Norway takes over Presidency of the European EUREKA Innovation organization from next summer.
In one year, Norway will lead the political work and organize several major meetings for European participants in Norway and Brussels.
Norwegian Research Council International Department Director Kristin Danielsen says they are ready to offer good Nordic hospitality. Danielsen shall lead the international meetings and is the first woman in that position.
After Norway takes over the presidency from the current holder, Turkey, a great opening conference will mark the opening in Trondheim in late August. In addition to the three major meetings in Oslo, Bergen and Brussels, Norway will also lead to a series of smaller meetings during the period.
Founded in 1985, to challenge the increasing migration of R&D and industrial innovation to Asian and North-American countries, EUREKA now unites 40 member countries and also counts the European Union as its 41st member. Together, they promote international, market-oriented research and innovation through the support they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises, large industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organisations are introducing new products, processes and services to market, helping make Europe economically strong and socially sound.
Results stemming from EUREKA projects are everywhere: gsm mobile phone technology; navigation systems; smartcards to support mobile and electronic commerce; film special effects software for cinema; state-of-the-art medical devices and technologies to monitor and limit environmental pollution.
EUREKA Clusters are long-term, strategically significant public-private partnerships. Most of Europe’s leading companies participate in EUREKA Clusters, developing generic technologies of key importance to European competitiveness. EUREKA Umbrellas are thematic networks that focus on a particular technology or business sector. Their goal is to generate and support R&D projects in their specific field of operation.
EUREKA’s Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. Eurostars stimulates them to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects. The Eurostars mission is “To support R&D-performing entrepreneurs, by funding their research activities, enabling them to compete internationally and become leaders in their sector.”