Newsroom

An overview of the latest COST news releases.

08 March 2017 | General
Creating a European observatory on femicide

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.


07 March 2017 | General
Major scientific publishers team up with a COST Action to share data and improve peer review

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.


21 February 2017 | General
COST Actions turn the spotlight on Portugal

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.


16 January 2017 | General
The e-COST tool reopens for submissions

Participants will be able to submit their COST Action proposals as of Monday, 16 January, 17:00 CET.


13 December 2016 | General
COST will reinforce support for researchers in Inclusiveness Target Countries

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).


30 November 2016 | General
Malta hosts the 199th Committee of Senior Officials meeting

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.


24 November 2016 | General
The 8th European Innovation Summit – Future now!

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.


24 November 2016 | General
New COST network to trace the evolution of the universe

The network will bring European research, science and business together to further our understanding of the early universe and its consituents.


26 October 2016 | General
25 new Actions to start in early 2017

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.


06 October 2016 | General
COST Action member awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

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.


22 September 2016 | General
GenderSTE, a platform supporting future UN standards in sustainable urban development

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.


22 September 2016 | General
Strengthened intergovernmental support for COST in Bratislava

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.


21 September 2016 | General
Two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist Sheri Fink to keynote at Disaster Bioethics Action conference

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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.


19 September 2016 | General
Research network fighting tinnitus in race for Frontiers Award

COST Action TINNET is competing for the Frontiers Spotlight Conference award for outstanding research collaboration with its research on tinnitus.


07 September 2016 | General
A changing Sun, a changing climate?

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.


29 August 2016 | General
The robots are coming – and they are here to help

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.


23 August 2016 | General
Understanding the fate of food

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.


16 August 2016 | General
‘Toxic gases’ as targets for new medicines

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.


08 August 2016 | General
Measuring brain blood flow helps diagnose dementia

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.


18 July 2016 | General
Meet us at ESOF 2016, stand C3

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.


30 June 2016 | General
Impact of the UK referendum on the COST programme

Statement of the President of the COST Association, Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña


19 May 2016 | General
May newsletter now online

COST News 2016 newsletter preview

Stay up-to-date with the latest COST news and opportunities!


27 April 2016 | General
Research network helps set up online course on urban agriculture entrepreneurship

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.


20 April 2016 | General
Dr Ronald de Bruin, next Director of the COST Association

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.


15 April 2016 | General, President
Montenegro hosts COST General Assembly April meeting

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.


08 April 2016 | General
Nobel Prize winner Brian Kobilka opens COST Action conference on innovative techniques for drug design

The 2012 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Professor Brian Kobilka, gave a special opening lecture at the GLISTEN 2016 Spring Meeting in Erlangen, Germany.


16 March 2016 | General
March newsletter is online

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Stay up-to-date with the latest COST news and opportunities!


15 March 2016 | General
26 new Actions to start in spring 2016

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.


23 February 2016 | General
Human contact and sharing ideas will make the difference in the future - Dr Primož Pristovšek, Head of Science Operations

Primož Pristovšek CSO Vice-President

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.


01 December 2015 | General
COST Action exploring links between climate change and migration at COP21

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.


25 November 2015 | General
November newsletter is online

Stay up-to-date with the COST latest news and opportunities!


24 November 2015 | General
Engaging with the next generation of European researchers

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.


24 November 2015 | General
Collecting research data to counter femicide worldwide

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.


23 November 2015 | General
New COST Actions stand out as highly interdisciplinary

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.


17 November 2015 | General
COST Annual Report 2014: A story of diversity

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 2015 | General
EUPancreas @ World Pancreatic Cancer Day

13 November is the World Pancreatic Cancer Day. EUPancreas is one of the COST Actions helping the fight against the disease.


15 October 2015 | General
Scientific Committee selects the first 2015 COST Action proposals for final approval in October

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.


01 October 2015 | General
1st World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine, Food and Environmental Technologies

COST Action EP4Bio2Med is organising the first worldwide electroporation congress.


01 October 2015 | General
Talking superconductivity with Professor Teresa Puig

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.


31 July 2015 | General
Art meets research in Avignon

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.


30 July 2015 | General
July newsletter is now online

Stay up-to-date with the COST latest news and opportunities!


28 July 2015 | General
WIRE 2015 - the ideal setting for the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness policy

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.


