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Location Barcelona, Spain
Date 18 - 22 July 2008
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ESOF Logo The mission of ESOF2008 was to provide both European and international science communities with an open platform for debate and communication and in doing so influence the future of science in Europe. COST subscribed to this mission and actively supported ESOF2008.

COST stand at the ESOF2008 exhibition

COST Scientific Session

The COST Scientific Session "Science and Preservation of Cultural Heritage", held on 20 July 2008 at 16.30 in Room 2 of the Caixa Forum near the ESOF venue as part of ESOF2008 Science and Art, considered the fact that heritage tourism contributes more to European GNP and provides employment for more people than the whole automotive sector and that, therefore, conserving artefacts is both culturally essential and an economic imperative.

Organised by Piotr Swiatek (COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Cristina Sabbioni (National Research Council CNR, Italy), Mark Dowsett (University of Warwick, United Kingdom) and Hannelore Roemich (University of New York, United States) explored if this process has been seriously impeded by EU funding structures. Understanding materials requires the same cutting-edge analytical tools whether we are referring to a microprocessor or Venetian glass. How can scientists, conservators and curators work together effectively? How can we train the experts of the future to embrace the multidisciplinary approach required?

COST Exhibition Stand

The interactive COST Exhibition stand, located next to EUREKA and the European Science Foundation, gave an overview of COST activities.

COST Early Stage Researchers' Workshops

In parallel, COST was organising three Early Stage Researchers’ Workshops. COST Early Stage Researchers were given the opportunity to visit ESOF2008 and participate in the public activities including the career programme. Through a competitive procedure, the following three interdisciplinary workshops were selected:

  1. Workshop I – FAT: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , 19 July 2008
    The “Fat: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” workshop looked at the intricate network of neural, humoral and hormonal factors that control appetite and food intake and the damaging roles of lipids and free radicals causing life threatening diseases. Talks also focused on how food and endogenous antioxidants can prevent the pathological process. ESR and experienced researchers provided an interdisciplinary scientific overview on the positive and negative aspects of fat consumption to generate discussions.
  2. Workshop II - Digital Television: Users, Markets and Policies , 20 July 2008
    Digital television has seen an important development in Europe over of the last decade. It has had several market and business implications, as well as some regulatory/policy questions. This workshop mainly focused on the changing viewing practices, business models and challenges for policy making in this evolving environment The “Digital Television: Users, Markets and Policies” workshop fostered communication between ESR and experienced researchers.
  3. Workshop III - Decision Analysis for a Better and Safer World , 21 July 2008
    The aim of the “Decision Analysis for a Better and Safer World” workshop was to share experiences in developing new decision making methods and tools to support a better world. Topics included the promotion of e-democracy, decision making for counterterrorism, decision making in the face of natural catastrophes, water distribution problems and energy planning. The workshop allowed ESRs to discuss their latest work in a first-class environment and to be exposed to a variety of real complex applications.