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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International Women’s Day - Celebrating science for women and women in science

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Celebrations of International Women's Day started in the early 1900's and in 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Since gender-balanced equal access to COST instruments is part of our strategic priorities...

The gift of a language, or many of them!

On 21 February 2011, International Mother Language Day, COST Action IS0804 helps to explore language impairment afflicting children growing up in an increasingly multilingual society.

Do you know who has your personal information and what they do with it?

On 28 January 2011, EU Privacy and Data Protection Day, COST Action IS0807 explained why we are 'Living in Surveillance Societies'.

Personalised healthcare: a gateway to truly individualised medical treatments

Medical treatments are already personalised, in that patients are assessed before a suitable treatment is selected for them. But did you know that a large portion of treatments are ineffective being applied to the wrong community of patients? Or that conventional drug therapies currently in use do not take into account individual genetic variations and differences in response to drugs?

How Genomics Can Help Farmers

COST scientists turn to genomics – digging for solutions to beat plant parasites, helping farmers protect their valuable crops.

What’s in a Word? Today’s Meaning of Innovation


Innovation is fundamental to improving our economies. Supporting innovation is a top priority for COST, building science networks across borders to boost Europe's research potential.

Experts Forecast 2030 in the Wake of the Digital Revolution

Workshop at Foresight

In early April, COST gathered ICT specialists from top Universities, scientific institutions and leading industries. This was the first of a series of workshops looking at the effects of technology on our lives in 20 years time.

COST Training Day in Bulgaria

COST recently organised a training day in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on 3 and 4 February 2009. Some 150 participants picked up valuable information, ready for the March and September 2009 Open Call collection dates.

Short-Term Missions, Long-Lasting Results

COST strives to support European scientists in their networking activities. Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) allow scientists to learn from an institution or laboratory in another COST country - a concept of particular interest to young scientists.

COST Showcases its Support for Technology at ICT 2008

New Robot Dog

A robot dog that analyses human behaviour and a user-friendly system for classifying digital media drew crowds to the COST stand at ICT 2008. This year's edition took place in the French city of Lyon from 25 to 27 November 2008.

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