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2 December 2013, Information and Communication Technologies in the Horizon 2020 programme

Information and Communication Technologies in the Horizon 2020 programme: Opportunities and Challenges for Cyprus

The Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus kindly invites you to attend a workshop on

Information and Communication Technologies in the Horizon 2020 programme: Opportunities and Challenges for Cyprus

2 December 2013, Room B108, Anastasios Leventis Building; UCY Campus, University Ave 1, Aglantzia, Cyprus


13:00-13:15 Welcoming Address
Professor Constantinos Christofides
Rector, University of Cyprus
Opening Address (TBC)
Mr. Tasos Mitsopoulos, Minister of Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus
13:15-13:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks
Professor Marios D. Dikaiakos, Chairman, Computer Science Dept., University of Cyprus
13:30-14:00 Keynote Address I: Information and Communication Technologies in H2020: Opportunities
Dr. Aniyan Varghese, DG CONNECT, European Commission
14:00-14:30 Keynote Address II: Participation and Funding in H2020 Actions
Mr. Ioannis Malekos, Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
14:30-14:50 Supporting Cypriot Participation in H2020
Ms. Litsa Kountouridou, National Contact Point for ICT, Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus
14:50-15:00 Discussion

Synopsis: Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. The workshop aims at presenting Horizon 2020 to the Cypriot academic, research, technological, business and policymaking communities. The workshop features two invited speakers from Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. For more information: http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/Horizon2020/

Short Biographies of Keynote Speakers:

Dr Varghese at the European Commission in DG CONNECT is focusing on the development and implementation of the strategy for High Performance Computing in EU. He is also responsible for the co-ordination of international co-operation for the Directorate C: Excellence in Science. Prior to it he was responsible for the policy development and implementation of interoperable electronic identity management for eGovernment services in the EU, and also for eGovernment research. He has wide experiences at the Commission in policy development and research programme management in eGovernment, trust and security, software systems, and new methods of work. He is qualified with a B.Sc., M.Eng and Ph.D. He has published number of articles, and has given presentations at many conferences and seminars. 

Ioannis Malekos is a Head of Unit in DG CONNECT managing the administrational and financial aspects of research grants in the Future Internet directorate. He is the Digital Agenda ambassador to Cyprus. He has experience in the implementation of research programs and knowledge of the finance and accounting systems of the EC. He has a degree in Computer Engineering and an Executive Master in Finance.