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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 07/12/2010

7 December 2010

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Innovation Union: Commission launches consultation on active & healthy ageing

(26 November 2010) The European Commission is seeking the views of public and private organisations, companies and individual citizens on how Europe could scale up innovation to meet the challenges of the ageing population in Europe, and in particular on a pilot European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on active and healthy ageing, as set out in the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative, presented on 6 October by Maire Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President for Industry and Entrepreneurship. Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Europeans aged over 65 will rise by nearly 40%, posing huge challenges but also offering great opportunities for Europe's society and economy. The EIP, which the Commission has proposed should be launched in 2011, would seek to meet three goals: to improve the health and quality of life of older people, enabling them to live active and independent lives; to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems; and to foster competitiveness and business opportunities. The questionnaire is available only in English for the moment but will be shortly available in all official languages of the European Union. The consultation runs until 28 January 2011.

See also: The consultation document

Calls for experts to work for CEN Project Teams on Mandate 376

(7 December 2010) Two calls for experts have been launched: One (deadline 6 January 2011) for up to 9 experts for an ETSI Specialist Task Force (STF) VH to perform Phase 2 of Mandate 376 on European accessibility requirements for public procurement of product and services in the ICT domain. One (deadline 21 January 2011) for 5 experts for a CEN Project Team to work on the above mentioned Phase 2 of Mandate 376.

5th European eAccessibility Forum: Benefits and costs of e-accessibility

28 March 2011 Paris, France

Despite the political resolve on eAccessibility and the increased interest expressed by the private sector, few studies on the actual economic implications of eAccessibility have been made. In this context this Forum will address the following topics: Costs of accessibility and inaccessibility; Social and/or economic benefits; eAccessibility and competiveness; Making eAccessibility profitable; Employment of people with disabilities.

IST-Africa 2011

4 May 2011 - 6 May 2011 Gaborone, Botswana

IST-Africa 2011 will focus on the Role of ICT for Africa's Development and specifically on Applied ICT research topics addressing major societal and economic challenges, which is part of the European Commission's Information Communications Technologies (ICT) Theme of FP7. The Conference Programme combines strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies, workshops, an exhibition and social activities. IST-Africa directly supports the goals of the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space, the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the Consolidated Plan of Action for the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE). In the context of focusing on the Role of ICT for Africa's Development, the Opening Plenary on Wednesday 04 May will feature a high level dialogue on Implementation of the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space. The Closing Plenary on Friday 06 May will focus on Initiatives Supporting Development of Regional S&T.

ƒet11 conference: Calls for sessions, exhibition and posters are now open

4 May 2011 - 6 May 2011 Budapest (HU)

Watch out for the deadlines! 15th January, 2011 for sessions and exhibition and 15th February, 2011 for posters. All submissions can be modified until the call closes, therefore early draft submissions are encouraged. The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition: there is no forum in Europe for facilitating cross-disciplinary dialogue on frontier research in information technologies. The FET Conference aims to remedy this, by becoming the periodic 'rendez-vous' for stakeholders to discuss the scientific, societal and policy challenges in this domain. ƒet11 will feature an outstanding mix of keynote speeches, panel discussion, conference sessions, poster sessions, as well as an exhibition, a science café and a video corner, together with a closing performance and several awards.

Contact: Conference secretariat
See also: fet11 Conference

eFuture: Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organisations and Society

12 June 2011 - 15 June 2011 Bled, Slovenia

This year's conference theme focuses on the impacts of e-initiatives and how they serve to shape the New eWorld. The deadline for submission of Research Papers is February 1, 2011. Business Track Proposals (panels, workshops, meetings) can be submitted until March 15, 2011.

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