The European Commission's IST
2002 event this year takes place in Cophenhagen, November 4-6,
under the banner of "Partnerships for the Future".
The event follows on from the Commission's e2002 conference,
which was held in Prague, October 16-18.
Whilst e2002 was devoted primarily
to the topics of eBusiness and eWork, IST 2002 is much wider
in scope, with topics ranging from embedded systems to next generation
broadband and eGovernment by 2010. Both e2002 and IST 2002 provide
a platform for innovative IST research projects to display and
present their results.
The eBusiness and eWork conference
and the IST event have both become major European Commission
events, offering European IT industries and specialists a unique
opportunity to keep pace with the best of innovation in Europe,
to exchange experiences and ideas and to make or renew key contacts.
e2002 provided an opportunity
for those interested in future developments within Key Action
II to learn about the role of New Methods of Work and Electronic
Commerce in Framework Programme 6, which is due to be launched
at the end of 2002. Rosalie Zobel, director responsible for the
area Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce, spoke about this
topic during plenary sessions.
IST 2002 takes place before
the first IST Call for Proposals under the sixth Framework Programme
is launched. The event will include a thorough introduction to
new possibilities for strengthening IST's collaboration with
other research initiatives at national and corporate level, building
up the "European Research Area" in the information
and communication technologies.
IST 2002 will also offer an
opportunity for the European Commission to provide information
on the 2003 IST workprogramme, and to give practical advice on
how to make a proposal.
IST 2002 is the main event
for the overall IST programme while e2002 is the conference 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