Publications

In this section you can find an overview of all COST Publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Office. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. A link to the publication is shown when available. If the box "Copies Available" appears, an extra copy is available from the COST Office (email: publications@cost.eu). If not, please contact the relevant Action Chair, whose contact details can be found via the 'Domains and Actions' section of our website.


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2012 | Action Number: BM0602

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry : The Journal of Metabolic Diseases

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, Volume 118, Number 3, July 2012

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry is a peer-reviewed journal, published 5 times a year by Informa Healthcare.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0807

Living in Surveillance Societies : The Ghosts of Surveillance

  • Author(s): C. William R. Webster et al. (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): Editura Universitatii ,,Alexandru Ioan Cuza'' IASI
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-973-703-701-5

This publication presents a collection of academic works associated with the second annual conference of the Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) which took place at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania, between 3 and 5 may 2011. The conference was Chaired by Dr William Webster and Dr Doina Balahur. The edited collection is organized around the diverse but related academic activities including : individual conference paper presentations, LiSS Working Group "Showcases", the LiSS Doctoral School and European Research workshop.

These activities have been captured in this edition in the form of full articles and papers, reports and summaries. Combined these contributions represent a considerable body of knowledge and some contemporary and up-to-date thinking about what it means to live in surveillance society.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0701

Suburbanscapes

  • Author(s): R. Di Giulio (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): Alinea Editrice
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-6055-685-1

The Final Report presented is a first important step for the evaluation of suburban building quality in Europe. The comparison between the experiences of different countries provides an overall survey of the functional and technical quality of European post-war multi-family housing stock, and cooperation between countries will encourage an integrated building refurbishment strategy. Hence this report, complemented with other parallel publications, should serve as a valuable tool for the improvement of suburban building stock. It should truly be the key to providing a leap in the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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2012 | Action Number: MP0701

Polymer Composite Materials: From Macro, Micro to Nanoscale

The Conference on Multiphase Polymers and Polymer Composites Systems: Macro to Nano Scales was organized at Paris-Est Créteil University, France on June 7-10, 2011. It was organized within the framework of the COST action MP0701 on Polymer and nonocomposites and was dedicated to many of the recent research accomplishments in the area of physical and interfacial properties of multiphase polymer composites and nanocomposite systems.

The content of the conference was unique since particular attention was focused on the different length scales (macro, micro and nano) relevant for a deep understanding of the structure-property relationships of nanocomposite materials. This event covered the major findings and observations in the field of morphological, interfacial, physical and thermophysical properties of multiphase polymers and polymer composite systems from macro to nano length scales.
The conference was organized around three areas:
1. Multiscale modeling and simulation
2. Design and advanced characterization
3. Processing, application and recycling
Out of 160 oral and poster presentations given at the conference in June 2011, we have selected some of these papers after peer reviewing for publication in Materials Science Forum. The content of this book pays particular attention to the different length scales (macro, micro and nano) relevant for a deep understanding of the structure-property relationships of polymer nanocomposite materials. It covers the major findings and observations in the field of morphological, interfacial, processing, physical and thermophysical properties of multiphase polymers and polymer composite systems from macro to nano length scales.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0605

Telecommunication Economics: Selected Results of the COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel

This book constitutes a collaborative and selected documentation of the scientific outcome of the European COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel "A Telecommunications Economics COST Network" which ran from October 2007 to October 2011. Involving experts from around 20 European countries, the goal of Econ@Tel was to develop a strategic research and training network among key people and organizations in order to enhance Europe's competence in the field of telecommunications economics.
 
Reflecting the organization of the COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel in working groups, the following four major research areas are addressed:
 
- evolution and regulation of communication ecosystems;
- social and policy implications of communication technologies;
- economics and governance of future networks;
- future networks management architectures and mechanisms.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0701

Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stock Volume 2

  • Author(s): R. Di Giulio (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): UnifePress
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-96463-08-6

Suburban building estates make up a large part of the European Urban Heritage. Most of the buildings – generally multi-family housing blocks consisting of small apartments – were completed after 1950 using low-cost technologies and are often characterised by poor quality in general.

