The NEM Initiative – New European Media Initiative – was established as one of the European Technology Platforms under the Seventh Framework Programme aiming at fostering the convergence between consumer electronics, broadcasting and telecoms to develop a new business sector of networks and electronic media. In order to respond to this new need and under the requirement of the Horizon 2020 programme, the NEM initiative widened its focus towards creative industries and changed its name from Networked and Electronic Media Initiative to New European Media, dealing with Connected, Converging and Interactive Media & Creative Industries, driving the future of digital experience.
The NEM constituency includes all major European organisations working in the networked and electronic media area, including content providers, creative industries, broadcasters, network equipment manufacturers, network operators and service providers, academia, standardisation bodies and government institutions. These stakeholders share a common vision and have produced a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) as well as position papers with the aim of accelerating the innovative development of the new sector in a harmonized – fruitful way and to place European industry at the forefront of the information era.
The steering board is elected biennially and this year, on May 29th two members of ImAc were elected until 2020: Sergi Fernández, leader of ImAc and Pilar Orero from UAB also partner in ImAc.
The NEM Steering Board involves a representative set of players of all domains of the Networked and Electronic Media. They define the strategic vision and the key orientations of the initiative, aiming at converting the NEM Vision into a strategic agenda, and setting the operational goals for achieving this agenda.
The Steering Board members, through their participation at this level are displaying their commitment to significant research investment in the NEM domain over at least the next 5 to 10 years. The Steering Board may decide to set up NEM Working Groups with focused activities open to all members of the NEM General Assembly with the specific goal of progressing one or more parts of the NEM SRA or other work items. Their terms of reference are defined by the Steering Board and endorsed by the General Assembly.
Congratulations to both, Sergi Fernandez and Pilar Orero.