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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2018 | Action Number: FP1202

Annals of Silvicultural Research - Special Issue: COST Action FP1202: “Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests”

This Special Issue outlines the results of COST Action FP1202 “Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests”.

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2017 | Action Number: FP1402

Proceedings of the Conference of COST Action FP1402 Graz University of Technology, Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology Graz, Austria, 13.09.2017

The objective of the joint conference was to record the current state-of-the-art for connections in timber engineering, and to illustrate how new developments will be adopted in the next generation of Timber Design Standards (e.g. Eurocode 5:2022). It was an opportunity to hear presentations from some of the world’s leading experts and to join discussions on the design, application and performance of Connections in Timber Engineering. There were presentations on current performance indicators, (e.g. strength, stiffness and ductile vs. brittle failure modes), as well as applications of connections in cross-laminated timber and timber-concrete composite structures. The Conference will also include presentations on current developments of design rules (e.g. for brittle failure modes, reinforcement and seismic design) and give an outlook on the potential of numerical modelling and probabilistic methods for future design of efficient and reliable connections.

COST Action FP1402 and The University of Graz brought together researchers and practitioners from around the world to increase understanding of current and future timber connection research and to discuss applications.

COST Action FP1402 website  

COST Action FP1404 website

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2017 | Action Number: FP1202

Patterns of genetic diversity in European beech at the eastern margins of its distribution range

Populations located at the periphery of the species’ distribution range may play an important role in the context of climate change. These peripheral populations may contain specific adaptations as a result of extreme environmental conditions. The aim of this paper was to assess within population genetic diversity and among population differentiation in one of the most important forest tree species in Europe, European beech (Fagus sylvatica), at the eastern margins of its natural range. We analysed four peripheral, isolated populations and five core populations from the continuous natural range along the Carpathian Mountains using a set of microsatellite markers. Higher levels of genetic diversity as measured by allelic richness (7.34 vs. 6.50) and observed heterozygosity (0.71 vs. 0.59) were detected in core populations than in peripheral ones. Population differentiation was slightly higher among peripheral populations than among core, Carpathian populations. There was strong evidence of bottleneck effects in two out of the four peripheral, isolated populations. Both core, Carpathian populations and peripheral, lowlands populations share the same chloroplast haplotype suggesting a common geographical origin from the putative Moravian refuge area. Past long distance founding events with material from the Carpathian mountain chain might explain the occurrence of small, isolated beech populations towards the steppe in the south-east of Romania. Our genetic data may contribute to a better understanding of the evolutionary history of the remnants of beech scattered occurrences at the eastern margins of species’ distribution range.

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2017 | Action Number: IS1203

The Twentieth Century in European Memory - Transcultural Mediation and Reception

This volume is the final outcome of the research network In Search of Trans- cultural Memory in Europe (istme) which ran from 2012 to 2016. Funded by the eu cost (Cooperation in Science and Technology) programme, the network was able to bring together scholars from 33 European countries and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The goal of the network was to go beyond what we saw as tendencies within memory studies to be too nationally orientated and to reify the bonds between culture, nation and memory. The ambition was to investigate transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe with special attention paid to memories of the troubled twentieth century, and how they have been transmitted and received across the continent. Moreover, the network aimed to develop European memory studies theoretically and methodologically by focusing on transculturality and reception. It is why this volume is centred on these issues. 


2017 | Action Number: ES1105

Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management - Advances in `oceanography and Limnology

This themed issue sums up the efforts of COST network  CYANOCOST - Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management , running from 2012 to 2016.

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2017 | Action Number: FP1401

Field guide for the identification of damage on woody sentinel plants.

Invasive alien invertebrate pests and microbial diseases of woody plants cause serious damage to the economy and the environment, but most of these pests were unknown prior to their introduction. Sentinel plants are a new tool to identify pests in the country of origin, which may inform pest risk analysis and allow development of measures to mitigate the risk of introduction.

Because many of the pests are unknown and in many cases damage, rather than the causal agents may be visible, people monitoring trees need to identify the type of agent that may have caused the damage they observe. A guide for the tentative identification of likely causal agents of damage to trees, co-edited and written by scientists from CABI Switzerland, was recently published.

The guide is intended for use in sentinel plantings, where agents often may not be known. Hence, in contrast to many existing field guides about tree pests, this is not a book to put a specific name on the agent. Also, the typical user is not expected to have the technical background to identify a wide range of pests.

The book explains how to take and preserve samples and how to proceed to obtain a more definitive identification of the pests. The readership is expected to be plant health professionals, including inspectors of plant protection organisations, foresters and nursery managers. In addition, it may be used as training material for plant health professionals and students of forest entomology and pathology.

A team of 42 scientists from 24 countries worked together to produce the guide, which is an output of COST Action FP1401 - A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning). The guide:

  • Aids the identification of the type of agent that may have caused observed damage, including pathogens, invertebrates and abiotic factors.
  • Explains how to take and preserve samples and how to proceed to obtain a more definitive identification of pests.
  • Includes a general damage chapter in addition to specific chapters on damage to leaves, buds and shoots, roots, trunk, and flowers, fruits and seeds.
  • Contains 800 full colour, high quality photographs to aid analysis.