The aim of the COST Action was to investigate methods and technologies used in the rehabilitation and renovation of suburban housing settlements, intended to increase their value, and to improve safety and the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0603

COST Series on Health and Diversity Volume 1: Health Inequalities and Risk Factors among Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Migrants and ethnic minorities form a growing part of the populations of Europe. They often have higher than average exposure to health risks, while facing barriers to accessing appropriate health care. International bodies have called for policy measures to tackle these inequalities.

COST Action IS0603 (Health Care for Migrants and Minorities in Europe) was a European network of researchers from more than 30 countries, which met between 2007 and 2011 to discuss how to strengthen the knowledge base on migration and ethnic minority health. The COST Series on Diversity and Health comprises two volumes written by the leading authorities in the field, illustrating the issues that were discussed.

This first volume starts by asking how much we know about migrant and ethnic minority health and where the barriers to scientific progress lie. For example, what is the relation between migration, ethnicity and the socioeconomic determinants of health? Particular groups discussed include refugees and asylum seekers, domestic workers, new migrants, ‘mixed marriages’ and disadvantaged ethnic minorities. Specific health issues examined range from maternal and child health to problem of aging, mental health and infectious diseases. The final section of the book discusses prevention programmes targeting obesity, diabetes, coronary vascular diseases and cancer. These topics form only a small selection of the full range of issues in this rapidly growing field, but they illustrate well the fascinating challenges which it presents.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0603

COST Series on Health and Diversity Volume 2: Inequalities in Health Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Migrants and ethnic minorities form a growing part of the populations of Europe. They often have higher than average exposure to health risks, while facing barriers to accessing appropriate health care. International bodies have called for policy measures to tackle these inequalities.

COST Action IS0603 (Health Care for Migrants and Minorities in Europe) was a European network of researchers from more than 30 countries, which met between 2007 and 2011 to discuss how to strengthen the knowledge base on migration and ethnic minority health. The COST Series on Diversity and Health comprises two volumes written by the leading authorities in the field, illustrating the issues that were discussed.

This second volume is concerned with the changes that are needed to improve the matching of health services to the needs of these groups. Its chapters analyse work on ‘cultural competence’ in the USA and Europe, as well as the use of interpreters and cultural mediators to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers. Other topics covered include user involvement, services for unaccompanied minors and Roma communities, the relation between NGOs and mainstream services and the incorporation of non-Western approaches in Western health care. The final section of the book examines the health aspects of irregular migrations of the Mediterranean region, viewed in the context of the complex political, legal and human rights issues that this phenomenon raises.

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2012

GraphITA 2011: Selected papers from the Workshop on Fundamentals and Applications of Graphene

In recent years, graphene based research has witnessed a tremendous explosion. This two dimensional "dream" material has come into the main spotlight of fundamental and applied research in diverse nano-science fields, but surprisingly rapidly, it has also attracted the interest of major stakeholders in the private sector (especially industries in the ICT sector). The technological exploitation of graphene can be considered to be based on four fundamental interconnected wide topics: growth and synthesis methods, nano-structuring and tailoring of graphene properties, structural and physical characterization, and device design and applications.

This proceedings book presents the results highlighted at GraphITA 2011, a multidisciplinary and intersectorial European Workshop on Synthesis, Characterization and Technological Exploitation of Graphene. The workshop realised on 15-18 May at Gran Sasso National Laboratories (Assegi-L'Aquila, Italy) has brought together scientists and engineers working on different technological uses of graphene in a multidisciplinary and multisectorial (academia/industry) environment.

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2012 | Action Number: 924

Environmentally Friendly and Safe Technologies for Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Author(s): Carla Nunes (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): Universidade Do Algarve 2010
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-989-8472-01-4

Proceedings of the International Conference "Environmentally friendly and safe technologies for quality of fruit and vegetable", held in Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal, on January 14-16, 2009. This Conference was a join activity with COST Action 924.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0701

Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stock

  • Author(s): R. Di Giulio (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): UnifePress
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-96463-11-6