28 July 2015 | General
Info day in Skopje

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.


28 July 2015 | General
COST at EuroNanoForum 2015

Five of our COST Actions on new materials and nanotechnologies presented their work at a workshop on funding instruments.


28 July 2015 | General
Inclusiveness Target Country Roadshow: COST goes local

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.


17 July 2015 | General
Dealing with anonymity in your COST Action proposal

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.


16 June 2015 | General
COST Scientific Committee getting started

Appointed by the CSO in May this year, members of the newly founded COST Scientific Committee held their kick-off meeting in Brussels today.


04 June 2015 | General
COST welcomes the provisional budget agreement in context of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

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.


21 May 2015 | General
COST governing board alarmed about perspective of diminishing budget in context of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

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).


12 May 2015 | General
COST welcomes Montenegro among its Full Member Countries

Today the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the COST Association admitted Montenegro as the 36th Member of the COST Association.


08 May 2015 | General
May 2015 newsletter now online

Stay up-to-date with the COST latest news and opportunities!


07 May 2015 | General
Unleashing the force of fusion energy

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.


22 April 2015 | General
COST sets up Scientific Committee

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.


12 March 2015 | General
March 2015 Newsletter now online

Stay up-to-date with the COST latest news and opportunities!


12 March 2015 | General
IGLO hosts open session about the new COST Open Call

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.


12 March 2015 | General
COST presents its new Open Call at physics workshop in Sofia

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.


25 February 2015 | General, President
COST joins forces with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission by signing a Memorandum of Understanding

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.


16 December 2014 | General
New COST Open Call now published

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You will be able to submit your COST Action proposal as of February 2015. The next Collection Date is 24 March 2015.


04 December 2014 | General
December 2014 Newsletter now online

Stay up-to-date with the COST latest news and opportunities!


28 November 2014 | General
Newly appointed Bulgarian Minister for Education and Science hosts press conference ahead of the CSO meeting in Sofia

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.


28 November 2014 | General
40 new COST Actions to start in 2015

Approved during the November CSO meeting, the Actions were among the proposals submitted for the March 2014 Collection Date.


17 November 2014 | General
COST at the 6th European Innovation Summit

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.


29 October 2014 | General
Call for Tenders for the appointment of an external auditor to the COST Association

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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.


01 October 2014 | General
COST Association now taking over responsibility for COST activities

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.


24 July 2014 | General
COST at a turning point: The COST Association and the European Commission sign the COST Horizon 2020 Framework Partnership Agreement

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.


15 June 2014 | General
COST 2014 Impact Assessment and Customer Satisfaction Survey results now available

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.


13 June 2014 | TD
Today’s leaders in transdisciplinary science tell their COST stories at ESOF 2014

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

Stay up-to-date with COST's latest news and opportunities!


26 March 2014 | General
The first COST Open Call for proposals under Horizon 2020

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.


04 March 2014 | General
Press Release - The 189th meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials

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.


21 February 2014 | General
COST is listening

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

Stay up-to-date with COST's latest news and opportunities!


06 February 2014 | General
New Year message from Dr Monica Dietl, COST Office Director

Dr Monica Dietl, COST Office Director, on the challenges 2014 has in store COST


29 January 2014 | General
COST Appoints Impact Analysis Expert Panel

People working

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

Stay up-to-date with COST's latest news and opportunities!


18 December 2013 | General
Open Access: Practice, Opportunities and Challenges – Report from a COST Strategic Initiative

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

Stay up-to-date with COST's latest news and opportunities!


25 November 2013 | General
Press Release - The 188th Meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials

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.


25 November 2013 | General
The September 2013 Open Call receives a record number of applications

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.


24 May 2013 | General
Press Release - Election of CSO President

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.


24 May 2013 | General
International Transport Forum Summit 2013 “Funding Infrastructure”

International Transport Forum Summit 2013 “Funding Infrastructure” Side Event: Value Creation & Value Capture: The Next Generation of PPPs


15 May 2013 | General, ICT, TD
Social Robots Entering our Future

Social Robotics event icon

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!


15 May 2013 | General, FPS
Innovation, Young Researchers and Industry: brought together by the COST Domain for Forestry, their Products and Services (FPS)

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.


25 March 2013 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
The latest issue of the COST Newsletter is now online

Stay up-to-date with COST's latest news and opportunities!


