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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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.

Healthy food and feed? An answer from COST

COST Action FA0905: Mineral-improved Crop Production for Healthy Food and Feed

Sheep or goat: can you tell the difference?

Did you know that in regard to many diseases, it has been considered for some time that goats are similar to sheep, and that results acquired from sheep were applicable to goats? For instance, for many years, the registration of anthelmintic drugs (drugs that expel parasitic worms – helminths – from the body) did not discriminate between the two hosts. Drugs that were registered for sheep could automatically be prescribed to goats.

Watch COST's interview with 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics Prof Konstantin Novoselov!

In the latest years graphene research has witnessed a tremendous explosion. This two-dimensional dream material has come into the main spotlight of fundamental and applied research in diverse nano-science fields but, surprisingly rapidly, it has also attracted the interest of major stakeholders in the private sector, such as the ICT industry.

Maintaining road pavements to improve Europe's road safety

Road pavement

The UN Road Safety Collaboration has developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which is officially launched on 11 May 2011. COST Action 354, ‘Performance Indicators for Road Pavements’, has been working towards a common set of indicators and a tool to manage these, boosting both the potential safety and management of the European road network across Europe.

A Billion Acts of Green

Foresight Forestry

22 April was Earth Day 2011 and for 41 years Earth Day has inspired and mobilised individuals and organisations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.

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