Research in computer algebra and its applications had up to now a rather national tendency. In the larger countries, there already existed frameworks like CAMASA in Italy and the Computeralgebra Fachgruppe in Germany. In the smaller countries, this was not the case. The main objective of creating a platform for exchange of people and dissemination of information served the purpose of broadening the scope of the groups in the larger countries and of integrating the groups of the smaller countries into a european arena.
Working together in various settings, it became clear to us what kind of activities would be of most benefit for the research groups. Workshops were organized that in a national (non-european) setting would attract too few people. The network offered the opportunity to collect the knowledge and to train people at a european scale.