FRUCT with support of Nokia Russia invites all developers from Russia and CIS countries to take part in a new developers challenge. To take part in a challenge you shall develop mobile application for Nokia Asha devices (on Java ME), register a new personal or corporate account in Nokia Store and send email to info<at>fruct.org with ID of your new account and name of the new Asha application that you are submitting. Developers whose applications get rating of at least 3 stars by June 30, 2013, will receive the new Nokia Asha 305 device (2 SIMs) and winner's certificate from FRUCT. Authors of the best applications will be invited to commercial projects executed by FRUCT partner companies. Good luck! P.S. We welcome all to take
We would like to congratulate FRUCT team that is developing Blood Pressure Diary application. The team was announced as a winner of FASIE START H2 grant for further development of the system for comprehensive mobile monitoring of cardiac activity on top of smartphone used as data processing and communication device.
Researchers working in the international LARS project at Stockholm University have published a unique and comprehensive study on starburst galaxies in the Astrophysical Journal Letter. The researchers have investigated how ultraviolet light of a certain wavelength travels through galaxies, and the results show that the light often takes a detour before it reaches us. One effect of this is that the galaxies appear larger and more diffuse than they really are.
First of all, welcome to the EIT. Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?
José Manuel Leceta: Thank you – I am really excited to be joining such a relevant European initiative for Europe like the EIT following my appointment in May. Regarding my background, I have degrees in innovation management and electrical engineering as well as higher education studies in business administration, strategic management of ICT, economics of telecommunication, international studies, etc. Building upon my previous experience in space industry, I am joining the EIT from CDTI (the Spanish National Innovation Agency), where I served as International Director for six years. My main responsibilities there where fostering Spanish
A delegation of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) visited the EIT on 23 February 2011.
The Members of the European Parliament, Mr Malcom HARBOUR (Chair of the Committee), Mr Andreas Schwab, Ms Catherine Soullie, Mr Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos were introduced to the EIT and its current field of activities by the EIT Acting Director, Mr Ronald de Bruin, followed by a discussion.
The IMCO Committee will deliver an opinion to the report “Innovation Union: transforming Europe for a post-crisis world” by MEP Judith Merkies.
The European Commission launched this week a consultation on major improvements to EU research and innovation funding.
The proposed "Common Strategic Framework" aims to create a coherent set of instruments along the whole "innovation chain" starting from basic research, culminating in bringing innovative products and services to market. This would involve the current Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Stakeholders have until 20 May 2011 to contribute their views on the Green Paper on the Common Strategic Framework.
On Saturday 25 June, Dr. Martin Schuurmans (Chairman of the EIT Governing Board) presented the EIT, its vision and achievements at the China – Eastern and Central European Countries Economic and Trade Forum, which took place in Budapest.
In front of Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Hungary), Prime Minister Wen JiaBao (People’s Republic of China) and high level representatives from both Eastern and Central European countries and the People’s Republic of China, Dr Schuurmans stressed that whilst the EIT’s main goal is to create a new European way of delivering essential economic growth and societal benefits through innovation, the institute is an EU body with an international vision. To truly drive world-class innovation, the EIT and its
“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected Chairman by my fellow Governing Board members. I am very much looking forward to taking on this challenge with my colleagues at the EIT headquarters and together continue to shape our first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)”, says Alexander von Gabain. “After successfully seed-investing into the first three KICs, the next four years will be decisive for the EIT as we will present and start implementing our first Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA). The SIA will outline the EIT’s future priorities and provide the basis for further support from the European Union in order for the EIT to become a significant driver of intelligent and sustainable growth and competitiveness in
Prof. Alexander von Gabain, Member of the EIT Governing Board, presented the EIT’s vision for its future to the EU Member States’ Research Ministers meeting as Informal Competitive Council hosted by the Hungarian Presidency in Gödöllő on 12 April 2011. Chaired by Minister of State Prof. Zóltan Cséfalvay and in presence of European Commissioner for Research and Innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EIT revealed key elements of its Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA). The SIA will be presented to the European Commission in June 2011. It will outline the EIT’s long term priority fields for future initiatives for the period of 2014-2020 including new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
The third EIT/KIC Entrepreneurship Workshop was organised on 14 February 2010 at the EIT Headquarters in Budapest, bringing together 21 participants from the three KICs, the EIT as well as the European Commission.
Building on the outcomes of the two previous workshops in September and December 2010, participants were invited to share the progress made in terms of the KICs’ entrepreneurial activities, and to discuss a common toolbox as well as specific EIT initiatives in support of entrepreneurship.
A highlight on the agenda was the “EIT Entrepreneurship Award” which will be granted for the first time at the beginning of 2012. In its pilot phase, the aim of the Award will be to showcase and encourage the first entrepreneurial ventures
2010 was the KICs' kick-off year: the EIT's three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy) took shape as organisations led by an independent management team and each defined their legal structure.
In parallel, the EIT Headquarters were set up and developed in Budapest, the location chosen as the seat of the EIT by the European Council.
The first activities of the EIT and its KICs, notably in the fields of higher education and entrepreneurship development were also started in 2010.
To be continued...