Brussels, 15 Nov 2002
A conference on 'Portugal, candidate countries and ERA [European Research Area]' will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 17 and 18 January.
The aim of the event is to bridge the gap between researchers in the ERA and to increase the knowledge of different institutions in these countries. The event organisers hope that new partnerships will be formed in Lisbon and that they will be supported by the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
Biotechnology and nanotechnology will be the principal scientific themes covered at the event. Portugal has a strong biotechnology research programme and several candidate countries are particularly strong in the field of nanotechnology. Seminars at the event will also cover FP6, the rules for participation, proposal preparation, evaluation criteria and intellectual property rights.
The event will be attended by the Portuguese Secretary of State for science and technology, Fernandes Thomaz and several representatives from the European Commission.