Members of the academic staff of the Faculty for the Built Environment were recently invited for the Final Conference of the European Science Foundation COST Action TU0701 held in Ferrara Italy and hosted by the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara. Perit Ruben Paul Borg, Dr Vince Buhagiar and Dr Paul Gauci, of the Faculty for the Built Environment, have been participating in the research group within the European Science Foundation - COST Action: Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stock, for the past 4 years. The group addressed in particular building refurbishment strategies, quality assessment methodologies and quality standards in suburban housing.
Suburban building estates make up a large part of the European Urban heritage. Most of the buildings generally consist of multi-family housing blocks consisting of small apartments, which were completed after 1950 using low-cost technologies. Consequently they are characterised by poor quality and building defects. The aim of the research group was to investigate methods and technologies used in the rehabilitation and renovation of suburban housing settlements, intended to increase their value, and to improve safety and the quality of life of the inhabitants.
A number of reviewed scientific reports and books concerning the Quality of Building Stock and the Built Environment were published and edited by the research group and presented at the conference. The main research publications include the book “Suburbanscapes” (Published by Alinea Italy, 2012) and the second volume in a two volume series “Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stock” (Published by UnifePress Italy, 2012), of which Perit Borg and Dr Gauci were co-editors and responsible for the scientific coordination. The first volume in the series had been coordinated and published in Malta by the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of the University of Malta, on the occasion of the international conference in Valletta in 2010. Both volumes include a comprehensive collection of the most recent developments in research on quality assessment methods and refurbishment strategies covering the suburban building stock and housing, with contributions from the foremost European experts.

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2012 | Action Number: D40

Innovative Catalysis in Organic Synthesis: Oxidation, Hydrogenation and C-X Bond Forming Reactions

Authored by a European team of leaders in the field, this book compiles innovative approaches for C-X bond forming processes frequently applied in organic synthesis. It covers all key types of catalysis, including homogeneous, heterogeneous, and organocatalysis, as well as mechanistic and computational studies. Special attention is focused on the improvement of efficiency and sustainability of important catalytic processes, such as selective oxidations, hydrogenation and cross-coupling reactions.
The result is a valuable resource for both advanced researchers in academia and industry, as well as graduate students in organic chemistry aiming for chemo-, regio- or stereoselective synthesis of organic compounds using novel catalytic systems.

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2012 | Action Number: B28

BSL3 and BSL4 Agents: Epidemiology, Microbiology, and Practical Guidelines

In one handy book, this reference gathers all the necessary information on 14 of the most commonly used dangerous groups of pathogens in biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories. All the chapters are uniformly structured, with a brief overview of the microbiology, pathology, epidemiology and detection methods for each group. In addition, a whole chapter is devoted to the special biosafety requirements, disinfection, decontamination protocols, accident literature and accident procedures, as well as treatment options for all the organisms. Shaded edging allows instant retrieval of this important part.

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2012 | Action Number: FP0603

Forest Models for Research and Decision Support in Sustainable Forest Management - Proceedings of the Final Meeting

COST FP0603 final Meeting in Pierroton (Bordeaux), France 1-2 March 2012

Forest growth models are important tools within research to investigate and understand key ecosystem processes and to support forest management decisions. Sustainable forest management requires detailed information on tree growth and forest dynamics, including structural development, biodiversity indicators, and effects of disturbances. This is reflected in increasing emphasis, throughout Europe, on more detailed, versatile forest growth models which are able to forecast forest growth, account for changes in growing conditions, address risks and society needs and explicitly address forest management and its role within sustainable development. The main objective of the Action is to promote the developing of methodologies to improve forest models to support the sustainable management of forests. The Action will enhance the quality and consistency of forest growth models to simulate the responses of forests to alternative managerial and climate scenarios. The Action will also demonstrate variations in regional concepts as they have evolved depending on the background of the model developers and society needs. This will be beneficial for the advancement of forest science in Europe, and will improve sustainable forest management practices.

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2012 | Action Number: MP0801

Special Issue Physics of Competition, Cooperation and Conflicts COST MP0801 in "Advances in Complex Systems"

This issue of Advances in Complex Systems is a special one dedicated to publications that have arisen out of the networking activities of concerted COST action MP0801. Action MP0801 was concerned with the physics of cooperation and competition. It followed a previous action, COST P10, physics of risk and was devoted to building capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide interested in these areas of complex system.

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