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Promotion of an ICT dialogue between Europe and America Latina

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PRO-IDEAL aims to promote the ICT programme in Argentina, Brazil (Sao Paulo southwards), Chile and Uruguay. These countries were selected because they represent a) powerful emerging economies on the subcontinent, b) have a similar social and industrial level of development, and thus c) are valuable potential partners for Europe.

PRO-IDEAL plans a series of activities that are geared at improving the overall performance of the countries' research community in the ICT programme. The main activities consist in:
- Coaching courses to "coach the coaches": This allows active knowledge transfer that creates a multiplying effect in the target region. The trained coaches will, in turn, act as "Project Angels" for their region.
- Organising awareness raising and coaching events for potential partners in ICT projects, three in each target country, linked to open calls.
- Reinforce the ICT policy dialogue with key stakeholders.
These efforts will be supported by the PRO-IDEAL ICT promotion platform, an on-line tool based on the Web 2.0 paradigm of knowledge sharing comprising:
- an ICT Wiki providing easy access to information,
- Blogs displaying coaching modules for self-learning,
- news feeds on events, calls, etc.

The platform will be a free, permanent source of information and communication tool that will be sustained beyond project duration by its user community. The above activities are carried out by an experienced partnership that has a proven track record in successful international projects: INMARK from Spain will co-ordinate the consortium; the European Multimedia Forum disposes of the network in the ICT sector and takes care of the dissemination strategy as well as the Web 2.0 tool; the partners in the target countries will act as "hub" implementing the promotion activities at local level, using their established networks covering academic and industrial research communities, and public institutions.

Financiado por el Séptimo Programa Marco de la UE. Participante de Chile: ASOCIACIÓN DE DERECHO E INFORMÁTICA DE CHILE

Funding EUR 510.000
Period of the Project From: 01/11/2008
To: 30/04/2011
Funding Programme UE

About CEST+I

The CEST+I (Chile-European Union STI Initiative) project is financed by the European Union -through its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-  and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of the Chilean Government (CONICYT). The purpose of this project is to support the enhancement of science, technology and innovation cooperation between the European Union, member states, associated countries and Chile.

Contact Details

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