Abstract: EUREKA is an intergovernmental network launched in 1985, to support market-oriented R&D and innovation projects by industry, research centres and universities across all technological sectors. It is composed of 41 members, including the European Union represented by the Commission. With its flexible and decentralised network, EUREKA offers project partners rapid access to skills and expertise across Europe and national public and private funding schemes. Celtic-Plus is the industry-driven European research programme for implementing the vision of a Smart Connected World. It covers a broad range of areas in ICT, including communication infrastructures, services, applications and multimedia. The programme started in 2003 and is operated as an ICT Cluster under the umbrella of EUREKA, the intergovernmental network for market-driven industrial R&D. Participation through the regular project calls is open to any organization ready to contribute to the Smart Connected World vision. The collaborative Celtic-Plus research projects are financed through public and private funding. The presentation will introduce EUREKA and Celtic-Plus, explain how they work, what the benefits are, and how European organisations can participate in the programme. The EUREKA Smart City Initiative and the Celtic-Plus Programme will be described, and some selected high potential Celtic-Plus projects illuminated.
About the Speaker: Peter Stollenmayer has worked in telecommunications for more than 25 years. After he got his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart in 1981, he worked with Deutsche Telekom (at that time “Deutsche Bundespost“) in the areas of PABXs and ISDN standards. He was involved in standardizing ISDN-PABXs from the very early days. He was member of the ETSI Board and of the ETNO strategic group on standardization issues from 1996 to 1998. In 1997 he changed to Eurescom, where he has led many projects in the area of telecommunication users and markets. He was coordinator of the FP6 Integrated Projects NM2 (New Media for a New Millennium), TA2 (Together Anywhere, Together Anytime) and Vconect (Video Communication for Networked Communities). Since mid-2014 he has been strategic director of the Celtic Office, hosted by Eurescom.