Why Special Report

BENEFIT Special Days

Directory of BENEFIT Events


From co-operation programmes
to a collaborative society

Summary of BENEFIT Special Days 1995-1997

Version 1.2-ln

sponsored by COPERNICUS Programme

Report editor: Adam Pawlak, BENEFIT


The last three years constitute a remarkable period in the history of the European integration. They are marked among others, by the rising awareness about the whole European potential in research and technology on one side, and by the first elements of the Information Society being implemented in Europe on the other one.

This special report is based on the contributions presented during the BENEFIT events devoted to pan-European collaboration in research, education, and technology transfer. These special events took place in Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary during the period 1995-1997.

As a live, electronic document, it is open to any interesting contribution in the report's scope.



Chapter 1: Co-operation Perspectives

1.1 European Union programmes and strategic directions

1.2 The governmental policy towards pan-European collaboration in research:

1.3 Animators of pan-European collaborative R&D European R&D

1.4 Other perspectives:

Chapter 2: Co-operation in Practice

2.1 Monitoring experience of collaborative projects:

2.2 Reports on experiences of COPERNICUS, TEMPUS, and ESPRIT projects (relevant to pan-European collaboration):

2.3 Success stories in education:

2.4 BENEFIT Contact Points:

Chapter 3: Technology-transfer Models

Chapter 4: Technology-transfer Offers

Chapter 5: Towards collaborative research and engineering based on INTERNET

Chapter 6: Summary of discussions and conclusions

The current state and trends of the system engineering in Slovakia, Vladimir AC, TESLA Piestany, Slovakia.
Status of Electronic Industry in Hungary, Zoltan KATONA, KFKI Research Institute for Measurement and Computing Techniques, Budapest, Hungary.
The Current State and Perspectives of the Microprocessor Based Technologies in Ukraine, Anatoly MELNYK, Lviv Polytechnic, Ukraine, and H. EICHELE, Georg-Simon-Ohm-Fachhochschule Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany.
Electronic System Design in Poland - an Overview, Wojciech SAKOWSKI, Institute of Electronics, Silesian Technical University, Gliwice, Poland.
System and Microprocessor based engineering in Russia, A SUKHOPAROV, Angstrem, Zelenograd, Russia.



The last three years constitute a remarkable period in the history of the European integration. They are marked among others, by the rising awareness about the whole European potential in research and technology on one side, and by the first elements of the Information Society being implemented in Europe on the other one. Three years ago, one of the first postulates was the access to information e.g., about the European programmes. Three years later, efficient access to information became obvious almost to everybody. What is needed now in order to further stimulate European integration, are the technologies which support effective collaboration over wide distances. These technologies have emerged as the result of a dynamic progress in computer and communication technologies, and are being brought to the pan-European scene with the first actions for the implementation of the Information Society elements.

BENEFIT mission

BENEFIT - Concerted Action of the COPERNICUS programme has commenced in 1995 with the mission to:

During the last three years BENEFIT was providing with its numerous scientific and technical events, like: workshops, schools and special days, enabling conditions for building pan-European links and projects. One of the specific features of BENEFIT was that it was bringing the "methodology for collaboration" with the series of BENEFIT Special Days. Last year, BENEFIT was more and more concerned with the new "technologies for collaboration", and its mission was in this respect:

BENEFIT Special Days

BENEFIT Special Days on pan-European Co-operation and Technology Transfer were established in order to: present to its Central end East European participants: a concise introduction into the research and technology development programmes of the European Union: their underlying principles, objectives and contents, as well as their operational characteristics. In addition, they became a forum where many difficult problems related to building pan-European projects in science technology and, education were presented and discussed. Originated as the accompanying event to the Workshop held in Cracow, Poland, in Oct. 1993, Special Days (SDs) were organised by the BENEFIT project in the following places: Smolenice (Slovakia) and Vienna, Sept. 1995, Zakopane (Poland), Sept. 1996, and in Budapest in October 1997. Before BENEFIT was inaugurated by the European Commission in April 1994, a seminar similar in goals and scope was also organised in Moscow, in June 1994, and in Gliwice (Poland) in October 1993
The goals of BENEFIT Special Days have been summarised on this page.

BENEFIT Special Report

BENEFIT came to its end in December 1997. For this reason this special report summarizing, and in some sense monitoring the experience of this transition period has been assembled. As already indicated, it contains the most interesting contributions presented during the BENEFIT Special Days in Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. It is however open to all interesting contributions relevant to its goals.

The other objective of this initiative is to create a live document related to the experiences in pan-European collaboration primarily in research domain. This on-line available document will hopefully promote some discussion, and will create a feedback to the European Commission.

Directory of BENEFIT events

Workshops Special Days Summer Schools Panels
1997 Signal Processing and Multimedia Technology
27-30 October 1997, Budapest, Hungary - sponsored by BENEFIT (sB)
Pan-European Co-operation
29 October 1997, Budapest, Hungary
Neural Networks
Poland, Kule near Czestochowa, 14-18 October 1997
Collaborative engineering
EMMSEC 97, Florence, Italy, 3-5 November 1997.
1996 Design Methodologies for Signal Processing, August 29-30, Zakopane, Poland Pan-European Co-operation
28 August 1996 Zakopane
Standards in EDA,
Prague, 8-13 July 1996
Systems Engineering,
EMSYS'96, Berlin,Sept 1996
Preparation and Concertation
St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, 18-19 and 22 January 1996
Wavelets and Signal Processing
September 1996, Zakopane
Networking and Information Services
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 8-11 July 1996 (sB)
1995 SampTA Sampling Theory & Appl., Jurmala (Riga), LATVIA, September 19-22, 1995 (sB) Pan-European collaboration, Riga 1995 Morphological Image & Signal Processing, Zakopane, Poland, September 27-30, 1995.
Design Methodologies for Microelectronics, Smolenice, Slovakia, 11-13.09.1995 Pan-European collaboration, Smolenice, 14.09.1995,
Vienna Industrial Day, 15.09.1995
Before BENEFIT DMM&SP93, Workshop on Design Methodologies for Microelectronics and Signal Processing, Cracow, 21-23 October 1993. Special Day on European Co-operation, Gliwice, Poland, 20 October 1993
SD on co-operation - Moscow94

Editor of the Special Report
Adam Pawlak,
December 1997