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An overview of the latest COST news releases.


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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).



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