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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: 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: MP0901

What can nanosurface materials do for us?

Nanomaterials promise a revolution in many areas of life, from electronics, to sensors and healthcare, industrial materials, food, security and transport. By reducing power consumption, device size or air pollution, or increasing the velocity of data transfer.

However if we are to use nanomaterials, how do we, in our 'macro' world, interact with them?

This COST factsheet highlights how COST Action MP0901 deals with the issues at hand.

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2012 | Action Number: IC0905

Paving the way for the mobile access of the future

Ever since GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) extended the accessibility of mobile phones to almost every member of our society, the drive for wireless communications has been relentless. This has, however, put enormous pressure on the provision of the essential resource needed for wireless information exchange – the radio spectrum. As a result, the radio spectrum – initially a wireless facilitator – has now become a bottleneck. Ironically, it is this same spectrum which often inhibits the innovation of new services and impacts on the outreach, capacity and quality of service of current wireless communications systems.

This COST factsheet highlights how COST Action IC0905 deals with the issues at hand.

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2012 | Action Number: IC1004

Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environments

Smart Environments (SEs), like energy efficient buildings, vehicular or urban environments, are populated by many devices connected by wireless networks.
The radio channel is central to SEs, as it impacts the design of transmission techniques and communication protocols. Radio communications in SEs need to be green and based on cooperative paradigms in order to mitigate the effect of interference and improve efficiency – hence the definition of Green Smart Environments (GSEs).

This COST factsheet highlights how COST Action IC1004 deals with the issues at hand.

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2012 | Action Number: FP0601

Forest management for water production and storage

Forests are an essential element of the European cultural, geographical and environmental landscapes. They cover approximately one third of Europe's land area, and their role in water provision is even more pivotal, as forested landscapes are the preferred sources for generation, storage and export of drinking water to supply the human population.

Research on forest-water interactions touches upon the water resource aspect and potential hazards to the human population. Along river systems and in larger floodplains, peak flow rates may cause devastating floods. The frequency and intensity of such floods may increase due to climate change and a concurrent amplification of extreme weather situations...

This COST factsheet highlights how COST Action FP0601 deals with the issues at hand.

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2012 | Action Number: FP0701

Post-Fire Management and Restoration of Southern European Forests

In spite of all the efforts made in fire prevention and suppression, every year about 45 000 forest fires occur in Europe, burning ca. 0.5 million hectares of forests and other rural lands. The management of these burned forests has been given much less attention than fire prevention or fire suppression issues, but the post-fire management of burned areas raises strong concerns (economic and social impacts, soil erosion and water quality, biodiversity loss, forest restoration). Although there are a few publications which address post-fire management, the focus of these has been either on general approaches to restoration or specific topics such as preventing post-fire soil erosion. This book is about the post-fire management of fire-prone forest types in southern Europe. It provides the first comprehensive overview of the topic, ranging from stand-level to landscape-level management, and from emergency actions to long-term restoration approaches.
The book is divided into 2 major sections. The first includes five chapters where transversal topics such as recent changes in fire regimes in Southern Europe, the economic, legal and social aspects of post-fire management, fire hazard and flammability of different forest types, and post-fire management approaches, are addressed. The second section is divided in seven chapters, with a similar structure, each one dealing with the forest types more affected by wildfires in Europe (and other fire prone habitats such as shrublands),.
The book is targeted to an audience of professionals (forest managers, landscape planners, and forest agency staff), graduate students and researchers. It is the first publication to access in comprehensive way post-fire management issues in European forests, for which only fragmented knowledge through specialized or grey literature was available so far.

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2012 | Action Number: 2101

Biometrics and ID Management - COST 2101 European Workshop, BioID 2011 Brandenburg (Havel), Gemany, March 2011 Proceedings

This volume of Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS) constitutes the final publication of the EU COST 2101 Action “Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart Cards,” which has been successfully running during the years 2006-2010. One of the many valuable outputs of this initiative is the realization of a new scientific workshop series, dedicated to the project’s goals: the “European Workshop on Biometrics and Identity Management (BioID).” This series started in 2008 with the first workshop at Roskilde University, Denmark (BioID 2008) and continued with a second event, hosted by the Biometrics Recognition Group (ATVS) of the Escuela Polit´ecnica Superior, Universidad Aut´onoma de Madrid, Spain in 2009 (BioID MultiComm 2009). From the very beginning, the research papers of BioID workshops have been published as Springer LNCS volumes; vol. 5372 (2008) and vol. 5707 (2009).

