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The aim of this pocket guide is to bring together all relevant information about COST into an “easy to use” publication. This guide includes information on the COST structure and goals, the Open Call, the National Coordinators (contact points) and financial Instruments plus, most importantly, the COST Actions. In this issue, the Actions are presented from the most recent ones to those ending this year. In order to highlight COST's interdisciplinary dimension, TransDomain Actions are presented in a separate sub-chapter. Complementary Action information can be found on the COST website.

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COST Foreword Introduction and COST mission COST Action Instruments Domains and Action numbering COST countries & other participating countries COST Actions Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technology (CMST) Food and Agriculture (FA) Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Materials, Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) Transport and Urban Development (TUD) Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) COST Coordinates Committee of Senior Officials - COST National Coordinators 178 Chairs of Domain Committees COST Secretariat (Council of the EU) European Commission European Science Foundation (ESF) COST Office directory 186 188 188 189 190 15 34 68 88 103 122 139 155 167 5 7 10 13 14

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on 15 June 2010 during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. in Europe and beyond. These scientists are COST’s pride and are the drive behind European research excellence. COST has decided to make 2011 the year to leap forward by streamlining its procedures and implementing the results of its activities more rapidly. I will keep this mandate as the guideline of my Presidency and look forward to exciting endeavours and to welcoming new challenges with the commitment of shaping COST for the future. Spain. Thanks to the long-standing tradition and excellence of COST. responding in a flexible manner to any future developments. I would like to summarise its key messages: • COST’s progress has been successful and should continue. multi-disciplinary networking opportunities.It is an honour for me to present this new guide on COST for the first time since I was elected President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). We have come a long way since 1971 when 5 countries decided to work together on the scientific and technological challenges of a fast-changing Europe. • COST is a key building block of the European Research Area. • The CSO must steer COST towards the future in order to maintain an efficient organisation in serving the European scientific community and society at large. Celebrating its 40th anniversary. The most important event for COST last year was the COST Ministerial Conference that took place in Palma de Mallorca. Our objective is to place COST in the spotlight to expose the full potential of the programme’s achievements and contributions. This is why COST takes satisfaction in the remarkable achievements and promising results of its Actions. more innovative tomorrow. Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials –– Foreword Foreword . Their cutting-edge work of today is laying the foundation for Europe’s better. • The European Union should maintain a strong and active involvement in all aspects of COST. over 30 000 scientists are currently benefiting from completely bottom-up. Our plans for 2011 are full of ambitious hopes for what will be a very special year in its history.

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Trans-Domain Proposals allow for broad. In this way. In addition. while the research is funded nationally. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS). It covers both basic and more applied or technological research and also addresses issues of a pre-normative nature or of societal importance. which is less than 1% of this sum. • Materials. • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST). COST has now grown into a system for research collaboration covering 3 European Member States plus one cooperating state (see COST countries). • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Societies. increasing the mobility of researchers across Europe and fostering the establishment of large Framework Programme projects in many key Scientific Domains.COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology – was the first and is the widest European network for the coordination of nationally funded research activities. COST has a very important role in building the European Research Area (ERA). The mission of COST is to strengthen Europe in scientific and technical research through the support of European cooperation and interaction between European researchers. acting as a “bridge” spanning the scientific communities of the whole Europe. anticipating and complementing the activities of the Framework Programmes. and is active in 9 Scientific Domains: • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS).000 researchers across Europe. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research. COST is primarily funded from a specific part of the EU RTD Framework Programmes. • Individuals. Cultures and Health (ISCH). It is based on an intergovernmental framework for cooperation agreed following a Ministerial Conference in 1971. • Food and Agriculture (FA). –7– Introduction and COST mission Introduction and COST mission . multidisciplinary proposals to strike across the nine scientific domains. COST levers approximately EUR 2 billion of research funding through its support. • Transport and Urban Development (TUD). Starting from a limited number of countries and Scientific Domains. their Products and Services (FPS). and reaches out to over 30. The funds provided by COST support the coordination costs of the research networks (Actions). • Forests. • Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM).

to each Domain Committee. one of whom is the COST National Coordinator (CNC). a senior scientist or expert. • The Domain Committees (DC) consist of scientists from the 9 scientific domains and are nominated by the COST National Coordinator (one by COST country). The DC reports to the CSO and is responsible for the Quality Control : 1. Evaluation of completed Actions. Each COST Member Country appoints up to two representatives to the CSO. In order to attract the best proposals. Monitoring of Actions in progress. e. • a flexible structure (easy implementation and lean management of the research initiatives).are currently supported by COST. Preliminary proposals (up to 3 pages) are assessed by the relevant Domain Committee or Trans-Domain Proposal Standing Assessment –– . COST operates a Continuous Open Call for proposals for new Actions using a two stage process. • The Secretariat of the CSO is provided by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. • “à la carte” participation (only countries who wish to participate in an Action do so). and implements the CSO decisions.g. a Trans-Domain Proposals Assessment Body (TDPSAB) is responsible for the assessment of multidisciplinary proposals. • The Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) is the highest decisionmaking body and is charged with the oversight and strategic development of COST. • The COST Office in Brussels is provided by the European Science Foundation (ESF) – the implementing agent for COST. Key decisions are taken at COST Ministerial Conferences which are held every five years on average. the Actions' and DCs' activities. The organisation of COST reflects its inter-governmental nature. 2. the national contact point. Each COST country may appoint one representative. The DC also supervises the strategic development of their respective domains. The COST Office supports the scientific activities. Introduction and COST mission COST Actions COST Actions are networks centred around nationally funded research projects in fields of interest to at least five COST countries. Approximately 250 Actions . In addition.described in this booklet . 3.Main characteristics of COST: • “Bottom-up" approach (the idea and subject of a COST Action comes from the European scientists themselves). • equality of access (participation is open to all COST countries). Assessment of proposals for new Actions.

there is a final evaluation of completed Actions through an External Evaluation Panel whose report is considered and approved by the Domain Committee. The MC is composed of up to 2 representatives of each participating COST country. Finally. a final list is proposed to the CSO for approval within the available funding. After approval. COST Actions are of scientific importance in their substantial contributions to the scientific and technical literature and research training and exchanges. Non-COST countries from all over the world or international organisations that have an interest in COST Actions are welcome to join. This contribution to science is widely recognised both within and outside Europe. the Action can be launched. After five acceptances. the Action is opened for COST countries to join it by accepting its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Current Actions are monitored by the Domain Committees through the presence of Domain Committee “Rapporteurs” at Action meetings and by annual reports and presentations of Action progress to their respective Domain Committees.Body (TDP-SAB). Authors of successful preliminary proposals are then invited to submit a Full Proposal which is subject to external peer review and further assessment by the Domain Committee or Trans-Domain Proposal Standing Assessment Body. COST Actions contribute to European competitiveness and to standardization bodies and may even generate small companies (SMEs). COST Actions are frequently the precursors for successful projects in the EU Framework Programme. –9– Introduction and COST mission . Each Action is under the supervision of a Management Committee (MC) which coordinates the activities of the Action and reports to the relevant Domain Committee. to its wider dissemination to policy makers and the public at large and also for tackling problems deriving from pressing societal needs. especially networking tools such as Networks of Excellence. COST Actions have a societal importance in their contribution to knowledge. Eventually. More broadly. provided there is mutual benefit in such collaboration.

3.eu/vademecum). For additional information. Training Schools “Training Schools” within the context of the Action topic are aimed at providing dissemination of the Action activities and intensive training in a new emerging subject in one of the laboratories of the Action with unique equipment or knowhow. The participants are basically but not exclusively young researchers from across Europe. COST supports the cooperation between the participants within an Action and the coordination and dissemination of the Action's scientific activities. They are normally open to the whole scientific community and act as a showcase for the Action. but these schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of ‘life-long learning’. Short-term scientific missions (STSM) Missions or exchange visits are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country to foster collaboration. – 10 – .cost.COST Action Instruments COST aims to stimulate European cooperation of nationally funded research activities in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. to learn a new technique or to make measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. 4. General Action Support Grant (GASG) This grant can be used for the support and development of an Action website as well as for general support of the Action’s Management Committee operation. You will find hereafter a non-exhaustive list of Action activities financed by COST (Instruments). such as small-scale Actionrelated ad-hoc activities and support for preparatory events. Workshops and Conferences. there is no direct research funding by COST. Meetings Meetings are organised by the Management Committee in any COST country participating in the Action. 2. They are particularly intended for young scientists. Accordingly. COST Action Instruments 1. Working Group Meetings. such as Management Committee meetings. They can be of different types. COST will contribute to the travel and subsistence costs of participating scientists. and to the organisation costs of the meeting. please refer to the COST Vademecum (www.

the potential beneficiaries and policy makers about the outcome of the Actions and their planned programmes and activities. the use of the internet is an important tool for the dissemination of scientific activities. the aim of the dissemination and communication policy is to inform the members of the networks. • The COST Office develops and maintains a central website where all relevant information about the COST activities is available to the general public. Dissemination. Among these.5. • As proceedings of workshops and conferences. • General information leaflets and brochures. Press releases and news flashes This is a fast and efficient way to update the scientific community and policy makers about COST activities. 6. A series of dissemination channels are available for the COST Actions and Domain Committees and can be funded from the COST Office budget: Publications are the classical means of disseminating scientific results. there are the usual Action workshops (organised by Actions under their auspices) and Exploratory Workshops. • In addition each Action will normally have its own website where all the specific Action activities are accessible. – 11 – COST Action Instruments This grant will be allocated as a fixed grant to the MC chair. • As books produced by reputable publishers in the field of the relevant scientific research areas. programmes and results. This website contains an extensive number of links to other relevant websites. . Therefore. the scientific community. Emphasis is placed on publishing: • In scientific journals as contributions or special issue according to standard procedures for submission of manuscripts. Publications The dissemination of the scientific results of the COST activities is a key value of COST. Electronic media • For COST. COST Workshops and Strategic Initiatives COST Workshops The COST Office is entitled to support different kinds of workshops. He has to report on the expenditure at the MC meeting.

