Executive Summary of the European Commission-ERCIM Seminar on ICT Security

ERCIM and the European Commission jointly organised a Strategic Seminar on "Engineering Secure Complex Software Systems and Services". The seminar was held in Brussels on October 16th 2008 and is the result of an effort of ERCIM, its Security and Trust Management Working Group, and the European Commission's DG INFSO Unit F5 "Security".

ERCIM had a major presence at ICT 2008 in Lyon, France, on 25-27 November. This bi-annual event, organised by the European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate General, attracted over 4,500 delegates and presented Europe's priorities for information and communication technologies (ICT) research, development and funding.

ERCIM opened an office in Brussels in December 2008. As requested by ERCIM's Board of Directors, this will enable ERCIM to strengthen its links with European Commission key players. The new office is ideally located within the premises of our Italian member, CNR, in B-1050 Brussels, rue du Trône 98, right in the centre of the European quarter. ERCIM is now able to offer a hosting environment for ERCIM staff and ERCIM project meetings in Brussels. The office is headed by Pierre Guisset, formerly head of CETIC.

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by Ingeborg Torvik Sølvberg

18 September 2008 was the kick-off date for the new ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS). The objective of DIS is to build a strong network of researchers in the fields of information repositories and digital libraries and their interoperation.

by Dimitris Plexousakis

The ERCIM-led Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Coordination Action Interlink (International Cooperation Activities in Future and Emerging ICTs) held its consolidation workshop in Cannes, France on 12-14 November.

by Nicolas Guelfi, Henry Muccini, Patrizio Pelliccione and Alexander Romanovsky

The first workshop of the ERCIM Working Group on Software Engineering for Resilient Systems (SERENE) was held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on 17-19 November 2008.

by Michel Wermelinger and Paul Wernick

The fourth edition of this annual workshop took place in L'Aquila, Italy, 15-16 September 2008, under the auspices of the ERCIM Working Group on Software Evolution. The event gathered academics to present and discuss the state-of-the-art in research on software evolution.

A new ERCIM Working Group on the "Sensor Web" was recently established. Representatives from seven ERCIM members (IUA, ICS-FORTH, ISTI-CNR, CRCIM, VTT, SARIT and NTNU), participated in the kick-off meeting on 19 May 2008, or expressed their interest in joining the Working Group.

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