To mark the international women’s day, COST Action “Femicide across Europe” stresses the importance of continuous efforts to counter the phenomenon killing thousands of women every year, worldwide. Network members are now looking for partners and stakeholders to set up a European observatory, and plan to discuss the next steps at the network’s final conference in Malta.
Together with researchers in COST Action New Frontiers of Peer Review - PEERE, Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley have agreed on a protocol that enables peer review data sharing in a journal sample. This collaboration is meant to improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of scholarly peer review.
Part of the Portuguese research community participating in COST networks met the EU Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, Mr Carlos Moedas, in Lisbon on Monday, 20 February. The lunch event stressed the added value that COST networks bring to the European R&D landscape.
Participants will be able to submit their COST Action proposals as of Monday, 16 January, 17:00 CET.
Encouraged by the success of COST in providing a career springboard for researchers from less research-intensive countries, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) has launched a series of new measures to benefit Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC).
Malta is hosting the 199th COST Committee of Senior Officials meeting at the new interactive Science Centre (Esplora) between 30 November and 1 December 2016.
The 8th European innovation summit ‘Future now!’ was marked by an unprecedented sense of urgency requiring new innovation approaches that provide short-term, demonstrable impact and tangible benefits for EU citizens. All participants agreed on the need to improve communication between citizens and science, in order to better connect the two.
The network will bring European research, science and business together to further our understanding of the early universe and its consituents.
Approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 24 October 2016, the new Actions were selected out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier in April.
Prof Bernard L. Feringa, participant in the COST network Emergence and Evolution in Complex Chemical Systems, has received together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart the Nobel Prize for developing the world’s smallest machines.
The COST-funded policy network genderSTE has been developing case studies that connect policy and practice and show the importance of gender balance in fields like science, transport and environment, all linked to the United Nations sustainable urban development goals.
High-level representatives of the COST Member States and Cooperating State, as well as from the European Commission reconfirmed their commitment to the programme at the COST Ministerial Conference in Bratislava on 22 September. The conference was held under the auspices of the Slovak EU Presidency.
Physician and New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink will be presenting her views on the ethical dilemmas that disasters raise at the final conference of Disaster Bioethics Action at Dublin City University on 3-4 October.
COST Action TINNET is competing for the Frontiers Spotlight Conference award for outstanding research collaboration with its research on tinnitus.
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.
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.
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.
Gases once thought of only as environmental pollutants are now known to be produced by the body. A European research network has identified direct links between these gases and heart failure and cancer, and is now focusing on new drugs to treat such diseases.
A network of over 200 scientists, clinicians and industry partners developed a cost-effective diagnostic tool for measuring the tell-tale signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
COST is proud of its continuing partnership with the EuroScience Open Forum. This year, we have invited researchers from some of our best science and technology networks to share with you their experience leading and participating in COST Actions.
Statement of the President of the COST Association, Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña
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Researchers involved in COST-funded Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) network have helped develop a course meant to equip university students, SMEs, public authorities and NGOs with the right know-how to build on business opportunities and tap into the economic potential of agriculture innovation in urban areas.
The COST Association will welcome its new Director, Dr Ronald de Bruin on 1 June 2016. He will succeed Dr Monica Dietl, Director since April 2011.
On 13-14 April 2016, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) gathered in Bečići, Montenegro, for its 196th meeting. Opened by the Minister of Science, Prof. Sanja Vlahović, it was the first CSO meeting hosted in Montenegro.
The 2012 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Professor Brian Kobilka, gave a special opening lecture at the GLISTEN 2016 Spring Meeting in Erlangen, Germany.
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The Committee of Senior officials approved 26 new Actions in February 2016. They were selected out of 240 eligible proposals gathered on the second 2015 collection date.
This month, we hear from the COST Association’s new Head of Science Operations, Dr Primož Pristovšek, as he shares his view on the future of COST and how it can shape the next generation of researchers.
Climate change is the "defining challenge of our age", according to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. It threatens people’s lives and drives them away from their homes in search of a better and safer life elsewhere. An innovative COST Action took up the challenge and decided to tackle the emerging phenomenon of ‘climate migration’. Key findings of a fruitful four-year international collaboration will be presented this week at the 2015 UNFCCC COP21, in Paris.
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An event for policy makers and young COST Action researchers alike, this year’s COST Get Together portraits theme depicted the people involved in European research. The evening featured various interviews introducing researchers’ work as well as policy makers’ views on the role networking played in coordinating research initiatives across Europe.
Femicide across Europe is the first pan-European research network investigating the causes and risk factors of a phenomenon killing thousands of women every year, worldwide.
The first 40 Actions funded under the COST Association show a highly interdisciplinary nature, with almost half of the Actions being related to two or three main OECD fields of Science and Technology.
The latest report focuses on storytelling by looking back on an exceptional and challenging year, providing a round-up of the essential steps taken by COST in developing a modern networking concept welcoming all innovative ideas across any S&T field.
13 November is the World Pancreatic Cancer Day. EUPancreas is one of the COST Actions helping the fight against the disease.
The Scientific Committee held its third meeting on 12-14 October to make the final selection of COST Action proposals which will be submitted to the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) for final approval by the end of the month.
COST Action EP4Bio2Med is organising the first worldwide electroporation congress.
Magnetic high-speed trains, inexhaustible fusion energy, nuclear magnetic resonance and imaging, supercomputers, marine motors and planes. Superconductivity can do all this and more. As the need for energy efficiency solutions is ever more pressing, we turn to superconductivity and its clear potential to transform the world we live in.
In context of the Avignon international theatre festival, the French Research Agency (ANR) organised this year for the second time a conference “Recontres, recherche et creation” dedicated to the study and analysis of creative, communication and perception processes in real and fictional settings.
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The 2015 Week of Innovative Regions in Europe was the ideal setting for COST, as President Dr Rodríguez-Peña presented the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness policy contributing to spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Horizon 2020.
The Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) hosted a series of presentations on how to submit successful COST Action proposals, join running Actions or participate in COST Action activities.
Five of our COST Actions on new materials and nanotechnologies presented their work at a workshop on funding instruments.
How does COST help grow ideas through networks? Why should researchers, engineers and scholars start their own innovative S&T network? COST has been going local to encourage scientists, engineers and scholars to set up COST Actions and take part in running ones.
To ensure your proposal complies with the anonymity criterion featured in the Open Call selection procedure (link to SESA), we have prepared a short overview and matching examples in order to support you when writing your proposal.
Appointed by the CSO in May this year, members of the newly founded COST Scientific Committee held their kick-off meeting in Brussels today.
COST is relieved that the provisional agreement reached on the European Fund for Strategic Investments will safeguard the “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” budget line. However, further effort is needed.
The Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the COST Association has expressed a strong concern about potential future budget cuts in context of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
Today the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the COST Association admitted Montenegro as the 36th Member of the COST Association.
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A research consortium spanning 20 European countries is giving a boost to fusion research in Europe. Learn more about the work of COST Action MP1208 towards unlimited, clean and affordable energy.
COST has established a Scientific Committee at the heart of its new scientific organisation and evaluation and selection procedure. It is composed of independent, high-level experts proposed by the COST Member Countries and Cooperating State and appointed by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). The Scientific Committee held its first meeting on 14 April 2015 at the COST Association premises in Brussels.
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On 9 February 2015, the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices in Brussels (IGLO) organised a special session dedicated to the new COST Open Call.
In November 2014, COST participated in a workshop initiated by the Southeastern European Network for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (SEENET-MTP Network) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
A Memorandum of Understanding marks a joint commitment by the COST Association and the Joint Research Centre to work more closely together in order to coordinate Science and Technology networking activities in fields of common interest.
You will be able to submit your COST Action proposal as of February 2015. The next Collection Date is 24 March 2015.
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Mr Todor Tanev hosted a press conference highlighting the mission of COST, alongside the President of the COST Association, Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña and Vice-President Dr Primož Pristovšek, on 12 November 2014.
Approved during the November CSO meeting, the Actions were among the proposals submitted for the March 2014 Collection Date.
The sixth consecutive Summit edition underlines the importance of a "mandate for innovation in Europe", looking at the new institutional cycle of the European Union. COST will once again take the opportunity and address key issues during the event.
Following its statutes, the general assembly of the COST Association, the Committee of Senior Officials, must appoint an external auditor to ensure an independent audit of its annual statements. This decision shall be taken at its 192nd meeting on 12-13 November in Sofia.
The COST Association and the European Science Foundation signed on September 30th 2014 a Contribution Agreement stipulating the official transfer of the COST activities, assets and personnel to the COST Association.
The COST Association and the European Commission signed today a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) for a new period of seven years for the COST intergovernmental framework operation during the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
COST commissioned an Impact Analysis Study and Customer Satisfaction Survey at the end of 2013, illustrating the position and added value of COST within the European Research Area, while evaluating users’ satisfaction with COST activities.
COST will be attending the 2014 edition of the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen, from 21 to 26 June.
04 April 2014 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD, President
April 2014 Newsletter now online
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COST is at a turning point. The COST Association represents a significant step in the transition COST is witnessing towards the new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. This implies a whole new set of arrangements for COST, with the ambition to best serve the European research communities and respect the bottom-up approach. These new arrangements will also impact the future Open Call organisation.
The 189th meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) was held in Brussels on 19-20 February 2014. The meeting was chaired by Dr Angeles Rodríguez-Peña, President of the CSO. The Committee focused its work on further advancing the measures needed to facilitate the smooth transition from FP7 to Horizon 2020.
2014 marks a turning point for COST, with the establishment of a new implementing structure, the COST Association, and the transition from FP7 to Horizon 2020. In order to prepare for this transition, the COST Office and the current implementing agent for COST, ESF, are collaborating to finalise FP7 activities.
06 February 2014 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
February 2014 Newsletter now online
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Dr Monica Dietl, COST Office Director, on the challenges 2014 has in store COST
Fostering excellence in research resulting in positive scientific, technological and societal impact is central to COST activities. To ensure it applies state-of–the-art criteria in its impact assessment activities, COST recently appointed a panel of high-level, independent experts on impact assessment of research and innovation policies and programmes, tasked with providing the COST Office with specialist advice.
18 December 2013 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST News - December issue now online
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Over recent decades, advances in information technology have revolutionised the way that information is generated, stored and, largely due to the evolution of the Internet, disseminated. For researchers and scholars in all disciplines these changes present new opportunities and challenges for how their work is published, and the concept of open access is now becoming well established.
28 November 2013 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST News - November issue now online
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The 188th meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) was held in Copenhagen on 13-14 November 2013. The meeting was chaired by Dr Angeles Rodríguez-Peña (ES), President of the CSO. The Committee focused its work in particular on arrangements designed to allow continuity in the implementation of COST during its expected transition from Framework Programme 7 to Horizon 2020.
COST’s latest Open Call, closed in September 2013, was the most successful to date, receiving a record 863 eligible pre-proposals – 79 more than the previous Open Call, closed in March 2013.
At the 187th meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), held in Brussels on 15-16 May 2013, the election for the President of the CSO took place.
International Transport Forum Summit 2013 “Funding Infrastructure”
Side Event: Value Creation & Value Capture: The Next Generation of PPPs
On 10 to 13 June COST will organise a trans-disciplinary workshop in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss challenges, perception and applications of Social Robotics, as well as its role in current and future society. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the latest updates and network with the field’s top experts and… meet the robots themselves!
The COST FPS Domain has teamed up with the Forest-based Technology Platform and organised a conference to facilitate networking between young researchers and the forest-based industry.
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Our eye cannot capture the wide range of colours and lighting intensities in the real world. COST Action IC1005 shows you how HDR images can enhance our viewing
This is a key question in order to identify the best balance between commercial development of these high value materials on the one hand, and protection of workers, the public, and the environment from adverse effects on the other…
Find out more in the COST overview of gender-related issues through science and technology networking in the EU.
SMEs, as well as other industry players, provide invaluable partnership and knowledge in COST Actions. Several European SMEs currently participate in COST Actions in a wide range of scientific Domains, and in highly multidisciplinary networks.
In 2009, the COST Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) and the ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) proceeded to investigate, through a series of research workshops, four vital areas for literary research: Cultural Memory; Migration and Translation; Electronic Textuality and Biopolitics, Biosociality and the Body. This science policy briefing summarises recommendations for a new European policy in literary and cultural studies research.
COST’s Young Researchers' Forum – organised in conjunction with the 8th Forest-based sector Technology Platform (FTP) Conference 'Inspiring Horizons – A new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Forest-based Sector' – kicked off today in Barcelona, Spain.
On 8 March, women are celebrated around the world for the contribution they make to society. COST firmly supports women's invaluable role in science and technology, for true gender equality in the research environments. Follow the latest developments of genderSTE, COST's targeted network on gender, science, technology and environment; and gain an insight of COST's involvement in last November's European Gender Summit through our videos.
Universities, research institutes and organisations all over the world have come together to celebrate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE). On 5 March 2013 UNESCO will hold an MPE Day in Paris to raise awareness of what Mathematics can do for the Planet.
COST Action IS0702, a COST-funded research network on 'The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform', carried out joint research activities on the achievements, gaps and weaknesses of the UN human rights protection mechanisms as well as the contribution of the EU and its Member States in strengthening these mechanisms. On 28 January 2013 the COST Action presented its results and recommendations to EU policy-makers.