Continuing the series, this present volume collects together the submitted research papers accepted for the Third European Workshop on Biometrics and Identity Management (BioID 2011), taking place during March 8–10, 2011 at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The workshop Call for Papers was open to the entire research community and all submissions underwent a double-blind review process by the workshop Scientific Committee. Readers will see that the event attracted an interesting mix of papers, with the wideranging topic coverage which is to be expected from a field as diverse as that addressed by this workshop.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0906

'Interrogating audiences: Theoretical horizons of participation' in CM Communication Management Quarterly

The Action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies” (2010- 2014) is coordinating research efforts into the key transformations of European audiences within a changing media and communication environment, identifying their complex interrelationships with the social, cultural and political areas of European societies. A range of interconnected but distinct topics concerning audiences are being developed by four Working Groups: (1) New media genres, media literacy and trust in the media; (2) Audience interactivity and participation; (3) The role of media and ICT use for evolving social relationships; and (4) Audience transformations and social integration.
This peer-reviewed special issue tries to contribute to the development of participatory theory within the framework of communication and media studies.
As always, this requires careful manoeuvring to reconcile conceptual contingency with the necessary fixity that protects the concept of participation from signifying anything and everything. In order to deepen the theorisations of participation, two strategies will be used: In a first cluster of articles, the concept of participation will be confronted with another theoretical concept or tradition that will enrich the theoretical development of participation. In the second cluster of articles, the workings of the notion of participation will be analysed within a specific topical field, which will allow deepening participatory theory by confronting participation with the contextualised logics of that topical field.

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Responses to Environmental and Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth (RESCUE)- Synthesis Report

RESCUE, an ESF-COST ‘Frontier of Science’ initiative and an ESF Forward Look, is highly integrative, and is supported by 8 Committees of ESF and COST, namely the ESF Standing Committees for Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LESC), for Social Sciences (SCSS), for Humanities (SCH) and for Physical and Engineering Sciences (PESC), and the COST Domain Committees for Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM), for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH), for Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) and for Food and Agriculture (FA).
The RESCUE foresight initiative proposes an innovative vision about how to build the transitions towards sustainability through various innovative forms of learning and research. The RESCUE vision is built around the idea of an open knowledge system, where knowledge is generated from multiple sources (some of which are scientific) and shared at
every stage of its development; and where problems are defined and addressed by society as a whole, not just by scientists, or policy makers. This report synthesizes the contributions from approximately 100 experts in 30 countries. It is based on the input of 5 working groups that, from autumn 2009 to spring 2011, focused on: contributions from social sciences and humanities with regard to the challenges of the Anthropocene; collaboration
between the natural, social and human sciences in global change studies; requirements
for research methodologies and data in global change research; steps towards a ‘revolution’ in education and capacity building; and interface between science and policy, communication and outreach.

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2011 | Action Number: IS0906

Overview of European Audience research. Research report of the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies

The state of audience research in European countries is not yet properly charted due to the fragmented and varied nature of the field. Obtaining an overview was both an objective of the Action in its own right, and a precondition of other achievements. For the first meeting of the Working Groups (WG) in Lisbon (November 11-13, 2010), the Steering Group (SG) of the Action invited the members to submit short national essays that review existing and emerging audience research in their respective countries. The reviews could be theoretical, topical, methodological, empirical or institutional. Most of them were presented in the WG sessions of the Lisbon meeting. The SG requested some revisions or additional essays in order to better cover the countries for which the essays where too focused, or to cover the countries that were not represented at all.

2011 | Action Number: IS0906

Media literacy: Ambitions, policies and measures

European scholars and policy stakeholders are concerned that, in an ever-more complex digital media ecology, the demands on audiences to become media literate are growing. While stakeholders work to develop new initiatives, academic research is vital both to inform and critique. Entitled "Media literacy: Ambitions, policies and measures" and edited by Sonia Livingstone, this report brings together experts from different perspectives to generate a timely account of media literacy in Europe.

Ziggie and Zack: Your lightning heroes

2011 | Action Number: P18

Ziggie and Zack: Your lightning heroes

COST Action P18, 'The Physics of Lightning Flash and its effects', was looking for an innovative way to spread its results to a wide audience. Breaking through as one of the most creative COST Action final publications, a comic was selected to illustrate to children how to protect themselves from lightning and its effects.