25 March 2013 | General, ICT
HDR imaging technology: how does it work?

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 experience...


22 March 2013 | General, MPNS
How to define the relationship between nanostructures and their toxicity?

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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…


22 March 2013 | General
How can science and technology networking support gender equality?

Find out more in the COST overview of gender-related issues through science and technology networking in the EU.


22 March 2013 | General
COST publishes its 'SME Overview'

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.


18 March 2013 | General, ISCH
COST-ESF's science policy briefing on 'Cultural Literacy in Europe Today' now available

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.


11 March 2013 | General, FPS
Young researchers for forestry research - watch the photos!

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.


07 March 2013 | General, President
A Word on Gender... on International Women's Day

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.


22 February 2013 | General, MPNS
2013: A Special Year to Understand the Mathematics of Planet Earth

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.


22 February 2013 | General, ISCH
The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform: A Policy Debate

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.


12 February 2013 | General, ICT
Radio, Radio Waves, Radio Receiver, Antennas... Much more than a speaking box!

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.


30 January 2013 | General
How can EU programmes help unlock SMEs’ innovation potential?

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.


11 January 2013 | General
Entrepreneurship, SMEs and research: keys to Europe’s growth

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.


18 December 2012 | General
Gender and Research

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...


18 December 2012 | General
Glimpses from the first COST Science Night

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...


10 December 2012 | General
COST at EuroMed2012: Promoting Cultural Heritage

Delegates at the EuroMed2012 conference pleaded that cultural heritage research and innovation in all its aspects should be explicitly included in Horizon 2020.


07 December 2012 | General, FPS
Direct the way to Innovation in the Forest-based Sector! Open Call for Applications

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.


09 November 2012 | General
genderSTE, welcome!

COST is delighted to announce the launch of genderSTE, an initiative targeting better integration of gender dimensions in science and technology.


09 November 2012 | General, ICT
Multimedia Communications: The Quest for a Definition of Quality of Experience

COST Action IC1003 has published a newsletter unveiling research on the notion of quality of experience in multimedia systems and services.


09 November 2012 | General
European Gender Summit at a reduced price... and with a special Science Café by COST!

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.


16 October 2012 | General
European Innovation Summit: Participants agreed that innovation is the best means to recover from the crisis

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...


21 September 2012 | General
Europe's strategy for developing international cooperation in research and innovation

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.


20 September 2012 | General, CMST
Research network on Chemical Kinetic Models for Cleaner Combustion organises industrial workshop

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.


31 August 2012 | General
COST’s new Action Plan

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.


17 August 2012 | General
World Humanitarian Day

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.


12 July 2012 | General, FPS
Genetically Modified Trees Could Play Important Role In Combatting Climate Change, But Unified Policy and Regulation Approach Requirement To Address Public Concerns

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.


09 July 2012 | General, FA
This summer brings Olympic Games, health and food

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…


09 July 2012 | General, CMST
Developing new therapies for cancer, infectious and virus-related diseases

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.


09 July 2012 | General
COST Action BM0905 underpins proposal for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Tourette Syndrome (TS)

TS-EUROTRAIN will be structuring European Training capacities for neurodevelopmental disorders.


05 July 2012 | General, BMBS, CMST, ICT
Personalised Medicine: Better Healthcare for the Future - COST Conference Highlight Video Available

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!


28 June 2012 | General, FPS, ICT
COST's Green Engineering Camp

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.


20 June 2012 | General
COST at the Euroscience Open Forum

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.


11 June 2012 | General, CMST
Call for Abstracts - International Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry (IMAMPC 2012)

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.


07 June 2012 | General, TUD, TD
Robustness – or what golf, soup and structures have in common

COST Action TU0601 provides a philosophical framework for structural robustness.


07 June 2012 | General, ESSEM, FPS, TUD, TD
EU Sustainable Energy Week – COST joins the visionaries and makes it happen

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.


07 June 2012 | ESSEM, TD
World Oceans Day

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.


07 June 2012 | General, BMBS
Do ‘Caucasians’ really exist?

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.


29 May 2012 | General, BMBS
1 000 Faces - World MS Day

World MS day logo

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.


16 May 2012 | General, ICT
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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.


14 May 2012 | General, ISCH
International Day of Families

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.


09 May 2012 | General
Happy Europe Day!

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.


