Publications

In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.


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2017 | Action Number: IS1202

Policy Implications of Virtual Work

Digital technologies have changed the workplace and the way we work. COST Action IS1202 - "Dynamics of Virtual Work" has gathered a group of specialists from 30 European countries and many associated institutes in other parts of the world to discuss how the new forms of digital work should be reflected in labour policies across Europe and beyond.

Digital technologies have changed the way people get paid or how their rights are perceived. Researchers have teamed up with policy makers and came up with a series of questions that will need to be addressed in order to adapt labour regulation and policy to the dynamics of today's online work. 

These questions are now part of a book series published with Palgrave Macmillan: 

  • What is the quality of the new jobs created in terms of security, pay and working conditions?
  • How does the existing education system prepare young people for a future in which they may need to hold multiple jobs? 
  • What kinds of employment contracts are currently used for digital workers and how well do they correspond to the actualities of power and autonomy in new employment relationships? 
  • What rights do public authorities have to inspect and regulate online platforms and the working conditions of their workers? 
  • How can new forms of digital work create the basis for career breaks and changes, compatible with work-life balance and family development? 
  • What pension rights are available to virtual workers? 

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2017 | Action Number: IS1105

The Future of the Law of the Sea - Bridging Gaps Between National, Individual and Common Interests

This book summarises the achievements of COST Action MARSAFENET

The book explores the diverse phenomena which are challenging the international law of the sea today, using the unique perspective of a simultaneous analysis of the national, individual and common interests at stake. This perspective, which all the contributors bear in mind when treating their own topic, also constitutes a useful element in the effort to bring today’s legal complexity and fragmentation to a homogenous vision of the sustainable use of the marine environment and of its resources, and also of the international and national response to maritime crimes.The volume analyzes the relevant legal frameworks and recent developments, focusing on the competing interests which have influenced State jurisdiction and other regulatory processes. An analysis of the competing interests and their developments allows us to identify actors and relevant legal and institutional contexts, retracing how and when these elements have changed over time.

More related scientific publications are available here: http://www.marsafenet.org/scientific-publications/ 

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2017 | Action Number: ES1105

Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis

This handbook contains reviews, practical methods and standard operating procedures on cyanobacterial monitoring and cyanotoxin analysis.

  • A valuable and practical working handbook containing introductory and specialist content that tackles a major and growing field of environmental, microbiological and ecotoxicological monitoring and analysis.
  • Includes introductory reviews, practical analytical chapters and a comprehensive listing of almost thirty Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • For use in the laboratory, in academic and government institutions and industrial settings.

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2016 | Action Number: FP1103

European Ash – Consequences and Guidelines for Sustainable Management

Since mid-1990s, severe dieback of ash started to spread over most European countries. This emerging disease resulted in massive tree mortality and threatens the existence of ash trees over the continent. The causal agent of the disease is Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, an alien and invasive fungus that originates from Far East Asia, and most likely entered Europe with imported ash trees.

The FRAXBACK project

Already in the first decade of the 21st century, many European countries initiated national research programs on ash dieback, focusing on numerous aspects of the biology, ecology and management of the disease, but by 2010 the activities were scattered. The COST Action FP1103 FRAXBACK (funds provided by European Cooperation in Science & Technology) aimed to share and synthesize available knowledge, initiate collaborations on European scale, generate comprehensive understanding of the ash dieback phenomenon, and to elaborate state of the art practical guidelines for sustainable management of ash trees in Europe. The new book includes part of the outcomes of this collaborative project, mainly concerning impact and management of ash dieback. Yet another volume, focused mainly on biology and ecology of the disease, is on its way.


2016 | Action Number: FP1407

Life Cycle Assessment, EPDs and modified wood - proceedings of the 1st ModWoodLife international conference

  • Author(s): Kutnar, A., Burnard, M., Schwarzkopf, Simmons, A.
  • Publisher(s): University of Primorska Press
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-961-6963-89-3

The proceedings are meant to communicate scientific knowledge to an industry representatives, thus enabling the optimisation of wood modification processing and the development of new modification processes. This is critical for linking efforts from academia, industry and other relevant stakeholders. 

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2016 | Action Number: MP1105

Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Textile Related Products

This Special Issue of Polymers is the result of the scientific work and subsequent discussions and collaborations that took place during four years (May 2012–May 2016) of the COST Action MP1105 "FLARETEX: Sustainable flame retardancy for textiles and related materials based on nanoparticles substituting conventional chemicals". The Action involved 30 countries and more than 850 participants attended the 20 organized events up to December 2015; four events including the final conference are planned for 2016. The participants included post graduate students, early career researchers, established academics, engineers, and researchers/technologists from industry. The work done by the members of this Action from 2012 until 2016 is an important source of information regarding recent developments in the area of fire safety, and environmentally friendly flame retardant solutions for textiles and related materials.

