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Events 2013

24-25 October 2013 - IPTS participation at The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 “Transition to open and on-line education in European universities.”

Contact: Yves Punie

27 September 2013 - Presentation of latest research on ICT and Education at the EFQUEL Innovation Forum. Barcelona, Spain.

Contact: Yves Punie

19 – 20 September 2013: 5th Annual International Workshop"The Output of R&D and Innovative activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data"

Contact: Giuditta De Prato, Daniel Nepelski

15 July 2013: SEA-soNS Workshop. Seville, Spain

17-18 June 2013: Final Conference of CROSSOVER on Policy Making 2.0 (Dublin, Ireland)

Event webpage: http://crossover-project.eu

Contact: Gianluca Misuraca

11 June 2013: Workshop on the ICT4EMPL Future work project, on implications of crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, internet-mediated volunteering and timebanks for Employment and Employability (Brussels, Belgium)

Contact: James Stewart

6-7 June 2013: The potential of OER in Enhancing Higher Education: A Foresight Workshop (Seville, Spain)

Contact: Christine Redecker, Jonatan Castaño

28-29 May 2013: The potential of OER in Enhancing School Education: A Foresight Workshop (Seville, Spain)

Contact: Christine Redecker, Jonatan Castaño

28-29 May 2013: MIREIA presentation and workshop at the SPARK Conference / 4th Global Forum on Telecentres" (Granada, Spain).

Event webpage: http://spark.telecentre.org

Contact: Gianluca Misuraca, Cristina Torrecillas

29-30 April 2013: The potential of OER in Enhancing Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: A Foresight Workshop (Seville, Spain)

Contact: Christine Redecker, Jonatan Castaño



Events 2012

7 December 2012. eCommerce workshop

The e-commerce workshop brought together a small network of researchers and concluded the first year of e-commerce research activity under the JRC/CNECT Digital Economy research programme. We were able to build a first and unique map of bilateral cross-border e-commerce trade in the EU, to provide a first set of empirically validated explanations for the observed trade patterns and to start work on the economic impact of the observed trade flows.

Contact: Bertin Martens

20 November 2012: DIGCOMP validation workshop (Seville, Spain)

The workshop gathered together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to validate the draft proposal of the DIGCOMP study. During the workshop, the proposal for a framework on digital competence was discussed in order to improve the final output of the project. Contact: Anusca Ferrari, Yves Punie.

25-26 October 2012: Final international conference: "The Dynamics of Media and Content Industries" (Brussels, Belgium)

This conference will brought together a highly diversified set of expert speakers coming from different background: industry (firms and trade associations), policy makers and academia from Europe and the USA and aimed at presenting the results of the JRC-IPTS "Media and Content Industries" studies and put them within the context of EU policies. These studies, recently finalised, focus on the impacts of digitalisation on the Media and Content Industries: transformation of production, distribution, pricing and consumption of the products and services. The conference was organised by horizontal topic rather than by industrial vertical sub-sector. Such horizontal approach allows gathering global views of the common trends while allowing illustrating the differences. It gave opportunity to participants from different sectors, with different expertise to give their views about the main transformations the various sectors went through. More information on the conference webpage. Contact: Marc Bogdanowicz

16 October 2012: Stakeholders’ Consultation Process and Workshop (Brussels, Belgium) 

This workshop brought together invited contributors from private, public, third sectors, and policy. It addressed the opportunities and challenges in making DGEI happen, focusing on identifying key actions that need to be taken by stakeholders and policy makers in the coming years. A report of the workshop will be published shortly.  For more information on the project and for the presentations of the workshop, see Digital Games for Empowerment and Inclusion. Contact: James Stewart

11 October 2012: Meeting on Industrial Clusters organised by JRC-IPTS and the Industry Development Agency (IDA) of Singapore

The JRC-IPTS meeting was organised with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), in cooperation with the IIC, in order to validate the achievements of the EIPE projects and extend the perspectives of the forthcoming activity by discussing an analysing with experts and government representatives, namely professionals and technicians related to the ICT clusters in Singapore and in Asia,  the most successful ICT clusters realities in the world.

More information on the EIPE webpage (http://is.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pages/ISG/EIPE.html). Contact: giuditta.de-prato@ec.europa.eu

9-10 October 2012: Final Conference of the ESSLimit project: "ICT and Innovation: Accessing and linking Microdata for Firm-level Economic Analysis" (Seville, Spain)

During this final conference, the analytical results on firm ICT behaviour as well as  microdata linking and access were presented and discussed by project members and invited experts. The ESSLimit project aimed at expanding the amount of information available on firm ICT behaviour and impacts by linking different sets of enterprise data. This means that the business registers, production surveys, e-commerce surveys, innovation surveys, education registers and trade statistics for 15 European countries have been employed. More information and for the presentations, see the ESSLimit webpage. Contact: Marc Bogdanowicz

3 October 2012: Behavioural Economics in the Information Society (Brussels, Belgium)

JRC-IPTS held a seminar at DG CNECT's premises to discuss the contribution of behavioural economics to information society policy. The presentation is available here. Contact: René Van Bavel

27-28 September 2012: EADTU’s 25th Anniversary Conference (Paphos, Cyprus)

At EADTU's Conference "The role of open and flexible education in European higher education systems for 2020: new models, new markets, new media’’, JRC-IPTS presented a paper on OER in Higher Education. Contact: Alexandra Hache & Yves Punie


25-26 September 2012: International Workshop on Search Computing (Brussels, Belgium)

Search has become an important and necessary component of many diverse ICT applications.  A large number of business and application areas depend on the efficiency and availability of search techniques that are capable to process and retrieve heterogeneous and dispersed data. Search techniques are directly related to a number of research topics and challenges ranging from multimodal analysis and indexing to affective computing and human aspects as well as to various socio-economic challenges including standardization, legal and social issues. This workshop was a platform for the discussion of the key research, business and socio-economic issues in search computing. It consisted of invited talks and panels from experts in the field, results from the CHORUS+ Network and the Media Search Cluster. The workshop included keynote from Stefano Ceri, professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI), Politecnico di Milano and Masataka Goto, Leader of Media Interaction Group, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. For more information on the programme, see the workshop website. Contact: Shara Monteleone


20-21 September 2012: 7th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) (Saarbrücken, Germany)

The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and compliment their core experience. JRC-IPTS presented 2 papers: 1. on eAssessment and 2. on digital competence. Contact: Christine Redecker & Anusca Ferrari


6 September 2012: Experts' Workshop on Measuring the impact of eInclusion intermediary actors (Seville, Spain)

This workshop was organised as part of the activities of the research project MIREIA - Measuring the impact of eInclusion actors on Digital Literacy, Skills and Inclusion goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the preliminary results of the first phase of the MIREIA project's activities and validate the design of the next steps of the research and it is gathered around 25 experts drawn from the stakeholders' community, inclusive of researchers and practitioners specialising in understanding and evaluating the operation and impact of ICT for socio-economic inclusion. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca, Cristina Torrecillas


19-20 June 2012: 1to1 computing initiatives for Education and Training in Europe (Brussels, Belgium)

JRC-IPTS has jointly organised with European Schoolnet (EUN) the "1to1 computing initiatives for Education & Training in Europe” expert workshop that gathered together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and representatives from industry interested in the topic of 1:1 computing initiatives for learning. Moreover, initial findings of an up-to-date overview on 1:1 initiatives in Europe, based on desk research and expert interviews, were presented and discussed in order to propose policy options to innovate and modernise Education & Training. Contact: Yves Punie, Stefania Bocconi


5 June 2012: Patent Statistic, Innovation management and IPR (Paris, France)

JRC-IPTS is co-organising with the Innovation and Regulation in Digital Services Chair the "Patent statistics, innovation management and IPR” conference that will bring together experts from the field to better assess the potential of patent data for innovation management. Moreover, the importance and challenges of the use of IPR in the digital world will be discussed. For more information see the Innovation and Regulation chair website and for the presentations see the specific conference webpage. Contact: Giuditta De Prato, Daniel Nepelski


24-25 May 2012: 4rd Workshop: The Output of R&D activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data (Seville, Spain)

This 4th annual workshop on “The Output of R&D activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data” aimed at improving the understanding of the patent system, focusing on patent system design, empirical analysis, methodology, and the use of the PATSTAT database. Following the successful format of the three previous years, the workshop was thus an arena for the discussion of the state of the art of research on patents and evidence-based policy making.

