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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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 On behalf of the Guest Editors, we would like to invite you to submit your unpublished and original results which may be part of this Special Issue.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
  • 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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2016 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport - Trends and Theory

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: trends and theory is structured to follow the life-cycle of a PPP project and strikes a balance between theory and practice. Divided into four parts, each section highlights major concerns and offers and array of views and policy recommendations. Parts include context for national implementation, decision models, performance measures and efficiency standards. 

This book includes an expanded discussion on the findings presented, discussed and analysed at the closing event of the COST Action TU1001 network on the topic of PPPs in transport. The result will be of significant interest to the academic community, policy makers and practitioners.

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2016 | Action Number: TU1004

Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems

This book shows how transit assignment models can be used to describe and predict the patterns of network patronage in public transport systems. It provides a fundamental technical tool that can be employed in the process of designing, implementing and evaluating measures and/or policies to improve the current state of transport systems within given financial, technical and social constraints.The book offers a unique methodological contribution to the field of transit assignment because, moving beyond “traditional” models, it describes more evolved variants that can reproduce:

  • intermodal networks with high- and low-frequency services;
  • realistic behavioural hypotheses underpinning route choice;
  • time dependency in frequency-based models; and
  • assumptions about the knowledge that users have of network conditions that are consistent with the present and future level of information that intelligent transport systems (ITS) can provide.

The book also considers the practical perspective of practitioners and public transport operators who need to model and manage transit systems; for example, the role of ITS is explained with regard to their potential in data collection for modelling purposes and validation techniques, as well as with regard to the additional data on network patronage and passengers’ preferences that influences the network-management and control strategies implemented.

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2016 | Action Number: TU1104

Smart Energy Regions - Cost and Value

  • Pages: 175
  • Author(s): Jones, P., Buhagiar, López-Jiménez, P. A., Djukic, A. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): The Welsh School of Architecture, University of Cardiff
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-899895-22-9

This book presents work undertaken as part of the COST Action Smart Energy Regions (SMARTER). The link between cost and value is demonstrated for both new buildings and for the retrofitting of old buildings, as well as infrastructure and energy systems, at both regional and national levels. Aspects investigated within this book related to cost and value include environmental design, sustainable retrofitting, energy systems and technologies as well as smart energy regions. The impact of both a top-down and bottom-up approach are considered in relation to progress the low carbon agenda relevant at a regional scale. 

This work supports the broader aims and objectives of the Smart Energy Regions COST Action to investigate the drivers and barriers that may impact on the
large scale implementation of low carbon technologies in the built environment essential to meet the targets for sustainable development set by the EU and national governments. This publication is part of suite of outputs from the Smart Energy Regions COST Action investigating different aspects associated with implementation of the low carbon agenda at a region scale. 

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2016 | Action Number: TU1104

Smart Energy Regions

  • Pages: 285
  • Author(s): Jones, P., lang, W., Patterson, J, Geyer, P. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): The Welsh School of Architecture, University of Cardiff
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-899895-14-4

This book presents work undertaken as part of the COST Action Smart Energy Regions (SMARTER). It illustrates how relevant policies are being implemented in 26 European countries participating in the Action and how these are helping to progress the low carbon agenda relevant at a regional scale, illustrating how industry and broader stakeholder groups can be involved in the process.

Specific case studies have been identified to illustrate projects and initiatives that are helping to progress the low carbon agenda at a regional scale to help to provide an understanding of how low carbon technologies are relevant and transferable within and between regions.

This work supports the broader aims and objectives of the Smart Energy Regions COST Action to investigate the drivers and barriers that may impact on the large scale implementation of low carbon technologies in the built environment essential to meet the targets for sustainable development set by the EU and national governments.

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2015 | Action Number: TD1106

Urban Agriculture Europe

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities? How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable? 

Urban Agriculture Europe  is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about urban agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in Western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in Eastern and Southern Europe. The contributions approach urban agriculture from the point of view of social science, the economy, agricultural ecology, and spatial planning and address the role of citizens, involved parties, and politics, as well as operational models and planning tools. Case studies from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr Metropolis allow a comparative view of European practice. Statements from involved parties and guidance for cities and regions round off the publication.

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