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In May 2000 all of the world's science academies created the IAC to mobilize the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality advice to international bodies - such as the United Nations and the World Bank - as well as to other institutions. In a world where science and technology are fundamental to many critical issues - ranging from climate change and genetically modified organisms to the crucial challenge of achieving sustainability - making wise policy decisions has become increasingly dependent on good scientific advice. The IAC collaborates closely with the InterAcademy Panel, the InterAcademy Medical Panel, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and the International Council for Science.
eHealthNews.EU Portal is launching two additional services for all interested in European eHealth area readers and in special for the growing eHealth online community. The first news service named eHealth Publications News represents a dedicated news category which includes all previous and current news articles related to the eHealth Publications, Reports, White Papers, Projects descriptions, etc. Supplementary eHealthNews.EU Portal is looking forward to assure a higher participation of the European eHealth community in the coming FP7. In this context a new guidance service has been implemented. At the beginning it includes short links to FP7 important informational resources (FP7 components, FP7 key documents, FP7 roadmap, etc.). For later stages are envisaged project design guidelines and collaboration development techniques.
The Trends Project is designed to gather reliable information about how the European Higher Education and Research Areas are being developed across the continent. After four previous reports prepared for the bi-annual Bologna meetings of Education Ministers, Trends V aims to gather information from as many European higher education institutions as possible in order to assess progress and identify issues that require further attention.
The proposal to establish a European Institute of Technology was first put forward by the Commission in its 2005 Spring Report as an integral part of the revised Lisbon Strategy which has placed innovation, research and education activities at the top of the Growth and Jobs Agenda. On 18 October 2006 the Commission adopted the proposal to establish a European Institute of Technology (EIT). The Commission is proposing an integrated, two-level structure for the EIT that combines both a top-down and a bottom-up approach:
• The EIT itself, overseen by a Governing Board (GB): the legal entity that will be the EIT will consist of the GB and a very limited number of around 60 scientific and support staff. The GB will be composed of a balanced, representative group of 15 high-profile people from business and the scientific community, plus 4 further Members representing staff and students from the EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities. It will be responsible for setting the overall strategic priorities of the EIT and for selecting Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) to address them. It will evaluate their progress towards agreed objectives and coordinate their work in the strategic areas concerned.
• Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): The KICs are the defining characteristic of the EIT; based on, but going beyond a network approach, they are joint-ventures of partner organisations representing universities, research organisations and businesses who come together to form an integrated partnership in response to calls for proposals from the EIT. Their objectives will be laid down on a contractual basis with the EIT, but they will have a high level of autonomy in terms of how they organise themselves and how they achieve the agreed objectives. They will fully integrate the innovation, research and education dimensions.
The University of Southampton in the UK and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US have announced a new project to study the social and technological implications of the internet. The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) will be funded with private money - Google and IBM have already given their backing. Much of the funding will be used to establish a research centre that will sponsor PHD students, and ultimately support undergraduate courses in web science.
'The Web is basically a web of people. It's a way that social people interact,' said Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. 'Because it's something we created, we have a duty to make it better.' 'We want to throw some light on forecasting what these new technologies might lead to in the human sense, in the community sense- and in the business,' said Wendy Hall, a professor of computer science at the University of Southampton. The project will be multi-disciplinary, bringing together social sciences, psychology, life sciences and more technical sciences.