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ICT that makes the difference

The future of Ambient Intelligence and ICT for Security

22-25 November 2009

Hotel Metropole, 31 Place Brouckere, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The conference provides a forum to present and discuss research results, policy plans, and new research problems and approaches.
  • The future of the computer
    Computers will become faster and more powerful. They will also become much smaller and be integrated in all objects in our environment. Everything around us and in us will have computer power.

  • The future of the internet
    The internet will grow and become more interactive. It will not only connect computers, but also things, tools... and perhaps brains. Most objects (and human beings?) will be directly online.

  • The future of the relation between the virtual and the real
    User interfaces will become more intuitive and natural. They may also disappear to the extent that the real and the virtual will merge.

  • The future of ICT for human security
    Security is a social priority. Developments in ICT may become the best protection as well as the worst threat.


  • New developments in ICT

    Industry, R&D, European and national science policy authorities actively promote and guide the new developments in ICT, expecting to contribute to the economy and the quality of life.

    Analysts of ethical, socio-economic, and legal aspects (ESLA) of science, accept the invitation to help to clarify what is going on.

  • Biotechnology and biomedicine

    For more than 30 years, industry, R&D, science policy authorities and ESLA analysts accumulated experience in dealing with powerful developments in biotechnology and biomedicine.

    Stakeholders in ICT can learn from successes and failures in dealing with biotechnology and biomedicine.


    Lecture sessions
Sessions with a series of informative lectures (20 minutes each), followed by short question time.
    Interaction sessions
Intensive sessions for smaller groups, with one introduction (10 minutes), maximum 2 related ice-breaking comments (5 minutes each) followed by a long in-depth discussion and exchange of views.
    Golden Keynote sessions
Lectures by invited leaders in the field, followed by question time.
    Discussion/Poster sessions
Walking sessions, discussions with authors of posters.

Who should attend ?

  • Strategic thinkers and planners in the field of science and technology
  • Researchers in ICT
  • Researchers in ethical, socio-economic, and legal aspects (ESLA) of science
  • Decision makers and advisors in industry and public policy
  • Experts and other stakeholders involved in the development or analysis of biotechnology, biomedicine or other strategic developments.

Why ?

  • Learn the opinion of leaders in the field
  • Network with peers
  • Share information
  • Be challenged by the results and work of others.


  • Guido Van Steendam, Leuven, Belgium (General Chair)
  • Ruth Chadwick, Lancaster, UK
  • Paul McCarthy, Lancaster, UK
  • Juliet Lodge, Leeds, UK
  • Stefano Rodota, Rome, Italy
  • The ICT Science Valley of The Budapest Meeting
  • The Security Science Valley of The Budapest Meeting

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Participants in EU funded projects (FP6, FP7 and other) in ICT or ESLA of ICT will be given special opportunities to interact and network.

The international conference is the fifth in a series of high level networking events, starting with The Budapest Meeting 2005.

The project is co-financed by the European Commission, DG Research, Directorate Science, Economy and Society, ICTethics, Grant 230368