COFET aims at supporting the future development of the FET programme based on a focused dialogue between science, policy, industry, and society. COFET will realize a set of conferences and workshops addressing current and forthcoming challenges for interdisciplinary, ICT-related visionary research as exemplified in the FET programme of the EU's Framework Programme.

COFET aims to address challenges such as

COFET particularly aims at impacting on national and European research policy decision makers to secure their support in the form of policies, programmes, instruments and funding. It will assist the design of the future of FET to continue and further expand its success from FP5 to Horizon 2020.

The COFET team includes ICT research strategists, experienced conference organisers, RTD policy makers and communication experts.

About the partners

COFET is a highly focused project with four actors that have all experience in ICT, FP research, event organisation and support work. The COFET partners are completely neutral with respect to the FET topics and projects.

eutema GmbH.

eutema is a strategic research and technology consultant company based in Vienna, Austria with a focus on ICT. It is skilled in designing and managing research programmes and projects as well as RTD policies. eutema has a broad experience in the analysis, design, and implementation of national and international research policies. The company has performed national and international strategic studies, projects for the advancement of international research collaboration, and assessments of research actors in the EU and elsewhere.


Israel Europe R&D Directorate (ISERD)

ISERD is an inter-ministerial directorate, established by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ISERD was appointed to promote the Israeli participation in the European Union Framework Program for R&D.


Optimat Ltd.

Optimat is an independent strategy and economic consultancy specialising in the exploitation of new markets and technologies. Optimat was established in 1989, originally as a technology transfer spin-off from the regional economic development agency in Scotland (now Scottish Enterprise), and became an independent company through a management buy-out in 1994. The company is now owned by four executive directors and employs 20 permanent staff in its Glasgow and Birmingham offices.



youris.com designs and implements media communication strategies for large research organisations and EU-funded projects and is able to establish permanent links between the research communities and the media. To date, more than 120 EU-funded projects and research organisations successfully exploited the youris.com platform to implement their communication strategy towards the general public.


FET 2020 revolves three conferences that cover interconnected themes related to the potential business impact, communication as well as EU and member states support to visionary ICT research.


The 3rd FET 2020 Conference on "Strengthening Participation in FET" took place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest in June 2014 in close collaboration with Ideal-ist.

More information can be found here!

The 2nd FET 2020 Conference on "FET and the City - From project dissemination to engaging society: doing outreach in FET research" took place at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa in January 2014.

More information can be found here!

The 1st FET2020 Conference on "Competitiveness and Innovation in the Context of FET" took place at the Big Innovation Centre in London on June 20 and 21.

All the details can be found here!