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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 21/12/2010

21 December 2010

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Reminder: 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 in all official languages of the European Union. The consultation runs until 28 January 2011.

See also: The consultation document


(10 December 2010) A dedicated twitter account has been launched to present in one place all the news related to the eHealth ministerial conference, the World of Health IT conference and exhibition, the different satellite events that will take place during the week, the eHealth Governance initiative, the 'European Innovation Partnership' and 'Europe for the Regions' Forums, etc

See also: See the whole series of the eHealthweek events

Are you willing to do Research abroad? Check the open call for secondment!

(15 December 2010) UNITE Project is a EU-FP7 funded Coordination Action gathering 5 institutions that are committed in increasing the level of excellence of ICT research across an Enlarged Europe by promoting active secondment of research teams and strengthening cooperation in community supported research. The secondment or mobility of PhD, post-graduate students, researchers and other IT experts within the enlarged Europe is seen as a major action to achieve sustainable knowledge sharing. The project aims to support the flow of skilled people among universities, research institutions, and business-related companies of the enlarged Europe at 27. One solution to acquire and disseminate knowledge in such a framework is to meet other partners in multiple environments, during more or less long periods of time depending on the experience of the researchers through mobility program. This integrating activity must allow cross-fertilisation of an organization to another, thus ensuring common understanding of concepts and enabling new research developments.

Contact: Information
See also: Unite-Europe concept and activities

FP8 Research in eHealth - Survey deadline: 17.01.2011 12:00

(16 December 2010) The Framework Programme 8 (FP8) is due to start in 2014. The ICT for Health (eHealth) domain is expected to be an important element of the ICT research field, part of the FP8. Through this survey we would like to get your opinion to help us shaping the future research activities in this field.

Contact: Survey to be sent back before 17/01/2011 12:00
See also: Follow us on twitter

100,000 Europeans to get online in a week

(17 December 2010) Telecentre-Europe is running a Europe-wide campaign, Get Online Week, between 28th February and 5th March 2011, aiming to get more than 100,000 new computer users online. Telecentres, public authorities, public libraries, NGOs, and ICT companies, as well as schools and students from the entire European region will come together to organise a range of exciting events, training sessions, competitions and more, to highlight the essential role of ICT skills in today's society. The campaign will help people to benefit from computers and the internet, and those who have already started to benefit are being encouraged to bring a friend or two along to start their journey. The new campaign follows the success of Get Online Day 2010, when 68,000 people were reached. Get Online Week 2011 is one of the ideas proposed for the European Commission's Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day on 25 October 2010. This pan-European campaign is an excellent example of the initiative directly answering the call of Vice-President Neelie Kroes for everyone to join in for making the Digital Agenda happen. National, pan-European and international organisations and companies are invited to join the Get Online Week 2011 campaign, as supporters, stakeholders or national coordinators, by visiting the just launched campaign website

Ready to grow? Shaping future EU support for business - Conference on the future of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme

25 January 2011 Brussels, Belgiium

The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) will come to an end in 2013 and the Commission services are currently elaborating actions and priorities to support the competitiveness of European businesses after 2013. The Commission invites interested stakeholders, including representatives of business and innovation agencies, to express their views on what can be improved and how in this field. Which key actions should the EU focus on to help businesses grow ? Which ones should be strengthened in CIP? Are there specific fields where action is necessary but are not currently covered? What should be the link between EU support for research and EU support for competitiveness and innovation? A parallel exhibition will be held the whole day, showcasing the achievements of the CIP so far and allow participants to discuss with the respective Commission services current policy orientations and available funding opportunities. Registration will close on 15th January 2011.

See also: Online survey on a possible successor to the CIP

ICT Policy Support Programme - 2011 Work Programme and Call for Proposals

The ICT PSP Management Committee has given a positive opinion on the ICT PSP Draft Work Programme 2011. The running European Parliament scrutiny period will end in February and formal adoption is expected by the end of February 2011. The 5th Call for Proposals will be published soon after formal adoption, from 28 February to 1 June 2011 (TBC). An Information Day is provisionally planned for Monday 28 February in Brussels, please pencil in your agendas. Confirmation of the date and details on venue and on-line registration facilities will follow in early January 2011.

See also: Download the ICT PSP Draft Work Programme 2011.

New in the Library

Internet usage in 2010 – Households and Individuals

16 December 2010

This survey reveals that 80% of young internet users in the 27 EU Members States are active on social media. The share of households with broadband connections has doubled since 2006, to reach 61% in 2010 compared with 30% in 2006.

See also: Eurostat Data in Focus

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