Contact: Giuditta De Prato, Daniel Nepelski


14-18 May 2012: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (Geneva, Switzerland)

WSIS Forum 2012 was jointly organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the annual follow up on the preparatory process and the two phases defined in Geneva (December 2003) and Tunis (November 2005) to progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in terms of ICT for Development and the Information Society. The Summit provided structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. It was attended by hundreds of participants (mainly representing UN Agencies and governments from developing countries), and by people around the world participating via webcast. JRC-IPTS participated in the panel of Session AL C6 Enabling Environment: Smarter regulation of the information society: ICTs as an enabler for better governance (Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting moderated by ITU).


16 April 2012: Modelling the economic impact of EU ICT R&D expenditure (Seville, Spain)

The objective of the workshop was to review and discuss options and solutions for the macro-economic modelling of the R&D processes, with emphasis on the processes within ICT sectors. The agenda for the workshop included topics related to: modelling of the R&D process in a CGE framework; elasticity of public and private R&D expenditures; diffusion of R&D outputs; and related calibration of key parameters in the model. To stimulate the debate the IS Unit presented an initial empirical approach for modelling of ICT R&D processes as well as results from illustrative simulation performed with a demo CGE model (developed by ULB-Ecomod under the PREDICT project). More information on the workshop webpage. Contact: Wojciech Szewczyk


20 March 2012: SEA-SoNS (Socio-Economic Assessment of the Benefits of Social Networks for Organizations) scoping workshop (Brussels, Belgium)

The overall aim of the meeting, organized by JRC-IPTS and DG INFSO/D2 was to identify and prioritize the potential benefits and challenges facing European organizations that may want to adopt and use social networking (SN) tools and social media (SM), and to plan the next phases of the research. The meeting was attended by external experts on organizational use of these technologies, including technology companies (software, content and infrastructure providers), consultants and researchers, as well as several representatives from DG INFSO. Presentations are available on the SEA-SoNS webpage. Contact: Aaron Martin, René van Bavel


29 February -  1 March 2012: Experts' workshop on Digital Competence descriptors (Seville, Spain)

JRC-IPTS organised a workshop on Digital Competence gathering together about 20 international experts to discuss the preliminary findings of the DIGCOMP project and to validate its approach. Presentations are available on the DIGCOMP webpage. Contact: Anusca Ferrari


23-24 January 2012: Digital Games for Empowerment & Inclusion (DGEI) Experts Workshop (Seville, Spain)

The workshop brought together a range of experts to build a common understanding of opportunities and challenges in Digital Games for Empowerment and Inclusion as part of the exploratory policy research led by JRC-IPTS in collaboration with the Directorate General for Information Society and Media (INFSO/H3). The basis of the activities at the workshop were preliminary findings of the report on the 'Analysis of the State of Play'. The aim of the workshop was to discuss lessons learned, key drivers, opportunities and limitations of different approaches, practice and policy initiatives already in place, as well as to define the main issues to be addressed taking stock of existing knowledge and results from the field.
For more information on the project and the workshop agenda, see the DGEI webpage. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca 


Events 2011


1 December 2011: Digital Agenda for Europe Going Local (Seville, Spain)

In the autumn 2010 the European Commission carried out the so-called Going Local exercise right after the publication of the Digital Agenda. A second round of visits was launched in autumn 2011, in which events would be more adapted to the specific priorities in the Member States. The objectives are a) Reporting on progress of the Digital Agenda; b) Identifying challenges for the future; and c) Stimulate actions and commitments. The event in Seville, which was well attended both through physical and virtual presence, addressed key themes such as: 1) E-government, e-identity, re-use of public sector information, 2) Spectrum priorities and key challenges for wireless innovation in Spain and 3) Social innovation. For more information about the event and to view all related documents, see Going Local 2011, Seville. Contact: Ioannis Maghiros


24-26 November 2011: Youth on the Move (Sevilla, Spain)

YOUTH ON THE MOVE is the EU’s flagship initiative to respond to the challenges young people face and to help them succeed in the knowledge economy. It is a framework agenda announcing key new actions, reinforcing existing activities and ensuring the implementation of others at EU and national levels, while respecting the subsidiarity principle. This initiative provides opportunities in the areas of education, training, mobility and employment by organising awareness campaigns for the general public.

In Seville, a tent was installed in Avenida de Roma (close by the Jardines Cristina), to provide information about present programs and resources that the European Union provides for young people.  IPTS staff explained to young people in Seville how it is like to work for the European Union in general and the JRC in particular. More details on the event and the programme available at YOUTH ON THE MOVE - SEVILLA


17-18 November 2011: Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans (Poznań, Poland)

The Polish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission's Directorate General for Information Society and Media organised the 6th Ministerial eGovernment Conference, "Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans", which attracted some 900 stakeholders from around the world, including ministers from EU Member States, officials from national, regional and local administrations, industry and civil society representatives and experts. David Broster, Head of the Information Society Unit, made a presentation entitled "Digital Governance Tomorrow: Extrapolation or Discontinuity?" in Session 1: Scenarios of Future eGovernment and eSociety, which was partly based on the work of the FP7 Support Action "CROSSROAD - A participative roadmap on Electronic Governance and Policy Modelling". The presentation aimed to establish a dialogue on electronic identity and potential behaviours in a Digital Society. He also presented key findings from the pan-European Digital Identity survey, which was jointly funded by the European Commission’s Directorate Generals JRC, INFSO and JUST and carried out by EUROBAROMETER. These findings gave a representative view of European citizens' perceptions of digital identity today. The relationship between these perceptions and the ways Digital Governance could evolve in the future was then discussed, highlighting possible gaps and challenges. Contact: David Broster


16-18 Nov 2011: Effective policies for the development of competencies of youth in Europe (Warsaw, Poland)

The conference, organised in the frame of the EU Polish Presidency, aimed to share experience of the EU Member States and fostering international cooperation in the area of improvement of youth competencies. IPTS contributed to the conference with a presentation on the development of digital competence. More information on the conference website. Contact: Anusca Ferrari


16-17 November 2011: Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2011 (Alexandria, USA)

The work "Global innovation network: A network analysis of international patents", has been presented in the framework of the Conference "Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2011", which was organised by the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Patent Office (EPO), Eurostat, the Japan Patent Office, the National Science Foundation, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Contact: Daniel Nepelski, Giuditta De Prato


11 November 2011: IPTS – IT STAR International Conference on ICT Research and Innovation Challenges in Eastern European Member States (EEMS) (Budapest, Hungary)

The organizers provided a forum to a constellation of star-speakers and to leaders in Academia, Government, Industry and the ICT-related Civil Society to address burning issues of the R&D Agenda with a major impact on research, innovation and competitiveness in the EU and beyond. For more information, see http://eems.starbus.org. Contact: Marc Bogdanowicz


9 November 2011: DG EAC lunchtime conference on future of learning (Brussels, Belgium)

The Directorate-General for Education and Culture holds regular "lunchtime conferences" for their staff, as a training event. IPTS provided its 3th Lunchtime conference entitled "Discussing the Future of Learning: Will Education & Training move towards more personalised, collaborative and informal learning?", outlining the findings of a major study undertaken by IPTS in 2009-11, which employed desk research and extensive stakeholder consultations, involving experts, teachers and policy-makers, to generate a descriptive and normative vision of the Future of Learning. Contact: Christine Redecker & Yves Punie


2-3 November 2011: International Workshop: "Investigating Industrial and Innovation policies for Growth: Contrasting experts views" (Seville, Spain)

This workshop was part of a broader research activity launched since 2010 at IPTS. Its aim is to improve our understanding of the nature and factors of ICT and ICT-enabled innovation in a Digital Economy. The workshop, grouping selected international experts, aimed at: 1) Validating the Report prepared by BRUEGEL and 2) Contrasting the views of experts active as researchers, policy makers or project managers in ICT-enabled innovation for growth in Europe and beyond. More information on the workshop webpage. Contact: Federico Biagi