07 May 2012 | General, ISCH
Media and Society: studying the transformation of European audiences

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.


07 May 2012 | General
COST joins the celebration of science research innovation at ESOF 2012

From 11 to 15 July 2012, Dublin will host the EuroScience Open Forum.


07 May 2012 | General, TUD
Enhancing sustainable mobility

COST Action TU0603 promotes new bus services to compete with car use.


04 May 2012 | General, BMBS, CMST, ICT
Why another conference on personalised medicine?

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!


27 March 2012 | General, ESSEM
The voice of young researchers for our 'Planet Under Pressure’

COST stand at Planet Under Pressure Conference

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.


26 March 2012 | General, President
COST has done much with little; imagine what it could do with more

COST position paper approved by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)


26 March 2012 | General, FA
Early Stage Researchers lead workshop

‘Feed your knowledge - Healthy feed for healthy food’ to be organised by and focused on younger members of scientific community


26 March 2012 | General, President
Towards a simpler, fairer, faster evaluation

Evaluating the evaluation procedures… time to assess, reflect and adapt where needed


26 March 2012 | General, President
Welcome to the new ‘COST News’!

Dear readers, 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 2012 | General, ESSEM
World Meteorological Day

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 2012 | General, ESSEM, FA
Water is key to food security - World Water Day

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.


07 March 2012 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD, President
COST to receive additional EUR 10 million from European Commission!

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.


20 February 2012 | General, FA
From early embryonic environment to sustainable food production

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


19 February 2012 | General, ISCH
World Day of Social Justice

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.


14 February 2012 | General, TUD
COST TU0901 appears in El Mundo

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.


02 February 2012 | General, CMST
EuroSchool on ‘Intermetallic Compounds in Catalysis’

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.


26 January 2012 | General, ISCH, ICT, TD
European Privacy and Data Protection Day

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.


23 January 2012 | General, ICT
Tribute to Dr Gerard Butler

COST is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Dr Gerard Butler on 19 January 2012.


05 January 2012 | General, BMBS, CMST
Debating bacterial adaptation to selection following antibiotic treatment

COST Actions in the field of Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences collaborate to investigate bacterial adaptation and resistance.


20 November 2011 | General, FA
World Fisheries Day

World fisheries day logo

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!


19 November 2011 | General, ISCH
Celebrating children

UNCRC Awareness Raising Logo

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).


18 November 2011 | General
Tackling the challenges of science communication

COST supports Actions in improving their communications output and impact


09 November 2011 | General, FPS
Overcoming fossil fuel dependence and mitigating climate change

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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.


21 October 2011 | General, President
Multimedia from the COST exhibition at the European Parliament available now!

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

Word Food Day 16 October 2011 Logo

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’.


04 October 2011 | General, ICT, TUD
Smart mobility, smart energy grids, smart cities!

Smart Cities logo

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.


21 September 2011 | General, TUD
World Carfree Day

World Carfree Network logo

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

UK

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

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

Flag of 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

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

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

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

Slovakia

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

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

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

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 flag

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

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

The 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 flag

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 flag

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

Lithuania flag

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

Latvia flag

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

Italy flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

Germany became a member of COST in 1971. The National COST Office in Germany is hosted by the EUREKA/COST Bureau in Bonn.


16 August 2011 | General, ICT
COST Action IC0905 TERRA puts smart and environment sensing Cognitive Radio (CR) on a trial

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.


16 August 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST country focus: the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

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 flag

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

Czech Republic flag

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

Cyprus flag

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 flag

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

Bulgaria flag

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 and Herzegovina flag

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

Belgian flag

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

Austria flag

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.


28 June 2011 | General, ESSEM
Preparing for the summer sun...

A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on 30 March 2010

...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.


10 June 2011 | General, ISCH
Health, Humanities, Media, Technology, Political Science, Law, Economy and Business… all in one word? ISCH!

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.


08 June 2011 | General, CMST
Astrochemistry: The Cradle of Life

Astrochemistry Cradle of Life

COST gives you the opportunity to learn more about the origins of life on Earth or other planets throughout the Universe while visiting ... dinosaurs!


30 May 2011 | General, BMBS
Where there is smoke...

Wolrd No Tobacco Day 2011

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

World MS day logo

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.