The supported measures. Lebanon. Early Stage Researchers COST follows an overall policy of increasing its support to early stage researchers.7. based on existing instruments. are described in the COST Document COST 295/09 (see www. Azerbaijan. Montenegro). New Zealand and South Africa). In general researchers from Institutions from non-COST countries do not receive economic support from COST. Libya. (b) Near Neighbour policy There is a notable provision to stimulate the participation of researchers from the non-COST “near neighbour countries”: Balkan countries (Albania. (see http://www. researchers from these countries are eligible to participate in other activities decided at the level of individual Actions (such as meetings. The financial contribution provided by COST for a European scientist travelling to such a country is a fixed grant. Georgia.cost.eu/about_cost/reciprocal_agreements) COST Action Instruments 8. Mediterranean countries (Algeria. Russia and Ukraine): up to two researchers from each country may be reimbursed for attendance of COST Action meetings. defined as any researcher whose career has not yet exceeded 8 years after achievement of a PhD/doctorate (or similar experience). cost. Syria and Tunisia) and Eastern European countries (Armenia. Morocco. The Palestinian Authority. Moldova. Belarus. COST set up reciprocal arrangements (up to now with Argentina.eu/guidelines). Participation of Institutions from non-COST countries (a) non-COST Countries COST is open to participation of institutions from non-COST countries in COST Actions following the bottom-up principle and provided it is of mutual benefit. short-term scientific missions. Egypt. Moreover. to be approved by the JAF on a case-by-case basis. – 12 – . (c) Reciprocal Agreements In addition. training schools and conferences). Australia.

Individuals. Materials. 7xx* 4. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) ex: MP1001. 5xx*. Axx* 7. Dxx* 3. 6xx*. Exx* 6. their Products and Services (FPS) ex: FP1001. Food and Agriculture (FA) ex: FA1001. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ex: IC1001. Earth System Science & Environmental Management (ESSEM) ex: ES1001. Transport and Urban Development (TUD) ex: TU1001. Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) ex: BM1001. 8xx*. Forests. Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies (CMST) ex: CM1001. Societies. 2 first letters of the Domain acronym – year in 2 digits – running number. (see below) 1. Pxx* 9. 3xx*. 21xx* 8.The COST Domain structure is reflected in the Action numbering which is based on 6 characters. Bxx* 2. Cultures and Health (ISCH) ex: IS1001. 9xx* 5. Cxx* + Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) ex: TD1001 * Actions that started before the introduction of the Open Call keep the old numbering system (up to 2006) – 13 – Domains and Action numbering Domains and Action numbering .

Y.cost.of Macedonia (MK*) Finland (FI) France (FR) Germany (DE) Greece (EL) Hungary (HU) Iceland (IS) Ireland (IE) Israel** (IL) Italy (IT) Latvia (LV) Lithuania (LT) Luxembourg (LU) Malta (MT) Netherlands (NL) Norway (NO) Poland (PL) Portugal (PT) Romania (RO) Serbia (RS) Slovakia (SK) Slovenia (SI) Spain (ES) Sweden (SE) Switzerland (CH) Turkey (TR) United Kingdom (UK) Participating non-COST countries Albania (AL) Algeria (DZ) Andorra (AD) Argentina (AR) Armenia (AM) Australia (AU) Azerbaijan (AZ) Brazil (BR) Belarus (BY) Canada (CA) China (CN) Colombia (CO) Cuba (CU) Egypt (EG) Georgia (GE) Hong Kong (HK) India (IN) Japan (JP) Republic of Korea (KR) Lebanon (LB) Malaysia (MY) Mauritius (MU) Mexico (MX) Republic of Moldova (MD) Morocco (MA) New Zealand (NZ) Palestine (PS) Pakistan (PK) Russia (RU) Tunisia (TN) Singapore (SG) South Africa (ZA) Sudan (SD) Ukraine (UA) United Arab Emirates (AE) United States of America (US) Uruguay (UY) Vietnam (VN) * As set in ISO 3166-1 Alpha-2 country code used by the United Nations and other international organizations. Following the Interinstitutional style guide the definitive nomenclature for this country will be agreed following current negotiations at UN level.eu/participate/join_action) COST countries & other participating countries COST Member Countries Austria (AT) Belgium (BE) Bosnia-Herzegovina (BA) Bulgaria (BG) Croatia (HR) Cyprus (CY) Czech Republic (CZ) Denmark (DK) Estonia (EE) F.COST countries & other participating countries (see also: www. ** Israel is a Cooperating State – 14 – .R.

Micro. forests. These functions may be conducted at the molecular and the whole body level. They are not limited to research in humans. The scope of the Domain is not restricted to these activities. not excluding its integration in the environment (food. water supply. preclinical and clinical medical research developed to materialise the “bench to bedside” concept. etc. medical devices and new medicines. and animals.cost. lipids. cellular mechanisms of diseases. proteins (structures and functions). issues connected with forestry and agriculture included. Biomedicine and Specific Technologies: some of the related BMBS research areas include advanced imaging and treatment techniques (basic research. treatment procedures). cell dysfunctions (cancer).Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) www. The BMBS research also includes issues of genome. urban environment. tropical diseases. advanced medical research on biomaterials. but may also concern research in plants. contagious diseases (animals to humans transmissible diseases included).and Nanomedicine (including nanotechnologies). cell migration. microorganisms. diagnosis. Molecular Biosciences encompass all areas of genomics. The following examples illustrate aspects of actual research in this Domain.). viruses.eu/bmbs The Domain Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences covers all areas of medicine as practiced in Europe and basic. Research in biomedicine emphasises acquisition of knowledge of normal functions of the human body and alterations of them in the case of diseases. biomedicine/ molecular bioscience and pharmacology in extreme conditions such as climate change. immune system. cognitive neuroscience. it should be noted that networking of cutting edge specific research with a high degree of complexity and multidisciplinarity is encouraged. Research in BMBS is also concerned with some – 15 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) COST Actions . and outer space conditions. pollutants. Basic and applied biomolecular research is addressed. proteomics and metabolomics. study of the Central Nervous System and neuronal connections.

NL. mathematics and physics. TD1005. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. TD0906. ES. TR. which have historically represented separate fields of science. – 16 – . mathematical models in medicine. TD0802. FR.nl NANONET will establish the first scientific platform to focus and integrate the exciting new knowledge on intermediate filaments with novel developments in cell biology. which new research tools are in need to study neural ECM. FI. BMBS is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD1002. by synergising European research in this multidisciplinary domain. TD1006. schizophrenia. such as epilepsy. CY. medical physics and chemistry. IT. which drugs can target them. medicine.it The objective of this Action is to understand the rapidly emerging role of the neural extracellular matrix (ECM) in brain function and dysfunction. TD0904. RS. biomedical engineering.knaw. new ideas and initiatives are welcome as well as those with high interdisciplinary elements. dementia. Alexander DITYATEV (IT) - E: alexander. engineering. and mental retardation. This COST Action will enable the synergistic development of novel collaborative research projects to deliver a multi-disciplinary understanding of cell homeostasis and its vulnerabilities in health and disease. molecular biology. neurons and glial cells. traumatic brain injury. which ECM molecules are linked to brain disorders. This Action will be instrumental to address the following scientific questions: what are the functional properties of different ECM components in the brain. TD0905. DE. Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM1001 . TD0803. high degree of innovation and close links and overlaps with other domains. TD1003. DK.Nanomechanics of intermediate filament networks (NANONET) Chair: Dr Elly HOL (NL) - E: e. (bio)chemistry. PL. The synergy is essential to study complex interaction between ECM. TD1007. EL.dityatev@iit.crucial interdisciplinary issues in the fields such as bioinformatics.The future economic/societal benefits from this Action will be development of novel ECM-based therapeutic strategies for major neurological. TD0901. Therefore. neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. UK BM1002 .hol@nin. and how to synthesize three dimensional ECM scaffolds that would mimic specific forms of neural ECM and guide reconstitution of neural circuits. TD1004.Brain Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease (ECMNet) Chair: Prof.

