Sarah McCormack is Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Trinity College in Dublin and specialises in solar and thermal energy storage. Chairing COST Action TU0802, she developed a well-knit interdisciplinary community in the area of energy storage systems. Six years after setting up the network, she is now an ERC Starting Grantee, developing new, efficient solar devices that store and use the energy that current systems in buildings and homes are wasting. She told us how leading a COST Action has helped her see the bigger picture in her ongoing research.
A COST-funded Action of scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of ambient assisted living is coordinating European research on technologies meant to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled. In a recent initiative, the Action invited SMEs to showcase their latest technologies and products.
An initiative of Targeted Network Sci-GENERATION, the workshop brought together European researchers, project proposal evaluators and funding programmes’ representatives, who shared experiences and ideas for the future of interdisciplinary research.
ERC grantee Dr Salvador Pané i Vidal leads COST Action e-MINDS, bringing together experts in nanorobotics and materials science. He looks at the role e-MINDS plays in managing his own research.
Young European research project administrators part of Targeted Network BESTPRAC examine ways of improving research administration practices across Europe and highlight the role of their profession in the context of EU research collaborations.
At the 6th European Innovation Summit held in Brussels, 17-20 November, COST organized a highly informative breakfast debate on the topic of ‘Bottom-up versus Top-down innovation – How much funneling and prescription can ingenuity endure?’
Featuring a central theme in the overall context of the 6th European Innovation Summit, the session was hosted by Victor Negrescu MEP and Brando Benifei MEP, gathering students, researchers, entrepreneurs, industry experts and policy makers. Approaching the concept of innovation in Europe, they looked at the impediments to a European innovation culture, but also discussed successful initiatives and ways of attracting support for future projects. An essential question hovered over the debate even before it started: who are Europe’s next generation innovators?
A newly established Targeted Network seeks to boost capacity building and economic development in the area by supporting efficient forest management.
Established in September 2013, the COST Association has incorporated the governing bodies and the administrative functions of COST into a single structure.
Action FP 1106 STReESS (Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SyntheSis) is a recent example of COST’s commitment to promoting inclusiveness and supporting promising researchers from less research-intensive countries across Europe. In this case, research focuses on analysing the effects of extreme natural phenomena and climate change on the growth and wood quality of European tree species.