24 May 2011 | General, ICT
COST Action IC0905 'TERRA' recognised as a reference for a stakeholder platform on Cognitive Radio

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 2011 | General, FPS
International Day of Biological Diversity

International Day for Biodiversity Logo

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.


20 May 2011 | General, ICT
Exhibition on Sonic Interaction Design - You are invited!

Akousmaflore (2006)

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.


19 May 2011 | General, FA
European Maritime Day

European Maritime Day 2011

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.


17 May 2011 | General, ICT
Better Life in Rural Communities with ICT

WTISD 2011 logo

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.


12 May 2011 | General, ISCH
International Day of Families

Juehao Wu, USA Certificate of Recognition winner in the 2007

The International Day of Families aimed to confront family poverty and social exclusion is observed on 12 May 2011.


03 May 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD, President
COST to receive additional EUR 30 million from European Commission!

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

World asthma day logo

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.


28 April 2011 | General, ISCH, TUD
Towards the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations - 2012

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.


27 April 2011 | General, CMST, MPNS
Quantitative Nanostructure Toxicity Relationships (QNTR): Outcome of the COST Exploratory Workshop of April 2011

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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.


21 April 2011 | General, TD
Discovering submerged archaeological treasures and landscapes

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.


19 April 2011 | General, ICT, TUD
European Disability Strategy Conference

EU Presidency Logo Hungary

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.


12 April 2011 | General, ESSEM
Did the first human in space wonder what the weather would be like?

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.


12 April 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
COST newsletter available - with extra supplement!

front page COST news 19

The 19th issue of COST News is available. This issue is accompanied by a supplement focusing on the activities of the MPNS Domain.


25 March 2011 | General, ESSEM
COST ES0602 investigates the potential hemispheric dispersion of radioactive clouds

Action ES0602 'Towards a European Network on Chemical Weather Forecasting and Information Systems' share their model calculations of a potential release of nuclear constituents


23 March 2011 | General, ISCH
Making a difference: COST Research Networks & Policy - Examples in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Curious about COST's concrete contribution to the Social Sciences and Humanities?


16 March 2011 | General, ICT
Call for Papers for the Third International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX)


11 March 2011 | General
The COST Office is very saddened to hear about the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since 1707

Some resources which may help include...


10 March 2011 | General, FA
Of bees and flowers!

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!


25 February 2011 | General, BMBS, CMST, ESSEM, FA, FPS, ISCH, ICT, MPNS, TUD, TD
ESOF2012 - Call for Scientific Proposals!

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.


30 January 2011 | General
Happy European Youth Day to all COST Early Stage Researchers!

On 31 January 2011, European Youth Day, COST would like to celebrate Europe’s young researchers


18 June 2010 | General
"EU ups its stake in COST science programme"

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.


16 June 2010 | General
COST Ministerial Conference reconfirms COST’s key role in the European Research Area (ERA)

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


16 June 2010 | General, President
The COST CSO President reports to the COST Ministerial Conference

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.


27 May 2010 | General, President
COST elects new CSO President

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.


20 May 2010 | General
Gender Equality and Research Funding: the COST contribution

man/woman

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.


17 May 2010 | General, CMST
Communicating Science: an example from the field... literally!

In the latest YouTube video of COST Action CM0903, Professor Martyn Poliakoff explains the scientific challenges the Action addresses.


07 May 2010 | General, ISCH
First COST Training School in Australia: an Outstanding success

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.


23 April 2010 | General, ESSEM
Every dark cloud has a silver lining

Plane used by COST Action ES0802

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.


15 April 2010 | General
COST News No 16 - March 2010

The 16th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.


06 April 2010 | General, ESSEM, FA
Let’s talk climate change!

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!

www.cost.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.


03 February 2010 | General, BMBS
How to Protect Your Healthy Cells from Transforming into Cancer Cells

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.


26 January 2010 | General
Giving Science the Attention it Deserves

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.


20 January 2010 | General
COST News No 15 - January 2010

COST News

The 15th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.


12 January 2010 | General
COST Customer Satisfaction Survey 2009

The second Customer Satisfaction Survey emphasises COST’s important role within the European science community and its support for young researchers.


05 January 2010 | General
Chemistry Made Fun

COST scientists from the University of Nottingham have developed a periodic table of videos depicting each chemical element in a fun and interactive way.


08 December 2009 | General, ESSEM
COP15 Welcomes COST to Copenhagen

An exciting line-up of activities involving COST is set to take place at the COP15 Conference.