This Special Issue of Polymers is devoted to the “Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Textile Related Products", the theme of the COST Action MP 1105. This Special Issue will include papers with the most recent advances on Thermal Stability and Fire Retardancy of Textiles, Polymer Blends and Composite Materials. The publication will respect all rules and procedures requested by the journal and by the Editorial Office of MDPI. On behalf of the Guest Editors, we would like to invite you to submit your unpublished and original results which may be part of this Special Issue.


2016 | Action Number: FP1407

Innovative production technologies and increased wood products recycling and reuse - proceedings of the second international conference of COST Action FP1407

  • Author(s): Kutnar, A., Schwarzkopf, M., Burnard, M., Sebera, V., Troppová, E.
  • Publisher(s): Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-80-7509-429-2 | 

The second international conference organised by Action FP1407 ModWoodLife focused on innovation and the environmental aspects of using wood and wood products, presenting state-of-the-art production technologies in wood modification, as well as the development of recycling technologies and systems for modified wood and related barriers and challenges.

Special emphasis was given to cascade use of wood and related environmental impacts.

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2016 | Action Number: FP1404, FP1402

Cross Laminated Timber: a competitive wood product for visionary and fire safe buildings - FP1402 & FP1404 conference proceedings

  • Pages: 195
  • Author(s): Falk, A., Dietsch P. and Schmid, J.
  • Publisher(s): USAB
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-91-7729-043-8

Proceedings of the Joint Conference of COST Actions FP1402 and FP1404

This conference has compiled knowledge about the material and its use, focusing on the design of CLT structures in ambient and fire situations. To this aim, two COST Actions – FP1402 Basis of structural timber design – from research to standards, and FP1404 Fire Safe Use of Bio-Based Building Products – joined efforts to provide contributions and presentations from world leading experts and to bring together expert communities to realize a scientific discourse on these important and interdisciplinary topics, leading to further joint harmonisation progression in research and development.

This Joint Conference was meant to contribute to a high-quality and open scientific and technical dialogue within the timber community. The programme therefore included time for debate after the presentations as well as the formation of Think Tanks in which all participants, guided by essential questions, discussed the future challenges and development of CLT.

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2016 | Action Number: CM1103

Structure-based drug design for diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases

The articles published in this open access journal stem from the work of COST Action CM1103

Monoamine neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, histamine and serotonin play a central role in the pathophysiology of major neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, autism-spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and dementias. The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight interdisciplinary research using drug design, data-mining, structure-based drug design, medicinal chemistry and biological investigation in vitro and in vivo disease models, with input from behavioral and genetic studies. In this issue we encourage submissions of basic and/or clinical studies and review papers that summarize current knowledge and point out important deficiencies in our current understanding of the important monoamines systems.

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2016 | Action Number: FP1207

Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict? Horizontal and vertical policy analysis, modelling and orchestration in practice

  • Pages: 77
  • Author(s): Packalen, T., Lier, M. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
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Final Conference Proceedings of FPS COST Action FP1207

The final conference focused on the new knowledge and means that can be used by policy and decision makers to coordinate and streamline forest-related policies. Topics specifically referred to bioeconomy and ecosystem services.

COST Action ORCHESTRA is based on the continuous collaboration of many scientific groups: quantitative modellers, economists, sociologists and policy scientists. They have improved the understanding of governance issues, quantitative forestry and forest sector modelling, as well as collaborative processes. For example, quantitative economic models are useful for the analysis of trade-offs between different policy targets and cost-efficiency of alternative policy measures, whereas qualitative methods common in sociology and policy science are applicable for policy analysis and support. Consequently, modelling policy impacts requires the integration of both quantitative and qualitative approaches. 

In this context, the Action was established to support the coherence of forest-related policy targets and the efficiency of policy measures. 


2016 | Action Number: IS1308

Populist Political Communication in Europe

In an increasing number of countries around the world, populist leaders, political parties and movements have gained prominence and influence, either by electoral successes on their own or by influencing other political parties and the national political discourse. While it is widely acknowledged that the media and the role of communication more broadly are key to understanding the rise and success of populist leaders, parties and movements, there is however very little research on populist political communication, at least in the English-speaking research literature.