28 October 2011: EAC Thematic Working Group on Assessment of key competences (Brussels, Belgium)

The Thematic Working Group on Key Competences has been set up by the Commission in 2009 in the context of the "Education and Training 2020" to assist Member States in the implementation of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for lifelong learning. The overall task of the group is to assist the Commission in the preparation of legislation or in policy definition. In this respect, the group decided in July 2010 under the Belgium presidency to work towards publishing a policy handbook on the assessment of key competences. IPTS is contributing to the work of the group by providing expert input on the use of ICT for the assessment of Key Competences. Contact: Christine Redecker


27-28 October: MCI validation workshop of the IPTS Study: "Statistical, ecosystems and competitiveness analysis of the Media and Content industries" (Seville, Spain)

The validation workshop was meant to assess the main output of the research commissioned by the IPTS: a quantitative statistical approach to the Media and Content Industries and three case studies on the Music industry, the News industry and the Film industry. Two additional case studies on the books industry and the broadcasting industry drafted by the IPTS team were also presented. More information on the workshop webpage. Contact: Jean-Paul Simon


24 October 2011: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) Workshop (Seville, Spain)

JRC-IPTS provided a keynote presentation to the Seminar on 'La eAdministración en la Unión Europea: El auge de la Governance virtual', organised by the European Institute of Public Administration as part of the series 'Jornadas Europeas'. The seminar was attended by 130 participants mainly from Spanish regional / local governments and some European experts. JRC-IPTS presentation was on: 'Europa hacia una verdadera Sociedad del Conocimiento'. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca


19-20 October 2011: International Conference: "Global ICT industry: changing landscape? - The future of European ICT R&D" (Brussels, Belgium)

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS, Information Society Unit) organised an international conference on the changing global ICT industry landscape and future of ICT R&D in Europe. The main purposes of the conference was: 1) Identify and debate trends in the changing global ICT and ICT R&D landscape; 2) Debate their impact on the EU ICT industry and consequences for research and innovation location and modes; and 3) Discuss implications for ICT R&D and innovation policies in Europe. The conference brought together industry representatives, ICT R&D and innovation analysts, and policy makers, coming from Europe, the USA and Asia. More information on the conference webpage.


13-14 October 2011: Exploring the Future of Enterprise Search - An Expert Workshop & Think-Tank Event (Seville, Spain)

The aim of this workshop, which will contribute to the CHORUS+ project, was to gain insights into the techno-economic trends in enterprise search and to study how they will impact the European economy and society. The workshop aimed to contribute to a better understanding of the  market  dynamics  and future  prospects  of enterprise search in the EU and beyond. This expert workshop was regarded as an important part of the ongoing IPTS efforts to study the evolution of enterprise search at a time when this field is rapidly changing. For more information and for the detailed agenda, see the workshop webpage. Contact: Stavri Nikolov


13 October 2011: EAC Thematic Working Group on ICT and Education (Brussels, Belgium)

European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC A2) held this first Thematic Working Group (TWG) 'ICT and education', under the "Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020)". It consists of representatives of the Member States dealing with ICT and Education, which are usually from the Ministries of Education, and/or Science/Technology. Aims of the TWG are to identify best practices and guiding principles with respect to the embedding of ICT in lifelong learning policies and in learning and teaching practice at national level. IPTS played a central role during the meeting, as it provided two presentations to the TWG and moderated a session on creative classrooms/creative learning environments. Contact: Yves Punie


7-8 October 2011: Creanova Conference 2011 - Creativity and Learning Conference (Bilbao, Spain)

The CREANOVA final project conference brought together around 100 participants. Creanova is a project funded by the EACEA Lifelong Programme. The aim of the project is to undertake research on the specific conditions and factors which are present in creative learning environments, on what constitutes meaningful innovation and how it can be fostered and applied in learning. At the Conference IPTS presented results from the final report on Creativity and Innovation in Education in Europe. Contact: Yves Punie


6 October 2011: CONCORD (Seville, Spain)

At Concord 2011, a conference on the dynamics of Europe's industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms organized by the European Commission's Directorates Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Research & Innovation, the IS Unit presented two pieces of their research work: 1) The global network of R&D: Network analysis of international R&D centres and 2) The input and output side of ICT R&D internationalization, which is a result of the PREDICT 2011 project. Contact: Daniel Nepelski, Giuditta De Prato, Juraj Stancik


5 October: Innovation for Digital Inclusion Conference (Gdansk, Poland)

The Innovation for Digital Inclusion Conference, was organised under the Polish Presidency of the EU by “Cities on the Internet” Association, the European Commission's Directorate General for Information Society and Media and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in the Context of the Digital Agenda. The main goal of the conference was to present, debate, prioritize and adopt a roadmap for joint actions towards digital inclusion in the EU. The adoption of the "Gdansk Roadmap for Digital Inclusion" concluded the conference. JRC-IPTS contributed to the Conference with 2 presentations on its work on Digital Competences and ICT for employability, moderated the session on Social Facilitators, acted as rapporteur of the Conference, and played a key role to the preparation and on-site edition of the Gdansk Roadmap for Digital Inclusion, adopted at the end of the Conference. Contact: Clara Centeno, Gabriel Rissola, Anusca Ferrari


5 October 2011: Second International Workshop, The ICT landscape in BRICS countries: lessons from emerging economies (R&D, innovation and trade) (Johannesburg, South Africa)

The aim of this workshop was to take a closer look at the ICTs landscape in some emerging economies, the BRIC countries. BRICs countries are becoming major players not only as plain ICT users/ importers but as producers of ICT goods and services. BRICS countries are still a small but a growing share of global ICTs (~13%). Trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and the off shoring of manufacturing have been highly noticeable in Asia but trade relationships between Asia and Brazil are also worth noting. The workshop provided a working tool for the IPTS continuing research on ICT, identifying the issues at stake and related research questions triggered by the entry of these countries. This research takes part of the PREDICT project, a research line started some five years ago at JRC-IPTS and aiming at describing the dynamics of the ICT industry and its R&D worldwide. For more information on the programme, see the workshop webpage. Contact: Jean-Paul Simon

The workshop was organised in association with the International Institute of Communications (IIC). Its Annual Conference took place on 3-4 October 2011 in Sandton, Johannesburg (same premises), Entitled 'Trends in Global Communications: Making Digital Society a Universal Reality' it took stock of the latest telecommunications and media developments and debate their policy, strategic and business implications, and possible future outcomes. Contact  and registration: j.grimshaw@iicom.org


25-28 September 2011: ICEGOV2011 – 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (Tallinn, Estonia)

JRC-IPTS participated in ICEGOV2011 as a member of the Program Committee of ICEGOV and as chair of the Session on Smartcities organised in collaboration with the United Nations University, in which the results of the EXPGOV project, as well as an accepted paper titled "Reflexivity, Modelling and Weak Signals of Transformational Tracks to Support both micro- and macro-measuring of Information Society Services", were presented. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca


21-23 September 2011: Technology Transfer in a Global Economy conference (Augsburg, Germany)

At the Technology Transfer in a Global Economy conference, organized by the Technology Transfer Society, IPTS presented a paper on the Global Technological Collaboration Network, which has been recognised as one of the best presented at the conference and was invited to be published in a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer, on “Technology Transfer in a Global Economy”. Contact: Daniel Nepelski, Giuditta De Prato


21 September 2011: IPTS Workshop: "Electronic Identity for Europe" (Nicosia, Cyprus)

Within the framework of the 6th International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law (LSPI), the IPTS organised a workshop on Electronic Identity for Europe, based on work developed previously by the IPTS in this area, which aimed at raising consensus on the adoption of a broader perspective in framing the debate on the regulation of eID in Europe. In arguing that eSignatures, formal identities and public sector applications constitute only a part of a larger identity ecosystem for which there is no current regulatory framework, the workshop aimed at proposing the idea of a specific and dedicated European legal framework for eID as the central theme for discussion. The objective of the workshop was to focus on a broader picture, looking at how a full-scale European legal framework could regulate a cross-border, mutual recognition system of e-identification and e-authentication in the EU. Further to this, the IPTS presented the paper "The Lisbon Treaty and the regulation of electronic identity in the European Union" (which won the award for the Best Student Paper). Contact: Norberto Andrade


20-23 September 2011:  European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (Palermo, Italy) 

The JRC-IPTS took part in the EC-TEL 2011 conference, presenting the results of the ICEAC study on Creativity and Innovation in Education and Training. EC-TEL is a major European Scientific Conference in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning, gathering together over a hundred participants. Contact: Anusca Ferrari, Romina Cachia


15 September 2011: EFQUEL Innovation Forum (Oeiras, Portugal)

The 6th EFQUEL forum focussed on "Certifying the future: accreditation, certification and internationalisation". EFQUEL stands for European Foundation for Quality in e-learning and is an initiative from a number of key stakeholders/researchers in the area of eLearning, which has now more than 100 members from all over Europe, and beyond. Its aim is to promote quality, excellence and innovation in technology-enhanced learning in Europe. The conference was attended by circa 85 people and special attention went to OER (open educational resources). IPTS gave one of the four keynotes and presented results from its study on the future of learning. Contact: Yves Punie


8-9 September 2011: 6th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association: Fine-Tuning IPR debates (Brussels, Belgium)

The paper titled "Global innovation networks. A network analysis of international patents" was presented at the "6th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association: Fine-Tuning IPR debates", taking place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, (Belgium) and organised by the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) with the support of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Solvay Business School. The work, an application of network analysis to patent based indicators, represents part of the results of the IPTS project on European ICT Poles of Excellence.