13 February has been officially recognised by UNESCO as World Radio Day. Join COST in celebrating the science behind, and connected to, the 'Radio'.
05 February 2013 | General, ISCH, ICT
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2013 takes places on Tuesday 5 February. The theme for the day is 'Online rights and responsibilities', encouraging users to 'Connect with respect'. COST contributes through supporting research networks on Privacy Protection in Multimedia Content, Cyberbullying and Hardware Security.
This is the question that COST, in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation, sought to answer during a successful debate in the European Parliament on 29 January 2012.
The European Commission has launched an action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe. COST supports SME involvement in European programmes and will open a dialogue on this topic during a dinner debate in the European Parliament on 29 January.
The COST targeted network ‘genderSTE’ led a topical debate on gender equality in science and technology at the latest European Gender Summit. The summit’s report, recommendations and photo gallery are now available...
Did you miss the COST Science Night, or were you there and would like to see more of it? The video highlights and photo gallery are now online...
Delegates at the EuroMed2012 conference pleaded that cultural heritage research and innovation in all its aspects should be explicitly included in Horizon 2020.
The COST Domain 'Forests, their Products and Services' invites Young Researchers to present their research at the upcoming 8th Forest-based Technology Platform (FTP) conference.
COST is delighted to announce the launch of genderSTE, an initiative targeting better integration of gender dimensions in science and technology.
COST Action IC1003 has published a newsletter unveiling research on the notion of quality of experience in multimedia systems and services.
COST announces the Science Café it will hold during the European Gender Summit, 'Networking the way to gender equality in science and technology'. Moreover, COST offers you the opportunity to register at a 20% discount.
COST was a partner of the fourth European Innovation Summit held at the European Parliament in Brussels under the motto 'Building bridges – Creating Synergies'.
03 October 2012 | General, FPS
Me and My Tree
Soon you will be able to compensate for your carbon footprint by planting a tree. For free, thanks to companies’ corporate social responsibility. And also, thanks to the COST Green Engineering Camp…
03 October 2012 | General, MPNS
Leave it behind
Kevin Sheridan, Graduate Student (Molecular Physics Laboratory, University of Sussex) and member of COST Action MP1001 on 'Ion Traps for Tomorrow's Applications', explains the European Physical Society how Physics made him a world traveller...
Earlier this week the European Commission has announced a strategy to further focus cooperation on EU strategic priorities, while maintaining the tradition of openness to third country participation in EU research. COST is working in this direction, and opens pan-European cooperation worldwide.
COST Action 'Detailed Chemical Kinetic Models for Cleaner Combustion' looking into collaboration with the gas and fuel industry to develop cleaner and more efficient combustion processes.
The COST CSO has agreed to prepare an action plan to support young promising teams in the field of research and innovation and contribute to widening pan-European participation.
Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world. World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19 August 2012 – it is a global celebration of the spirit of people helping people. Two COST Actions in the COST Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) are of great significance to humanitarian issues.
12th July 2012 – Genetically Modified Trees (GMTs)plantations could play an important role in mitigating climate change and environmental pollution, but public concerns about the need and safety of genetically modified organisms requires the development of a unified approach in terms of policy and regulation for the environmental impact assessment and the safe development and practical use of GMTs according to speakers at a session organised by COST Action FP0905 ‘Biosafety of forest transgenic trees’ which took place today at the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin.
Every four years, summer brings us the Olympic Games where athletes attempt to follow the Olympic motto ‘higher, farther and faster’. Watching the spectacle, one cannot help but wonder how they keep a healthy mind in a healthy body. One COST Action may have the answer…
COST Action CM1105 ‘Functional metal complexes that bind to biomolecules’ partners with a symposium on platinum coordination compounds and invites representatives from other COST Actions to submit an abstract for the conference.
TS-EUROTRAIN will be structuring European Training capacities for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Are you interested in Personalised Medicine but were not able to attend this high level conference? Or maybe you attended and are curious to see how the camera captured the spirit of the event? Go through the event's highlights and catch a glimpse of the topics discussed and sessions organised!
From 2 to 6 July, Plitvice National park in Croatia will be the scenic backdrop for a collection of innovative, bottom-up ideas using Green ICT in real life applications, especially related to current and future challenges in the European forest sector.
Europe’s largest interdisciplinary, pan-European general science meeting takes place in Dublin, Ireland, from 11 to 15 July 2012. COST joins this global gathering of Nobel laureates, leading researchers, policy makers, business leaders and international media.
The third edition of IMAMPC promotes high-quality research by young scientists from a wide range of disciplines in Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry. A call for abstracts is open until 30 June 2012.
COST Action TU0601 provides a philosophical framework for structural robustness.
Every year hundreds of organisations and individuals in over 30 countries support this week to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Find out more about COST Actions on sustainable energy.
8 June is World Oceans Day. COST would like to celebrate by highlighting the scientific research carried out by many COST Actions that help discover how the ocean will change, monitor its salinity, unravel what the ocean hides, understand the role of trace metals in ocean processes, and improve the observation and management of marine ecosystems.
The term 'Caucasian' was first used by Johan Friedrich Blumenbach, a German naturalist, at the end of the 18th century to describe all populations from Europe and surrounding areas. However, today Europeans are characterised by an extremely wide diversity in appearances, such as hair and eye colour, body height and the use of almost 50 different languages.
World MS Day (WMSD) is the only global awareness raising campaign for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling disease which affects more than 2 000 000 people in the world. The networking efforts of COST Action BM0603 'Inflammation in Brain Disease (NEURINFNET)' contributed to the research on mechanisms underlying the pathology of this disease.
17 May is celebrated worldwide as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). Several COST Actions are making an invaluable contribution towards research in the field of ICT.
The International Day of Families aimed to confront family poverty and social exclusion is observed on 15 May each year. This year's theme 'Ensuring work-family balance' highlights the importance of family-focused policies and programmes promoting work-family balance.
9 May is 'Europe Day', celebrating the day that French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe in 1950.
COST Action IS0906 shares best practices to manage particularly wide networks.
07 May 2012 | General, ESSEM, FA
COST for Water
In answer to the pressing need to better manage the world’s water resources and improve their quality, COST reaffirms its commitment to research in water-related issues.
From 11 to 15 July 2012, Dublin will host the EuroScience Open Forum.
COST Action TU0603 promotes new bus services to compete with car use.
Or even, why does COST organise a conference on personalised medicine? One of the upcoming issues of the Croatian Medical Journal will be devoted to the outcome of the COST conference 'Personalised Medicine: Better Healthcare for the Future - A Rational Approach Focusing on Bioinformatics, Medicinal Chemistry and Medicine' and we give you a sneak preview of their editorial that provides you with an answer!
