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Europe and India sign Joint Declaration on Research & Innovation Cooperation

10 February 2012: Europe and India sign Joint Declaration on Research and Innovation Cooperation, New Delhi, India

On 10th February 2012, the European Commission and the Indian Government have signed a Joint Declaration on Research and Innovation Cooperation. The Declaration provides an opportunity to step up relations between Europe and India towards an “Indo-European Research and Innovation Partnership”. The Declaration was signed at the 12th annual EU-India Summit in New Delhi by the Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht and by Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Science & Technology. The full press release related to the signing can be found here. A statement by President José Manuel Durão Barroso following the signing ceremony of agreements in the India-EU Summit can be found here. The press release for the EU – India Summit can be found here.

ICT Call 9 is open

January 2012: ICT Call 9 is open

ICT Call 9 of Framework Programme 7 is now open and will run from 18 Jan 2012 until 17 April 2012 with an overall budget of 291M€. For more information – click here.

BIC India – EU Cooperation workshop

December 2011: BIC India – EU Cooperation workshop, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, 16 December 2011

The BIC India-EU Cooperation Workshop was held on 16th December 2011 during E-India 2011 (held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 14-16th December 2011) to capitalize on the many researchers that would be in attendance at India’s largest ICT event. The well attended BIC workshop contained presentations from the BIC partners and also from researchers from India. The presentations were followed with a panel of questions and answers from the audience, which included government, industry, academic and research participants. More information including the report can be found here.

European Commission presents Horizon 2020

November 2011: European Commission presents Horizon 2020

On 30th November, 2011, the European Commission presented its €80 billion research funding programme for the decade – Horizon 2020 – aimed at boosting research, stimulating innovation and simplifying the way scientists and smaller businesses can obtain funding for EU-backed projects.

The Horizon 2020 programme brings together all EU research and innovation funding under a single scheme running from 2014 to 2020 and it replaces the Seventh Framework Programme for research (FP7), which expires in 2013.

Horizon 2020 is divided into three major pillars. The first aims to establish the EU as one of the leaders of cutting-edge projects using a €24.5-billion budget, including funding for the European Research Council (ERC). A second allocation is targeted at industrial innovation with a budget of €17.9 billion, including €13.7 billion for key technologies.The third and biggest tranche, worth €31.7 billion, goes to so-called “societal challenges” divided into six themes:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; and inclusive, innovative and secure societies.

The remaining €5.9 billion is set aside for the Joint Research Centre – the Commission’s in-house research institution – which works on issues that include the environment, nanotechnology and nuclear safety.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

BIC Annual Forum – Brussels

November 2011: BIC Annual Forum – Brussels – 29 November, 2011
The BIC project held their Annual forum on 29th November 2011 in conjunction with the EURASIAPAC workshop held on the 30th November in Brussels. The purpose of the BIC annual forum was discussion and agreement on technological challenges/gaps of common interest amongst the countries and working towards the definition of tangible international activities, including success metrics and setting up global projects. More information including the event report can be found here.

Final EURASIAPAC Workshop

November 2011: Final EURASIAPAC Workshop – Brussels – 30 November, 2011

The EURASIAPAC Partnership held their final EURASIAPAC Workshop on 30th November on the day after and the BIC Annual Forum on 29th November 2011, also in Brussels. The EURASIAPAC workshop was held at the Radisson Blue Royal SAS Hotel, Brussels (Belgium). This event was the last one of the series of 6 cooperation workshops organized in Europe and Asia-Pacific over the period 2010-11 by the EURASIAPAC project (, and constitutes the major component in the discussion of actions to design effective funding and cooperation programmes aiming at strengthening ICT research cooperation between Europe and Asian-Pacific countries (Japan, Republic of South Korea, Australia, and New-Zealand).

EuroAfrica-ICT 2011, Cape Town

November 2012: EuroAfrica-ICT 2011, Cape Town, 13-15 November 2011

The EuroAfrica-ICT 2011 cooperation forum was held on 13-15th November 2011 with over 300 delegates in attendance in Cape Town, South Africa. A dedicated session organised by the BIC project on Building International Cooperation on Trustworthy ICT was held during the forum. More information can be found here.

Future Internet Assembly, Poznan, Poland

October 2011: Future Internet Assembly, Poznan, Poland, 25-26 October 2011

The BIC partners continued their active involvement in the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) as programme committee members of the Trust and Security Working group. During FIA Poznan, they were involved in the organisation of a session entitled Putting the user in control of their data and information in the Future Internet. More information on FIA Poznan can be found here.

SysSec Workshop, Amsterdam

July 2011 – SysSec Workshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 6 July 2011

The SysSec Network of Excellence held their first workshop on 6th July 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. SysSec are involved in bringing together the Systems Security research community in Europe and working towards creating a virtual center of excellence in this area. Additional information on the workshop can be found here.

BIC Open Planning, Amsterdam

July 2011: BIC open planning session, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 6 July 2011

BIC organised an open planning session during the SysSec workshop on 6th July 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The objectives of the BIC planning session were:

  • Address the general question of the scope and priorities, and initial planning considerations for international collaboration on R&D towards trustworthy ICT.
  • Explore Frameworks for Data Sharing, as a specific enabler for collective defence and response to cyber-attack.
  • Prepare the ground for the extended BIC annual forum being planned for Quarter 4 2011;
  • Further clarify scope for international collaboration on cyber-security;
    Progress the Secure International Data Exchange Architecture for Cybersecurity, introduced at the May, 2010 workshop to explore the technical and organisational requirements and constraints.

In addition to planning the project’s annual forum to be held in Q4 2011, a report was generated, which led to a paper on the outcome of the session being accepted by the programme committee of the annual Information Security Systems Europe (ISSE) 2011 conference held during 22-23rd November 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. A full report of the session can be found here.

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