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 International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2007)

Collaborations in European research programmes

Lazaros Gallos
Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Thessaloniki

Panos Argyrakis
Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Thessaloniki

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The Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) of the European Union was a funding scheme for research, technological development and demonstration activities performed in Europe for the period 1998-2002. Based on data provided by the European Commission, we construct a network of participating Institutions where Institutions are linked if they have collaborated in at least one project in the frame of FP5. We show that this network has a scale-free character. The analysis of this network enables us to quantify important properties, such as the extent of co-operation between different partners, collaborations between different countries, etc. Moreover, we know the geographical location for each partner, so we can embed this network on a surface. This concept also provides a natural way to observe the network under different scales, where we can study collaborations between different provinces, cities or countries. The main network properties remain scale-invariant under this renormalization scheme.

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