COST is present at the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference being held in London until Thursday 29 March - where it is helping making young researchers’ voices heard.
COST position paper approved by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)
‘Feed your knowledge - Healthy feed for healthy food’ to be organised by and focused on younger members of scientific community
Evaluating the evaluation procedures… time to assess, reflect and adapt where needed
Welcome to a brand new ‘COST News’, the COST newsletter. The previous model underwent a thorough make-over to adapt our communication tools to the latest, dynamic media trends and channels.
23 March each year is World Meteorological Day – a day to commemorate the entry into force, in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the World Meteorological Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations. The theme for 2012 is ‘Powering our future with weather, climate and water’. It highlights the critical roles, which weather, climate and water services have in powering a sustainable future.
22 March is celebrated as World Water Day focusing on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Water and Food Security’, highlighting the crucial link between global food consumption and its demands on our water supply. This international day of observation is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
COST and the European Science Foundation (ESF) have been informed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of their decision to allocate an additional EUR 10 million to COST.
EU-funded networks of scientists cast light on the role of early life environment for sustainable food production at a major research workshop in Brussels
In 2007, 20 February was proclaimed World Day of Social Justice by the United Nations General Assembly. This day was chosen as a date to remind and encourage all Member States to promote national activities and enhance social justice. Several COST Actions in the scientific domain of Individuals, Societies and Health (ISCH), as well as initiatives set out by COST, underpin social justice and cohesion across Europe.
A COST TUD Action on sound insulation has been quoted in the Spanish daily newspaper, thanks to its links to the University of Valladolid, Spain. Below is a translated summary of the article published on 6 February 2012.
02 February 2012 | General, BMBS, CMST, MPNS
World Cancer Day
Discover how COST Actions are contributing to the fight against cancer. 4 February is World Cancer Day. This year’s theme ‘Together it is possible’ reminds us that we all need to take responsibility for reducing the burden of this disease. Only together will we be able to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by 25 % by 2025. The global campaign is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO). Above all, this day aims to raise awareness about cancer prevention and control on a global scale.
A training school on ‘Intermetallic Compounds in Catalysis’ will take place in the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, from 22 to 27 April 2012. This Training School is a joint initiative by COST Action CM0904 ‘Network for intermetallic compounds as catalysts for steam reforming of methanol (IMC-SRM)’ and the European C-MAC Consortium.
The Council of Europe has chosen 28 January as European Privacy and Data Protection Day. This day celebrates privacy and the autonomy of the individual – and gives us the opportunity to engage as citizens in timely debates of today's societies and to reflect on the issue of data protection and privacy. The day is aimed at giving European citizens the chance to understand what their rights are in respect of the collection and processing of their personal data; and also to increase awareness of the risks associated with the illegal mishandling and unfair processing of their personal data.
COST is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Dr Gerard Butler on 19 January 2012.
COST Actions in the field of Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences collaborate to investigate bacterial adaptation and resistance.
21 November is World Fisheries Day. COST joins all fishing communities and those involved in the protection of our marine resources in celebrating the 2011 World Fisheries Day!
20 November is universal Children’s Day, an occasion to promote the welfare of children and an understanding between children all over the world. It also marks the 22nd anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
COST supports Actions in improving their communications output and impact
Leading scientists and young investigators open a debate on bioenergy drivers, options and impacts on future forest growing, management and production of traditional goods and services.
Did you miss the COST exhibition at the European Parliament from 18 to 20 October? Or maybe you attended and would enjoy going through the event's highlights?
14 October 2011 | General, FA
World Food Day
The aim of World Food Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that "food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity". The theme of the 2011 World Food Day is ‘Food Prices – from Crisis to Stability’.
The presentations from the COST Strategic Workshop on Smart Cities held on 26 and 27 September 2011 are now available and include project presentations on smart mobility, urban security and the future of the cities from a Smart Cities perspective.
22 September 2011 is World Carfree Day – a day where people all over the world decide to leave their cars at home and to go about their daily lives by bike, on foot or by public transport.
17 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has been a COST country since the very beginning, joining at the start in 1971. The national COST Office is hosted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
16 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Turkey
Turkey is also one of the original COST Countries, joining at the start in 1971. The national COST Office is hosted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
15 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Switzerland
Switzerland has been a COST country for forty years, joining at the start in 1971. The national COST Office is hosted by the State Secretariat for Education and Research.
14 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Sweden
Joining COST in 1971, Sweden has been a member of COST for its full forty year history.
13 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Spain
Spain became a COST county in 1971 and has been a member for its entire forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
12 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Slovenia
Slovenia has been an independent COST member since 1992 and was previously a member as part of then Yugoslavia since 1971. Both the Slovenian Research Agency (SRA) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia (MHEST) are involved in COST.
09 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Slovak Republic
The Slovak Republic has been an independent COST member since 1993 and was previously a member as part of then Czechoslovakia since 1991. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Education.
08 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Serbia
The former Yugoslavia was one of the founding members of COST in 1971 and in 2007, Serbia became an independent member. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development.
07 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Romania
Romania has been a member of COST since 1991. The national COST Office is hosted by the National Office for Scientific Research.
06 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Portugal
Joining COST in 1971, Portugal has been a member of COST for its full forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
05 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Poland
Poland has been a member of COST since 1991. The national COST Office in Poland is hosted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Over the past 20 years Poland has been involved in over 500 COST Actions and has been particularly active in the FA, MPNS and ICT Domains.
02 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Norway
Having joined COST in 1971, Norway has been a member of COST for its full forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Research Council of Norway.
01 September 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Netherlands
Joining COST in 1971, the Netherlands has been a member of COST for its full forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
31 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Malta
Malta has been a member of COST since 1997 and has been involved in 76 COST Actions to date.
30 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Luxembourg
Luxembourg has been a member of COST since 1971. The national COST Office in Luxembourg is hosted by the National Research Fund.
29 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Lithuania
After receiving observer status in 1998, Lithuania become a full member of COST in 1999. The national COST Office in Lithuania is hosted by the Research Council of Lithuania.
26 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Latvia
After receiving observer status in 1998, Latvia become a full member of COST in 1999. The national COST Office in Latvia is hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science.
25 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Italy
Joining COST in 1971, Italy has been a member of COST for its full forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Italian Ministry for University and Research.
24 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Israel
Israel has been a COST Cooperating State since 2000, which gives them non-voting membership in the COST Committee of Senior Officials and in the Domain Committees as well as full member rights on the Action level. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology
23 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Ireland
Ireland has been a member of COST since joining in 1971. The national COST Office is hosted by Enterprise Ireland.
22 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Iceland
Iceland has been a member of COST since 1991. The national COST Office is hosted by Rannís – The Icelandic Centre for Research.
