Coordinating European Future Internet Research

Research Council Workshop


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As part of its work, ceFIMS is engaging with research councils and funding agencies from across Europe to:

  • Identify common areas of interest; and,
  • Explore the nexus between national research activities and those funded through European research programmes (especially in the context of FP8).

The third ceFIMS workshop takes place during Budapest’s Future Internet week and is an important first step in establishing a grouping of research councils, which are key stakeholders in the project’s roadmapping activities.

The workshop will be used to start work on collaborating and finding synergies in the field of the Future Internet between the various funding agencies (from basic to applied research) in Europe.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 18th May 2011, and will include presentations by the European Commission on the Innovation Union initiative and an invited speaker on the current FP8 roadmapping. Also included will be issues such as: can we find a common European theme for transnational collaboration? And how can we best achieve this, by which mechanism? Joint Programming or an ERA-NET +?

In short this meeting will give research councils and funding agencies an opportunity to:

  1. Network and meet colleagues from other funding agencies
  2. Identify common areas
  3. Discuss synergies with EU funded research



(1) Introduction (09.00 – 09.15)

- Dr. Willie Donnelly (Coordinator ceFIMS & Head of Research WIT)

i. Introduction to the Project

ii. Objectives of the Meeting

(2) EC Context: Innovation Union, Green Paper, Consultation (09.15 – 09.30)

- Andrew Houghton (European Commission)

(3) Future Internet Research Roadmap (09:30 – 09:45)

- Nick Wainwright (Chair of UK Future Internet Strategy Group / HP Labs)

(4) Introduction to the work of the Break out Groups

- Drs. Sjoerd Meihuizen (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and Dr. Edina Nemeth (National Innovation Office Hungary)

i. Potential synergies between research programmes and currently-available instruments (09:45-10:00)

(5) Break out Groups (10:00 – 10:30)

- This break out session will mainly focus on choosing a thematic area within the Future Internet domain for European cooperation. Which thematic area could be addressed by the various Member States and has considerable potential for pan-European cooperation?

(6) Feedback to the Plenary Session (10:30 – 10:45)

(7) Coffee Break (10:45 – 11:00)

(8) Break out Groups (11:00 – 11:30)

- This break out session will mainly focus on reflecting on the right instrument / governance for organising cooperation between the various funding agencies, ministries and other organisations in the field of the Future Internet.

(9) Feedback to the Plenary Session (11:30 – 12:00)

(10) Final Comments: Agreements, Tasks and Planning (12:00 – 12:30)


Sample of groups engaged in discussion

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