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COST Science Night

Location Brussels, Belgium
Date 15 October 2013  | 18:00 - 22:00
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COST Science Night 2013 provided European policymakers and representatives of the EU institutions, the scientific community and the press the opportunity to meet researchers leading selected COST Actions, who showcased their cutting-edge work in a number of scientific fields and explained how the pan-European science and technology networks supported by COST contribute to addressing key global scientific and societal challenges.

Prof. Ingrid Daubechies, Belgian physicist and mathematician and the first woman president of the International Mathematical Union (2011–2014), opened the evening with a keynote speech on the importance of interdisciplinarity and communication in science and research. 

Dr Barbara Prainsack's address on open access to scientific publications and data provided an overview of the different challenges and opportunities for particular disciplines ranging from biomedicine and molecular biosciences and ICT to social sciences and humanities.

The event was also graced by a brief speech by Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation, who said:  "I think one of the reasons why Heads of State and Government and the European Parliament agreed to an increase in funding for Horizon 2020 is the first class programmes we have been running at European level – and I'm not only talking about Framework Programme Seven but also about COST" .

Participants had the chance to hear about COST Actions from all the 10 scientific domains, highlighting issues such as public transport safety, epigenetics, Europeans' genetic diversity, transforming media audiences, water use and plant engineering for pharmaceutical products.

Science communication Professor and BBC presenter Adam Hart was the night’s host, himself having experienced COST's contribution to research. One example was his recent  BBC Radio documentary  on the widespread dieback of Ash trees - an insight into COST Action  FRAXBACK , also emphasising the Actions' role in proposing and answering new research questions. 

The presentations of Science Night are now available:

COST in Actions