18 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Hungary
Hungary has been a member of COST since 1991. The national COST Office is hosted by the National Office for Research and Technology (NKTH).
18 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Greece
Greece has been a member of COST since becoming a COST country in 1971. The National COST Office in Greece is hosted by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
17 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Germany
Germany became a member of COST in 1971. The National COST Office in Germany is hosted by the EUREKA/COST Bureau in Bonn.
COST Action IC0905 ‘TERRA’ works on the development of future regulatory framework for the Cognitive Radio (CR) technology – a new, more efficient way of providing wireless services by using smart (cognitive) analysis of the environment for dynamic allocation of available bandwidth. This science and technology network has turned to the possibilities of proof-of-concept testing.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been a member of COST since 2002.
15 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: France
France has been a member of COST since joining in 1971. The national COST Office is hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Paris.
12 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Finland
Finland has been a member of COST since it joined in 1971. The national COST Office in Finland is hosted by the Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation (Tekes).
11 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Estonia
Estonia has been a member of COST since joining in 1997. The national COST Office is hosted by the Research Cooperation Centre, which is a unit within the Archimedes Foundation based in Tartu.
10 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Denmark
Denmark has been a COST country since 1971 and the national COST Office for Denmark is hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
09 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has been an independent COST member since 1993 and was already a member of COST as a part of Czechoslovakia since 1991. The Czech Republic hosted the COST Ministerial Council in Prague in 1997.
08 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Cyprus
Having received observer status in 1998, Cyprus became a COST country in 1999. The National COST Office in Cyprus is hosted by the Research Promotion Foundation and is located in Lefkosia.
05 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Croatia
Croatia has been an independent COST member since 1992 and was previously a member as part of then Yugoslavia since 1971. It was the host of the COST Ministerial Council in 2003, which took place in Dubrovnik.
04 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Bulgaria
After receiving observer status in 1998, Bulgaria become a COST country in 1999. The national COST Office in Bulgaria is hosted by the National Science Foundation (Ministry of Education and Science) in Sofia.
03 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD, President
COST country focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia is the latest country to join COST, having been a member since May 2009. The first proposal received from Bosnia and Herzegovina was submitted for the Open Call in March 2010.
02 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Belgium
Joining COST in 1971, Belgium has been a member of COST for its full forty year history. The national COST Office is hosted by the Federal Science Policy Office in Brussels.
01 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: Austria
This summer, the COST website visits all the COST countries one by one to highlight their achievements and contributions to the COST Programme. Today, Austria is the first country we visit.
15 July 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST News No 20 - July 2011
The 20th issue of the COST e-newsletter is now available.
...also means being aware of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) rays which can cause sunburn and skin cancer. It has been reported that parts of the world is going to experience extra high levels of UV this year, due to record levels ozone loss above the Arctic last winter.
The COST Scientific Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) has held its annual progress conference in Brussels on 7 and 8 June 2011.
COST gives you the opportunity to learn more about the origins of life on Earth or other planets throughout the Universe while visiting ... dinosaurs!
Tobacco kills one person every six seconds. Out of 6 million deaths a year, 600 000 are non-smokers who died from exposure to tobacco smoke. 31 May 2011, the World Health Organization's No Tobacco Day, is an excellent opportunity for smokers to reduce their risk of becoming a sad statistic.
25 May 2011 | General, BMBS
World MS Day
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease. It is one of the most common disabling neurological conditions amongst young adults in the northern hemisphere. According to World MS Day, over 2 000 000 people in the world have MS. COST Action BM0603 Inflammation in Brain Disease (NEURINFNET) contributes.
24 May 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD, President
31 new COST Actions approved!
Whether it was the nice meeting location or the coincidence that the CSO was convened just days after the announcement that the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation would make additional funding available for COST in FP7, fact remains that last week’s CSO meeting had numerous positive outcomes.
The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) of the European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate-General has published an opinion on cognitive technologies, recognising COST-TERRA as a platform to coordinate research activities.
22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), which is intended to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year, the theme of IDB is Forest Biodiversity, and it will make up part of the International Year of Forests. COST has a designated Domain dealing with forestry which has facilitated, and continues to facilitate, many networks dealing with the issue of biodiversity.
Boom...stroke...aaaaeeeehhhh...swing...crash...beeep! We struggle to put sonic interactions into words - and that is why an exhibition with real examples is the best way to experience this new field of research.
Every year on 20 May, European Maritime Day is celebrated across the European Union to showcase the importance of the sea and oceans for our everyday life. European Maritime Day celebrates European maritime identity and sea-related activities.
The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on 17 May 2011 is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
The International Day of Families aimed to confront family poverty and social exclusion is observed on 12 May 2011.
COST and the ESF have been informed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of their decision to allocate an additional 30 million euro to COST. The additional funding raises the total budget for COST to 240 million euro for FP7.
02 May 2011 | General, CMST, ESSEM
World Asthma Day
3 May 2011 is World Asthma Day, an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
On 29 April 2011, an important milestone towards the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations will take place in the form of a high level conference in Brussels. It is intended to mobilise stakeholders at every level and encouraging commitment on specific objectives and activities in 2012.
The COST Exploratory Workshop on Quantitative Nanostructure Toxicity Relationships (QNTR) was held on 3 - 6 April 2011 near Maastricht in The Netherlands in order to explore the potential for computational modelling techniques to predict the biological effects of nanomaterials from their physical and chemical properties.
Prehistoric archaeological materials have been found off the coasts of almost every European country. Submerged prehistoric landscapes contain unparalleled information on early human populations and environmental change which have now found an integrated investigation approach – between research and management – in truly international cooperation.
Almost 80 million EU citizens experience difficulties in using public buildings, facilities and services such as shops, transport and websites because they have some kind of disability. To address this situation, the European Commission launched a 10-year strategy at the end of 2010 to improve accessibility and promote equality. As part of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a high level conference on new challenges in the European Disability Strategy has been arranged and will take place on 19 and 20 April 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
50 years ago today, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Since COST has Actions on the topic of space weather, we cannot help but wonder if the weather was on his mind at the time.
The 19th issue of COST News is available. This issue is accompanied by a supplement focusing on the activities of the MPNS Domain.
Action ES0602 'Towards a European Network on Chemical Weather Forecasting and Information Systems' share their model calculations of a potential release of nuclear constituents
Curious about COST's concrete contribution to the Social Sciences and Humanities?
Some resources which may help include...
Spring is around the corner - what's happening to bees?
Learn more about global honeybee colony disorders and other threats to insect pollinators in the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Emerging Issues published on 10 March 2011. Scientists involved in COST Action FA0803 COLOSS' are among the science experts who contributed to this report!
