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COST President, Prof Sierd Cloetingh, attending EU Parliament event on the relevance of foresight and its impact on policy decisions

Wed, 2017-07-12 09:21
A deeper reflection about how to ensure a successful interplay between science and policy is key. During a panel debate organised at the EU Parliament COST President, Prof Sierd Cloethingh, shared his views on foresight from a research-funding perspective.

BESTPRAC: a model for empowering research administrators in Europe

Mon, 2017-07-10 13:39
The network that kicked off four years ago could serve as a model for other targeted COST networks, according to network leader Jan Andersen.

Rencontres, recherche et creation 2017: bringing together scientific research, art and society

Mon, 2017-07-10 11:26
At the Rencontres, Recherche et Création event in Avignon, Dr. Ronald de Bruin, director of the COST Association, stressed the importance of creating links between research disciplines, especially between social sciences, humanities and “hard sciences”.

Dr Ronald de Bruin stresses the importance of research and innovation impact at K4I event

Tue, 2017-06-27 13:00
At the K4I's Europe’s future: Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the Worldevent on the recently published RISE report, COST Association Director Dr Ronald de Bruin pointed out the importance of creating and measuring the impact behind research and innovation funding.

35 new Actions to start end 2017

Mon, 2017-06-26 15:37
Approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 23 June 2017, the new Actions were selected out of 454 eligible proposals collected on 7 December 2016.

Prof. Dr Sierd Cloetingh takes office as President of the COST Association

Thu, 2017-06-22 09:54
After his appointment as COST President in April, Prof Dr Sierd Cloetingh is officially starting his mandate today. As COST President, he will chair the COST general assembly, known as the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). He will be leading the strategic development of the COST Association.

COST multidisciplinary European research networks are key to FP9

Fri, 2017-06-16 08:50
On 15 June, the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) published its position paper, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary, bottom-up, open and inclusive networks, pleading for sufficient funding post Horizon 2020.

COST Director Ronald de Bruin on the importance of research networks at LERU's Vice-Rectors meeting

Fri, 2017-06-09 13:14
On 9 June, COST Association Director Ronald de Bruin presented COST to LERU’s Vice-Rectors Research Policy Group. The meeting was hosted by Utrecht University and discussions took place on the next European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, the increased focus on the impact of research and the recent developments of the Brexit on EU R&D policies.

COST partners with the French National Research Agency in light of the 2017 edition of “Rencontres Recherche et Création”.

Tue, 2017-06-06 16:57
“Rencontres Recherche et Création”, also named “The Workshop of thought”, will take place within the Festival d’Avignon on 10-11 July, an annual arts event held every summer, since 1947. The session will gather artists from the Festival to dialogue along with researchers in human, social and cognitive sciences.

When trees start tweeting, it is not magic, it is science (COST Action STReESS)

Tue, 2017-06-06 10:33
There were a lot of impactful projects, publications and articles released by COST Action - STReESS (Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a Synthesis) during its four years networking programme with COST. However, tweeting trees became a definite highlight of the whole programme.

COST Action on Citizen Science is to participate in Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2017 (WIRE)

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:01
This year, the European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) will be hosted by the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia). The conference is supported by the Directorate-General Research & Innovation, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Programme and is related to the 2017 Slovak EU Presidency.

European researchers tackle the global challenge of chronic kidney disease

Mon, 2017-05-15 09:21
Researchers from 22 European countries have set up PARENCHIMA, a network that will boost the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers in efficiently managing chronic kidney disease.

COST Info Sessions in Romania

Thu, 2017-05-11 17:30
On 4 May 2017, COST organised three info sessions for the Romanian research community in Bucharest, in cooperation with MEP Victor Negrescu. The sessions were held at the Polytechnics University of Bucharest, the National University of Political and Administrative Studies and the Romanian Council for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

COST Action DigiLitEY has released a report on the Internet of Toys: safety, security and societal insights

Tue, 2017-05-02 10:17
Internet connected toys have become an inevitable part of our kids' lives. And while they offer important opportunities for learning, health, and entertainment, they also raise questions about safety, security, privacy, trust and other fundamental children’s rights.

Inspiring stories from PROTEOSTASIS COST Action or how to boost your research career and make an impact

Tue, 2017-05-02 09:49
If you wonder how other COST Actions are performing or want to hear best practices and inspiring stories, PROTEOSTASIS has released an interesting video about their experiences during their Action. It features short testimonials of Action participants from different countries and institutions explain how the Action has helped them in their research careers and contributed to the broader topic of understanding proteins.

From wearable robots to black holes: get to know the 25 COST networks that kicked off this spring

Fri, 2017-04-28 16:58
Throughout March and April, we hosted over 600 researchers and specialists from all over the continent, involved in 25 new networks. The 25 kick-offs were a chance for them to meet and set out their networks’ goals and priorities. The Actions will receive an estimated EUR 13 million for the usual timeframe of 4 years, helping them put their research networking activities into practice.

Conference grants: a new COST networking tool

Fri, 2017-04-28 15:47
Since COST's priority is enhancing research collaboration where ideas and people can grow without borders, we have added conference grants to our networking tools’ list. Conference grants help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action.

Prof. Dr Sierd A.P.L. Cloetingh appointed President of the COST Association

Tue, 2017-04-25 08:45
The COST governing board – the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) – has appointed Utrecht University Prof. Dr Sierd A.P.L. Cloetingh as the new President of the COST Association for the next two years. His mandate is officially due to start on 21 June 2017, as he succeeds the outgoing President, Dr Ángeles Rodríguez Peña. The decision was announced at the 25-26 April CSO meeting in The Hague.