Contact: Daniel Nepelski, Giuditta De Prato


4-5 July 2011: "Global Forum on Learning" (Hong Kong)

The "Global Forum on Learning", held at the University of Hong Kong was an invitation-only event organised by Prof. Nancy Law, Director of the Centre for Information Technology in Education of the University of Hong Kong. The aim of the forum was to engage a small team of 20 worldwide experts consisting of policy makers, international education organizations and renowned learning scientists in an exchange to formulate a conceptual framework and effective strategies to bridge Learning Research and Educational Policies to better educational practice for the 21st century. Contact: Yves Punie

21-22 June 2011: Expert workshop on "ICT based solutions for cargivers: Assessing their impact on the sustainability of long-term care in an ageing Europe (Brussels)

In the context of IPTS research activities to support policy in the areas of Long Term Care, and ICT for social inclusion, a study has been commissioned aimed at providing evidence and policy options for in these fields. The main purpose of the workshop was to discuss the Impact Assessment Methodology that the main contractor, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, supported by their expert research network, have developed in the context of the project and to collect feed-back from a group of leading experts from practice, academia and policy making with relevant experience to the topic of ICT and/or informal care for dependent (older) persons. Contact: James Stewart


16-17 June 2011: Digital Agenda Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)

The This major event attended by more than one thousand participants was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Information Society and Media to mobilise Digital Agenda for Europe's stakeholders and practitioners. In Workshop 20. Digital literacy and e-Inclusion JRC-IPTS made a presentation on the digital competences of social actors and intermediaries and co-moderated two breakout working groups. More information on the DAA website. Contact: Gabriel Rissola


13-14 June 2011: 3rd Annual Patent analysis workshop: “The Output of R&D activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data” (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop aimed at improving the understanding of the patent system, focusing on empirical analysis, methodology, and the use of the PATSTAT database. The speakers provided world-leading contributions from complementary standpoints: the Academia, the EPO, the US patent trademark and patent office (USPTO), national Patent Offices, the OECD, and the European Commission. More information on the workshop webpage. Contact: Giuditta De Prato


6-7 June 2011: Teacher Collaboration Networks in 2025.  What is the role of teachers' networks for professional development in Europe? (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop aimed at discussing with experts from the different fields the future of four main areas, namely, teacher collaboration networks, eTwinning, new technologies and teacher networking and eTwinning as a model for other areas of learning. You can follow the discussion on the LinkedIn group: Workshop: Teacher Collaboration Networks in 2025 and on Twitter: #collab2025. Contact: Romina Cachia


30-31 May 2011: Expert workshop The economics of Media and content industry (MCI). Approaches, case study, economic effect of the digital transition (IPTS, Seville)

This workshop explored how the changing structure of media and content industries (MCI) and their markets can be tackled. It participates to the JRC-IPTS and the European Commission's efforts to find an adequate way to deal with the digital economy and tried offering a multifaceted approach to assess the digital transition in the MCI, to point at what can be derived from such different theoretical approaches and what they already yielded. Contact: Jean-Paul Simon


20-21 May 2011: 4th International Conference on Information Law (ICIL) (Thessaloniki, Greece)

This year the conference was devoted to the theme "Values and Freedoms in Modern Information Law and Ethics" and hosted both invited and refereed paper presentations on a variety of subjects within information law and information ethics. IPTS presented the papers entitled: "Identity Management Systems and the Principle of Multiple Identities" and "Ambient Intelligence and data protection. Challenges and opportunities after the Lisbon Treaty." More information on the conference website. Contact: Norberto Andrade, Shara Monteleone


12-13 May 2011: 4th International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA 2011) (IPTS, Seville)

The Conference focussed on the need and potential of FTA to address disruptive transformations in response to grand societal challenges. IPTS (IS Unit) presented a paper on  "Law and the Future. The Role of Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) in Law - The cases of legal research, legislative drafting and law enforcement" and one on "Foresight and Policy modelling on ICT for Governance: Exploring the Next Frontiers". More information on the conference website. Contact: Norberto Andrade, Gianluca Misuraca 


11-12 April 2011: ICTNET 2nd Workshop: "ICT Intangibles and Innovation" (London, UK)

This workshop was the second of a series on the economic impact of ICT, organised by ICTNET and funded by the European Commission. The goal was to bring together leading researchers in the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to discuss recent scientific contributions and outstanding policy challenges. Particular emphasis were placed on ICT, R&D and intangibles and ICT-enabled innovation. At this event, JRC-IPTS presented its paper on "The global ICT R&D network". More information on the conference webpage Contact: Daniel Nepelski


11-12 April 2011: ICTNET 2nd Workshop: "ICT Intangibles and Innovation" (London, UK)

This workshop was the second of a series on the economic impact of ICT, organised by ICTNET and funded by the European Commission. The goal was to bring together leading researchers in the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to discuss recent scientific contributions and outstanding policy challenges. Particular emphasis were placed on ICT, R&D and intangibles and ICT-enabled innovation. At this event, JRC-IPTS presented its paper on "The global ICT R&D network". More information on the conference webpage Contact: Daniel Nepelski


16-17 February 2011: Conference: "ASIAN RISE IN ICT R&D – Looking for evidence: Debating collaboration strategies, threats and opportunities" (Brussels, Belgium)

The Information Society Unit of the Institute for Prospective Technological studies (JRC-IPTS, European Commission) has been investigating the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector and ICT R&D in Asia for several years. IPTS organised a 2 days Conference on this subject in Brussels, aimed at grouping a set of 100 selected international experts and Commission's staff. More information on content, speakers and presentations given at the conference on the dedicated conference webpage.


25-27 January 2011: 4th International Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP): "European Data Protection: In Good Health?" (Brussels, Belgium)

The CPDP is one of Europe's most important forums for academics, practitioners, policymakers and activists in the field of privacy and data protection. The conference included in its 2011 edition the contribution of more than 180 speakers, twelve panels, a pre-conference, a philosophical reading panel and a PhD-evening session. IPTS presented the paper entitled: "Towards a European eID regulatory framework: the legal gaps, barriers and challenges of constructing a legal framework for the protection and management of electronic identities." More information on the conference website. Contact: Norberto Andrade



Events 2010

15-16 December 2010: Lift-Off Toward Open Government Conference (Brussels, Belgium)

The 'Lift Off Towards Open Government' Conference, organised by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was the latest in a series of EU ministerial eGovernment conferences dating back to 2001. The main theme was "open government", emphasising to the implementation of cross-border interoperability, aiming to demonstrate the achievement of past European eGovernment efforts, and the impact of this for citizens and industry. European President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes and Belgian Minister of Economy and Reform Vincent Van Quickenborne opened the Conference. David Broster, Head of the Information Society Unit at JRC-IPTS, took on the role of rapporteur of the event. More information on the conference website. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca 


1-2 December 2010: Expert Workshop on "The Paradoxes of ICTs and Social Inclusion: Do ICTs increase Opportunities for Young People at Risk?" (Brussels, Belgium)