The interdisciplinary, pan-European EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2012) has opened a call for session proposals. Proposals are welcome in a wide range of scientific fields.
On 31 January 2011, European Youth Day, COST would like to celebrate Europe’s young researchers
That is the title of a CORDIS news release on COST earlier today. "The EU will add EUR 40 million to its contribution to the international Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme", the news release continues.
Representatives from COST Member State governments and the European Commission gathered at the COST Ministerial Conference in Palma de Mallorca, on 15 June 2010, at the invitation of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), reported to the COST Ministerial Conference held on 15 June 2010 in Palma de Mallorca on progress made by COST since the COST Ministerial Conference held in Dubrovnik in 2003.
With the unanimous election of Dr Angeles Rodríguez Peña as President of the COST CSO on 26 May 2010 in Riga, COST elected its first female President.
Dr Martin Grabert, Director of the COST Office, presented COST as a networking tool towards gender equality at the first GENDERA roundtable meeting held in Bratislava on 18 May 2010. COST - which is already a frontrunner in the ERA with 35% female participation in COST Actions - encourages further concrete steps to improve gender balance in the near future.
In the latest YouTube video of COST Action CM0903, Professor Martyn Poliakoff explains the scientific challenges the Action addresses.
Australia currently conducts leading research on the topic of cyberbullying. A training school on this topic was an outstanding success with the potential to lead to extra funding.
Last week, as most flights in Europe came to a halt due to the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, members of COST Action ES0802 realised that this seemingly impossible situation could actually be an opportunity in disguise.
The 16th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.
Following the debates held at COP15 in December 2009, COST science officers discuss the impacts of climate change and the path towards sustainable development on the world’s first Internet broadcaster dedicated entirely to climate change issues.
19 March 2010 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, President
COST switches to .eu!
COST is delighted to announce its new website address: www.cost.eu
COST has opted to set up a customised and easy-to-remember Internet address, reflecting its dynamic and pan-European identity.
Every year 3.2 million Europeans are diagnosed with cancer, a figure that is expected to rise due to the aging European population. The good news is that approximately 40% of cancers are potentially preventable.
COST Action Chairs and Vice Chairs who could not attend the science communication training course at Technopolis now have the chance to take part in a second edition at the Arctic Centre in Finland.
The 15th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.
The second Customer Satisfaction Survey emphasises COST’s important role within the European science community and its support for young researchers.
COST scientists from the University of Nottingham have developed a periodic table of videos depicting each chemical element in a fun and interactive way.
An exciting line-up of activities involving COST is set to take place at the COP15 Conference.
A recent decision from the CSO focuses on early stage researchers and their families.
The COST December seminar focuses on higher education and the European Research Area, with a guest speaker from the European University Association - Research and Innovation
Watch a short film on air quality and climate change produced by participants in COST Action C23 Strategies for a Low Carbon Built Environment.
COST is excited to participate in this year's Paper Week. An exploratory workshop of the future needs of the paper industry is taking place on 17 November 2009. If you can't make it, you can follow discussions straight from your desktop.
The significance and impact of COST was the theme of the Swiss COST Day 2009 that took place at the College of Engineering and Architecture, Fribourg, Switzerland on 21 October 2009.
In its support for gender equality in research, COST hosted a training session on increasing women’s participation in science and promoting the gender dimension into research proposals.
The 14th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.
After months of anticipation, COST Action Chairs joined science communication experts at Technopolis in Mechelen. They picked up the latest tricks to give their research results the attention they deserve.
The COST Training School video report focusing on Early-Stage Researchers is now available on Athenaweb, the European web and workstation for science professionals.
COST announces a good response to the latest Open Call for Proposals.
The 2008 Annual Report is now available.
Acronyms will no longer be wrapped in mystery for COST website visitors as the meaning now pops up upon request – without having to consult the page of definitions.
On 2 September 2009, COST and the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development jointly organised the regional COST information day in Belgrade which featured 12 speakers from COST, Serbia, as well as the national COST coordinators from the Balkan region.
The COST team is heading to the African continent to officially launch the reciprocal agreement which it recently signed with South Africa. Researchers from both countries can now collaborate on common research projects.
31 July 2009 | General
A video on COST’s exciting training opportunities for Early Stage Researchers has just been released.
South Africa is the latest country to have signed a reciprocal agreement with the COST Office to increase international cooperation between scientists.
An important event on the Food and Agriculture Domain calendar, the APC showcases results of the latest Actions.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the launch conference of the German EUREKA Presidency “World-Class Innovation through International Cooperation” held in Dresden, Germany, on 6 and 7 July 2009.
The 13th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the Serbian Info Day in Belgrade on 29 June 2009. It was organised by the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development and by the European Commission.
COST Vision 2020 is framed by the Strategic 2020 Vision for the European Research Area (ERA). There are several modes of cooperation and instruments to fulfil the mission of ERA. One of them is COST - "European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research" - with long and unique experience in the coordination of nationally-funded research activities.
Dr Di McCarthy, CEO of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Dr Martin Grabert, COST Office Director, signed a new reciprocal agreement on 5 June 2009 in Brussels. This means COST Actions involving partner institutions from New Zealand can continue to apply for special funding to collaborate in common fields of research.
A COST Short-Term Scientific Mission means hope for the research community of L'Aquila in Italy.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), recently welcomed the admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the 36th COST Country.
Communicating research is often as important as carrying it out. Policy makers, captains of industry, journalists, and current and future researchers are eager to find out about the latest discoveries.
Thanks to the attention the March Open Call has generated, the number of submissions for COST Actions has increased.
Watch the first series of Foresight 2030 testimonial videos on the new COST YouTube page. Experts describe their hopes and the potential impacts of ICT on their field of research.
As of today, you will no longer need to regularly browse these pages to get the latest news. Subscribe to COST news alerts.
The 12th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited by the Czech Presidency to present on 30 March the state of the art of COST to the Research Working Party (RWP) of the Council of the European Union in Brussels.
The 11th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available
Professsor Franceso Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, represented COST on two prestigious occasions.
The 10th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.
Humanities scholars from across Europe will come together at the 4th HERA Conference “European diversities – European identities” in Strasbourg, on 8 and 9 October 2008. They will showcase some of the best collaborative work dealing with identity from different national, ethnic, religious or linguistic angles.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), participated in the Euro Science Open Forum (ESOF) held in Barcelona from 18 to 22 July 2008. He was accompanied by Professor John Bartzis, Vice President of the COST CSO, by Dr Martin Grabert, Director of the COST Office, and by Ms Inge De Prins, COST PR and Communications Manager. The COST Science Officers took care of the interactive COST Exhibition stand, located next to EUREKA and the European Science Foundation, and gave an overview of COST activities to the numerous visitors.