04 December 2009 | General
Making it Work: COST Family Friendly Policy

A recent decision from the CSO focuses on early stage researchers and their families.


02 December 2009 | General
Higher Education Takes Centre Stage at next COST Seminar

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


17 November 2009 | General
Climate Change in front of the Lens

Watch a short film on air quality and climate change produced by participants in COST Action C23 Strategies for a Low Carbon Built Environment.


12 November 2009 | General, FPS
Register for COST Paper Week Webinar

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.


09 November 2009 | General
Swiss COST Day 2009

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.


05 November 2009 | General
Striking a Balance in the Gender Debate

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.


09 October 2009 | General
COST News No 14 - October 2009

COST_News_14

The 14th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.


08 October 2009 | General
Science Takes Centre Stage

Advanced Communications Training Course

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.


30 September 2009 | General
COST Training School Video Published on Athenaweb

The COST Training School video report focusing on Early-Stage Researchers is now available on Athenaweb, the European web and workstation for science professionals.


29 September 2009 | General
First Results of September Open Call Reveal Proposals Are on the Up

COST announces a good response to the latest Open Call for Proposals.


21 September 2009 | General
Annual Report 2008

The 2008 Annual Report is now available.


18 September 2009 | General
Know your COST Acronyms

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.


10 September 2009 | General
Regional Info Day in Serbia

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.


20 August 2009 | General
COST Goes to South Africa to Kick-Start Collaboration Agreement

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
Get Visual

A video on COST’s exciting training opportunities for Early Stage Researchers has just been released.


14 July 2009 | General
South Africa tightens links with Europe

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province South Beach

South Africa is the latest country to have signed a reciprocal agreement with the COST Office to increase international cooperation between scientists.


08 July 2009 | General
2009 Food and Agriculture Annual Progress Conference

An important event on the Food and Agriculture Domain calendar, the APC showcases results of the latest Actions.


07 July 2009 | General, President
COST Participates in Launch Conference of EUREKA German Presidency

Prof Fedi and Dr Monig

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.


06 July 2009 | General
COST News No 13 - July 2009

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The 13th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available


29 June 2009 | General, President
COST in Belgrade for the Serbian Info Day: Towards Integration into the ERA

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.


29 June 2009 | General, President
COST Statement: the Role of COST in the ERA 2020

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.


23 June 2009 | General
More New Zealand Exchanges Ahead

Di McCarthy and Dr Martin Grabert

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.


22 June 2009 | General
Supporting the Earthquake-Stricken University of L’Aquila

A COST Short-Term Scientific Mission means hope for the research community of L'Aquila in Italy.


08 June 2009 | General, President
COST welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina among its Member States and Reinforces Cooperation with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

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.


01 June 2009 | General
Science – How to Get the Right Attention

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.


13 May 2009 | General
Record Beaten

Thanks to the attention the March Open Call has generated, the number of submissions for COST Actions has increased.


30 April 2009 | General
COST Launches Foresight Videos on YouTube

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.


29 April 2009 | General
COST News Straight to Your Desktop

As of today, you will no longer need to regularly browse these pages to get the latest news. Subscribe to COST news alerts.


12 April 2009 | General
COST News No 12 - April 2009

COST News issue 12 image

The 12th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available


31 March 2009 | General, President
COST presented to the EU Council

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.


22 January 2009 | General
COST Office Newsletter No 11 - January 2009

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The 11th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available


02 December 2008 | General, President
European Nuclear Medicine and European Surgery show interest in COST

Professsor Franceso Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials, represented COST on two prestigious occasions.


02 October 2008 | General
COST Office Newsletter No 10 – October 2008

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The 10th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.


26 September 2008 | General
Stakeholders and Researchers Gather to Discuss the Future of Humanities Research in Europe

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.


25 July 2008 | General, President
COST participates in ESOF 2008

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.


09 July 2008 | General
COST Office Newsletter No 9 - July 2008

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The 9th issue of the COST Office e-newsletter is now available.


06 June 2008 | General, President
Global interest in COST

“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.


30 May 2008 | General
Early Stage Researchers’ Interest in COST

The COST Office participated to the GRAD skills "Research Futures 2008" Conference which took place 30 May 2008 at St. Andrews University, Scotland.


26 May 2008 | General, President
COST Days in Israel

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.


