IST Finland 2006 and where we are today

I participated yesterday in a seminar about "Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013." Again there was a lot of lip service of about innovation, co-operation, collaboration, integration, development, public-private initiatives for the common good.

The IST 2006 Helsinki event was all about innovation and did gather together all the key players of European information society technologies.

New collaboration methods and technology could be used in the BSR Programme 2007 - 2013.

The IST 2006 event concentrated on European policies, strategies, research activities and results in all areas of the Information Society. I had the opportunity to participate in the conference, exhibition and networking events.

The conference programme was set to appeal decision-makers from the public sector, private industry and the world of research as well as to interested citizens.

The BSR initiative includes the same parties but the geographical focus is more specific.

The Exhibition promised concrete results of research in and beyond Europe made possible by previous IST programmes.

Networking Sessions complemented the conference and exhibition and contributed to one of the prime objectives of the European Commission in the area of R&D - to encourage forward thinking and collaborative initiatives for FP7.

At the IST 2006 I had the opportunity to hear the latest news on the 7th Framework Programme.

The event was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Finland.


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