Originating from a research network funded by the European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST), this book seeks to advance this research. It includes examinations 24 European countries, and focuses on three areas within the context of populism and populist political communication: populist actors as communicators, the media and populism and citizens and populism. 

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2016 | Action Number: IC1004

Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environments

The demand for mobile connectivity is continuously increasing, and by 2020 Mobile and Wireless Communications will serve not only very dense populations of mobile phones and nomadic computers, but also the expected multiplicity of devices and sensors located in machines, vehicles, health systems and city infrastructures. Future Mobile Networks are then faced with many new scenarios and use cases, which will load the networks with different data traffic patterns, in new or shared spectrum bands, creating new specific requirements. This book addresses both the techniques to model, analyse and optimise the radio links and transmission systems in such scenarios, together with the most advanced radio access, resource management and mobile networking technologies.

This text summarises the work performed by more than 500 researchers from more than 120 institutions in Europe, America and Asia, from both academia and industries, within the framework of the COST IC1004 Action on "Cooperative Radio Communications for Green and Smart Environments". The book will have appeal to graduates and researchers in the Radio Communications area, and also to engineers working in the Wireless industry.
Topics discussed in this book include:

  • Radio waves propagation phenomena in diverse urban, indoor, vehicular and body environments
  • Measurements, characterization, and modelling of radio channels beyond 4G networks
  • Key issues in Vehicle (V2X) communication
  • Wireless Body Area Networks, including specific Radio Channel Models for WBANs
  • Energy efficiency and resource management enhancements in Radio Access Networks
  • Definitions and models for the virtualised and cloud RAN architectures
  • Advances on feasible indoor localization and tracking techniques
  • Recent findings and innovations in antenna systems for communications
  • Physical Layer Network Coding for next generation wireless systems
  • Methods and techniques for MIMO Over the Air (OTA) testing


2016 | Action Number: IS0903

Medicine and management in European public hospitals

Since the early 1980s all European countries have given priority to reforming the management of health services. A distinctive feature of these reforms has also been the drive to co-opt professionals themselves into the management of services, taking on full time or part time (hybrid) management or leadership roles. However, although these trends are well documented in the literature, our understanding of the nature and impact of reforms and how they are re-shaping the relationship between medicine and management remains limited. Most studies have tended to be nationally specific, located within a single discipline and focused primarily on describing new management practices. This article serves as an Introduction to a special issue of BMC Health Services Research which seeks to address these concerns. It builds on the work of a European Union funded COST Action (ISO903) which ran between 2009 and 2013, focusing specifically on the changing relationship between medicine and management in a European context.


Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe (Cover title)

2016 | Action Number: TU1201

Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

  • Pages: 384
  • Author(s): Bell, S., Fox-Kämper, R., Keshavarz, N., Benson, M., Caputo, S., Noori, S., Voigt, A. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • http://www.urbanallotments.eu/
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-138-92109-2

Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life. This book presents a comprehensive, research-based overview of the various features, benefits and values associated with urban allotment gardening in Europe.

The book is based on a European COST Action project, which brings together researchers and practitioners from all over Europe for the first detailed exploration of the subject on a continent-wide scale. It assesses the policy, planning and design aspects, as well as the social and ecological benefits of urban allotment gardening. Through an examination of the wide range of different traditions and practices across Europe, it brings together the most recent research to discuss the latest evolutions and more recent forms of urban allotment gardening and to help raise awareness and fill knowledge gaps.

The book provides a multidisciplinary perspective, including insights from horticulture and soil science, ecology, sociology, urban geography, landscape, planning and design. The themes are underpinned by case studies from a number of European countries which supply a wide range of examples to illustrate different key issues.

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2016 | Action Number: FP0905

The Biosafety of Forest Transgenic Trees

  • Author(s): Vettori, C., Gallardo, F., Häggman, H., Kazana, V., Migliacci, F., Pilate, G., Fladung, M. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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This book provides up-to-date information on the environmental impact of transgenic trees on genetically modified tree (GMT) communication strategy. It is useful to public/private organisations as well as to private and public research bodies and universities worldwide since it reports on the global status of GMT research and policy. A high number of genetically modified trees (GMTs) with altered or novel characteristics have been produced in the last 15 years. However, their very low public acceptance is a basic problem in their commercialization. Breeders anticipate economic and ecological benefits, like reduced product costs and less pressure on native forests, while opponents fear risks, such as unintended spread of GMTs. But what is true? To answer this question, the COST Action FP0905 focused on key aspects related to GMTs: (a) biological characterization; (b) assessment of possible environmental impacts; (c) socio-economic implications and public acceptance/concerns; (d) providing science-based information to communicate with the public.

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