As part of IPTS' e-Inclusion research activities, this workshop presented and discussed the state of the art on the topic of youth at risk and ICTs. IPTS presented the first results of the studies on the topic, developed by Arcola Research and the Tavistock Institute. The focus of the first day of the workshop was on the discussion of the policy context and several studies on youth, youth at risk and ICTs, exploring the many methodological challenges that this area of research entails. On the second day the characteristics and impact assessment strategies of ICT-based policies and initiatives for inclusion of young people was discussed. Contact: Esteve Sanz


25-26 November 2010: Design and Learning conference (Brussels, Belgium)

The Design and Learning Conference 2010 follows on the success of a first design conference on design organised for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. Its objective is to explore in depth the multiple relationships between design and learning from a policy making point of view. IPTS participated in the session on "Addressing the digital learning challenge". Contact: Yves Punie


25-26 November 2010: Media and Learning conference (Brussels, Belgium)

Bringing together practitioners and policy makers, the Media and learning conference highlighted the latest developments, services and uses of media in education and training. IPTS was an organizer and moderator of the session on the future of learning. Contact: Yves Punie


23 November 2010: 2010 Paradiso Workshop (Brussels, Belgium)

At the 2010 PARADISO workshop, IPTS gave a presentation on “Understanding the interaction between Internet and societal developments”. IPTS participated in the session on “Visions of the future of our societies” during which worldwide experts, including members of the PARADISO high-level expert panel, shared with the audience their vision of how our societies should evolve in the next decades. Contact: Yves Punie


23 November 2010: ePractice workshop: "Understanding the role of ICT in the integration of Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities (IEM)" (Brussels, Belgium)

Recent research has shown the importance of ICT (among which social computing applications seems to play an important role) in the process of enabling the socio-economic integration of IEM people and fostering cultural diversity in our European knowledge societies. The workshop encouraged the sharing of good practices and research studies in the area of ICT-enabled or supported IEM participation in lifelong learning, improved employability and social integration. The theme of this workshop was on the cross road of different key priorities of the Europe 2020 policy, among which 1) the "Digital Agenda for Europe" (promoting digital inclusion and empowerment of all European citizens); 2) "European Platform against Poverty" (supporting migrants better integration in the workforce); 3) " An agenda for new skills and jobs" (facilitating labour mobility and the development of skills throughout the lifecycle) and 4) "Youth on the Move" (promoting the recognition of non-formal and informal learning). For more information see the ePactice events section & Workshop Report. Contact: Gabriel Rissola


17-18 November 2010: DigiWorld Summit 2010 (Montpellier, France)

This year’s DigiWorld Summit focused on the Internet’s role in Europe’s forward-looking strategies, and Europe’s role in the Internet of the future and provided an opportunity to discuss the following points: 1) New consumer behaviour: what are the top players' business models? 2) The Web's ability to handle growing traffic and increasingly diverse applications: Who is investing in what? Which players are best prepared for cloud architecture? 3) What role does the Web play in public policies: What is the status of national broadband and ultra-fast broadband schemes? Is there such a thing as a European approach to Net neutrality? IPTS was a partner in the event for the organisation of the Video Game Seminar and gave a keynote speech on "The Internet’s disruptive impact on the video game industry". Contact: Jean-Paul Simon


11-12 November 2010: Expert Workshop on "European ICT Poles of Excellence: debating concepts and methodologies" (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop, grouping 20 selected international experts, aimed at discussing the following questions, supported by experts' presentations: 1) What can be defined as ICT Poles of world-class Excellence, in particular in Europe? 2) What are the necessary theoretical frameworks for studying the emergence and dynamics of such ICT Poles of world-class Excellence? 3) What are the necessary methodological tools for studying ICT poles? 4) What are the necessary data sources allowing for long-term tracking of the emergence and dynamics of such ICT poles? The workshop itself is part of a longer-term effort to offer evidence-based policy support to the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media in the definition, implementation and monitoring of its R&D and Innovation policy. In particular its latest Communication refers to the emergence of several new ICT Poles of world Class Excellence in Europe by 2020, and to the policies that might favour such emergence. Contact: Daniel Nepelski


3-5 November 2010: Sustainable Ageing: ICT for the care of the elderly (Granada, Spain)

The main objective of this conference was bringing together researchers, authorities, business and civil society organizations from countries around the world, to define strategies and priorities within the framework of sustainable aging and ICT to elderly care. The conference examined the problems that prevent the introduction of services and ICT systems, and prospects for sustainable development. In addition, it presented the latest in technologically advanced systems and services to elderly care, and addressed the need for the implementation of e-health for older people with chronic diseases. IPTS gave a presentation on "The potential of ICT for supporting caregivers of elderly people", which is based on the findings of an exploratory study into the use of ICT by caregivers involved in Long-term Care in four European countries (UK, DE, ES, IT). The results of this study series can be accessed on the thematic eInclusion webpage. More information also on the conference website. Contact: Christine Redecker


28-29 October 2010: Workshop on "Electronic Identity Socio-Economic Assessment" (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop, attended by external experts, European Commission participants and the IPTS project team, addressed electronic identity (eID), interoperability, and various eID case studies. The objective of the workshop was to identify ten relevant eID services, each with an interoperable and cross-border component, for which IPTS will carry out an in-depth socio-economic assessment. A collection of potential eID case studies was presented by both external experts and IPTS project team. The workshop also included a discussion on the practical aspects of socio-economic assessment. The two main objectives of the workshop were to consider the most suitable cases to take up for analysis, and to agree on the kind of characteristics these cases should have. The former item included agreement on how to choose the most suitable cases. The latter included the type of characteristics to enable the comparison and analysis of eID socio-economic impacts. Contact: Anssi Hoikkanen


27-29 October 2010: eChallenges 2010 (Warsaw, Poland)

The eChallenges Conference gathered delegates from commercial, government and research organisations to share success stories and lessons learnt from applied Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related research at European level (FP6 & FP7) as well as Regional, National and Commercial initiatives. The goal of e-2010 was to stimulate rapid take-up of Research and Technology Development results by industry and help open up the European Research Area to the rest of the world. IPTS participated in the opening plenary with a presentation on "Challenges & Choices in a Digital Society". Contact: David Broster


12 October 2010: ePractice workshop: "eInclusion days - Digital Literacy" (Brussels, Belgium)

This workshop, co-organised by DG INFSO and IPTS aimed to encourage the sharing of good practice in the area of digital competences of intermediaries and social actors working in the field of economic, social and/or digital inclusion of groups at risk of exclusion such as the elderly, disabled, migrants, youth, unemployed and low educated people. In addition, the workshop aimed to identify and disseminate: ICT-enabled solutions (training, resources, tools, etc) for digital competences of social inclusion actors; good practices and current research carried out in this area; initiatives and funding programmes at local, national or European level. Therefore, the focus was put on the necessity to improve the accessibility of ICT products and services by intermediaries and social actors and its application to their jobs. IPTS was involved in the organisation of the workshop by gathering relevant case studies, selecting speaker and participants, and providing the relevant content. For more information see the ePactice events section. Contact: Gabriel Rissola


1 October 2010: Conference on Self-regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments: Challenges and Promises (Barcelona, Spain)   

The conference, organised by TACONET and supported by The STELLAR Network of Excellence constituted a platform to present and exchange research findings and ideas on Self-regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments, with several presentations by invited speakers in the morning and parallel workshops in the afternoon. Contributions to the conference will be published as a book. IPTS gave a presentation on the Results from expert consultations on the future of learning

STELLAR  stands for Sustaining Technology Enhanced Learning at a LARge scale. It is an EU project representing the effort of leading institutions and projects in European Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) to unify this diverse community. TACONET is a TArgeted COoperative NETwork of European institutions involved in higher education. It is a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences of individuals and institutions from academia, business and communities of practice who are interested in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments (TELEs) that support Self-Regulated Learning. More information on the Conference website. Contact: Yves Punie


29 September - 1 October 2010: EC-TEL 2010 Conference (Barcelona, Spain)

The "Fifth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice" brought together technological developments, learning models, and implementations of new and innovative approaches to training and education. The conference explored how the synergy of multiple disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social Science, can provide new, more effective and more especially more sustainable, technology-enhanced learning solutions to learning problems. At the conference, IPTS presented results of the Learning 2.0 study. More information on EC-TEL 2010 Conference website. Contact: Christine Redecker


29-30 September 2010: Expert Workshop: The macro-economic modelling of the Digital Economy (Brussels, Belgium)

The Workshop "Modelling the Digital Economy" gathered experts in the economics of ICT and modelling who addressed topics germane to the Digital Agenda such as: ICT as enabling technology, ICT impact on productivity, ICT infrastructure, network effects, technology adoption, and economics of embedded ICT. The participants from various research institutions working on capturing the diverse features of the Digital Economy helped refining the IPTS vision and pointed to various new methods and approaches relevant for the purpose of the entire research line. A particular attention was paid to the modelling of the ICT R&D, as central factor boosting the productivity. More information of the Modelling the Digital Economy webpage.

