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2 January 2002

Commission announces Plenary Speakers for e2002 conference

The European Commission has just announced six keynote speakers for strategic Plenary Sessions at the eBusiness and eWork conference that is planned for October 2002. The plenary speakers were named as:

Simon Breakwell, Managing Director and Vice President, Expedia
Sergio Giacoletto, Executive Vice President, Oracle
John Meyer, President, EDS
Eric Molyneux, Director, Video Arts
Geoff Sutton, Director,
Rosalie Zobel, Director, The European Commission

The e2002 conference is supported by Key Action II of the European Commission's IST Programme. Key Action II is an initiative focused on supporting research and development in the area of New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce.

The eBusiness and eWork conference series attracts the support of leading industrial companies, and is main forum for publishing the results from Key Action II projects and exchanging information on e-Business and all Internet technologies. The conferences regularly attract well over 500 delegates.

e2000 is expected to run over three-days and will have up to six streams of technical sessions and there will be the usual supporting exhibition of demonstrations and posters.

The European Commission has also just published the call for papers for e2002. Abstracts of up to 300 words have to be submitted by email before the end of February. All the chosen papers will be published in a quality book that will be subsequently marketed globally.

It is still acknowledged that the Internet is making a significant contribution to successful globalisation and the restructuring of business. Last year's e2001 event in Venice demonstrated that Europe is well placed in the development of many leading edge technologies in this field. e2001 attracted 540 delegates from 356 organisations from 36 countries.

The venue for the 2002 event is the Corinthian Towers Hotel in Prague and the conference takes place 16-18 October. The choice of Prague may be seen as a contribution to the enlargement process of the European Union and the wish to encourage the exchange of information on Information Society Technologies, and related social and policy issues, with the Newly Associated States.

The conference will take place at a time when the EU's 6th Framework Programme for research and technological development is getting underway. The event will provide opportunities for Europe's eBusiness researchers and industrialists to build networks for collaborative research within the 6th Framework Programme.

The eBusiness and eWork events are the conferences for RTD projects in Key Action II of the IST Programme. Key Action II of the IST Programme is also the primary sponsor of the eBusiness and eWork conference series.

For further information contact Paul Kidd. (Email: ). Web: