Accelerating european innovation: ICT research meets standards

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France - 4 December 2007 

ETSI and ERCIM, the Standardisation and ICT Research bodies, have co-signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch their future close collaboration.

Collaborative research and development in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) plays a major role in determining the prosperity of Europe.

The MoU encapsulates the organisations' joint aims to:

  • Exploit areas of synergy between Research and Standardisation in the innovation food chain

  • Accelerate R&D innovation cycles

  • Reduce time-to-market

The organisations' commitment to their future collaboration was initiated by an inaugural high level Seminar at ETSI Headquarters on Thursday 29, November, the first in a series of envisaged joint events.

The Seminar included presentations from the European Commission -DG Information Society & Media and the Joint Research Council (JRC) - as well as from top level representatives from Alcatel-Lucent, the Austrian Academy of Science, BT, Ericsson, Fraunhofer, UCD Ireland and W3C.

ETSI Director-General, Walter Weigel said:

ICT markets are shaped by [ETSI] Standards which enable the widespread use of new technologies developed after extensive research activities led by organisations such as ERCIM and so cooperation between our two communities can only be beneficial. This is an exciting development for all innovation food chain stakeholders and our corridors are already buzzing with ideas for the future.

ERCIM President, Keith Jeffery said:

The greatest satisfaction for researchers is to see their ideas carried forward to products and services that are used widely. There are many examples where ERCIM researchers have achieved this. However, this cooperation with ETSI allows us to accelerate the innovation chain by overlapping research, testing, standardisation and exploitation, thus creating a leading position for the ICT industry within Europe, the results of which will then spread -like the World Wide Web- to the rest of the world.

Senator Pierre Laffitte, Founder of the Sophia Antipolis Science Park and President of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation, said:

This collaboration between ERCIM and ETSI is a source of immense satisfaction for me. Here we have both European and world champions when it comes to informatics and mathematics research, and standardisation. Cross-fertilisation between these fields at both the European and international level is needed in order that Europe remains at the forefront of these areas.

Notes for editors

The Seminar programme, agenda, presentations and speaker biographies are available via the ETSI web site at:

About "The infinity Initiative":

The infinity Initiative envisages a number of joint events including advanced workshops, seminars and meetings. It aims to strengthen the links between standardisation and research and has the support of the European Commission. The name "The infinity Initiative" was chosen in allusion to the enduring and futuristic nature of research.

About ETSI:
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organisation. The high quality of ETSI's work and open approach to standardisation has helped it evolve into a 'European roots - global branches' operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence. ETSI is a not-for-profit organisation whose 700 member organisations benefit from direct participation and are drawn from 60 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit:

About ERCIM:
The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, or ERCIM, is an organisation that aims to:

Foster collaborative work within the European research community in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Applied Mathematics

Advise the European Commission and national governments

Increase co-operation with European industry

As a European Economic Interest Grouping, ERCIM links the resources of its members to create a force of over 12000 researchers who can work together in groups on different areas of research. Leading research institutes from eighteen European countries are members of ERCIM.
The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is hosted in Europe by ERCIM.

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Contact for further information at ETSI: [email protected]

Contact for further information at ERCIM:

Catherine Marchand
Communications Manager
ERCIM, 2004 Route des Lucioles
Telephone  +33 (0)6 12 21 23 30 Email: [email protected]