Friday, May 16, 2014

Ex-ante publicfity for low-value contracts between EUR 15 000 and EUR 60 000

This publication is made pursuant to Article 124.1 (b) of the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulation that provides for an ex ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 60.000 EUR. Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in the procedure for awarding this low value contract will be admissible.


Proposal for a directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement (COM/2013/0449 final)

A shift towards paperless public administration, particularly in its cross-border dimension, is an important objective for the European Union and the Member States. E-invoicing is a particularly promising area to help achieve this objective...


End-to-end e-procurement to modernise public administration (COM/2013/0453 final)

This Communication identifies the state of implementation of “end-to-end e-procurement”<1> (from the electronic publication of notices to electronic payment) in the EU, as foreseen by the 2012 Communication “A strategy for e-procurement”<2>. It sets out actions which should be taken by the EU and by Member States to achieve the transition towards end-to-end e-procurement.


A new weapon in the battle against malaria

The EU-funded NanoMal team has developed a prototype of a hand-held device that needs a mere drop of blood and 15 minutes to identify two crucial criteria medical workers need to select the appropriate malaria therapy: what species the parasite belongs to and what levels of drug resistance should be expected.


e-Participation: the future of Citizen Engagement in the EU

The EU is funding several research projects that are trying to determine what makes an effective way of engaging citizens online. Discover some of them...


STORK 2.0 - 2nd Industrial Reference Group Meeting

STORK 2.0 organizes its 2nd Industry Group meeting which will take place on June 11th, 2014 at the Microsoft Offices in London during EEMA’s 27th Annual Conference “Digital Enterprise Europe”. EEMA’s 27th Annual conference, regularly attracts senior delegates from the commercial and public sectors throughout Europe and around the globe; it remains an essential date for those in business, public sector and government who are involved in the policy, security, systems and processes surrounding identity management. In this context, STORK 2.0 session is addressed to this audience and business-related topics will be presented covering the areas of interest for the attendees.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Advertising dedicated to developing effective advertising messages for healthy behavior. Public health is a current critical topic, and engaging consumers to maintain a healthy lifestyle continues to be a challenge. Obesity rates continue to rise. More than 35% of adults and almost 17% of children and teens in the United States are obese, resulting in billions of dollars in health care costs and increased rates of chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. And despite many healthy menu options provided at fast-food and other restaurants and media attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity, consumers continue to make unhealthy food choices. Consumers also continue to smoke and maintain sedentary lifestyles—actions that contribute to increased health risks and health costs.

The purpose of this special issue is to address this topic by publishing and disseminating research on effective health messages and media strategies. Specifically, we seek manuscripts that provide consumers with information on making positive decisions related to their health. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary articles that offer strong theoretical foundations to help guide professionals in best developing appropriate and effective health messages. Papers may include conceptual frameworks, experiments, surveys, and qualitative approaches.

Potential research topics that may be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

• The role of advertising in providing health information and promoting behavior change

• Emotional advertising appeals in health messages

• The use of digital media in creating effective health messages

• The role of advertising in increasing health literacy

• The successful integration of new media with traditional media in reaching consumers with health messages

• Advertising’s relationship with public health

• The use of advertising in promoting positive ecological changes in the physical environment (e.g., walking trails, farmers markets, healthy vending)

• Message strategies that lead to increased physical activity in children (e.g., walking and biking to school)

• Mobile advertising messaging for healthy lifestyles

• Consumer attitudes toward health related messages

• Cross-cultural approaches in health messages

• The effects of health messages on children’s attitudes and behaviors

• The use of alternative approaches (e.g., product placement) in influencing healthy attitudes and behaviors

• Message strategies that reach higher-risk and sociodisadvantaged populations

Submission Requirements and Information

Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines for the Journal of Advertising found online at


The submission deadline is August 31, 2014. All manuscripts should be submitted through the Journal of Advertising online submission system, ScholarOne, at, from August 1 to 31, 2014.

Authors should select “SPECIAL ISSUE: Effective Health Messages in Advertising” at “Manuscript Type.” Please also note in the cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Effective Health Messages.

Special Issue Editors

For additional information, please contact the guest editors for the special issue, listed here, at

• Marla Royne Stafford, University of Memphis

• Marian Levy, University of Memphis

Call for Proposals: 2015 Aging in America Conference

Call for Proposals: 2015 Aging in America Conference

March 23-27, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

Deadline for Submission is 6/30/2014

Contribute your expertise by submitting a proposal to present at Aging in America!

