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Call for Expression of Interest: South African Researchers to attend the Digital Europe ICT 2013 event in Vilnius, Lithuania on 6-8 November 2013

Strengthening technology, research and innovation cooperation between Europe and South Africa has been one of the most active components of the South Africa (SA) - Europe Union (EU) strategic partnership. The strategic partnership includes providing a platform for South Africa to engage European partners on possible collaboration in joint research, development and innovation (RDI) projects. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will lead a delegation of officials and researchers in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) to attend the Digital Europe ICT 2013 Event in Vilnius, Lithuania on 6-8 November 2013. The event will be attended by innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and industry representatives. In addition the event will include a slot focusing on the Horizon 2020 (H2020) - the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014 - 2020.

The ICT 2013 Event includes the following activities:

  • a conference, which will feature top ICT professionals from academia, industry and research;
  • a networking session, which will provide an opportunity for the South African delegation to present on policy matters, instruments for cooperation available, research expertise and discussions on strategies for improving cooperation between SA and EU;
  • an entrepreneurship and investment forum, which will allow networking between researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovative companies, students, investors and EU officials and
  • an exhibition to showcase research, ICT products, innovative creations and opportunities for South African and European research and technology organizations to collaborate on.

The researchers and academics required to join the South African delegation are experts with research or academic experience in domains that are related to a select number of market opportunities identified in the ICT RDI Implementation Roadmap, which provides a strategic direction, a set of action-plans and an implementation framework to guide, plan, coordinate and manage South Africa's portfolio investments for the next ten years in the associated ICT programme of research, technology development and innovation. The market opportunities are: Trust and Security, Future Internet & Cloud Computing, Broadband Service Infrastructure and Future Wireless Technologies, as well as ICT for Development.

The first Horizon 2020 call for proposals will be launched at the end of the year, and the South African researchers will be fully eligible to participate and will receive funding, as was the case for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). South African researcher will have an opportunity to use their attendance of ICT 2013 to prepare for participation in the first Horizon 2020 call.

Interested participants are requested to submit short one page abstracts indicating their research or academic experience in the domains outlined above, namely, (Trust and Security, Future Internet & Cloud Computing, Broadband Service Infrastructure and Future Wireless Technologies, as well as ICT for Development). The abstracts should also include a motivation clearly indicating how the participation in the Digital Europe ICT 2013 event will positively contribute to the objectives of the work already being carried out by the participants in the area of ICT.

The Department of Science and Technology will avail seed funding to cover some of the travel cost to be incurred by South African participants from academia, industry and publicly funded research institutions to attend the event.

The abstracts should be submitted to contact@esastap.org.za - the closing date is 23 August 2013 at 14:00.

View more information regarding the Euro ICT 2013 event.

For more information regarding the submission of abstracts the following officials can be contacted:
Mr Peacemaker Dlamini: peacemaker.dlamini@dst.gov.za
Ms Tugela Matubatuba: tugela.matubatuba@dst.gov.za

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