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LOCAL AND DATE


27th MAY of 2014 - University of Lisbon - Instituto Superior Técnico

Europe - Portugal - Lisbon - Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1 — 1049-001 Lisboa

Tel: (+351) 218 417 000
Fax: (+351) 218 499 242
 

REGISTRATION FORM


Important Deadlines:

Submission of Abstracts:15 February 2014

Decision about acceptance of abstarcts: 28 February 2014

Early Registration (Reduced Fee) : 15 March 2014


1.    Why a Conference on e-public procurement?

 

More than 17% of European GDP is due to public procurement and hence priority should be given to improve adopted practices with the objective of meeting the new challenges of financial stability and sustainable growth of the European Union.

 

Fortunately, e-public procurement can play a strategic role:

 

a)    to generate public savings through improved sourcing and more effective competition between suppliers;

 

b)    to increase transparency and fair decision making to award public contracts;

 

c)    to help SMEs to participate in public markets;

 

d)    to stimulate innovation and the development of e-marketplaces;

 

e)    to promote a low-carbon society and more sustainable growth.

 

The European Commission proposed new Directives for Public Procurement on December 2011 disseminating and introducing mandatory e-public procurement for several cases in a near future.

 

The dissemination of e-public procurement seems feasible due to the increasing market of e-platforms offering procurement services as SaaS (Software as a Service) supported by more robust and mature ICT and pursuing the “cloud computing” paradigm.

 

The 1st European Conference on e-Public Procurement was organized on 20th March 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, and attracted a very wide range of participants coming from more than 23 countries.

 

2.    Objectives

 

The objectives of this 2nd European Conference on e-Public Procurement are:

 

§  Discussing the implications of the single digital market on public procurement;

 

§  Presenting the new advances of e-procurement available through Software as a Service (SaaS), offered by major providers;

 

§  Discussing the role of e-procurement to improve the management of each organization;

 

§  Identifying major macro-economic benefits due to the dissemination of e-public procurement;

 

§  Discussing alternative strategies to simplify and to overcome e-procurement obstacles;

 

§  Presenting e-procurement impacts on innovation and on SMEs access to public markets;

 

§  Proposing new initiatives to increase cross-border e-public procurement;

 

§  Preparing the best technological solutions to cope with the challenges of e-Public Procurement

 

3.    Which Approach

 

Many evidences confirms that “buying better” implies an interdisciplinary approach to improve public procurement avoiding the temptation to believe that one single discipline can contribute to achieve such objective.

 

because public procurement requires:

 

a)    An appropriate balance between costs and benefits (Economics);

 

b)    Building a multicriteria model to design the evaluation systems of candidates or tenders and to apply it to get the best alternative value (Decision Sciences);

 

c)    Describing the object of the contract, classifying it using the most appropriate lexical and taxonomic approaches and disseminating such information (Information and Linguistics Sciences);

 

d)    Organizing the procurement process in respect by the principles and codes of public administrations and public contracting law (European and National levels – Public Law);

 

e)    Implementing public procurement through the most appropriate technology, avoiding paperwork and making the best use of e-procurement (Technology);

 

4.    Program Chair

 

§  Professor Luís Valadares Tavares, Portugal

 

OPET and University of Lisbon, IST

 

5.    International Panel

 

Klodiana Canjka (Albania), Christian Galinski (Austria), Johan Van Steelandt (Belgium), Matej Sandor (Czech Republic), Tom Holsøe (Denmark), Richard Gargrave (EBRD), Didier Hardy (EC), Tato Urjumelashvili (Georgia), Carsten Prokop (Germany), Konstantino Kaggelides (Greece), Tamas Lorincze (Hungary), Bernardo Nicoletti (Italy), Gustavo Piga (Italy), Ber Grzegorz (Poland), Tadeusz Rudnicki (Poland), Fernando Silva (Portugal), Luís Valadares Tavares (Portugal), Manuel Caño (Spain), Safwan Nassri (Spain), Kerstin Wiss Holmdahl (Sweeden), Jan Siderius (The Netherlands), Kornelis Drijfhout (The Netherlands), Christopher Bovis (UK), Cliff Mccue (USA), George Krajcsik (USA).