function and immunostimulatory activity of CF pathogens including Gram negative and Gram positive cell wall components. HU. The bacterial factors and the molecular mechanisms which provoke full blown inflammation in CF are mostly unclear. The COST Action will investigate the structure. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. The COST Action will capture the commercial applications of this new knowledge and take advantage of current scientific advances in the field. including studying genetically ‘at risk’ siblings. services and outcomes Chair: Prof. and developing and testing screening instruments and interventions. PL. DE. The lack of a forum to enhance the scientific synergies between these strands of basic and applied research has hindered progress. CH. IS. IT. These pathogens particularly Pseudomonas. SI. FR.ac.charman@ioe. ES.End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IE. Anthony CHARMAN (UK) - E: t. BG. PT. IS. SI. increasing knowledge of their nanomechanical and biological properties from which new therapies and treatments for the health and well-being of the European people will emerge.Enhancing the scientific study of early autism: A network to improve research. IE. CZ. Antonio MOLINARO (IT) - E: molinaro@unina.it This COST Action relates to bacterial infections seen in the human hereditary disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF). BE. BG. HU. DE. Acinetobacter and S. aureus are also important causes of hospital acquired infections affecting many other patient groups thus improving made within this COST Action may have much wider applicability to include immunosuppressed or hospitalised patients who are also at risk from these bacteria. the development of novel neuroimaging techniques. ES. UK BM1003 . UK BM1004 . FR.Microbial cell surface determinants of virulence as targets for new therapeutics in Cystic Fibrosis Chair: Prof. This is the most common lethal single gene disorder in Europe and is associated with end organ inflammation and damage particularly affecting the lungs. BE. PT. – 17 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) NANONET will elevate and promote awareness of these important nanofilaments. CZ. . CH. PL.uk A wide number of scientific methodologies and disciplines are relevant to the study of early autism. IT.

Gasotransmitters: from basic science to therapeutic applications (ENOG . DK. RO. This may be due to the fact that HDLs differ in composition and functionality which necessitates the search for the proper biomarkers to assess and monitor HDL-related CAD risk. NO. their families and broader European society. ES. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. NL. IE. The scientific goals of this Action will be pursued by five working groups. CZ. genetics. EL. function and regulation of HDL. ES. As yet. anti-atherogenic properties of HDL. UK (in progress) – 18 – . share and discuss novel information on structure. often leading to marginalisation. NL. clinical aspects. UK Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM1005 . IT. FI. Current health care systems across Europe are very variable in terms of their expertise and capacity to support families with young children with autism. They will obtain. IT. FR. IS. significantly improving quality of life for individuals with autism. structure. IL. PT. RS. PT. no effective HDL-tailored therapy of CAD is available. PL. DE. function. This Action therefore aims to create a scientific network of leading European investigators working on epidemiology. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. metabolism and regulation of HDL in order to foster multidisciplinary and collaborative HDL research. The major economic/ societal benefits from this Action will be the reduction of CAD-related morbidity and mortality in Europe and the support of the European biomedical industry and economic competitiveness.This Action will create a network to enable developments in clinical practice and policy to be informed by cutting edge science and a rigorous evidence-base. exchange resources and technology and develop strategies to exploit this knowledge and know-how for diagnostics and therapy of disturbed HDL metabolism and atherosclerosis.European Network on Gasotransmitters) Chair: to be confirmed High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is an attractive target for preventing and curing coronary artery disease (CAD) in view of the inverse association between plasma HDL cholesterol and CAD risk as well as the multiple beneficial. SE. DE. Increased and earlier recognition has impacted across Europe in terms of demand for diagnostic services and interventions.

HU. PT. PL. these techniques are now driving the generation of knowledge (especially in biomedicine and molecular life sciences) to new dimensions. providing beneficial host protecting immunity. and will create a nucleus for world-wide activities to jointly address the upcoming biomedical informatics revolution. they also contribute to the development and maintenance of several chronic inflammatory diseases which. UK (in progress) – 19 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) . End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. The massive data volumes being generated by these new technologies require new data handling and storage methods. Mast cells and basophils have been shown to be critically involved in various innate and adaptive immune responses and. End of Action: 2015 Parties: CZ. FR. re-sequencing large numbers of known genomes. Hence. DE. NL. In contrast. The Action will create a network of European experts to foster a multidisciplinary approach for the identification.Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Network Chair: to be confirmed Next generation sequencing (NGS) is a highly parallelised approach for quickly and economically sequencing new genomes. FI. harnessing their expertise to bring NGS data management and analysis to new levels of efficiency and integration. ES. Rigorous surveillance of NGS technology and NGS-related software developments will allow the partners to generate software solutions for future NGS opportunities in a timely manner. This COST Action unites bioinformaticians. FI. computer scientists and biomedical scientists.Mast Cells and Basophiles – Targets for Innovative Therapies Chair: to be confirmed Mast cells and basophils have long been recognized for their detrimental role in the elicitation of allergic diseases. the life science community urgently needs new.BM1006 . IT. characterisation. UK (in progress) BM1007 . scientific results revealed both cell types as versatile effector cells that exhibit far more complex functions beyond their role in allergy. The Action will increase the ability of European groups to maximally benefit from NGS technology. The diversity of important mast cell and basophil functions places these cell types into promising therapeutic targets. lack sufficient treatment options. EL. Producing data on an unprecedented scale. ES. and improved approaches to facilitate NGS data management and analysis. IL. even at the present time. In recent years. and development of such targets and their translation into novel therapeutic strategies. thereby. or for rapidly investigating transcriptomes under different conditions.

DE. CH. PT. BE. FI. SE. other mutations have been discovered in MPD and related diseases. IT. SYSGENET will create a data sharing pan-European platform where the results of multiple phenotypic studies can be combined and new associations between phenotypes. FR. EE. Klaus SCHUGHART (DE) - E: kls@helmholtz-hzi. NL. CZ. In addition. IT. is to establish a European Network of experts in MPD and related diseases. EL.Network of experts in the diagnosis of myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) Chair: Dr Sylvie HERMOUET (FR) - E: sylvie. PL. FR. allowing entering into the new area of systems genetics. CZ. IL. which regroups the main leaders in the field of MPD research. DK. NL. MK. UK – 20 – .fr Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) and related diseases are chronic blood diseases which had known little improvement in diagnosis and treatment for decades. DE. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. TR.hermouet@chu-nantes. New diagnosis tools will be designed and novel drugs will soon be tested. CH. UK BM0902 . The network will centralize the diagnostic investigation of rare forms of MPD and related diseases. ES. It will allow researchers in different European countries to devise common research programmes and infrastructures which will give them access to various GRP resources from different European laboratories and to future GRP resources world-wide. This Action will formalize collaboration between European MPD experts in order to facilitate. ES. The results from these research activities will provide the basis for a better understanding of human diseases and allow the development of new strategies for their prevention and therapy. MPD-EuroNet. gene networks and genotypes can be identified. optimize and standardize diagnosis and care for MPD patients in Europe. SK. Since 2005. diagnosis and patient care. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0901 .de The main objective of the Action is to contribute to the discovery of gene networks that are involved in the development of complex genetic diseases in human. RO. DK. The objective of this Action.European systems genetics network for the study of complex genetic human diseases using mouse genetic reference populations (SYSGENET) Chair: Prof. LU. In 2005 the discovery in Europe of the V617F mutation of JAK2 in MPD has renewed interest in these diseases.

End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. This may be due to the fact that HDLs differ in composition and functionality which necessitates the search for the proper biomarkers to assess and monitor HDL-related CAD risk. Recent evidence from molecular genetics underscores the importance of the skin barrier genes in addition to genes promoting abnormal immunological pathways.BM0903 . function and regulation of HDL. They will obtain. HR. no effective HDL-tailored therapy of CAD is available.kezic@amc. DK. This Action therefore aims to create a scientific network of leading European investigators working on epidemiology. metabolism and regulation of HDL in order to foster multidisciplinary and collaborative HDL research. This Action will bring together experts engaged in epidemiology. As yet. a multidisciplinary approach is needed with complementary experimental approaches including both in vivo studies and validated animal and in vitro models. genetics. Atopic eczema (AE) is an inflammatory skin disorder which is characterized by dry and itchy skin and a cutaneous hyperreactivity to environmental triggers. The scientific goals of this Action will be pursued by five working groups. clinical aspects. ES. IE. NL. To reveal the mechanisms by which environmental factors pursue the genetic predisposition into disease manifestation. function.nl The main objective of the Action is to bundle research expertise on atopic eczema (AE) and to identify key genetic and environmental risk factors.gr High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is an attractive target for preventing and curing coronary artery disease (CAD) in view of the inverse association between plasma HDL cholesterol and CAD risk as well as the multiple beneficial. anti-atherogenic properties of HDL.forth. Dimitris KARDASSIS (EL) - E: kardasis@imbb. The major economic/ – 21 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) . and the lack of cure.uva. share and discuss novel information on structure. exchange resources and technology and develop strategies to exploit this knowledge and know-how for diagnostics and therapy of disturbed HDL metabolism and atherosclerosis.From Biological Understanding to Clinical Exploitation (HDL) Chair: Prof. IT. DE. BE. It affects at least 15% of children and 2-10% of adults and often predates the development of allergic airway diseases. IS. which has seen an enormous rise especially in industrialized nations. PL. genetics. structure. clinical research and research on skin barrier and immunology. Given its substantial prevalence. UK BM0904 . FR. BG.Skin Barrier and Atopic Diseases (SKINBAD) Chair: Dr Sanja KEZIC (NL) - E: s. there is a pressing need to better understand its pathophysiology. EE.

