Germany is one of the European innovation leaders and 4 of 10 innovation leader regions in the world are in Germany: Oberbayern, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Braunschweig. Germany has a high participation rate in the EU Framework Programme projects.There were German partners in 82% of the projects in the FP6. Germany received the maximum amount of FP6 funds in Europe by 799 million Euro. Moreover, in the 6th Framework Programme, Turks and Germans came together in 48 EU funded ICT projects and the university participation was higher. Leyla Arsan, TAGES CEO, attended the Tukish-German ICT Forum and took attention to the mentioned figures and the Turkish-German partnership in R&D and innovation.
October 2007 has been an active and efficient month in Istanbul for the ICT sector in terms of events that bring the leaders and other stakeholders together for networking and cooperation opportunities for innovation, research and development. Forum@Bilişim and Turkish-German ICT Forum have been one of those events. In the forums, TAGES CEO, Leyla Arsan shared her experiences with the sector and presented the importance of networking and collaboration on innovation and R&D as well as networking methods for innovation.
Turkish-German ICT Forum which aimed to develop cooperation between Turkish and German ICT institutions took place in Marmara University, Sultanahmet Campus, Istanbul on October 3rd, 2007. The Forum was organized by TBD, TÖSYÖV, Marmara University, Konrad Anadauer Foundation and BHK International Cooperation.
The Forum included different sessions on Turkish-German ICT cooperation Opportunities, Turkish and German ICT Sectors, International Commercial Cooperation in ICT and International Cooperation in Innovation.
Leyla Arsan, TAGES CEO, gave a speech on international cooperation in ICT innovation and gave information on European innovation and networking opportunities from R&D funds under European Union Framework Programmes to the European Info days on the calls for proposals. Leyla Arsan gave remarkable examples of Turkish-German cooperation in R&D projects. Arsan took attention to the fact that Germany was one of the innovation leaders in Europe and 4 of 10 innovation leader regions in the world were in Germany: Oberbayern, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Braunschweig. Germany has a high participation rate in the EU Framework Programme projects.There were German partners in 82% of the projects in the FP6. Germany received the maximum amount of funds in Europe in FP6 by 799 million Euro. In the 6th Framework Programme, Turks and Germans came together in 48 EU funded ICT projects and the university participation was higher. However, Turkey keeps trailing in innovation and it is very important for Turkish institutions to be in close relationship with the innovation leaders namely German counterparts.
Another event that brought business leaders in ICT sector had been the ‘Bilişim Summit’ and ‘Forum@Bilişim’ on October 2nd-5th 2007 TUYAP Beylikdüzü Exhibition and Congress Center with the theme of ‘Enlarge Your Business, World Gets Smaller’. Leyla Arsan talked on the networking methods to build international cooperation and the importance of networking to benefit from EU funds in ‘Financing the Innovation Forum’ at ‘Forum@Bilişim’ on October 4th, 2007. Arsan took attention to the importance of participating to the events, information days and networking meetings in order to build networks and develop project ideas and participate to the project proposals. In these events it is important to present the company profile and the competencies as well as the project idea including its topic, goal and the necessary partners for the project in a few slides. Arsan also pointed out that web networking was another crucial part of the success in network building. Thus, she drew attention to different web sites to build partnerships in FP7 projects such as Cordis (www.cordis.europa.eu/fp7), Ideal-Ist (www.ideal-ist.net), Detect-It (www.detect-it.org) websites where you can present your project ideas or participate to the project proposals.