The 9th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.
“COST does indeed contribute to increasing cooperation in research on a world basis” commented Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, noting the ever-growing requests received by institutions from non-COST countries to take part in COST Actions.
The COST Office participated to the GRAD skills "Research Futures 2008" Conference which took place 30 May 2008 at St. Andrews University, Scotland.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, participated in the intense week of the COST DAYS in Israel organised from 19 to 23 May 2008 by Dr Husam Massalha, COST National Coordinator for Israel, and by Ms Ilana Lowi, Director, Division for International Relations, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport of Israel. The COST Days were held at the Tel-Aviv University, at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, at the Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Following Albania’s association to the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development, the European Commission, COST and the Albanian Ministry for Science and Education organised a Research Information Event in Tirana on 6 May 2008.
Download the eighth edition of the COST Office e-newsletter and find out about the latest COST news and stories.
The results of the public consultation on the European Commission’s Green Paper on the European Research Area (ERA) “The ERA: New Perspectives”, to which COST contributed, are now available on the European Commission’s website.
The Call for Candidates, launched on 14 March 2008 and published on TED (Tenders Electronic Daily - Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union), concerns the provision for:
- an Information System Integration Infrastructure, and
- a Human Resources Management System, both including software licenses and all associated services.
“I am particularly proud” said Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) “that - at its latest 170th meeting - the COST CSO approved the latest revision of the COST Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination of Results of COST Actions.
Do you work in a research area which is interdisciplinary, yet does not find an outlet for development? Is your research agenda constrained by grant and funding opportunities that are too narrowly defined for your scientific networking purposes? Is an international network a potential solution? Thanks to a recent decision by the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), your research may find a home in one of our Trans-Domain Proposals (TDPs). TDPs offer scientists fertile ground for future networks across many scientific disciplines, by allowing unusually broad, interdisciplinary proposals to strike across the nine scientific domains currently offered.
“I am extremely glad to be in Skopje again where, in March 2004, I was unanimously elected President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials for the first time” said Professor Francesco Fedi in his address to the large audience convened on 05 March 2008 in the Oval Conference Hall, Rectorate Building of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje for the Macedonian COST Day.
On 31 January 2008, Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) met with Professor Marja Makarow, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg.
10 January 2008 | General, President
COST and INDIA
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), took part in the series of meetings in India organised in December 2007 and January 2008 by the Indian Embassy in Italy under the “Distinguished Visitors Programme” of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) which partially sponsored the visits.
01 December 2007 | General, President
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and attended the first Science Policy Conference organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg on 28 and 29 November 2007. The Science Policy Conference focused on the European Research Area and, in particular, on its global dimension with the title “Is the ERA a first step to GLOREA (Global Research Area)?”.
The European scientific community again confirmed that COST offers an excellent platform for nationally funded research projects to create networks, known as COST Actions. The 25 new networks approved by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) at its recent meeting in Vilnius on 15 and 16 November 2007 were the result of the 2nd collection date for which more than 400 Preliminary Proposals were received.
23 November 2007 | General, President
COST in Tunisia
At the invitation of Professor Lazhar Bououny, Minister of Research and Technology of the Republic of Tunisia, Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, participated in the “Assises Nationales de la Recherche” held in Tunis at El Kram International Fair on 19 and 20 November 2007.
This Statement was approved unanimously by the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) during its meeting on 15 and 16 November 2007. It refers to the Report “Final Review of COST in the Sixth Framework Programme” of the Panel set up by the European Commission for the final review of the contract between the European Commission (EC) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) for COST in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
During its 163rd meeting in November 2005, the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) decided that "considering the well functioning cooperation with the European Science Foundation (ESF) as the implementing agent for COST there was no urgent need to seek a legal personality for COST". On the basis of this decision COST designated the European Science Foundation in October 2006 as its implementing agent for the Seventh Framework Programme.
“It is another milestone in the history of COST” said Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), commenting the latest decision of the Committee regarding the procedures for the approval of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) of COST Actions.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the Australian-European ICT Days organized in Turin from 29 to 31 October 2007 by the Polytechnic of Turin, the Piemonte Region, the Italian Embassy in Canberra and the Torino Wireless Foundation.
A COST National Conference was held in Bansko City (Bulgaria) on 23-25 October 2007 organised by Mrs Albena Vutsova, Bulgarian COST National Coordinator and Director of the Scientific Research Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and attended the Conference on “Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism: the possible Dialogue in Europe” held on 19-20 October 2007 at the Link Campus University of Malta in Rome.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the Conference "The Future of Science and Technology in Europe" held from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 October 2007 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
“The almost 500 preliminary proposals submitted for the third collection date 30 September 2007 of the COST Open Call, from which some 25 new COST Actions will be selected, is a new overwhelming response of the European scientific community” said Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). “Even if it was the first form of cooperation in Science and Technology launched in Europe some 40 years ago, COST demonstrates all its vitality. This result clearly shows that the European scientific community continues to look at COST as a flexible, fast, effective and efficient tool to network and coordinate nationally funded research activities at project level, bringing good scientists together under light strategic guidance and letting them work out their ideas, thus contributing to reduce fragmentation in research investments in Europe and to open the European Research Area to the cooperation on a world basis.”
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited to and attended the meeting of the Governing Council of the European Science Foundation (ESF) held in Helsinki on 28 September 2007.
The study conducted by Ipsos Belgium has achieved response rates ranging from 28% to 47% which can be considered as very high for the kind of customers targeted. Such a response, combined with an overall high satisfaction with the role played by COST confirms the high level of ownership by customers.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Official, was invited and participated in the Workshop on "Strengthening the coordination of Community and Member States policies and programmes for international S&T cooperation: impediments and opportunities" organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 19 and 20 September 2007. In his presentation Professor Fedi stressed the contribution of COST both to reduce the fragmentation of national research efforts in the ERA and to increase the cooperation of Europe on a world basis.
“Establishing a European Phenological Data Platform for Climatological Applications” is the title of COST Action 725 which runs from 2004 to 2009 with 27 participating countries. The Action deals with “Phenology” i.e. the study of the timing of recurring biological events in the animal and plant world and the causes of their timing with regard to biotic and abiotic forces. The main objective of the Action is the establishment of a comprehensive European reference data set of phenological observations that could be used for climatological purposes, particularly climate monitoring and the detection of changes.
COST and ESF (European Science Foundation) sponsor the Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2007). The annual event is organised in Europe every three years and this year’s edition – organised in Brussels from 5 to 8 September 2007 – focuses on computational developments in physics ranging from electronic structure computations to simulations in astrophysics.
Green chemistry – the creation of sustainable processes to prevent the creation of hazardous waste – is one of the answers to the worldwide demand for environmentally friendly chemical processes and cost-effective approaches to pollution prevention. This new and important scientific frontier is addressed by a number of COST Actions.
