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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Prof. Dr Rainer Waser awarded the 2014 Leibniz prize

COST warmly congratulates Prof. Dr Rainer Waser on winning the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award. The Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG) announced the eleven recipients of the 2014 prize on 5 December 2013.

COST Welcomes Horizon 2020

COST welcomes the official launch of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s new research and innovation programme, announced on 11 December 2013 in Brussels. The highly anticipated announcement is an essential milestone in the transition to a more innovative and competitive Europe.

Mapping out Europeans’ immunity genes: a step towards better tissue transplants

Despite more than 99% of human DNA being identical, our immunity genes are the ones setting us apart. Besides making us unique, such genes can indicate our ancestry, which can prove of tremendous medical help in terms of issue and organ transplants. COST Action BM0803 HLA-NET engaged in a collaborative exercise aiming to map European populations sharing similar genes that set the stage for the introduction of new standards in molecular biology and immunogenetics.

Re-excavating Europe’s drowned prehistory

Archaeological sites and traces of Europe’s landscapes formed at low sea level during the last Ice Age can survive beneath the seabed, but recovering such evidence poses formidable technical and financial challenges. Archaeologists, heritage managers, geoscientists and industry representatives are now joining forces to research and manage these submerged landscapes that tell the stories behind human evolution.

European year for active ageing and solidarity between generations

The European Union has designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Europe must be more age-friendly and better adapted to its ageing population. This view is reflected in the work of COST.

Enhancing Research on Early Autism

2 April 2012 marked the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique events and initiatives.

Transgenic Trees – The science behind future EU policy, regulations and safety assessments

COST Action FP0905 addresses the issue of biosafety for transgenic trees on the January issue of Nature Biotechnology.

40 years of ‘Networks of Science and Technology’

Networks of Science and Technology

COST has marked its 40th anniversary with a successful exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels. In 1971, COST was founded by countries willing to establish cooperation in the fields of science and technology. With the recent adoption of an updated mission and strategy to shape its future, COST has come a long way - evolving through the years and staying faithful to its original mission statement.

COST Save the Bees

The first research results in this area suggests that bee colony losses are not due to one single factor only, but rather to highly complex interactions of various factors (pests and pathogens; environment, e.g. nutrition use of agrochemicals; management; and reduced bee vitality/diversity). If we do not know the factors and the extent of the problem, we cannot implement effective mitigating measures.

New Life Beneath Sea and Ice

Scientists have long known that life can exist in some very extreme environments. But Earth continues to surprise us.

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