The biennial ICT Event (formerly the “IST Event”) is the most important forum for direct exchange on research and public policy in information and communication technologies at the European level. Some 4,500 delegates registered for ICT 2008, held in Lyon, France, this past November 25 – 27, 2008, making this edition one of the best-attended ICT events ever. The conference presented Europe’s priorities for ICT research, development and funding. A host of leading personalities from the world of ICT looked at how Europe can lead the ICT agenda for the next decade. Topping off a year of increasingly important achievements and accolades, Health-e-Child was awarded the ICT 2008 Exhibit Grand Prize.
Sponsored by HP, the Exhibit Grand Prize is selected directly by delegates through a web based voting process. Following delegate voting, the 10 exhibits with the most votes are evaluated by a committee of European Commission officials in order to produce the final ranking. It goes without saying that the Health-e-Child consortium is thrilled to have been recognised with this award, arguably one of the most prestigious and sought after for aspiring European research groups – nearly 200 individual stands featuring seven research villages, SMEs, international initiatives and Commission stands took part – and one that will certainly amplify Health-e-Child’s growing visibility.
David Manset, from consortium partner maat Gknowledge, said “This prize is truly a welcome acknowledgement by the European Commission and fellow colleagues throughout Europe of Health-e-Child’s work and achievements. We hope it’s also a positive signal that our efforts can move beyond the present project, with a follow-up action to further explore the technical challenges entailed in delivering via the Grid personalised and preventative healthcare, large-scale biomedical research and training, and informed policy-making in paediatric sciences, not only in the diseases tackled thus far, but in other medical domains, as well.”