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International Co-operation




One strategic objective of the IST programme is to encourage the widest possible international co-operation in order to: achieve upstream global consensus for interoperability and standardisation; promote exchange of scientific information and best technological know-how world-wide; and strengthen scientific and technological co-operation with the "accession" countries on their way to full participation in the European Union programmes.

In general, international co-operation activities will be implemented through the participation of non-EU countries and organisations in the IST research activities (RTD projects and support actions). Participation in the IST Programme is open to entities from associated states, to countries with S&T agreements with the EU in the area of information society technologies, and on a project-by-project basis to international organisations, as well as entities from other European developing countries and Mediterranean countries. In 1999, accompanying measures to encourage stronger participation from, in particular, associated states and from countries with co-operation agreements will include support for the organisation of selected exhibitions, conferences and workshops, trade fairs, "information and partnership" events and facilities, and support for regional information centres and web sites, organised in conjunction with the horizontal programme on "international co-operation".

Wider information exchange at the international level on the development of the information society will be initiated in liaison with national foresight organisations, for example: the Club of Rome, the Smithsonian and Futures Institutes in the USA, and with other similar organisations in for example the Mediterranean countries, China, Japan and Russia. Focused workshops will be used to bring key contributors together and to consolidate ideas. IST Support Measures will be used to maintain links with EU-trained IST specialists in third countries; in 1999 these will target emerging economies.

International co-operation activities may also be implemented through the modalities described in the workprogramme of the horizontal programme "Confirming the international role of European Research" (INCO-II). The general objectives of this programme are scientific and technological co-operation; access to research centres; relations with new and forthcoming Member States and with newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. The mechanisms for co-operation and the level of community funding varies.

One of the interesting possibilities of the INCO-II programme is the Fellowships for young researchers . �These are bursaries for researchers from developing countries, to collaborate within institutes in the Community (or in Associated States) on projects of the specific programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme. Bursaries can be used for training (i.e. learning a scientific technique) or for work on a particular experiment (or study) which cannot be performed in the home institute of the young researcher.

Additional information on the IST international co-operation aspect can be found on page 50 of the IST 1999 workprogramme .


European Commission
DG XIII-E2 Cultural Heritage Applications
Contact person: C. Fernandez de la Puente
e-mail: digicult@cec.be

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