ICT call 6 now open

The ICT call 6 has been opened on 24 Nov 2009.

Submission deadline: 13 April 2010 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

For more information, please refer to the cordis website and related SCIPROM news of 12 Nov 09.

Important event on "Cloud computing", Brussels 26 Jan 2010

The Internet of Services is a vision of the Internet of the Future where organisations and individuals can find software as services on the Internet, combine them, and easily adapt them to their specific context. Users should be able to use software services that do exactly what they need. The Internet of Services will consist of virtualisation technology that will make network, storage and computing resources available. Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of these configurable computing resources and services. Services use these resources and will be built using SOA (service oriented architectures) principles.

DG INFSO & Media established a group of experts which is working on a report that outlines the future directions of Cloud Computing research. The group has already met twice this year and has written a report which will be available on cordis.

The findings of the final report of the group of experts and the orientations for future research in cloud computing will be presented and discussed on 26 January 2010, in Brussels. This meeting, organized by unit software and services, is also of particular interest in view of the upcoming preparations for the Work Programme for 2011-12.

The event will take place in the Charlemagne building of the European Commission, and will be open to all who are interested in the subject. Please register as soon as possible on cordis.

"The world in 2025" - Report of the EC foresight expert group available

Recently, the "Foresight expert group (FEG)" set up by the European Commission in 2008 has published its results:

Their report entitled “The World in 2025” first underlines the major future trends: geopolitical transformations in terms of population, economic development, international trade or poverty.

Secondly, it elucidates the tensions: natural resources (food, energy, water and minerals), migrations or urbanisation.

Lastly, transitional pathways have been drawn: towards a new production and consumption model, towards new rural-urban dynamics, towards a new gender and intergenerational balance.

In summary, the sub-title of this publication “Rising Asia and socio-ecological transition” is explicit and is meant to be an inspiring source for the future strategy of the European Union.

The full report can be downloaded on the website of the FP7 thematic field “Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities” (SSH).

ICT call 6 will open on 24 Nov 09

The ICT call 6 will open on 24/11/2009 with a deadline for the submission of proposals of 13/04/10.

It will be the last call of the ICT work programme 2009-2010, before a relatively long break of nine months. The total budget of this call amounts to about 280 M€.

This time the call will focus on the following six strategic objectives:

- Cognitive systems and Robotics (80 M€)
- Digital libraries and digital preservation (69 M€)
- Virtual Physiological Human (63 M€)
- Mobility of the future (37 M€)
- Future and emerging techniques (32 €)
- Horizontal actions fostering international collaboration (5 M€)

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