08 May 2008 | General
Second COST Visit to Albania

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.


09 April 2008 | General
COST Office Newsletter No 8 April 2008

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Download the eighth edition of the COST Office e-newsletter and find out about the latest COST news and stories.


08 April 2008 | General
COST Considerations on the Results of the Consultation on the European Commission ERA Green Paper

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.


21 March 2008 | General
ESF Launches its First Call for Candidates for the Enhancement of the ESF/COST Information System

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.


15 March 2008 | General, President
Assessment, Monitoring, Final Evaluation and Dissemination of Results of COST Actions

“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.


14 March 2008 | General
Broaden the Scope of your Research

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.


08 March 2008 | General, President
COST Day in Skopje

“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.


31 January 2008 | General, President
COST CSO President meets ESF CEO

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
COST-ESF Synergy

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)?”.


26 November 2007 | General
COST Approves 25 New COST Actions

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.


21 November 2007 | General, President
COST Statement on the Monfret Report

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).


20 November 2007 | General, President
COST appoints Professor Kneucker as Rapporteur

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.


19 November 2007 | General, President
COST gets rid of the “red ribbons”

“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.


02 November 2007 | General, President
COST participates in the Australian-European ICT Days in Piemonte

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.


26 October 2007 | General, President
Bulgarian COST National Conference 2007

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.


22 October 2007 | General, President
COST participates in the Conference on “Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism”

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.


11 October 2007 | General, President
COST is present in the Debate on the Future of Science and Technology in Europe

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.


02 October 2007 | General, President
A new success for COST: the overwhelming response of the European scientific community

“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.”


01 October 2007 | General, President
The COST President attends the ESF Governing Council in Helsinki

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.


01 October 2007 | General
COST Customer Satisfaction Study 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.


21 September 2007 | General, President
COST participates in the EC Workshop "Strengthening the coordination of Community and Member States policies and programmes for international S&T cooperation: impediments and opportunities"

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.


06 September 2007 | General, ESSEM
Another COST Success Story: Phenological Responses to Climate Change in Europe

“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.


05 September 2007 | General, MPNS
Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2007) – COST-ESF Involvement

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.


03 September 2007 | General, CMST
A New COST Success Story: Green Chemistry and Cooperation with African Countries

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).


06 July 2007 | General, President
Joint Preliminary Statement of COST and ESF on the Panel Report on the Final Review of the EC-ESF Contract for COST in FP6

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.


03 July 2007 | General, President
COST contributes to the consultation on the EC Green Paper on "the ERA: New Perspectives": the role of COST in the European Research Area

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" .


29 June 2007 | General
Kiwi and European Scientists Overcome Tyranny of Distance

New pilot scheme between COST and New Zealand boosts scientific exchange.


29 June 2007 | General
Down Under Comes up North for Scientific Exchanges with Europe

New pilot scheme between COST and Australia announced


27 June 2007 | General, MPNS
Tribology COST Action Brings Reduction in Fuel Consumption

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.


12 June 2007 | General
COST: Response to the First Open Call 2007

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”.


08 May 2007 | General, President
COST Information Day in Armenia

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.


04 May 2007 | General, BMBS
CERN Hosts COST- Enlight Strategic Workshop on Hadron Therapy

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).


16 April 2007 | General, President
Report of the President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials on the Triennium 2004-2006

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.


21 March 2007 | General, President
Francesco Fedi confirmed President of COST for the next triennium

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”.


16 March 2007 | General, President
COST participates in the Farewell Symposium to Professor Andersson

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.


14 March 2007 | General, President
COST Information Day in Serbia

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.


01 March 2007 | General, President
COST President meets Armenian Ambassador

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.


27 February 2007 | General
The EC-COST High Level Strategic Group Meets for the Second Time

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.


26 February 2007 | General
COST Contributions in Saving Cultural Heritage

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.


16 February 2007 | General, President
Strenghtening the COST and ESF Synergy: “COST-ESF Frontiers of Science” and “COST-ESF Science Days”

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).


29 January 2007 | General
About COST 2007

The new COST pocket guide is available now.


08 January 2007 | General, President
The European Science Foundation and the European Commission Sign Contract for COST in FP7

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).


05 January 2007 | General, President
A Success for COST of paramount importance: The financial support obtained in the Seventh Framework Programme

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.



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