The Call for Proposals to present at ASA’s 2015 Aging in America Conference is now open! Showcase your innovative research and ideas and be a part of a forward-thinking community of professionals who care about the quality of life for older adults. The conference takes place in the vibrant city of Chicago from March 23-27, 2015.

Seasoned presenters and first-timers are all encouraged to submit a proposal to present. Presenting at Aging in America provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to share new ideas or highlight noteworthy projects, research and practices with your peers and other professionals in the field of aging. Presenting at Aging in America earns you recognition as an expert in the field at the conference and beyond.

Why present?

Presenting at Aging in America provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to share new ideas or highlight noteworthy projects, research and practices with other professionals in the field of aging. Presenting at Aging in America earns you recognition as an expert in the field at the conference and beyond.

Who presents at Aging in America?

Presenters at Aging in America include everyone from professionals who work in the field of aging to practitioners in allied professions such as social work, healthcare, architecture, law, finance and more. Students who are doing research on aging-related topics are also encouraged to present. Practitioners, clinicians, and medical professionals have been a part of the faculty, along with academicians and direct service providers. As the largest multidisciplinary conference on aging, Aging in America covers a wide range of topic areas, creating a virtually limitless field of opportunity for presenters. ASA welcomes all interested presenters to submit proposals, particularly encouraging those outlining fresh and useful strategies for addressing widespread aging issues.

You will be asked to choose from the following topic areas when submitting your proposal:

Aging in Community

Business & Aging


Creativity & Lifelong Learning

Health & Wellness

Healthcare & Aging

Leadership in Aging

Legal & Ethical Issues


Mental Health & Aging

Multicultural Aging

Policy & Advocacy

Spirituality & Religion

Technology, Accessibility & Transportation

Join the Invitation for Commitments on the EIP on Smart Cities

Projects Magazine interviewing Mathias Reddmann on Smart Cities. He highlights the importance of joining up and exchanging knowledge and best practices which the European Innovation Partnership on Smart and Communities will facilitate


Silver Economy B2B Meetings

The Enterprise Europe Network in co-operation with Silver Valley organises pre-arranged B2B meetings (30 minutes each meeting) in the frame of the fair "Les Salons de la Santé et de l'Autonomie" in Paris. This Networking Event will target a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers from Europe interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners.


Flyer on EIP on Smart Cities and Communities

A flyer on the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities has been published.


MOPACT Active Ageing Forum

The MOPACT project (Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe) will provide the evidence upon which Europe can begin to make longevity an asset for social and economic development. Funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, the project draws together a multidisciplinary team to target the key challenges of ageing. The MOPACT Active Ageing Forum is dedicated to appraising MOPACT’s interim findings, and to collecting ideas and guidance about innovative ways to develop the work and maximise its impact. This Forum will facilitate active user engagement and decision making and provide attendees with a unique opportunity to shape project activities. This is the first of three events which will draw key stakeholders into the decision making process for MOPACT.


MOPACT project publishes first report on ICT, housing and mobility

MOPACT is a four year project funded by the European Commission (FP7) to provide the research and practical evidence upon which Europe can begin to make longevity an asset for social and economic development. It has recently published its first report on ICT, housing and mobility.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2015)

Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2015)

12-15 January, 2015 Lisbon, Portugal

The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine in general and to the specialized support to persons with special needs in particular.

Databases, networking, graphical interfaces, intelligent decision support systems and specialized programming languages are just a few of the technologies currently used in medical informatics. Mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, standardization of technologies and procedures, certification, privacy are some of the issues that medical informatics professionals and the ICT industry in general need to address in order to further promote ICT in healthcare. In the case of medical rehabilitation and assistive technology the use of ICT has had important results in the enhancement of the quality of life, contributing to a full integration of all citizens in the societies they are also part of.

HEALTHINF is a forum for debating all these aspects. Furthermore, this conference is also a meeting place for those interested in understanding the human and social implications of technology, not only in healthcare systems but in other aspects of human-machine interaction such as accessibility issues.

