FLAG-ERA JTC 2016 Networking Event– Rome

Update: Read the article about the event published by ‘Research Italy’: https://www.researchitaly.it/en/understanding/press-media/news/flag-era-jtc-2016-networking-event/


On 9 December 2015, FLAG-ERA organised a networking event for potential applicants to the upcoming Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2016).  This event took place from 9h30 to 16h30 at the unique historic buildings of MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca) in the centre of Rome, viale Trastevere 76: http://hubmiur.pubblica.istruzione.it/web/ministero/sedi_contatti.

The list of participants is available here: http://www.ncp.frs-fnrs.be/files/FLAG-ERA_Networking_event_registrations_-_09_12_2015_def.xls

The objective of the event is to  give information about the FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call  (JTC 2016) for Flagship Proof-of-Concept Projects to potential applicants,  and to allow for networking, exchanges of ideas and consortium building.  The Call topics are:

  1. ICT for Social Sciences
  2. High-Efficiency Sensor Networks
  3. Digital Medicine for Cancer
  4. Cooperative Robots


Target audience of the event are researchers, scientists working in the topics mentioned above and representatives of the funding organisations.

Programme: The event was organized in four different sessions  (the full programme is available here):

  1. Presentation of the FLAG-ERA project and modalities of the JTC 2016 Call
  2. Break-out sessions per scientific topic
  3. Networking sessions per scientific topic
  4. General discussion in plenary


Questions about this event can be addressed to: giorgio.carpino(at)miur.it


FLAG-ERA, the Flagship ERA-NET, gathers national and regional funding organisations in Europe and beyond with the goal of supporting the Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagship programme and concept. Flagships have introduced a new model for long-term, large-scale initiatives in the European Research Area, based on a unifying vision, a core project serving this vision, and mechanisms to align efforts funded from various sources with this core project and toward this unifying vision. Flagships thus bring a large-scale integration of efforts while keeping flexibility through agile alignment mechanisms, and offers new possibilities, for example to harness the power of large-scale data integration or to combine vertical integration along the value chain with horizontal integration across disciplines.

In the process of selecting the first two Flagships, namely the Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project (HBP), four other candidates were pre-selected out of 21 proposals and led to Flagship preparatory actions, also known as “Pilots”: FuturICT, Guardian Angels, IT Future of Medicine, and Robot Companions. Though these four Pilots were eventually not selected in the second phase, they have identified topics where the Flagship model could bring much added value and have generated considerable interest in many European countries. FLAG-ERA has therefore planned, after a first Joint Transnational Call (JTC) dedicated to the two Flagships, a second one to build on the visions identified by the four Flagship Pilots.