BE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. HU.societal benefits from this Action will be the reduction of CAD-related morbidity and mortality in Europe and the support of the European biomedical industry and economic competitiveness. but also to translate the newly available therapeutic options into optimal personalized care.European Network for Transnational Immunology Research and Education (ENTIRE): From Immunomonitoring to Personalized Immunotherapy Chair: Dr Dominique BAETEN (NL) - E: d. EL. UK BM0907 .gr Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome (GTS) is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder with childhood onset. This Action will foster the creation of a pan-European. NL.duth. EL.uva. The major challenge in the field of IMIDs is not only to unravel their pathogenesis. interdisciplinary scientific network with a goal to promote the study of GTS. NL. Efforts to elucidate the genetic etiology of GTS are fragmented across Europe and hampered by low statistical power. leading to chronic disorders that affect organ integrity and function. combating stigmatisation of affected individuals. and educate the public and professionals. IT. RS. IL. educators.nl Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) are characterized by dysregulation of the immune response. Due to lack of education of medical professionals.baeten@amc.l. IT. PL. UK Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0905 . One key step is the rational measurement of the functional immune status in individual patients that provides crucial information relating to staging. and the general public. CH. as well as biological assessment – 22 – . safety and dose adjustment of immunomodulation. DK. It is marked by multiple motor and vocal tics and high comorbidity rates with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. ES. ES. FR. DE. DK. The burden of disease and socio-economic impact of IMIDs in the Western world are comparable to those for infectious diseases or malignancies. monitoring of efficacy.European Network for the Study of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome Chair: Dr Peristera PASCHOU (EL) - E: ppaschou@mbg. FI. treatment choice. DE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. improve the standards of care. FR. GTS is underdiagnosed and patients are severely discriminated against. CH. Best practice guidelines are going to be set and national projects are going to be unified into a large-scale effort that will uncover the genetic basis of GTS and disentangle the interplay between environment and genetics.

NO. validate. UK BM0802 . Building on the unique European model of structural integration between fundamental and clinical research. UK BM0801 .mills@qub. CH. PL. NL.uk There is an active research programme across Europe into the molecular mechanisms and mutations in AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) and MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) which is focused on high level technologies such as mRNA or miRNA expression profiling. This Action will establish a wider European network to promote contacts and exchanges of experience and technology among laboratories involved in basic research and diagnostic services and promote the development of new resources and technological tools providing new insights into basic pathogenesis and improve clinical investigations. DE. SE.End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. FI. Ken MILLS (UK) - E: k. the Action will ultimately promote the translation of new developments into optimal individualized treatment of IMIDs. DK. NO. LV. The European Genomic and Epigenetic Study on MDS and AML (EuGESMA) Action will establish a permanent network among outstanding groups who actively contribute to the understanding and integration of modern genomics technologies with the aim of translating these into a clinical environment. Susan WELBURN (UK) - E: sue. EL. CZ. RS.uk The main objective of the Action is to build an extensive. The ENTIRE-Action will harness the multidisciplinary synergy between different European centres in the field of immunology to define. ES. HU. The knowledge and technology required to define such an “immunotype” is currently dispersed within centres with expertise in specific pathways or organ-specific diseases. multidisciplinary translational network to advance knowledge and understanding of when. DK. and implement a rational and standardized measurement of the immune function for IMIDs and their treatment. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. IE. TR. They are aimed at understanding the molecular basis of these diseases.Translating genomic and epigenetic studies of MDS and AML (EuGESMA) Chair: Prof. . FI.Life or death of protozoan parasites Chair: Prof.welburn@ed. BG. FR. IL. RS. DE. NL. genome-wide epigenetic or genotyping. – 23 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) of remission. IT. why and how protozoan parasites undergo programmed cell death (PCD). to develop technologies for improving diagnosis. prognosis and a move towards personalised therapeutic choices. IT. ES.ac. FR.ac.

to lead to standardization of protocols and procedures for sampling. PL. easy access to specific population databases and understandable computer tools). DK. A. clinical work. IL. Several European groups are at the forefront of the rapid growth of research devoted to various aspects of PCD-like processes in a range of protozoan parasites. is a keystone of the life or death decision in cells of multicellular organisms and in their interactions with parasites. albeit involving molecular mechanisms and functions that may be unique to these parasites. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. ES. clinical transplantation.A European network of the HLA diversity for histocompatibility. epidemiology and population genetics (HLA-NET) Chair: Prof. high resolution HLA typing. CH. NL. SANCHEZ-MAZAS (CH) - E: alicia. IT.Protozoan parasites play a central role in the field of human and animal health causing devastating diseases such as malaria and sleeping sickness. DE. markers and evolutionary concepts. EL. handling. population genetics. Networking these teams will create a focus for this work and accelerate the European impetus.ch The main objectives of the Action are to network European research teams working on Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) molecular diversity in human populations.sanchez-mazas@unige. Given the rapid development of drug resistance in these organisms it is crucial that the development of novel drugs or vaccines is based on a detailed understanding of parasite/host biology and interaction. Evidence is rapidly growing for an important role of PCD in the life history of a range of protozoans. the investigators working in these different fields are currently limited in their interactions. Interactions will lead to greater dissemination of information on PCD mechanisms. While needing similar requirements at the different levels of their analysis (good quality of sampling. The molecular characterization of the HLA polymorphism in human populations represents a crucial step in several disciplines concerned by public health (histocompatibility/transplantation and epidemiology) and also constitutes a main research focus in human molecular evolution (molecular population genetics). PT. storing and processing data and to the development of a user-friendly bioinformatics platform accessible to scientists in different fields. Therefore they provide the potential to develop new tools and leading to breakthroughs in the processes involved in PCD. powerful biostatistic analyses adapted to complex HLA data. biostatistics and/or computer science into – 24 – . RS. UK Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0803 . HLANET offers an innovative framework by which those scientists will put their expertise in laboratory work. ethical issues. FR. Programmed cell death (PCD). TR. and thus to significant progress in the development of novel treatments.

.HOX and TALE transcription factors in Development and Disease Chair: Dr Miguel TORRES (ES) - E: mtorres@cnic. EL. or the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation. FI. HOX and TALE proteins occupy a central position in several areas of biomedical research. DE. CH. DK. HU. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. IT. IL. They currently represent the only vertebrate models to derive quantitative data on gene expression. ES. DE.straehle@itg. NO. Uwe STRAEHLE (DE) - E: uwe. Many of the classical questions. NL. CH. SI. FI. such as the basis for their functional specificity.European Network on Fish Biomedical Models (EuFishBioMed) – a community resource to enable effective zebrafish partnering in projects targeting human diseases Chair: Prof. DK. FR. issues that might lie at the origin of several tumours associated with HOX and TALE genes. signalling events and cell behaviour in real time in the living animal. EL. Relevant phenotypes in fish mutants easily compare to those of other mammalian disease models and can be analysed in great details and much faster than in mammals. LV. HR. UK Non-COST participation: The University of Auckland (NZ). The main objective of the Action is to gain knowledge on the role of the HOX/TALE homeodomain regulatory network in development and disease through the joint efforts of different laboratories with – 25 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) contribution to elaborate consensual standards. are beginning to yield answers. define common procedures and share high quality data and tools. Highly significant scientific.de The small fresh water fish zebrafish and medaka have become new model organisms for biomedical research.es Currently. NL.fzk.End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. PT. technological and societal benefits are expected through the Action with immediate applications in donor-recipient matching. IS. IT. ES. NO. BM0805 . PT. The main objective of the Action is to promote research on and use of small fish as models for human diseases via the establishment of a communication platform. UK BM0804 . case-control studies and population genetics research. IE. PL. FR. BE. These gene families have also turned out to be a very useful model for the study of emerging questions such as the impact of epigenetics on the control of gene expression.

