IDEALIST-East Network of Excellence

The central objective of the IDEALIST-EAST network was to foster co-operation between organisations from Central and East European Countries (CEEC) and the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union on the one hand and the EU Member and Associated States on the other hand within the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme of the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme.

Specific aims:

  • to increase the awareness of the various opportunities for the East which are connected to the EU programmes in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in general and to increase especially the competence of the Eastern partners who give advice to industry and researchers on participation in the IST programmes,
  • to increase the awareness in the ICT RTD community in the West of the opportunities for collaboration with organisations in the East,
  • to enhance the partner search for ICT collaborators between East and West.

This had been achieved through frequent contacts during various kinds of networking activities, through specific information distribution actions on the occasion of major European events in the field (IST Conference being the best example) and by active initiation and distribution of partner search requests from East and West.

IDEALIST-EAST was complementary to and realised in close contact with the Esprit project IDEALFIT/IDEALIST which brings together the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the IST Programme from the EU Member and Associated States.


Acronyme: IDEALIST-EAST
Name: Information Dissemination and European Awareness Launch for the IT Programme in East Europe
Project No.: INCO-Copernicus 977122
Consortium: 6 EU Member and Associated States:
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, United Kingdom
8 CEEC:
Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
4 NIS:
Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 10 July 1998 - 31 October 2000