Contact: Geomina Turlea and/or Wojciech Szewczyk


27-29 September 2010: ICT 2010 - Digitally driven (Brussels, Belgium)

At the ICT 2010 - Digitally driven event, organised by the European Commission and hosted by the Belgian Presidency of the European Union in Brussels, IPTS organised and/or actively participated in a number of networking sessions on different topics it is currently working on: 1) Research Roadmap on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling (see details); 2) Game development and innovation in Europe (see details); 3) ICT R&D opportunities with Japan and Korea (see details); 4) Modelling the Digital Economy? (see details). Contact: Alessandra Pertot


22-23 June 2010: Technical Seminar on ICT in Social Security (Beirut, Lebanon)

The Technical Seminar on ICTs in Social Security, organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), dealt with the strategic role of ICT in enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery, addressing matters related to citizen services and focused on innovative approaches to improve customer interaction. During the session on "New approaches for citizen interaction and services: Enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery" IPTS addressed a keynote speech on "Exploring implications of Social Computing on public governance". Contact: Gianluca Misuraca 

21 June: United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSA) (Barcelona, Spain)

At the United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSA 2010) entitled “The Role of Public Service in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Best Practices”, IPTS participated in the Capacity development Workshop and Expert group meeting on ‘Advancing E-Government Development and Knowledge Management’ and made a presentation on eGovernment in Europe at the crossroad between the past and the future. More information on the events webpage. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca 


10 June 2010: Validation Workshop "BORN DIGITAL/ GROWN DIGITAL - Assessing the future competitiveness of the EU videogame software industry" (Brussels, Belgium)

The workshop presented for validation and discussion the results of a study on "the Competitiveness of the European Videogame Software Industry", that is part of a project developed by IPTS on behalf of DG Enterprise and that focuses on the position of the EU ICT industry with respect to a selection of potentially disruptive ICT technologies. The purpose of this workshop was to assess Europe’s future competitive position in the video game software industry, as well as to discuss how EU policy could support in strengthening that position. Particular attention was placed on Mobile and On-line Games developments. The workshop, designed for a group of 24 industrial experts and 6 Commission's representatives, was organised as to offer opportunities for brainstorming and open discussion, as to improve our mutual knowledge of the Competitiveness of the European Videogames Software industry and to provide policy conclusions. More information on the specific workshop webpage. Contact: Giuditta De Prato


9  June  2010: Workshop on "Exploring the Future of Mobile Search" (at the 9th Conference of Telecommunication, Media and Internet Techno-Economics, Ghent, Belgium)

The aim of this workshop was to gain insights of the techno-economic trends in mobile search and how it will impact the European Economy and Society. Market dynamics, strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats as well as future prospects for the mobile search domain were the focus of the workshop discussion, structured around keynote speeches, by invited experts. Representatives from the Telco Industry as well as from the Search Engine segment participated to this event together with user experts, academics and market analysts. For more details and all the presentation see the Mobile Search Workshop webpage. Contact: Stavri Nikolov


1-2 June 2010: Validation workshop on Creative Learning & Innovative Teaching (IPTS, Seville)  

The aim of the workshop was to validate the different phases of the study on Creativity and Innovation in Education in EU Member States and to disseminate preliminary results. The workshop agenda as well as all presentations can be found on the ICEAC project page. Contact: Anusca Ferrari and Romina Cachia


27-28 May 2010: Workshop on "The Output of R&D Activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data - II" (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop was attended by experts from public policy bodies such as EPO and OECD and from academia, both from inside and outside the EU, to discuss the production of patent data and its contribution to the analysis of the innovation and R&D activities in their international dimension. More information on the specific workshop webpage. Contact: Giuditta De Prato


9-11 May 2010: 2nd Congress on the Modernization of Public Services (Granada, Spain)

The congress featured conferences, roundtable discussions, panels of experts and presentations relating to new service models and increasing participation by and for the citizens; aiming at making bureaucratic tasks simpler and more efficient; managing personnel and infrastructure; and a special focus was on e-Government as well as cooperation between different governance stakeholders, enabled by ICTs. IPTS participated with a presentation on 'The future of public services, an European policy-research perspective', presenting the main findings of its reports on the impact on Social Computing and Public Services 2.0, as well as IPTS activities on e-Governance. More information on the conference website. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca 


29-30 April 2010: State of Play & Visionary Scenario Design Validation Workshop (IPTS, Seville)

In the context of the CROSSROAD project, a Support Action funded by the European Commission, aiming to deliver a Research Roadmap on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling, which will be supported by the contribution of the results deriving from other FP7 projects in this domain and by the involvement of the research community, this workshop convened experts from several research areas, policy makers and practitioners in order to discuss and validate the results of the first phase of the project, namely the Analysis of the State of Play of Research in the domain of ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling and the Visionary Scenarios designed to explore how governance and policy modelling could develop at the horizon 2030. Contact: Gianluca Misuraca

29 April 2010: Validation workshop on "Assessing economic impact of Emerging Robot Technologies and competitiveness of the EU ICT industry" (Brussels, Belgium)  

This workshop presented and discussed the results of a study on: "Competitiveness in Emerging Robot Technologies" that the IPTS has developed on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprises and Industry and which is part of a larger project on the position of the EU economy with respect to a selection of potentially disruptive ICT technologies. Particular attention has been placed on two areas of robot technologies: robotics for the SME market and robotics safety. The purpose of the workshop, attended by a group of 15-20 external experts and a number of Commission staff, was to assess Europe’s future competitive position in selected emerging robot technologies, as well as to discuss how EU policy could support in strengthening that position. More information on the specific workshop webpage. Contact: Paul Desruelle


28 April 2010: International expert workshop on "Assessing the economic competitiveness of the European Automotive Embedded Software industry" (Brussels, Belgium)  

This workshop presented and discussed the results of a study which has been executed by iSuppli Corporation on behalf of the JRC-IPTS on the "Competitiveness of the European Automotive Embedded Software industry" for the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprises and Industry and which is part of a larger project on the position of the EU economy with respect to a selection of potentially disruptive ICT technologies. Particular attention has been placed on two important domains: Powertrain (Electric car) and Infotainement. The on-invitation-only workshop, designed for a group of 15-20 interested experts and a number of Commission staff, had the purpose to assess Europe’s future competitive position in selected emerging Automotive Embedded Software technologies, as well as to discuss how EU policy could support in strengthening that position. More information on the specific workshop webpage. Contact: Marc Bogdanowicz


22 April 2010: Guest lecture on Social Computing at the IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)

IE Business School in Madrid is recognized as one of the world's top business schools with students from more than 80 countries on its Master, Doctorate and Executive Education programs. IPTS provided a guest lecture on "The impact of social computing: Challenges and opportunities for Europe" based on its report "The Impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy" for the IE Business School Master in Management of Telecom and Digital Business, coordinated by Prof. Claudio Feijoo,  Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Contact: Yves Punie


15-16 April 2010: Workshop on the "Pan-European survey of practices, attitudes & policy preferences as regards personal identity data management" (IPTS, Seville)

IPTS is conducting, in collaboration with and for EC DG INFSO, the first systematic attempt to examine personal practices of identity data disclosure in EU27, by means of a large scale survey. The main aim of such a study is to provide the European Commission with a comprehensive view of the digital identity landscape in Europe, from the point of view of its citizens. The workshop aimed to finalise and validate the structure and content survey designed to examine EU citizens' disclosure of personal identity data and issues of consent, redress and control. It was attended by 20 experts including data protection authorities, academics, industry representatives and policy makers. Contact: Wainer Lusoli