CH. The principal mechanism of MDR is the active expulsion of drugs by bacterial pumps that expel unrelated compounds. SI.complementary expertises in approaches. identify risk – 26 – . TR. UK Non-COST participation: Université de Montréal (CA).fr The main objective of the Action is to create a framework that involves collaboration between experts in the many fields of science necessary for understanding efflux-mediated resistance at the molecular and genetic levels and to translate this knowledge into the development of diagnostic tests and antimicrobials that will. and to focus on the current state of play pertaining to the basic understanding and the huge therapeutic potential of this important new drug target. DE. IT. it plays a significant role in immune responses and inflammatory processes. The main objective of this Action is to foster a multidisciplinary approach to H4R research. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. FR. PT. UK Non-COST participation: University of Buenos Aires (AR).gr The recently identified histamine H4 receptor (H4R) has attracted much interest because of its function and potential therapeutic exploitation. PL. EL. Principally expressed on haematopoietic cells. Cornell University (US). The Action will include scientists with competences ranging from clinical bacteriology to chemical synthesis. animal models and human diseases. IE. FR. DE. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. ES. NO. Multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria constitute an ever-increasing threat to public health. Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0806 . HU.Recent advances in histamine receptor H4R research Chair: Dr Ekaterini TILIGADA (EL) - E: aityliga@med. NL. PL. University of Otago (NZ) BM0701 . help control MDR infectious diseases throughout Europe. CH.uoa. Moscow State University (RU).pages@univmed. Its sub-objectives are to determine prevalence and evolution of bacterial drug efflux mechanisms. ES. NL. University of Michigan (US). biological processes. SE. DK. Stanford University (US).Antibiotic Transport and Efflux : New Strategies to combat bacterial resistance (ATENS) Chair: Dr Jean-Marie PAGES (FR) - E: jean-marie. HU. DK. IT. IL. Columbia University (US). FI. IL. A coordinated European effort is urgently needed for the control of drug efflux mechanisms that mediate resistance against all antibiotic families in bacterial pathogens. in the future.

MK. CY.and interdisciplinary approach will identify new targets and provide a generation of effective agents against efflux mechanisms in MDR bacterial pathogens. focusing on renal and urine proteomics. RO. and to synthesize and evaluate molecules that obviate efflux-mediated resistance. FR. DE. including but not limited to setting the urgently needed standards for clinical proteomics and translational research and improving the clinical situation in chronic renal diseases. Despite preliminary successful efforts. Application of proteomics methodologies in the investigation of renal diseases will catalyze the development of optimal diagnostic and prognostic tests. bioinformatics and molecular modelling. CZ. Proteomics is the large-scale analysis of the proteins of biological samples. EL. DK. Molecular basis of drug efflux. UK BM0702 . NL. NO. technological and societal benefits to the European Union are expected. FI. TR. HU. CH. Four Working Groups are foreseen: Clinical and veterinary bacteriology. integration of data to systems biology approaches and dissemination of information for application to diagnostic/prognostic procedures. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. chemosensitizers or inhibitory agents. PT. EuroKUP will foster the generation of a strong and growing multi disciplinary network of scientists. elucidate the functional and structural bases of efflux resistance. decipher genetic regulation of this mechanism. FR. IE. BE. standardization and optimization of procedures. PL. The Action will focus on the identification of reference clinical centres for major kidney diseases and establishment of uniform clinical databases. EL. CH. PL.End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. IE. SE. DK. Production of new molecules.gr The main objective of the Action is to to catalyze translational research in kidney diseases via standardization in all aspects of urine and kidney proteomics analysis from specimen collection and databasing up to data processing and analysis.Urine and Kidney Proteomics Chair: Dr Antonia VLAHOU (EL) - E: vlahoua@bioacademy. UK Non-COST participation: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute (AU) – 27 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) factors. IT. ES. ES. IT. Renal diseases constitute a major health threat in all societies. RS. DE. This multi. SI. IL. Structural genomic. BE. . Multiple scientific. NO. the interactions between the multidisciplinary teams of scientists working on kidney diseases and proteomics are still limited in Europe. LT.

com The main objective of the Action is to create a structure in which researchers in the field of EMF and health can share knowledge and information on electromagnetic fields (EMF). This impinges on every aspect of day-to-day living throughout Europe. NO.Emerging EMF Technologies and Health Risk Management Chair: Dr Alastair MCKINLAY (UK) - E: alastairmckinlay@ntlworld. encouraging multilaboratory collaboration and for training of early-stage researchers in EMF health related research. The Action will link experts in basic sciences with approaches in translational cancer research. EE. are accepted. In recent years. it will be of vital importance for the European researchers to develop strong points of interaction to provide them with a competitive edge. IT. Particular concerns are focussed on what people often regard as the involuntary aspects of EMF exposure and often on the exposure of children or the unborn child. NL.E: carina. This Action will provide an interaction platform for research focused on genomic integrity and epigenetics and their dysregulation in cancer. in public places or at work. FI. The Action provides researchers with an effective vehicle for sharing multidisciplinary knowledge. whether in the home. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BG. The Action will combine expertise in the fields of DNA damage response. UK BM0704 . and explore the mechanisms underlying normal and deregulated functions. MK. TR. HU. there has been an unprecedented increase in the use of devices emitting electromagnetic fields (EMF). CH. It facilitates identifying how existing technologies change. PL.holmberg@helsinki. and cancer epigenetics. While the benefits to society of such technologies. DE. RS. transcriptional control. chromatin organization. new research models and tools in cancer research. LT. coordinating and sharing knowledge of relevant multidisciplinary scientific research. for example in mobile and other personal radio-communications.Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0703 . Due to the highest clinical significance of understanding of the molecular basis of cancer progression. DK. what entirely new applications and services – 28 – . significant public and media concern continues to be expressed about increases in EMF exposure of people and potential related adverse effects on health. It will combine multidisciplinary expertise in biochemical. EL. The key to addressing anticipated public and media concern about potential adverse health effects is foresight in respect of carrying out. HR. ES. biological and functional genomics approaches and in exploiting animal models.fi The main objective of the Action is to advance our knowledge on mechanisms that protect healthy cells from transforming into cancer cells.Cancer and Control of Genomic Integrity (CANGENIN) Chair: Dr Carina HOLMBERG-STILL (FI) .

TR. NEUROMATH also offers to the young neuroscientists. mathematicians. to identify novel adipokines. Major multidisciplinary research tasks of the network aim to analyse the central regulation of food intake and adipocyte storage function. HU. NL. This approach is based on the hypothesis that adipose tissue functions as a hub between obesity-related exogenous factors (nutrition. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.de Obesity is the major risk factor for the metabolic syndrome. The main objective of this Action is to improve our knowledge on the specific role of adipose tissue in the development of the metabolic syndrome. MK. ES.Babiloni@uniroma1. SE. EL. DE. CZ. UK Non-COST participation: Stellenbosch University (ZA) BM0601 . RO. NO. EE. FR. which is an epidemic disease that generates a severe socio-economic burden for the public health systems. NO. DE. FI. peripheral insulin resistance and vascular – 29 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) are introduced. RO. CY. ES.Adipose Tissue: A Key Target for Prevention of the Metabolic Syndrome Chair: Prof. LV. FI. HR. HR. Fabio BABILONI (IT) - E: Fabio. IE. PL. NEUROMATH will allow scientists to harmonize their computational tools in order to offer a comprehensive approach to the problem of the estimation of brain activity and connectivity for sensory and cognitive behavioural tasks. EL.Advanced Methods For The Estimation Of Human Brain Activity And Connectivity (NEUROMATH) Chair: Prof. PL. .it The main objective of the Action is to increase the knowledge on the mathematical methods able to estimate the cortical activity and connectivity in the human brain from non invasive neuroelectric and hemodynamic measurements. SE. UK Non-COST participation: Van der Veer Institute for Parkinson's and Brain Research (NZ) BM0602 . DK. CH.End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. life style) and the molecular events that induce manifestation of the metabolic syndrome. HU. SI. NL. BE. IT. MT. BE. PT. DK. Jürgen ECKEL (DE) - E: eckel@uni-duesseldorf. CH. physics. BG. RS. Enhanced production of proinflammatory cytokines by adipose tissue may represent a key event in the pathogenesis of this syndrome. to study their impact for inflammation. what impact these would have on the levels and spectral nature of EMF exposure of people and what potential health consequences might arise. MK. FR. and engineers a comprehensive review of such methods as well as regular training courses and associated didactic material on this topic. IT. CY.

with increased life expectancy. training schools and courses. IT. NL. RS. gain of knowledge. PT. EL. LV. and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This Action creates a network (NEURINFNET) of European experts in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration with the goal to develop and focus cross-cutting studies of MS and AD. FI. This COST Action addresses the crossover between these disease pathologies. DK. DK. FR. CH. SK. IL.sdu. CZ. The Hospital for Sick Children (CA). SI. The basis for the Action is that neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation occur in both AD and MS. FR. and paves the way for major health and economic benefits. Trevor OWENS (DK) - E: towens@health. IL. EL. to develop novel reagents and technologies. SE. University of Auckland (NZ) Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) BM0603 . ES. ES. PL. BG. and improved prospects for development of therapies. SE. predominantly a neuroinflammatory disease. UK Non-COST participation: University of Queensland (AU). BE. to have maximal impact on research carried out in member laboratories. This approach can significantly facilitate progress towards novel therapeutics for MS and AD.Inflammation in Brain Disease (NEURINFNET) Chair: Prof. PL.dk Brain disease imposes a huge burden on the Europe health systems. Outcomes are integration of research perspectives and technologies. IE. CY. UK Non-COST participation: Ilia Chavchavadze State University (GE). NO.and beta cell dysfunction. IT. NO. Neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration are major components of many brain diseases. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (UA) – 30 – . and to foster a multidisciplinary approach to research into brain disease. CH. by integrating research into multiple sclerosis (MS). RS. DE. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. HU. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. The NEURINFNET network establishes workshops. IE. MK. TR. leading to the realization that significant advance towards therapies and cure requires intersubject collaboration. and to define the role of adipose tissue in the manifestation of type 2 diabetes. NL. predominantly neurodegenerative. that increases as the population ages. DE. PT. RO.

