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21 October 2002

IST 2002 follows on from e2002

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 series.

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