25 March 2010: Cost 298 Final Conference: Challenges for EU Information Society Policy Making (Seville)

IPTS hosted the final conference by Cost 298: Participation in Broadband Society which presented the current state of the research that researchers have undertaken during the duration of the Cost298 Action.  IPTS presented its work on: identity management; 3D and education; eInclusion; and communities and digital media. Contact: Romina Cachia


22-23 March: EHRA Summit 2010 on E-health and Personalised Health Care (Sophia Antipolis, France)

The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Summit 2010, organised by the European Heart House, was attended by cardiologists, physicians and industry representatives. IPTS participated with a presentation on "Personal Health Systems: a roadmap to 2020". Contact: Cristiano Codagnone 


16-18 March 2010: Forum on Models of ICT Integration in Education (Madrid, Spain)

This EU presidency conference on eLearning organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education in collaboration with DG EAC gathered around 150 participants, featuring representatives from the ministries of Education from EU Member States, a selected number of experts from Europe and worldwide (US, Canada, South-Korea, Argentina, Paraguay). IPTS had a key note on "New Learning for a New Society: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe" presenting results from its work on Learning 2.0, Creativity and Innovation in E&T and preliminary results from the ongoing foresight on the future of learning. Contact: Yves Punie


11-12 March 2010: The Future of Information Society and Challenges for Good Governance - 11th Bled Forum on Europe Foresight Conference (Bled, Slovenia)

This conference organised by Bled Forum, Centre for eGovernance Development (CeGD), and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana (ASO Ljubljana) discussed key challenges for the future development of Information Society with special emphasis on and initiatives from South Eastern Europe (SEE). IPTS participated with a presentation on " The Impact of Social Computing: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe". For more details see the conference page. Contact: Yves Punie


5-7 February 2010: eTwinning Conference 2010: Celebrating 5 years! (Seville, Spain)

At the 2010 eTwinning Conference, which celebrated 5 years of eTwinning, JRC IPTS contributed to the discussions with eTwinning teachers and other stakeholders on the future of learning. eTwinning is an online community for schools in Europe, bringing together teachers from all over Europe to find each other, meet virtually, exchange ideas and practice examples, team up in Groups, learn together in Learning Events and engage in online-based projects. This conference brought together nearly 500 invited participants from across Europe, including eTwinning teachers, international experts and representatives from the European Commission and the Central and National Support Services (CSS and NSS). IPTS ran 2 workshops with teachers on the future of learning and another workshop in collaboration with European Schoolnet to collect preliminary data for the Tellnet project. IPTS was also involved in presenting the results from the joint IPTS-EUN survey with teachers from Europe on creativity [Spanish Summary of the Survey published by the Spanish Ministry of Education] and moderated the closing plenary on the future of learning in Europe and on how eTwinning will contribute to it. For more details see the conference page and our specific page on eLearning. In addition, the conference recordings can be see at the following link. Contact: Yves Punie and Christine Redecker

20 January 2010: Seminar on "ICT for the integration of migrants: skills, jobs and participation" (Brussels, Belgium)

In the context of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, JRC-IPTS Information Society and INFSO eInclusion Units organized a joint Seminar to present and discuss recent research results on the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for socio-economic inclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities. For more details and the presentations see our Inclusion & Cultural Diversity page. Contact: Clara Centeno.


19 January 2010: Expert workshop "Long term care challenges in an ageing society: the role of ICT and migrants" (Brussels, Belgium)

As part of its research on ICT for inclusion, JRC IPTS has finalized a research project on "The potential of ICT in supporting informal domiciliary carers, with particular attention to the case of immigrant care-workers", carried out in four countries (UK, Italy, Spain and Germany) during 2008-2009. This research has been undertaken in collaboration with DG INFSO and in support of eInclusion policies. In an ageing society, with increasing numbers of people in need for long term care; shrinking numbers of health professionals and dedicated carers; high level health technology and growing costs for national budgets, two complementary trends are likely to emerge as  components of a supply-side solution to meeting the demand for home care: 1) migrant care labour to complement and supplement  professional health care provision and 2) ICT devices and applications support care functions, like monitoring and surveillance. IPTS organised a workshop to discuss the results of the project and the policy implications with relevant policy actors across the European Commission as well as external organizations. For more details and the presentations see our Inclusion & Cultural Diversity page. Contact: Clara Centeno.


Events 2009

16-17 December 2009: Create. Innovate. Grow - Closing Conference of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (Stockholm, Sweden)

The "Create. Innovate. Grow." conference served as a meeting place, in which policy-creation themes were discussed from a European perspective. The importance of creativity and innovation for the development of the individual and society was highlighted. During the conference a number of plenary seminars and workshops were held, which drew attention to creativity in different parts of the educational system, technological innovations and the importance of entrepreneurship. IPTS participated in "Workshop 2: Culture for a new creative generation" with a presentation on "Creativity in schools in Europe – A survey of teachers"  presenting the preliminary results of a teachers survey on creativity in schools [Spanish Summary of the Survey published by the Spanish Ministry of Education] conducted in coordination with European Schoolnet. For more information: Conference page. Contact: Anusca Ferrari.

2-4 December 2009: International Conference ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN (Berlin, Germany)

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors, is the key annual networking event for the international e-learning and technology-supported learning and training industry, attracting and bringing together experts in the vanguard of technology-enhanced learning from around the world. Participants forge essential cross-industry contacts and partnerships, thereby enhancing their knowledge and expertise. 2078 delegates from 92 countries convened to discuss the latest developments and trends in the field of technology-supported learning and training. More than 400 speakers from 38 countries shared their knowledge and experiences in 85 parallel sessions, in which IPTS participated with two presentations on "New Ways of Learning with Social Computing" and "ICT for Learning, Innovation and Creativity: A research perspective". For more information: Conference page. Contact: Christine Redecker.


26 November 2009: Foro de debate sobre Derechos de la Ciudadanía en Salud Pública (Granada, Spain)

The Escuela Andaluza de Salud Publica de la Junta de Andalucía organised this event in the aftermath of the approval by the Andalusian Government of the Draft Law on Health of Andalusia Public Health seeking to lay the legal framework to carry out the reform of the Andalusia Public Health by defining a set of new rights of citizens in the field of public health. The event was attended by key experts and policy makers from Andalucía and Spain, as well as medical experts, health economists, and decision makers from healthcare institutions, from the administration of Andalucía and also from the Spanish Ministry of Health. IPTS participated to a roundtable discussion on the topic of economic and social sustainability of healthcare with a presentation on "the potential of eHealth". For more information: Conference page. Contact: Cristiano Codagnone.


19-20 November 2009: Teaming up for the eUnion - 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference (Malmö, Sweden)

At the Ministerial Conference, where the Swedish Presidency and the European Commission presented a Ministerial Declaration, which will set out the path for the field of eGovernment up until 2015, high-level speakers and 1 000 delegates met in more than 20 sessions to discuss topics of particular interest to actors in the field of eGovernment. In the session on "The power of Information" IPTS presented its views on "Harnessing the Dynamics of Social Computing". Since the momentum that has characterised the Social Computing phenomenon is expected to continue, further evolve and mature, while the current younger generation moves into employment and management roles, one can expect significant changes in the way civil society functions, everyday life is lived, businesses are run and public and social services are managed. It is expected that Social Computing will contribute positively to these changes, if they are properly stimulated and managed by supporting policies. Lightweight policy guidance will be needed to mitigate some of the potential risks of misuse.
For more information: Teaming up for the eUnion Conference page. David Broster's (IPTS) presentation starts at 29 minutes 40 seconds on the slider and the two JRC Scientific and Technical Reports presented at the conference are downloadable at: "The impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy" and "Public Services 2.0: The Impact of Social Computing on Public Services". Contact: David Broster.


17-18 November 2009: SIMPHS Validation Workshop (Brussels, Belgium)

The workshop's aim was to present and validate with experts the findings of the first ten months of SIMPHS research. In particular in order to understand the Remote Patient Monitoring and Treatment (RMT) segment of the PHS market, quantitative and qualitative data has been collected in the Strategic Intelligence Monitor and analysed by the team. Main findings were summarised in a Discussion Paper that was sent to participants before the workshop. Following the narrative of this paper, the 1.5 day workshop was dedicated to presenting and discussing with experts the main issues emerging from our analysis of the RMT market. The Agenda and links to presentations are available here. Contact: Fabienne Abadie.