scientific and technical exchange by the creation of a common database. PL. IT. Therefore this Action is to combine a number of recognized European research groups for a coordinated approach to fight these diseases. These pathologies are widely studied around Europe. or acting requires a highly interdisciplinary approach that involves different disciplines (from neuroscience to philosophy. ES. from artificial intelligence to psychology). Understanding the mechanisms involved in the conscious states we enjoy when perceiving.BM0604 . End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.fr The objective of the Action is to better understand and fight diseases affecting the CNS nerve-insulating myelin such as inherited leukodystrophies and white matter diseases of the premature. there is little concerted effort to bring this community together. CY.ac. The Action is focused – 31 – Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) .Consciousness: A Transdisciplinary. and interact with experts of related diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Given the rarity of specific diseases. Odile BOESPFLUG-TANGUY (FR) - E: Odile. This COST Action therefore aims to create a strong network of active senior and junior scientists so as to contribute to the emergence of a “consciousness community” in the EU.be Consciousness is considered to be one of the most significant scientific problems today. the critical mass to generate scientifically exploitable data is lacking. different methods (behavioural. IL. however. DE. thinking. Integrated Approach Chair: Prof. WG2-Structural biology. feeling. Axel CLEEREMANS (BE) - E: axcleer@ulb. MYELINET is to promote medical.Boespflug@u-clermont1. DK. WG4-Information and communication. computational. organise meetings and workshops. and brain imaging methods). proteomics and NMR analysis for the development of diagnostic tools and drug design. training and exchange programs for students. and the domain’s interdisciplinary nature is a genuine challenge for junior scientists. CH. This is to pave the way for a more ambitious Consortium to prepare a European FP7 project.Myelin orphan diseases in health (MYELINET) Chair: Prof. Four Working Groups are created: WG1-Functional biology and genomics / postgenomics analysis. NO. WG3-Prevention and new therapeutic options. debate ethical and societal implications and concerns of research issues. communicate with the public and inform affected families. develop teaching. UK BM0605 . A yearly international congress coupled to a more general public information day will be organised. and different populations (from animals to pathological cases). While a majority of researchers in the domain work in Europe. BE.

on improving the understanding of (1) the defining features, (2) the behavioural markers, (3) the computational principles, and (4) the neural mechanisms associated with conscious experience in humans and animals. These objectives are achieved by coordinating research efforts on four central topics: (1) fundamental issues, (2) technologies, (3) experimental paradigms, and (4) clinical, societal and ethical implications.
End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IT, MK, NL, NO, PL, RO, RS, UK

Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)

BM0606 - Collaborative association studies in breast cancer
Chair: Prof. Peter DEVILEE (NL) - E: p.devilee@lumc.nl Breast cancer has a strong genetic component, but most genes underlying the disease are unknown. New technologies allow novel susceptibility alleles to be identified, by typing large numbers of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). To provide reliable risk estimates, it is necessary to type these SNPs in very large epidemiological studies. This Action will bring together groups from at least 15 countries, with combined resources of over 35000 cases and 35000 controls. Studies of 12000 BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers will also be included, to allow the modifying effect of SNPs in carriers to be evaluated. Combined analyses will provide reliable assessment of the risks associated with SNPs individually and in combination, and the interactions with lifestyle risk factors. These analyses will provide the basis for individual prediction of risk, which will improve genetic counselling and prevention programmes. They will also improve understanding of breast cancer aetiology, and provide potential new targets of cancer therapy. The Action will also assist in the development of infrastructure and expertise in high-throughput genotyping.
End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE, CY, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, IL, IT, MK, NL, NO, PL, SE, UK

BM0607 - Targeted Radionuclide Therapy (TRNT)
Chair: Prof. Marion DE JONG (NL) - E: m.hendriks-dejong@erasmusmc.nl Molecular targeted radionuclide cancer therapy is becoming of increasing importance, especially for disseminated diseases. Systemic chemotherapies often lack selectivity; targeted radionuclide therapy has important advantages as the radioactive cytotoxic unit of the targeting vector is specifically directed to the cancer, sparing normal tissues. The basis of this COST Action is the great potential
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of targeted radionuclide therapy using a variety of vectors and radionuclides. This Action brings together the different disciplines involved and provides a reliable and rapid means for developing new (fundamental) knowledge, method standardization and products while promoting transfer of technologies. This Action on cancer therapy using innovative targeting nanomedicines is highly multidisciplinary: nuclear medicine physicians, clinical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, radiobiologists, (in)organic chemists, radiochemists, radiopharmacists, pathologists and scientists from biomics participate in it. They define innovative new targets for cancer therapy, develop lead compounds and new radiolabelled ligands as vectors, perform molecular imaging and biologic testing, develop improved software and protocols for dosimetric calculations and select new vectors for early human use.
End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, MK, NL, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, TR, UK

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Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)

Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST)

Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST)
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The Domain Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies has the mission of fostering European expertise in discovering, understanding, producing and manipulating molecular species. These research activities aim to develop experimental, theoretical and analytical tools to enhance the development of chemical transformations, reactivity and function. The CMST aims to apply such knowledge and innovation to industrial processes and production. The following examples are illustrative of actual research within this Domain, although it is not restricted to these activities alone. Chemistry for life: a multidisciplinary collaboration between chemists, biologists, clinicians and agronomists in the design and development of new products for pharmacy, medicine, public health, and agriculture, including a more efficient and safe food production. Manipulating molecular matter: learn how to handle, synthesise and manipulate matter at the molecular level, understand and control its reactivity and function, develop new catalysts to control the shape, size and properties of the product molecules; move from single molecule chemistry to supra- and macromolecular chemistry, producing smart materials tailored for specific applications. Energy production: shifting from oil, natural gas and coal consumption to more efficient ways of using combustible fuels and investigate technologies based on renewable resources, in particular sunlight. Caring for the planet: continuous improvement of the standards of living by reducing the environmental impact of technology in order to establish a sustainable growth, develop clean technology for innovative production, ensure increasingly accurate means for quality control, mastering ground remediation, hazard control, preserving and maintaining cultural heritage. Space understanding and exploitation: rationalising processes occurring under extreme conditions in space and interstellar media, understanding processes occurring around spacecrafts, exploiting resources of stars and planets.

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not random. By posttranslational modifications these proteins are converted into an array of some 1. Tilman GRUNE (DE) - E: tilman. and also by free radicals generated in their vicinity. i. DE. DK. FI. EL. or may have an apparently random aspect due to non-enzymatic reactions. The Action is organised in four Working Groups whose activities will cooperate to develop a modular.modulation of protein structure and function Chair: Prof. Interestingly. IT. but occur in a non-regulated manner and depend largely on the protein and its environment. vibrational. . TD0901. this conversion can either be enzymatically controlled and regulated. TD0802.5 million different functional entities. FR.Chemistry of non-enzymatic protein modification .barone@sns. Proteins undergo a wide array of non-enzymatic post-translational modifications. TR.de The complexity of human life arises from some twenty thousand genes. and results due to alternative splicing mechanism in approx. PT. TD0803.CMST is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD1002.it CODECS (COnvergent Distributed Environment for Computational Spectroscopy) is an interdisciplinary COST Action which aims at creating a network dedicated to computational spectroscopy. SK. therefore. ES. PL. UK CM1002 . HU. 100000 proteins. TD0905. SE.COnvergent Distributed Environment for Computational Spectroscopy (CODECS) Chair: Prof. TD0906. CM1001 . TD0903. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. IL. Such modifications of proteins are often determined by their environments. TD1007. Vincenzo BARONE (IT) - E: vincenzo. RS. HR. and optical spectroscopies based on multiscale computational approaches in – 3 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) New ideas and initiatives are welcome as well as those with high interdisciplinary elements and close links and overlaps with other domains. TD1004.grune@uni-jena. Non-enzymatic protein modifications are. integrated computational tool for resonance.e. TD1003. to the extraction of structural and dynamical features of molecular and supramolecular systems by in silico analysis of spectroscopic observables. RO. their structural features and by a number of protecting structures. CZ.

