation’. Finally, the Irish government intends to con-Following the recent selection of Cadarache in tinue work initiated under the Italian Presidency France as Europe’s candidate to host the inter- on the proposal for a regulation on chemicals, national thermonuclear experimental reactor with a view to achieving an effective balance (ITER), the Irish government says it will work to between economic, social and environmental make progress on financing and organisational considerations. issues relating to the establishment of ITER, andFor further information, please consult the following on wider international aspects..www//:ptth:sserdd aebW02uei.40et/ealpms/te Ireland will continue the work of the Councils?aNlvcotaro5=1,1,153anstrddasp.a on the IDABC (interoperable delivery of pan-cnyBasedoninoitamroftmorfnshriIhedesireP European eGovernment services to public ad-NC2R3198
Decision on ITER postponed until February at the earliest
The much awaited meeting between participants in the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) project, which was to settle where the reactor will be hosted, closed without a decision on 20 December. Delegates released a statement indicat- The French site has the advantage of an ex-ing that the quality of the two candidateeThsniamer ctjero pERIT ig restinturn in hiche, wthe Japanese sittaceilamett ah nd anmoa  mreerodraesf hclica yti sites - Cadarache in France and Rokkasho-mura in Japan - means that more time is anrpoitu ef roirytaolbsto a port, a ground of solidboasts proximity needed to assess each bid. It is hoped thatEuroep. We arc elompldebE ,Ut ehU ,St eh- Rusojprtece.ashe Tnapi- stap scitrd a nearrock, anilatyrb ybU  Sim further deliberations will also help par-etey tici ant ch a consensus, as the de-cisipon cas nton orte abe made by a vote.vconinchat ed t ruoamuh,n,adanaC a napaJ thou Snd -eaor Ksiaina,, Chdediuqe yllara eucrrnelt yeblieved to be div the two sites. ‘We have agreed to provide remainingnfilinacethcna dial ancin their support for tqhuee setinodn so tf o Dtheec ecamnbdeirdaftoer  htohseti rp aarntisews ebrysehs stblna eldo tuse The world’s first nuclear fusion reactor will  ssauoa substantial economic boost to the lo-give ocation chosen as its host. France estimates rbeyl ethase eedn adf toefr  Jtahneu a2r0y , Dsaeycse am sbteart emmeeentt-eesjprs hi thguorht tcethat the project could inject24 billion into ing. The statement adds that the nextigneréaudie HalC -the local economy over 30 years. rmueaertying is likely to take place in mid-Feb-nfidtthat it Speaking before the meeting, US Secretary .France remains coen can over-of State for Energy, Spencer Abraham, was come competition from Japan. ‘The ITER confident that ministers would be able to project remains an absolute priority for work together to implement the project:‘The Europe. We are completely convinced that ITER project proves that governments can our human, financial and technical assets work together to look to the future. It proves should enable us to see this ro that even when the choices are difficult, and publisb dhe:ypctjeroth asgu,hatl deuhdtiC mapicgonki ea sHe  F rwexe,rlée,ocmmach cnn o atit ectproj EUROPEAN COMMISSIONMinister for Research and New Technolo- will not be completed until many of us that gies. ‘The whole community of research- sitting around this table are well beyond our Enterprise Directorate-General of public service.’ers who have worked on this project for years Communication and Awareness Unitemains mobilised,’For further information, please visit: L-2920 Luxembourgyears, rn forty eromaht da ehs.ded Fax: +352-4301-32084 Basedoninformationfrompresssources E-mail:
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Ten projects addressing new and emerging science and technology selected by Commission
Tenveryvaried projects have been selected forfundingunderthenewandemerging science and technology (NEST) activity of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The activity was in- from immunisation troduced for the first against weapons of time under FP6, and bioterrorism to is designed to re- breath testing for the spond to new scien- detection of diseases, tific opportunities helium atom and challenges as microscopy, the im-they arise. The pact of perfluorinated projects selected for organic compounds funding thus far deal (PFCs) on human with issues ranging© Audiovisual Library, European Communitieshealth, and obesity. continued on page 3
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