 

6.    Organizing Committee

 

Luís Valadares Tavares, Gonçalo Marques Mendes, Pedro Arruda, Pedro Maia, Tiago Tavares, Vasco Borges Moreira.

 

7.    Program

 

Lectures and papers (presentations between 10 and 15 minutes) on:

 

a)    How to change paperwork to e-Public Procurement?

 

b)    Which methods and models can improve e-Public Procurement?

 

c)    Which recent international developments within European Union?

 

d)    Which most recent services offered by e-platforms?

 

e)    Which technological new advances?

 

The participations of e-platforms is welcome.

 

8.    Calendar

 

A – Presentation of proposed abstracts until 30 Oct 2013;

 

B – Acceptance/ Rejection decision until 30 Nov 2013;

 Any author with an accepted abstract will have to register and pay the registration fee ( 350 eur ) until 31st december of 2013 in order to have your presentation included in the program.

C – Sending full paper of accepted abstracts until 31 Dec 2013;

 

D – Final Program: 1 April 2014;

 

E – Conference: 27 May 2014.

 

Authors of accepted papers have to complete the registration (www.opet.pt) including payment until 31 Dec 2013. Otherwise the paper will be not included in the program.

 

9.    Sponsorship

 

Institutions and e-platforms are invited to sponsor this Conference.

 

Each sponsor will have the possibility of displaying his material on a table in the entrance hall and 30 minutes for presentations.

 

Program and all material (website, brochures, etc.) will include the logo of each sponsor.

 

Further details from 2nd European Conference on e-Public Procurement will be available soon.

 

10.    Registration

 

All participants including those presenting contributions have to register through www.opet.pt and:

 

a)    Registration fee until 31 Dec 2013: 350 euros;

 

b)    Registration fee since 1 Jan 2014: 500 euros.

 

Registration should be completed by bank transfer to BPI BANK (IBAN - PT50 0010 0000 3765 6350 0016 0 | SWIFT/BIC CODE – BBPIPTPL).

 

11.    Location

 

This conference will take place in Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon – Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1 – 1049-001, Portugal, using the Civil Engineering building.

 

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) – Alameda Campus (information extracted from www.ist.utl.pt)

 

This University Campus was built on 1937 and it is one of the best examples of architecture inspired by “art noveau” in Portugal.

 

It is located in central Lisbon and served by an excellent public transportation network. This area is full of hotels, culture, many shopping, leisure, entertaining, sports areas and facilities.

 

How to get there

 

Airport

 

From Lisbon Airport (Portela) to IST Alameda campus is a 10 minutes' drive. Lisbon Airport is very close to the city centre – it is located 7km from the centre - and there are different alternatives to get there, namely by Metro to Aerobus, by city bus (Carris) or by taxi. If you choose the metro to go from the airport straight to IST, you have the red line (linha vermelha) and you should exit in Alameda or Saldanha station. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes and costs €1,25 plus €0,50 for the "viva viagem" rechargeable card.

 

Taxi

 

Taxis allow you to arrive at IST from any point in the city, but of course the tariff also increases according to the distance, traffic and day time. An airport-IST trip is around 10 euros. It is possible to buy "taxi vouchers" at the airport from €20 to €25.

 

Bus

 

The whole city of Lisbon is provided with an urban transport network with convenient timetables and frequent buses. The following buses stop near IST Alameda campus:

 

§  Av. Rovisco Pais/Av. António José de Almeida (side entrances): 720, 742, 767.

 

§  Alameda: 708 (bike bus), 717, 718, 720, 735, 767; night bus: 206, 208.

 

§  Saldanha/Arco do Cego: 713, 716, 720, 726, 727, 736, 738, 742, 744, 767, 783; night bus: 207.

 

For further information visit the Carris bus company website.

 

Metro (Underground)

 

§  Saldanha metro station: Yellow Line (Linha amarela) and Red Line (Linha vermelha)

 

§  Alameda metro station: Green Line (Linha verde) and Red Line (Linha vermelha)

 

For further information visit the Lisbon Metro website.

 

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Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to visit Lisbon and to participate in the 2nd European Conference on e-Public Procurement!