Two classes of potential new catalysts are investigated: (i) “artificial metalloproteins” . IE. NO. Alternatively. DK. or water as oxidants are the most common metal catalyzed reactions in in biology. UK Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) CM1003 . End of Action: 2015 Parties: CZ. i. RS. have high potential as tools to study proteomes. Synthetic probes directed at enzymes (also referred to as activity-based probes) report on the presence of active enzymes. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. at quantum. IT.Biological oxidation reactions . ES. CZ. HU. New probes and innovative methods of analysis are urgently needed. and with this Action we will provide a common – 36 – . PL.space and time.Synthetic Probes for Chemical Proteomics and Elucidation of Biosynthetic Pathways Chair: to be confirmed Protein profiling probes. but are also designing new catalysts for such reactions.mechanisms and design of new catalysts Chair: to be confirmed Biological oxidation reactions utilizing dioxygen. IT.g. as well as by computational modelling. FI. SE. NO. key knowledge remains to be established in many cases . PT. UK CM1004 . FR. DE. DK. SK. CH. hydrogen peroxide. Despite the intense study of such reactions. NL. the nature of the active oxidant and the molecular mechanism of oxidation. and not on mere polypeptide expression levels. HU. We aim to bring together a group of chemical biologists that share common interests in their attempts to design and synthesize probes for chemical proteomics and for unraveling important biosynthetic pathways. FR. superoxide.e. BG. SE. designed and prepared by synthetic chemists. IE. ES. semi-classical and classical levels of description of structural/dynamic molecular phenomena. NL. Examples of such probes are those with which specific proteins or protein families can be targeted within a proteome for enrichment and subsequent identification and analysis.e. that contain active sites that are direct mimics of those found in metalloenzymes (ii)coordination complexes that reproduce essential features of enzyme active sites. small metalloproteins. synthetic probes can be used to identify unknown receptors as well as post-translational modification events. scientists are studying not only the mechanisms of important oxidation reactions via biophysical studies on relevant metalloenzymes and/or model complexes. produced primarily by de novo synthesis. In this Action. PL. DE.

networking. and dissemination with each other. FI. FR. training. Antonella DALLA CORT (IT) - E: Antonella.Supramolecular Chemistry in Water Chair: Prof. and metal extraction and is therefore strategically crucial to EU science. and society. This COST Action will provide mechanisms to promote such goals by establishing a network linking the EU f-element community in order to invigorate and expand the area. sustainability. catalysis. but collectively powerful interactions that allow efficient and selective recognition processes to occur in water. . NL. and (iii) produce self-assembled organized structures in water which are stimuli responsive and which can be used for programming functions in materials and devices. CH. MT. UK (in progress) CM1006 . security. ES. via a multi-group approach (including industry). magnetic. IT. PL. UK (in progress) CM1005 . FR. DE.and multi-disciplinary in nature. and key skills of f-element chemistry are disappearing from universities. HR. Such supramolecular systems should allow to (i) monitor environmentally or biologically relevant species in water (ii) control selectivity of reactions in water. remarkably novel. transformative f-element research is delivered which forms the basis for. organised collaborative research activity that effectively focuses on areas of strategic importance to f-element chemistry in Europe and to foster an environment where. energy. training. or is.End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE. PT. f-Element chemistry (the block of 28 elements at the bottom of the periodic table) contributes to medical imaging. TR. inter. teaching. The Action aims at improving our understanding of the multiple weak non-covalent. There is no coordinated forum for cooperative mobility mechanisms for nationally funded f-element chemists pursuing fundamental frontier research to initiate collaborations. but it is essential that knowledge is improved and handed down.it The objective of this COST Action is to develop supramolecular systems that work in water. Despite this. and photonics devices. NL.European F-Element Network (EUFEN) Chair: to be confirmed The main objective is to attain a concerted. research.dallacort@uniroma1. energy. CZ. This will enhance the supply routes of trained researchers – 37 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) platform to develop and share these important tools for fundamental and applied biological and biomedical research. DE. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE. IE. electronic. HU.

Detailed chemical kinetic models for cleaner combustion Chair: Dr Frédérique BATTIN-LECLERC (FR) - E: frederique. PL. ES. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE.Molecular machineries for ion translocation across biomembranes Chair: Dr Massimo TROTTA (IT) - E: m. HU. CZ.from universities to industry. CH. FI. IE. FI. PL. NL. DE.battin-leclerc@ensic. There has never been a COST Action in this area and the EU needs to compete now or be left behind by the USA. FR. PT. BG. TR. on experimental measurements in reactors. as well. IE. IL. EL. DK. IT. and give research output greater than the sum of its parts. SE. PT. shock tubes and burners and on the assemblage.ipcf. UK (in progress) Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) CM0901 . of technologically advanced industrial devices. DE.inpl-nancy. SE. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. LV. Molecular machineries for ion translocation across biomembranes is a strongly interdisciplinary COST Action aiming at coordinating the research efforts of the participant groups in elucidating mechanistic details of proton and metal transfer processes and in exploring their potential applications in the biosynthesis of new materials and in the environment. ES. This will be achieved by working on the theory and computation of elementary reactions. FR. IE. IL. IT.trotta@ba. restructure the EU science-base.fr The main objective of the Action is to develop cleaner and more efficient combustion processes through the design and implementation of better defined and more accurate detailed chemical kinetic models.it The main objective of the Action is to improve the understanding of proton and metal ion translocation across bio-membranes and the fate of such chemicals following their uptake by bridging neighbouring scientific fields and fostering applicative outcomes. IT. EL. FI.cnr. CZ. DK. rapid compression machines. UK Non-COST participation: University of Science and Terchnology (CN) CM0902 . SK. UK – 3 – . CH. ES. on detailed kinetic modelling in a variety of combustion environments. FR. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. LT. DE. HU. RO.

Methanol is an efficient and easy to handle hydrogen carrier. Special emphasis will be placed on the utilisation of lignocellulose biomass. FR. DE. FR. methanol steam reforming is a catalytic application with a high potential and a world wide impact. This Action aims at connecting these groups and coordinating R&D.Utilisation of Biomass for Sustainable Fuels & Chemicals (UBIOCHEM) Chair: Prof. The network delivers. developing a knowledge-based scientific approach. IT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.sheldon@tudelft.CM0903 . RO. UK – 39 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) . PL. In different scientific groups research on intermetallic compounds or methanol steam reforming is ongoing independently. RO.net Due to its huge socio-economic impact. It will involve the use of green catalytic methodologies (homogeneous. LT. BE. ES. CH. Roger SHELDON (NL) - E: r. which does not compete with food.nl The main objective of the Action is to generate a synergistic approach for utilisation of biomass for sustainable fuels & chemicals through cooperation between scientists from different member states and different areas and disciplines. ES. EL. thus being distinguished for a hydrogen based energy infrastructure. SI. CH. heterogeneous.Network for Intermetallic Compounds as Catalysts for Steam Reforming of Methanol (IMC-SRM) Chair: Dr Marc ARMBRUESTER (DE) - E: research@armbruester. SE. FI. driven by scientific curiosity. BG. FI. TR. a final Technological Road Map to stable and highly selective catalysts for methanol steam reforming ready for industrial implementation.a. LV. UK Non-COST participation: CSIR (ZA) CM0904 . NL. Technological Road Maps and initiation of new joint research projects to bridge knowledge gaps. along with the proof of principle. algae and non-edible crops. EE. DK. as well as by industrial and societal needs. PL. enzymatic and photocatalysis) and novel reaction media. HU. DK. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. EL. NO. Intermetallic compounds have an enormous potential as catalysts thanks to their electronic and geometric structure. Development and implementation of this road map will be achieved through dedicated projects with external funding (national and international level). DE. BE.

mahrwald@chemie. medicinal chemistry. FI. SE.Organocatalysis (ORCA) Chair: Dr Rainer MAHRWALD (DE) - E: rainer. RO.Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) CM0905 .E: l. NO. Beneficiaries of this Action will be researchers of industry and academia as well as young researchers. PT. The Action – 40 – . DE. since inhibitors thereof hold promise as safe and efficacious therapeutics. This program will allow interaction between European scientists within this network. The potential therapeutic profile of novel compounds active in vitro will be worked out by techniques of high prognostic value in respect to drug safety. HU. IE. Established genomes are used to identify drug targets essential to the parasites but absent or different in the host. NL. LV. Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis. SI. The most promising compounds will be tested in established infection models for all the diseases to choose the most attractive candidates for preclinical and clinical development.de The Action will pave the way for the development of novel drugs to treat neglected diseases such as African sleeping sickness. Leopold FLOHE (DE) . There is also a need to supply the scientific community with systematic information and data. ES. CH. EL. UK CM0801 .de The main idea of this Action is to provide a knowledge platform to advance different kinds of organocatalyzed transformations to broadly applicable methods in academia as well as in industry. A welcome stage to this objective is the Action. and iv) structure-based inhibitor design based on established structures or molecular models. FR. The large number of publications and activities in the field of enantioselective catalysis requires a concentration of different developments and efforts of organocatalytic transformations.hu-berlin. crystallography and bioinformatics will be coordinated and complemented with industrial experience. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE.flohe@t-online. Related approaches of molecular genetics. The exchange of all available data. TR. EE. ideas and methodologies will give a significant push for further developments in organocatalysis. iii) chemical synthesis and optimization of identified leads.New drugs for neglected diseases Chair: Prof. biochemistry. Validated drug targets will serve as tools in drug discovery processes using complementary strategies: i) high-throughput screening of natural product and other compound libraries and ii) in silico screening of virtual libraries to identify novel leads. IT.

