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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Borrowing nature's brightest idea

Photosynthesis is the unique natural process that converts energy from sunlight into chemical energy. Understanding the photochemical reactions behind this essential phenomenon has the potential to deliver new sources of green energy as well as instruments that detect environmental pollution and food contamination.


Wood innovation shaping tomorrow’s cities

With half of the world’s population now living in urban areas, the latest data show that the future’s smart, sustainable cities will have to shelter around 6 billion people by 2050. This is already changing the way urban areas are designed and built.


A changing Sun, a changing climate?

The Sun’s impact on our planet’s climate has recently been a hotly debated topic in the context of climate change. The controversy around this issue has led scientists across Europe to dig deeper into the claim that solar activity could be a major cause of global warming.


The robots are coming – and they are here to help

As Europe’s population ages, the number of people requiring rehabilitation following neurological diseases such as stroke is expected to rise. Specialist care from physiotherapists and occupational therapists offers a chance of regaining independence by recovering lost movement.


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.


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.



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