The book is available as an open-access publication for download from the CABI bookshop 

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2017 | Action Number: MP1106

Laser Optofluidics in Fighting Multiple Drug Resistance

This publication relates to COST Action  MP1106  Smart and green interfaces - from single bubbles and drops to industrial, environmental and biomedical applications 

This monograph is a collection of reviews that presents results obtained from new and somewhat unconventional methods used to fight multiple drug resistance (MDR) acquired by microorganisms and tumours. Two directions are considered: (i) the modification of non-antibiotic medicines by exposure to un-coherent, or laser optical radiation to obtain photoproducts that receive bactericidal or, possibly, tumouricidal properties and (ii) the development of new vectors (micrometric droplets of solutions containing medicinal agents) to transport medicines to targets based on optical and micro spectroscopic methods.

Chapters shed light on pendant droplets used for antibiotic drug delivery, the science of lasers and their interactions with fluids in pendant droplets and spectroscopic analyses of droplets used to treat MDR infections. It therefore equips researchers and medical professionals with information about tools that enable them to respond to medical emergencies in challenging environments.

The intended readership for this monograph includes graduate students, medical doctors, fluid physicists, biologists, photochemists, and experts in drug delivery methods employed in extreme conditions (such as those found in outer space and hypergravity conditions) who are learning about using techniques such as laser spectroscopy, biophotonics and optofluidics/microfluidics.

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History Education and Conflict Transformation

2017 | Action Number: IS1205

History Education and Conflict Transformation

  • Author(s): Psaltis, C., Carretero, M., Cehajic-Clancy, S. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-319-54681-0 | 

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This volume comes directly from the work of COST Action IS1205 Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union.   

The book discusses the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. Bringing together a mix of established and young researchers and academics, from the fields of psychology, education, and history, the book provides an in-depth exploration of the role of historical narratives, history teaching, history textbooks and the work of civil society organizations in post-conflict societies undergoing reconciliation processes, and reflects on the state of the art at both the international and regional level. As well as dealing with the question of the ‘perpetrator-victim’ dynamic, the book also focuses on the particular context of transition in and out of cold war in Eastern Europe and the post-conflict settings of Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine and Cyprus. It is also exploring the pedagogical classroom practices of history teaching and a critical comparison of various possible approaches taken in educational praxis. The book will make compelling reading for students and researchers of education, history, sociology, peace and conflict studies and psychology

2017 | Action Number: ES1203

Climate Research Special Issue: Resilience in SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change

This CR Special focuses on the impacts of climate and land use changes in treelines of several European mountain areas. Treelines, transition zones between the low elevation subalpine forests and the higher elevation low-alpine treeless ecosystems, are important and sensitive indicators of environmental changes. The SENSitive mountain FORest (SENSFOR) COST Action project focuses on the analysis and comparison of biological and socioecological data from European mountain areas, and also presents case studies from various European regions.

The main aims of the SENSFOR treeline project are:

• To improve the potential for sustainable governance of sensitive treeline ecosystems and related ecosystem services 
• To build capacity for local and regional stakeholders to cope with future climate and land use changes

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2017 | Action Number: FP1303

Performance of Bio-based Building Materials (1st Edition)

Performance of Bio-based Building Materials provides guidance on the use of bio-based building materials (BBBM) with respect to their performance. The book focuses on BBBM currently present on the European market. The state-of-the-art is presented regarding material properties, recommended uses, performance expectancies, testing methodology, and related standards.

Chapters cover both ‘old and traditional’ BBBM since quite a few of them are experiencing a comeback on the market. Promising developments that could become commercial in the near future are presented as well.

The book will be a valuable reference resource for those working in the bio-based materials research community, architects and agencies dealing with sustainable construction, and graduate students in civil engineering.

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2017 | Action Number: TD0902

Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf

This book focuses on issues of method and interpretation in studies of submerged landscapes, concentrating on illustrations and case studies from around Europe with additional examples from other parts of the world. Such landscapes were once exposed as dry land during the low sea levels that prevailed during the glacial periods that occupied most of the past million years and provided extensive new territories for human exploitation.

This volume is based on work from COST Action SPLASHCOS, a four-year multi-disciplinary and multi-national research program supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and has something to benefit all those with an interest in the sea floor of the continental shelf and the archaeological and social impact of sea-level change, including archaeologists, marine scientists, geographers, cultural-heritage managers, commercial and governmental organisations, policy makers and interested members of the public.

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2017 | Action Number: TD0902

Coastline Changes of the Baltic Sea from South to East

This book discusses sea-level and coastline changes. These topics are becoming increasingly important for populations living along the edge of the world’s oceans and seas, especially in areas where eustatic sea-level rise is superimposed on isostatic subsidence and storm-induced coastal erosion. This is the case at the southern and eastern Baltic Sea coast: in the south, glacio-isostatic subsidence enhances the effect of climate-induced sea-level rise and strong storm effects are causing a continuous retreat of the coast.

This anthology comprises the results of the research project “Coastline Changes of the southern Baltic Sea – Past and future projection (CoPaF)” funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which was run by a team of Estonian, German, Lithuanian, and Polish geoscientists and coastal engineers from 2010 to 2013 and overlapped with and complemented the work of COST Action SPLASHCOS supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). As the southern and eastern Baltic serves as a natural laboratory for the investigation of coastal processes, the project’s findings contribute not only to the solution of regional problems in Baltic coastal research and engineering, but also to worldwide interests in description, modelling and parameterization of coastal processes and morphodynamics.

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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.

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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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