EU-Russian brokerage event at eChallenges 2006 - Barcelona, 25-27 October

October 16, 2006

Brussels, 13 October 2006

eChallenges 2006

Supported by the SITE-project ("Siberia, Information Technologies and Europe"), a team of 3 Russian researchers will be taking part in the eChallenges 2006, organised in Barcelona, Spain, from 25th to th October 2006.

The eChallenges 2006 takes place the 16th time in a series of annual conferences supported by the European Commission. The eChallenges 2006 will promote an exchange of experiences and good practice, and share lessons learnt on topics such as Networked Business, eGovernment and eDemocracy, Technology Enhanced Learning, Collaborative Working Environments, eHealth, GRID, Knowledge Management, Smart and Virtual Organisation and International IST collaboration.

The Siberian researchers will present their most recent research results at the eChallenges 2006 and will be looking for IST-project partners in view of FP7.

At the conference you will be able to meet the researchers from the Sibirsky Federal District at the SITE exhibition stand and explore with them the potential for joint IST- projects.

A number of additional support services for collaborating with Russia will be available at the SITE exhibition booth at the eChallenges 2006:

- You will be able to consult a catalogue containing specific profiles of Russian researchers active in research areas pertaining to the eChallenges 2006. You are invited to take advantage of the partnering opportunities linked to this catalogue.

- You will have the opportunity to search the online database comprising more than 250 updated and categorized profiles of Russian researchers active in the different thematic areas of the IST-priority.

- You will have the chance to gather information about the support available for establishing contacts with Russian partners and information on the assistance EU and Russian partners receive from SITE in order to overcome the cultural problems surrounding collaboration.

Funded within the IST-priority, SITE promotes European co-operation in IST with Russia, in particular with the Sibirsky Federal District (SFD). Sibirsky Federal District is located between 3,000 and 5,000 km to the East of Moscow and covers an area of about 5 million km². Its capital is the purposebuilt academic city of Novosibirsk. At present Sibirsky Federal District has great industrial, scientific and research potential since during World War II numerous industrial plants, factories and research centres were moved to Siberia from industrially highly developed regions around Moscow and St. Petersburg. Mostly unknown to Europeans, SFD hosts approximately 250 universities and research institutes, with some 13,000 researchers strong in IT.

For more information, please visit the following website: http:/// st
or contact
Ms. Petra Reiter
Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
A - 1090 Vienna
Phone: +43 5 7755 4205
Fax: +43 5 7755 94011

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