| ||IST event in The Hague – November 2004|
7 December 2004
The annual IST Event was held this year 15th-17th November in the Netherlands Congress Centre in The Hague. It is part of the European Information Society Technologies Programme and this year, was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in cooperation with the European Commission.
What is the IST 2004 Event?
Each year, the European Commission organizes the European IST Event. The focus is especially on ICT (Information & Communications Technologies) and its application on a European and global scale. Because, for the second half of 2004 the Netherlands presides over the European Union, this year’s event, IST 2004, took place in the Nederlands Congres Centrum (NCC) in The Hague.
The IST 2004 Event was open to anyone taking part in ICT Research & Development (R&D) in Europe and for anyone wishing to use innovative R&D knowledge for renewing IST products and services. Participants and visitors included: Scientific researchers - European universities and national scientific organizations
Applied scientific research institutes and public institutes
Strategic top management of European companies with own R&D facilities
Multinationals, larger companies, SMEs and governmental organizations
Intermediaries for promoting the transfer of knowledge, for stimulating innovative developments and applications and for promoting cooperation
Relevant schools for higher vocational education from Europe
Information Society Technologies trade organizations
National press and trade press with an interest for ICT
The IST 2004 Event programme consisted of three parts: a conference, a networking event and an exhibition.
By far the greatest part of the exhibition was set up by the European Committee on the basis of submitted proposals, where prises were distributed to the best projects.
Focus of the IST 2004 Event
This year's edition of the event is especially relevant in the light of the newly initiated Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). On the basis of the Sixth Framework Programme the European Union is estimated to provide EUR 2 billion for ICT research in the FP7.
Part of the IST budget is used to contribute to European research infrastructure and collaboration. IST is the second most important economic sector of the European Union, with the number of jobs in this sector in Europe is still increasing. After the successes in the field of mobile communication, where Europe tooks, and still keeps, the lead, Europe is in a good position to give shape to future products, processes and services. The EU, and its Member States, must remain vigilant in order to strengthen her leading role in generic and applied technologies. The domain and reach of future ICT services will touch all sectors of society, the public and private sectors, industry, government and citizens. One domain whose importance will rise dramatically in the next few years, and that encompasses all the sectors and particular affects each citizen is eHealth, which is the central theme of work of the TMA-Alliance (ESA, WHO, ITU).