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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When EU research projects are in need of admin power

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.


COST hosts breakfast debate at K4I Innovation Summit

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?’


Europe’s next generation innovators and their need for a garage

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?


Capacity building in the Western Balkans

A newly established Targeted Network seeks to boost capacity building and economic development in the area by supporting efficient forest management.


The COST Association is up and running

Established in September 2013, the COST Association has incorporated the governing bodies and the administrative functions of COST into a single structure.


STReESSing inclusiveness

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.


Understanding proteins, understanding life

Recent medical advances have seen our life expectancy increase significantly. However, so has the risk of developing cancer and neurological, genetic, or autoimmune diseases, all caused by protein mutations. COST Action BM1307 "PROTEOSTASIS" has set up an international network focusing on the reasons behind protein mutations, investigating a particular role that proteins play in carrying out cellular functions.


Getting European cities ready for climate change

In times of resource scarcity, European cities are in need of reconfiguration. Urban areas need to pollute less and become generally more sustainable in order to increase their resilience to climate change effects.


Maternity care – setting up the highest standard across Europe

Every year around 4.7 million European women give birth to a child. Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal wellbeing.


Become a COST Expert!

COST invites independent experts from all scientific areas to participate in the evaluation of proposals for COST Actions collected twice a year through the COST Open Call.



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