COST Stories

This section focuses on COST results mainly in terms of Actions and Domains.

The case studies reflect the impact COST has on European research, people and markets.


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Understanding the fate of food

What exactly happens as we digest food and what are the implications for our health? Answering these questions will help design healthier foods that could curb the rising rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Measuring brain blood flow helps diagnose dementia

Dementia is a major brain disease associated with memory loss, personality changes and confusion. It can rob people of their independence and cause profound distress for individuals and their families.


‘Toxic gases’ as targets for new medicines

Gases once thought of only as environmental pollutants are now known to be produced by the body. They could potentially be used to develop drugs to treat diseases including heart failure and cancer.


Defining tomorrow’s Internet of Things

In an ever more connected world, mobile communications need more bandwidth and more energy to keep up with the growing demand for ultra-fast, high-quality internet services.


A different take on prostitution could improve policy effects locally

Taking a closer look at prostitution could improve the real-life impact of European policies on sex work, a network of researchers points out.


The first reference for sign language grammar writing empowers signers all over the world

COST Action SignGram has produced the first guide for sign language grammars, marking a huge step towards equal rights for deaf signers worldwide.


StanDerm stands tall for healthy skin at work

According to a recent European Commission report , occupational skin diseases (OSDs) represent 10% to 40% of the total occupational diseases in Europe. The economic impact of OSDs amounts to an annual economic loss of up to €5billion.


Climate change and migration: expanding the debate on a multidimensional relation

Climate change is an immense and multifaceted global challenge, likely to change our planet and our very way of life. In some of the most industrialised settings in the world as well as in the most vulnerable areas, people may find they can no longer live in places they have called home for generations. Climate change causes many serious problems, including extreme weather disasters, the rise of sea levels, species extinction and environmental degradation. Each of these factors, alongside structural conditions such as transnational labour markets, land tenure, political violence and discrimination, is expected to have some bearing on future migration.


Collecting research data to counter femicide worldwide

Femicide across Europe is the first pan-European research network investigating the causes and risk factors of a phenomenon killing thousands of women every year, worldwide.


Closing the circle: improving food waste processing technologies

Imagine a world without food waste. A world where all the food we throw away finds its way back into the cycle, turning into new food ingredients, green fertilizers, biofuels or even vaccines.



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