HEALTHINF encourages authors to submit papers to one of the main topics indicated below, describing original work, including methods, techniques, advanced prototypes, applications, systems, tools or survey papers, reporting research results and/or indicating future directions. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference by one of the authors and published in the proceedings. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. There will be both oral and poster sessions.

The proceedings will be indexed by several major international indexers.

Special sessions are also welcome. Please contact the secretariat for further information on how to propose a special session.

Conference Topics

■ Datamining

■ Knowledge Management

■ Decision Support Systems

■ Interoperability

■ Telemedicine

■ Medical and Nursing Informatics

■ Confidentiality and Data Security

■ Wearable Health Informatics

■ Semantic Interoperability

■ Therapeutic Systems and Technologies

■ Physiological Modeling

■ Databases and Datawarehousing

■ Cognitive Informatics

■ Affective Computing

■ Human-Machine Interfaces for Disabled Persons

■ ICT, Ageing and Disability

■ Design and development methodologies for Healthcare IT

■ Mobile technologies for Healthcare applications

■ Evaluation and use of Healthcare IT

■ Healthcare Management Systems

■ E-Health

■ Development of Assistive Technology

■ Electronic Health Records and Standards

■ Software Systems in Medicine

■ Pervasive Health Systems and Services

■ e-Health for Public Health

■ Clinical problems and applications

■ Data Visualization

■ Pattern recognition and Machine Learning

■ Practice-based Research Methods for Healthcare IT

Paper Submission

Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.

SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.

The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.

Important Dates

Conference Date: 12 - 15 January, 2015

Regular Papers

Paper Submission: July 29, 2014

Authors Notification: November 3, 2014

Camera Ready and Registration: November 17, 2014

Position Papers

Paper Submission: September 30, 2014

Authors Notification: November 6, 2014

Camera Ready and Registration: November 17, 2014


HEALTHINF Secretariat

Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.

2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal

Tel.: +351 265 100 033

Fax: +44 203 014 8813



Digital, Healthy, Happy: eHealth

ICT can be our most powerful ally for good and affordable healthcare.


Interview in the latest edition of 'Cities Today' with Phil Barth

He talks about the European Commission inviting cities, private companies and non-governmental organisations active in urban development, to become founding partners of the European Innovation Partnership through an Invitation for Commitments which will close in mid-June.


Shaping a healthier, stronger future

eHealth Forum, Athens, 12 May 2014


Free European Commission webinar on mHealth

The European Commission's DG CONNECT hosts an online discussion on "Ensuring the safety of health and well-being apps".


Final workshop of SEED Project (Speeding Every European Digital)

During the conference, members of the SEED project will show their best-practices on citizens engagement and innovation in public administrations through the use of digital advertising and cloud in public services technologies. Private and public organizations attending the workshop will be able to find out the benefits of implementing innovative projects in their organizations and getting involved in the international deployment of SEED as partners of the project in order to promote entrepreneurship initiatives based on cloud-computing technologies. Moreover, several aspects of the new programme Horizon2020 of the European Commission will be introduced as well as European policies oriented to innovation in public administrations and citizens. The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) will present its guidelines to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union and its key priorities focus on Innovation, Research and ICT.


2014 CEF Telecom Call - Safer Internet

The 2014 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom Call for Proposals - Safer Internet will make €9.7 million available to finance projects of common interest in the telecommunications sector, namely for safer internet generic services.


Launch of the CLIPS Project

An EU funded pilot to facilitate the delivery of public services through cloud computing. The 1st February 2014 marked the launch of the CLIPS Project, a pilot project funded through the CIP Programme of the European Commission (contribution of 2.379.000 €, total cost 4.758.002 €), aimed at the development of a new approach to the delivery of public services through the use of cloud computing. The project brings together key stakeholders from across the EU including Public Authorities, Citizens and Business to develop a dedicated framework for cloud based public services which seeks to overcome some of the major issues that have so far prevented the full adoption of the cloud within the public sector notably in architecture, design and security.


eHealth Forum: health management in the 21st century

This is eHealth Forum week, a time to discuss how technology can bring positive changes into healthcare systems and turn today's health and ageing challenges into economic growth. This year's Forum takes place in Greece, where the successful use of eHealth tools, developed as a result of EU research and innovation funding or support- can inspire other EU countries.


European Commission survey

What are your 5 main reasons for interacting with the European Commission? Take part in this survey and help us improve your experience. Choose your language and participate.