9-10 November 2009: Visby Agenda: creating impact for the eUnion 2015 (Visby, Sweden)

An important Information Society event on future European IT policy and an important step in creating a common platform for a European ICT policy agenda by 2015. More information is available here.


2-3 November 2009: Workshop on "ICT for Socio-economic Integration of Youth at Risk of Exclusion" (IPTS, Seville)

The objectives of the workshop were to bring together experts from different backgrounds (academics, practitioners working with young people at risk and policymakers involved with European youth policies) in order to exchange ideas, brainstorm and build consensus on the state of the art of the current knowledge, research and practices developed around young people at risk and ICT-driven initiatives targeting them. It also aimed to identify the main research, methodological and implementation challenges posed by the impact assessment of these ICT-driven initiatives. Contact: Alexandra Haché.


28 October 2009: Workshop on "RFID technologies: Economic impact of and European Industrial Competitiveness"(IPTS, Seville)

The purpose of this workshop is to assess Europe’s future competitive position in the RFID industry, as well as to discuss how EU policy could support in strengthening that position. IPTS will invite participants from industry, European Commission, industry analysts and consultants, standard-setting organisations, academia, collaborative forums and the financing sector. Contact: Sven Lindmark.


22-23 October 2009: Internationalisation of ICT R&D 

ICT companies seem to be increasingly internationalising their R&D activities. Internationalisation of R&D may have a negative impact on domestic R&D expenditures and on the domestic knowledge base. But by accessing a wider pool of knowledge, companies can improve their competitiveness with a potential for positive spill-over effects at home also. To address the complexity of the R&D internationalisation phenomenon, the aim of the workshop was to present and discuss currently available data and information, and to attempt to develop a prospective analysis of the issue. In order to take different perspectives into account, a number of representatives of international organisations, academic institutions and multinational companies participated in the event. The Agenda and links to presentations are available here.  Contact: Daniel Nepelski.


16 October 2009: Workshop on "Software Games' technological and market potential: How EU can compete now and in the future"(IPTS, Seville)

The workshop aims at discussing the potential of software games industry, in order to better identify those segments suitable to play a disruptive role in the short term future, both with regard to the market and to the technological impacts. It is also meant to assess strengths and weaknesses of EU firms in the industry, and to highlight drivers for a possible future EU leadership. Representatives of academia, research institutions and European companies will be involved. Contact: Giuditta De Prato.


15-16 October 2009: Creative Learning Innovation Marketplace Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)

The International Conference Creative Learning Innovation Marketplace took place in the context of the European Year of Innovation and Creativity under the patronage of the Portuguese National Coordinator. The Conference is strongly supported at national level by a large variety of organisations as well as by several DGs of the European Commission. The event intends to offer opportunities to develop and discuss creative approaches for business innovation, creative learning and seizing the benefits of a changing society. IPTS participated with a presentation on "The (Untapped) Potential of Learning 2.0". For more information: Conference page. Contact: Christine Redecker.


1-2 October 2009: Workshop on "ICT for learning the host country's language by adult migrants in the EU" (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop aims to identify the key challenges currently faced in second language (L2) education of adult migrants in EU countries; to present and discuss how such challenges are being addressed by using ICT in four specific initiatives within the EU Member States; to draw preliminary conclusions about the opportunities afforded by ICT to enhance L2 education of adult migrants (from the point of view of learners, teachers, training agencies and other stakeholders) and to  identify policy implications and further research needs. The Agenda and links to presentations are available here. Contact: Stefano Kluzer.


26-28 September 2009: 20th ITS European Regional Conference “Telecommunications in the Broader Society: Maximising the Benefits and Reducing the Risks”

The conference intends to open possibilities to discuss the issues, which are not only internal to the telecommunications sector, but also relate to the interaction between this sector and more general socio-economic environment (including general economic growth, international trade, addressing the needs of low income people or people with special needs, links with environmental issues etc.).  The IS Unit will present their work on: Technology and the transformation of the European Economy. For more information: Conference page. Contact: Daniel Nepelski


24-25 September 2009: International Workshop "ICT and Migrations: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age" (Vienna, Austria)

The workshop, organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in collaboration with the IMISCOE Network of Excellence of research on international migration, integration and social cohesion, can be seen as a first outcome of the study promoted by IPTS on the "State of the art of the research on ICT and IEM in Europe” (SOAR study), which was carried out in 2008-2009 by FIERI in cooperation with IMISCOE and which mapped researchers, research organisations, research topics and recent publications in this field. IPTS participated with a presentation on "ICT in domiciliary care: a focus on migrants. State of the art in four European countries". The Agenda of the workshop is available here. Contact: Stefano Kluzer.


3-5 September 2009: 36th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE)

EARIE provides a platform for members to present and discuss their latest research, as well as being a forum for the exchange of theories and research findings in the broad field of industrial economics.  The IS Unit presented their work on: Value Chain Structure and Flexible Production Technologies. For more information: Earie2009 Conference page.


3-4 July 2009: 7th ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies

The conference which took place between the 3rd – 4th July 2009 was aimed to discuss recent scientific contributions to the economics of information and communication technologies and the economics of ICT industries. Theoretical, empirical, experimental and policy oriented contributions were presented.  The IS Unit presented their work: Competition and Innovation: ICT- and non-ICT-enabled Product and Process Innovations. For more information:  ZEW Conference page.


17 June 2009: Workshop on "The new European display industry - opportunities in OLEDs and electronic paper and implication for policy" (IPTS, Seville)

Since the early 1990s, the global display industry has grown dramatically, to over €125 billion in global turnover, making it the second largest component industry in the ICT sector. Geo-politically, the industry has become dominated by Asian suppliers for TFT LCD. Now, two new technologies may be on the verge of breaking into the displays market – organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and electronic paper (e-paper). The purpose of this workshop was to assess Europe’s future competitive position in the display industry resulting from disruptive progress in these new technologies, as well as to discuss how EU policy could support in strengthening that position. Contact: Sven Lindmark.


15 June 2009: Seminar about Technologies for the Quality of Life of Elderly Citizens

The Polytechnic University of Madrid organised, co-jointly with the Spanish Chapter of "Club de Roma", an international seminar on the 15th June 2009 where IPTS was invited to make a presentation titled "Active Ageing, Health and Web 2.0". The conclusions of the event will be discussed by the Club de Roma in the annual meeting to be held in October in Amsterdam. For further information : Telefonica I+D announcement,      Programme (pdf)    UPM announcement

11 June 2009: Sanidad 2.0: Innovación y Redes Sociales en el Sector Salud

IPTS was invited by the Basque Regional Government, Deusto Business School and Innobasque to present the studies carried out last year about the opportunities provided by Social Computing for biomedical research on rare diseases. The conference was held at the new Deusto University Library on the 11th June 2009 and was attended by 150 persons.  For further information: pdf from Kroniker.


9 June 2009: IPTS - Club GERTECH Workshop: "IV Jornada Formativa sobre Innovación y Tecnología para la Gerencia Sanitaria" (IPTS, Seville)

IPTS presented to the results of the studies on Social Computing applied to the health sector and the first results of the SIMPHS project to the Spanish industry (medical devices and IST for health), academia and key hospital managers.  For further information: Club Gertech.


15 May 2009: eId and Law Workshop:  Regulatory and legal aspects of electronic identity (Brussels, Belgium)

IPTS organized a one-day workshop on the legal and regulatory aspects of electronic identity (eID) for the European economy and society. The objectives of the workshop were to get an overall view of the current legal issues, discuss the major challenges of the moment and the potential policy responses to them, as well as define for IPTS a suitable research framework and the most important areas for study. For more information: Workshop Minutes.  Contact: Anssi Hoikkanen.


14-15 May 2009: Workshop on "The Output of R&D Activities: Harnessing the Power of Patents Data" (IPTS, Seville)

The workshop was attended by experts from public policy bodies such as EPO and OECD and from academia, both from inside and outside the EU, to discuss the production of patent data and its contribution to the analysis of the innovation and R&D activities in their international dimension. Contact: Giuditta De Prato