The main objective of the Action is to increase knowledge of the physics of lightning and its effects. This is a joint initiative by 21 COST countries, and eight additional institutions from Canada, Japan, Ukraine and the USA.

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2011 | Action Number: IC0601

The Sonification Handbook

This book is a comprehensive introductory presentation of the key research areas in the interdisciplinary fields of sonification and auditory display. Chapters are written by leading experts, providing a wide-range coverage of the central issues, and can be read from start to finish, or dipped into as required (like a smorgasbord menu).
Sonification conveys information by using non-speech sounds. To listen to data as sound and noise can be a surprising new experience with diverse applications ranging from novel interfaces for visually impaired people to data analysis problems in many scientific fields.
This book gives a solid introduction to the field of auditory display, the techniques for sonification, suitable technologies for developing sonification algorithms, and the most promising application areas. The book is accompanied by the online repository of sound examples.

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2011 | Action Number: 2102

Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment - The Processing Issues

This volume brings together the advanced research results obtained by the European COST Action 2102 "Cross Modal Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication", primarily discussed at the PINK SSPnet-COST2102 International Conference on Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issues, held in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2010.
The main focus of the conference was on methods to combine and build up knowledge through verbal and nonverbal signals enacted in an environment and in a context. In previous meetings, COST 2102 focused on the importance of uncovering and exploiting the wealth of information conveyed by multimodal signals. The next steps have been to analyze actions performed in response to multimodal signals and to study how these actions are organized in a realistic and socially believable context. The focus was on processing issues, since the new approach is computationally complex and the amount of data to be treated may be considered algorithmically infeasible. Therefore, data processing for gainingenactive
knowledge must account for natural and intuitive approaches, based more on heuristics and experiences rather than on symbols, as well as on the discovery of new processing possibilities that account for new approaches for data analysis, coordination of the data flow through synchronization and temporal organization and optimization of the extracted features.

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2011 | Action Number: IE0601

The Safeguard of Cultural Heritage – A challenge From The Past for the Europe of Tomorrow

The workshop has been organised with the contribution of three different Institutions such as COST, University of Florence and Florens Foundation. Within the COST, the Action IE0601 - "Wood Science for Conservation of Wooden Cultural Heritage" - has performed an important role in carrying out the Workshop, both conceiving the idea and supporting its organisation. COST Strategic Workshops are instruments typically dedicated to launch new felds of research and or relevant topics. The present Workshop has been proposed in order to achieve the following aims:

  • To stimulate the discussion process and awareness on the importance of the safeguard of Cultural Heritage, and for highlighting its Cultural, Social and Economical importance.
  • To support the strengthening of an ERA in the field of Cultural Heritage, and to establish research topics to be suggested as possible programmatic lines of the 8th FP.
  • To inform political stakeholders on the necessity to support research and European co-operations in the field of Cultural Heritage.

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2011 | Action Number: A34

Gender and Well-Being. The Role of Institutions

  • Author(s): E. Addis, P. de Villota, F. Degavre and J. Eriksen (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): Ashgate
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4094-0705-8

Provisioning for basic human needs is done in three main kind of institutions: the familial household; the commercial enterprise selling goods and services; the institutions of the Welfare State that provide education, medical care and other goods and personal services to all or to some specific groups of citizens in need. The purpose of this book is to study the interplay of these institutions and their impact on well-being, and to analyze key policies and measures that have been implemented in European countries.
Institutions determine labour demand (men and women are hired by the institutions of the Welfare State or by market providers of care), the possibilities of consumption (wages earned can be used to buy goods and services only if such goods and services are provided by the market) and allocate people's time, in particular women's time, between paid work and unpaid domestic production and provision of care, shaping both the gender relations and time use of people of both sexes. The proper balance of these institutions is a prerequisite of well-being both of the care givers and of the care receivers, and also for satisfactory gender relations.
The chapters in this book focus on the following sub-topics: gender and welfare regimes; gender, well-being and the provision of care in the family and the household; and gender and well-being in the labour market. They emphasise the interdependence of social and labour market policies in the context of fundamental changes in both working patterns (the increase in female labour-force participation rates) and social needs (including population ageing) and demonstrate that we need a more integrated approach to welfare policy which takes account not only of basic welfare entitlements, but also the need for supportive forms of service provision and employment regulation.

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