European research activities are structured around consecutive multi-annual programmes, or so-called Framework Programmes. FP6 sets out the priorities - including the IST priority - for the period 2002-2006; FP7 is under preparation and will cover the period 2007-2013. IST is fully open to international co-operation with the aim to join forces for addressing major challenges where significant added value is expected to be gained from a world-wide R&D cooperation. In this context, the European Commission co-funded the IST-Africa Initiative in order to promote the participation of African organisations to the IST programme.
The IST-Africa 2006 Conference offers a variety of Sponsorship Opportunities to enhance your organisation's image & standing with the international IST research community demonstrating your commitment to reducing the Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prominent notice will be given to sponsors on the conference portal, in the Exhibition area and in press releases together with other benefits and promotional opportunities.
Major Sponsors for IST-Africa 2006 confirmed to date include
- Department of Science and Technology, South Africa,
- City of Tshwane
- Embassy of Finland, South Africa
- Hewlett-Packard Europe
Technical Co-sponsors include
- IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
- IEEE South Africa Section
- IEEE South Africa Computer Chapter
- IEEE UKRI Computer Chapter
- IEEE Control and Communications (Ireland) Joint Chapter.
Other supporting organisations include the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.