The activity of Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production Technologies has a strong socioeconomic relevance. Nanotechnologies enable novel solutions and could result in improved performance in the entire production sector as well as in the health/medicine/agriculture domains.
The design of new
With environmental concerns having grown in visibility in recent years, this is the time to pursue actions for a sustainable and environmentally friendly Europe. That will require extensive environmental research and development as we endeavour to contribute to tackling these major 21st century
In the 21st century, economic and social development will become increasingly knowledge based, putting ever growing demand on our research abilities. Society is growing more and more dependent on the results of scientific and technological development. New products, new processes and new
Growing demand for transport in Europe requires development and deployment of sustainable new transport methods and concepts. This action targets development of the technological infrastructure required for innovation while maintaining and consolidating the competitive position of European land
Global air traffic is forecast to triple between 2000 and 2015 and, if this demand is to be met, more than 5,000 new aircraft will have to be built each year. Europe's aeronautics industry therefore faces a massive challenge to satisfy demand for economic, safe and environmentally friendly air
The Information Society Technologies (IST) programme is one of the four thematic programmes of the Fifth Framework Programme of EU RTD. The general IST programme objective is to realise the benefits of the Information Society for Europe both by accelerating its emergence and by ensuring that the
With the high level of Europe's urbanisation it is imperative to devote more effort to the sustainable development of cities. While urban policy is normally for the Member State and the cities themselves, EU-level initiatives can act more globally as a catalyst in helping the development of new
The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the EC’s tool to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects in order to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge
The European transport system is a vital element of European economic and social prosperity. It serves key roles in the transportation of people and goods in a local, regional, national, European and international context. This theme will address some of the ongoing challenges, as recognised in the
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are critical to creating jobs and improving quality of life across Europe.
Although the ICT sector is itself worth 6-8% of the EU’s GDP, their importance goes well beyond that - ICTs are also vital to:
meeting the globalization challenge by