03 August 2007 | General, President
COST meets EANM
On 2 August 2007 in Naples Professor Francesco Fedi, President of COST CSO (Committee of Senior Officials) met Professor A. Cuocolo, Professor W. Knapp and Ms. A. Bauer, respectively President, President Elect and Executive Director of EANM (European Association of Nuclear Medicine).
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), and Dr. John Marks, Chief Executive Officer of the European Science Foundation (ESF), released the following joint preliminary Statement.
The COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO at its meeting at the end of June 2007 approved the Contribution of COST to the consultation on the Commission Green Paper on "The ERA: New Perspectives", entitled "The role of COST in the European Research Area" .
New pilot scheme between COST and New Zealand boosts scientific exchange.
New pilot scheme between COST and Australia announced
The results of COST Action 532 were reported on at the International Tribology Conference ECOTRIEB 2007 held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 12 to 15 June 2007. The COST Action contributed jointly with the EUREKA ENIWEP (European Network for Industrial Wear Prevention) Umbrella also dealing with friction control and industrial wear prevention.
16 June 2007 | General, President
COST in Italy
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, was invited to open the Workshop on Nanotechnologies held on the 6th of June 2007 at the University of L’Aquila. Sponsored by internal funds of the University, the Workshops was a unique opportunity for scholars from a variety of disciplines and professional experiences to discuss work in progress in the various fields of Nanotechnologies.
For the second time, the COST Open Call was successful in attracting a large response from a wide spectrum of the European scientific community. There were 406 eligible (pre-) proposals. The number of non eligible proposals was very low (< 20) as in the on-line submission tool an interlock tool minimized potential error and /or omission.
04 June 2007 | General, President
COST in Croatia
28 May 2007 | General, President
COST in Russia
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the transdisciplinary Conference organised in Moscow on 23-25 May 2007 by COST Action 298 “The user and the future of information and communication technologies”.
A COST Information Day was organised in Yerevan on 8 May 2007 by the Armenian Ministry of Trade and Economic Development and it was attended by some 70 representatives of the Armenian scientific community. This COST Information Day was follow-up to the meeting between Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, and the Armenian Ambassador Dr. Viguen Tchitetchian in Brussels on 1 March 2007.
The COST Strategic Workshop on “Cancer treatment and hadrons: Powerful tools for an advanced, effective treatment on cancer” took place in Geneva on 3 and 4 May 2007 at the “Globe of Science and Innovation” of CERN (Coopération Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire- European Cooperation for Nuclear Research).
After the serious difficulties encountered in 2002 and 2003, COST experienced a period of “renaissance” in the subsequent three years. Now, there is renewed confidence and enthusiasm in the COST research community, further strengthened by the secured support from the EU RTD Framework Programme.
On 21 March 2007 the representatives of the 35 COST countries, during the meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officiala (CSO) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, re-elected Professor Francesco Fedi as President of COST for the next trennium. The Italian Ministry of Universities and Research was encouraged to present the candidature of Professor Fedi by the many delegations of the COST CSO who had expressed the view that a continuity in the COST CSO Presidency was indeed necessary in this delicate moment for COST, had stated an open appreciation for the outstanding results obtained by Professor Fedi during his Presidency and for his efforts to make COST a very effective instrument in the ERA and had announced their support when in the latest CSO meeting they had "indicated that they would be favourably disposed towards a re-election of the President-in- office, were he willing to continue”.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), was invited and participated in the Farewell Symposium to Professor Beril Andersson “ Promoting Excellence in Science: a tribute to Bertil Andersson’s contributions to the European Research Area” organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg on 16 March 2007. Professor Andersson, Chief executive Officer of ESF, will leave the ESF at the end of March to take up the appointment as Rector of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as of 1 April 2007.
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), participated in the COST INFORMATION DAY in Beograd organized by the Serbian National Coordinator Professor Biljana Stojanovic on 14 March 2007. Professor Fedi was accompanied by Dr. Martin Grabert, Director of the COST Office and by Dr. Kimmo Peippo, Head of the COST Secretariat.
On 1 March 2007 in Brussels Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior officials ( CSO), accompanied by Ms Ulla Mesia of the COST Secretariat, met Dr Viguen Tchitetchian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia and Mr Garegin Melkonyan, Trade Representative of the Republic of Armenia to EU Members States.
The new partnership between COST and the European Commission agreed in May 2004 established the set up of a high-level Commission/COST Strategic Group (HLG) which would regularly take stock of the development of the partnership, set out further strategic orientations for the joint work and report on achievements.
A special session on COST Research and Innovation for industries and SMEs will be organised in Tunis on 28 February 2007.
17 February 2007 | General, President
COST in Sevilla
Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), met Mr Peter Kind, Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies ( IPTS), and his collaborators in the IPTS premises in Sevilla on 12 February 2007. IPTS, one of the Institutes of the EC Joint Research Centre, provides customer-driven support to the EU policy-making process by researching science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific/technological dimension. The purpose of the meeting was to investigate about a potential involvement of IPTS in the Study of potential impact of COST and in the Survey of COST Customer Satisfaction.
With the objective of strenghtening the COST and ESF synergy, a meeting between the Chairs of the COST Domain Committees and the Chairs of the ESF Scientific Committees was held in Sevilla on 15 February 2007. The meeting was organized and chaired by Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), and by Professor Bertil Andersson, Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the ESF. It was also attended by Professor Ian Halliday, ESF President, by Dr Martin Grabert, Director COST Office, by Dr John Marks, future CEO of ESF and by members of JAF, the executive Group of COST CSO.
07 February 2007 | General, President
COST and Canada
A high level delegation of 32 participants from Canada attended the EU Science & Technology workshop “Canada – Europe: Partners in the world” that was organised in Brussels in the premises of the Mission of Canada to the European Union on February 5-6, 2007. The aim of this workshop was to inform about the 7th Framework Programme and recent developments in the European Research Area (ERA).
The new COST pocket guide is available now.
On 31 July 2007, the European Commission (EC) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) signed the contract for ESF to continue to provide and manage the administrative, technical and scientific secretariat of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The Official Journal of the European Union of 30 December 2006 volume L 400, reported that on 19 December 2006 the Council of the European Union adopted a Decision concerning the Specific Programme "Cooperation" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. The Decision stated that of the total “Cooperation budget” of 32413 EUR million at least EUR 210 million and up to EUR 250 million should be attributed to COST, subject to the mid-term evaluation. This financial support will be provided through a grant which will be paid on the basis of a grant agreement between the Commission and a legal entity designated by COST as its implementing agent and communicated to the Commission by the General Secretariat of the Council and identified in the Work Programme.