December 9, 2003 Euro-CASE/CAETS Meeting, Paris

December 06, 2003 7:18PM


European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering

28, rue Saint Dominique - 75007 Paris - France

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Meeting of the Executive Committees of CAETS and Euro-CASE

Date: Thursday 11 December 2002, 15.00-16.30

Venue: Maison de la Chimie, 28 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris, room 203



     Prof. Petr Zuna (CZ), Past President

     Mr William C. Salmon (USA), Secretary, Treasurer


     Mr Pierre Fillet (F), Secretary General

     Mr Alain Mongon (Euro-CASE), Executive Adviser

     Prof. Franz Pischinger (D)

     Prof. Ernest Shannon (UK), Treasurer

     Mr Valentin Van den Balck (B),Chairman

     Dr Ben Veltman (NL)


     Prof. Bill Wulf (USA), CAETS President

     Dr Arne Bjørlykke (N), President-Elect

In attendance

     Ms Helle Bonnet (Euro-CASE), Minutes Secretary


1. Welcome and introductions, Valentin Van den Balck

            Mr Van den Balck welcomed the meeting and congratulated CAETS with the documents on its 25 years anniversary. The minutes of last meeting were approved. The agenda for the present meeting was approved.

 2. CAETS - current and future activities, presentation led by Bill Salmon

            Mr Salmon presented the outline of the 15th CAETS Convocation and Annual Council meeting in Los Angeles on 18-22 May 2003. The minutes are on the CAETS website:

            Mr Salmon stated that CAETS was concerned by the lack of interest by young people to embark on technical studies and carriers. To attract students to studies and carriers in the technical field, CAETS has produced a few papers on “Future Engineering Challenges” with the objective of editing a book. Mr Salmon referred to the discussions of last year’s joint meeting and asked whether Euro-CASE’s expected to contribute on Energy, Water and Information Technology.

            Mr Salmon stated that the preparations for the next CAETS Convocation in Stavanger on 26-29 May was in good progress, and circulated the programme.

            Mr Salmon confirmed that CAETS is still investigating to find areas in which the academies can work together. It is difficult to gather the academies in a common project when they are spread over several continents.

 3. Euro-CASE - current and future activities

Engineering and Technology Education

            Mr Van den Balck stated that Euro-CASE shares the concern of the lack of interest for scientific/technical careers and has edited a report on Engineering and Technology Education following a workshop in Milan of 13 March 2003.


            As for contributions from Euro-CASE to CAETS, Mr Van den Balck stated that Euro-CASE would contribute to the Stavanger Convocation for Energy and that proceedings of Euro-CASE workshops in the Energy field are available on the Euro-CASE Web site:

            There is no current “Water” activity within Euro-CASE.

 Information Society Technology

            Mr Van den Balck stated that a Euro-CASE workshop on "Shaping the Future in Information Society Technologies" is under preparation by IVA. The programme includes prestigious speakers such as Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner of Enterprise and the Information Society, Anders Igel, President and CEO of TeliaSonera, Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.The workshop will take pace at the Royal Academy Palace Brussels on 20 January 2004.

            Mr Mongon completed by giving an overview of the European IST Prize in 2003:

For the ninth year, Euro-CASE has successfully organised the European IST Prize, open to 31 countries. Euro-CASE received 420 applications from 28 countries.

                The evaluation group consisting of experts nominated by the Euro-CASE academies, selected 70 European IST Prize Nominees, and, subsequently, among them, 20 Winners.

                The Executive Jury, consisting of executives nominated by the Euro-CASE academies, selected the three Grand Prize Winners at the IST Event in Milan on 2-4 October. The Executive Jury was chaired by Pasquale Pistorio, President and CEO of ST Microelectronics, who awarded the Trophies at the Awards Ceremony in Milan on 2 October together with Erkki Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, and Lucio Stanca, Italian Minister for Innovation and Technologies.

                The objective of the European IST Prize Nominees is to provide services, not only to the 20 European IST Prize Winners, but alto to the companies that are just below the 20 best and still of excellent quality. The “European IST Prize Nominees” pilot project is currently running on the pilot Web section “Nominees” on the European IST Prize Web site

            The European IST Prize and Nominees project were reviewed by an independent panel in Brussels on 20 November. The Panel was very satisfied and gave both projects the highest marks.

 Innovation in SMEs

            Mr Mongon referred to the US SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research Program) system and stated that Euro-CASE would like to promote SMEs in Europe by the means of the European IST Prize.

            Mr Salmon confirmed that the NAE would be pleased to help if Euro-CASE needs contacts in the US for SBIR and a venture capital environment. For Europe, Mr Salmon recommended to contact EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association).

 Workshops to celebrate the first ten years of Euro-CASE

            Mr Van den Balck stated a series of 5 workshops was organised to celebrate the first 10 years of Euro-CASE:

                26 February 2003: “Shaping the future in energy and environment”, The Royal Academy Palace, Brussels

            13 March 2003: “Shaping the future in Engineering and Technology Education”, FAST-Ciasi, Milan

                14 October 2003: “Shaping the Future in Transport and Mobility by Intelligent Traffic Management”, The Royal Academy Palace, Brussels

            20 January 2004: “Shaping the future in Information Society Technologies”, The Royal Academy Palace, Brussels

            23 March 2004: “Shaping the Future in Linking Knowledge and Society”, The Royal Academy of Engineering, London

 4. Areas of possible co-operation

            Mr Salmon confirmed that Euro-CASE’s contributions to the Stavanger Convocation will be of interest for CAETS.

            CAETS would welcome a co-operation with Euro-CASE in an area of common interest.

 5. Any Other Business

            M Van den Balck asked the CAETS representatives to explain the implications for a CAETS member academy to organise a Council meeting;

            Dr Zuna explained that the organising academy often will link the yearly Council meeting to a relevant national conference. The organising academy would raise sponsorship for the meeting.

            Mr Salmon added that every two years a Convocation is connected to the Council meeting, with an issue decided by the hosting academy. The hosting academy will raise the funding and can also charge a registration fee. Mr Salmon confirmed that he would be happy to with together with the Belgian academy to organise a Council meeting in Brussels.

            Mr Van den Balck thanked the participants and closed the meeting.

Paris, 16.12.2003