The National Center for Research (SD). This will be accomplished by annual European Phosphorus Workshops (EuroPhos).Kazan Scientific Center (RU) – 41 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) members will cover all expertises required for the multidisciplinary early drug discovery phase. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU). NL. CH. RO. EL.de The objective of this Action is to provide a knowledge platform to advance applications in materials science. organometallic heterocycles. TR. NL. NO. BG. CH. a European Sciences Network (PhoSciNet) will be established to bring together researchers from European countries. PL. novel low-cost catalyst ligands. FR. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. NO.End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. Industrial partners will be involved in PhoSciNet to ensure rapid and effective technology transfer. LV. Especially important classes of phosphorus-based compounds to be investigated are polymers. American. HU. chemically robust P-C cages. PT. catalysis. and bioorganic compounds. SK. catalysts.European Phosphorus Sciences Network (PhoSciNet) Chair: Prof. DE. and biosciencerelated fields by embedding the advantageous properties of (organo)phosphorus components. candidate countries. rapidly evolving fields in which building-block methodologies and structure-reactivity correlations are key components. CZ. IT. ES. . and an internet platform for monitoring and streamlining of innovations in the phosphorus sciences. SE. LT. IE. Institut Pasteur Montevideo (UY) CM0802 . FR. and designed (organo)phosphorus reagents.uni-leipzig. BE. FI. and other non-European activities in the many new strategic areas related to phosphorus chemistry such as the developing of novel phosphorus-embedded materials. DE. Evamarie HEY-HAWKINS (DE) - E: hey@rz. FI. precursors for nanomaterials. EL. UK Non-COST participation: IOPC . PL. IL. SE. ES. The network will facilitate Europe's continued global leadership in the increasingly fierce competition with Asian. intensive exchanges of young researchers. IT. SI. Within the Action. and transformation states for the exchange of knowledge and techniques in these modern. BG.

MAIER (DE) - E: martin. LT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE.). CH.. The main objective of the Action is to advance the use of natural products as tools for chemical biology. CZ. UK – 42 – . pharmacophore models and requirements among the potential biomedical applications (e. NL. In this regard natural products are unique tools to probe the functions of important proteins. These compounds have found various biomedical applications and their self-assembling systems can form nanostructured materials. SE. FI. FI. EL. IT. ES. RS. IE. DE.Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) CM0803 .g. natural products will prove to be instrumental in discovering target proteins and biological pathways that are of relevance to diseases. DE.de The field of chemical biology has emerged since many biological questions can only be addressed using small molecules that interact with biological systems in a defined manner. Ferenc FULOP (HU) - E: fulop@pharm. inhibition of protein-protein interactions.e. etc.maier@uni-tuebingen. IT. the peptidomimetic foldamers are attracting increasing attention. HU. PT. LV.hu Among the non-natural polymers with the propensity to form welldefined secondary structures. Applying modern techniques and advancing them. Martin E. FR. DK. UK CM0804 . End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. self-assembling nanostructured drug delivery systems. TR. functional biomimetic materials.Functional peptidomimetic foldamers: from unnatural amino acids to self-assembling nanomaterials Chair: Prof. The goal is to relay the ideas. CH. DK. LV. This parallel top-down and bottom-up information handling is expected to boost the application oriented foldamer research in Europe. The main objective of the Action is to develop peptidomimetic foldamers into a technology platform in drug discovery and biomedical applications. RO. This in turn. PT. to the laboratories involved in foldamer design and synthesis. NO. IE. and the researchers who are continuously extending the pool of homologated amino acids. should facilitate and speed up subsequent drug discovery efforts in the pharmaceutical industry. FR.Chemical Biology with Natural Products Chair: Prof. ES.u-szeged.

CM0805 - The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments
Chair: Prof. Nigel MASON (UK) - E: n.j.mason@open.ac.uk Understanding the chemical evolution of the universe requires a detailed knowledge of the complex chemistry occurring in both the present and past history of the universe. Such astrochemistry is distinct from that occurring in terrestrial and industrial environments and requires a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together researchers from astronomy, quantum physics/chemistry, surface science, condensed matter physics, nanotechnology, low temperature physics as well as physical chemistry, chemical physics and aerosol/particulate science. The main objective of this Action is to study chemical processes relevant to the physical conditions encountered in the interstellar medium, and on the surface and in the atmospheres of planetary bodies. The Action aims to provide new insights into the dynamics of the chemical reactions leading to molecular synthesis under such conditions and reveal how these are influenced by the ambient temperature and pressure. Special attention will also be given to the study of the novel surface chemistry prevalent on interstellar medium dust grains and planetary surfaces. The Action also aims to combine such laboratory data with complementary chemical models to allow a fuller interpretation of observational data.
End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LV, NL, NO, PL, PT, RS, SE, SI, SK, UK

CM0701 - Cascade Chemoenzymatic Processes – New Synergies Between Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chair: Dr Sergio RIVA (IT) - E: Sergio.riva@icrm.cnr.it The main objective of the Action is to increase the innovative potential of biocatalysis by promoting the multistep catalytic concept, thus bringing this methodology closer to the application sphere. The integration of biocatalysis into chemical processes is one of the three pillars (the “Industrial Biotechnology” pillar) of the European Platform on “Sustainable Chemistry”. This methodology also belongs to the fundamental strategies of “Green Chemistry”. Therefore, this Action aims to enhance the synthetic potential of biocatalysis by coupling biotransformations one to another and integrating them with chemical steps to increase the product purity and yields close to quantitative values. A multidisciplinary approach is required to achieve this goal, involving precursor synthesis, enzyme screening, heterologous protein expression, enzyme mutagenesis, biocatalyst (co)-immobilization, bioreactor design and chiral product analysis. CASCAT will consist of four Working Groups applying the multi-step approach to the synthesis/modification and transfer
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of glycosyl donors/acceptors, the deracemization of amino acids by multiple hydrolase systems, the synthesis of valuable amides and carboxylic acids from cheap chemicals (e.g. aldehydes) via combined action of enzymes involved in nitrile metabolism and entry or follow-up (chemo)enzymatic steps, the development of novel paths to biologically relevant chiral compounds using multienzymecarboligation reactions or in situ cofactor regeneration. This research will focus on the production of bioactive target molecules (e.g., non-natural amino-acids, glycoconjugates and mimetics, flavonoids, steroids) and chiral precursors of enantiopure pharmaceuticals.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, NL, NO, RO, RS, SE, SK, TR, UK Non-COST participation: CSIR Biosciences (ZA)

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CM0702 - Chemistry with Ultrashort Pulses and Free-Electron Lasers: Looking for Control Strategies Through “Exact” Computations
Chair: Prof. Fernando MARTÍN (ES) - E: fernando.martin@uam.es The main objective of the Action is to establish an interdisciplinary European programme to develop new computational tools and to combine them with state-of-the-art quantum-chemistry methods to investigate the new chemistry that arises when molecules and, in particular, chemical reactions are exposed to ultrashort xuv and x-ray laser pulses. The advent of xuv and x-ray ultrashort pulses produced by free-electron lasers and high harmonic generation has opened up the way to a new chemistry at the femto and attosecond time scales. Processes such as ionisation and dissociation can now be monitored in real time, which can be used to develop novel control strategies of chemical reactions. Nevertheless, experiments in this field are difficult to interpret due to the many electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom involved. The implementation of nearly exact theoretical methods in supercomputers has made it possible to guide experimental research for simple molecules. Such methods lie outside the traditional quantum chemistry realm since, e.g., they must accurately reproduce the time evolution of the electronic and nuclear motion, including both excited and continuum states. Therefore, the necessary extension to complex systems, like many-electron atoms, molecules and nanoparticles, requires the joint efforts of the leading European groups included in this Action.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IT, NO, PL, RO, SE, UK

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CM0703 - Systems Chemistry
Chair: Guenter VON KIEDROWSKI (DE) - E: kiedro@rub.de The main objective of the Action is to investigate autocatalytic reaction sytems within supramolecular, prebiotic, and other fields of chemistry and to develop methods for their integration into dynamic supersystems. Systems chemistry is the joint effort of prebiotic and supramolecular chemistry assisted by computer science from theoretical chemistry, biology, and complex systems research to tackle dynamic supersystem integration including at least one autocatalytic subsystem. It is the bottom-up pendant of systems biology towards synthetic biology. The origin of life is seen as a major stimulus to organize research but the field is open for chemistries of limited prebiotic plausibility. Subsystems may be classified as genetic, metabolic, or compartiment-building. Pairwise integration into higher organized supersystems is expected to yield the knowledge enabling later the triple integration into minimal chemical cells. The integration approach will necessarily link to the question of asymmetric autocatalysis and chiral symmetry breaking, while the key challenge is to find the roots of Darwinian evolvability in chemical systems. 5 workgroups will define a trigonal bipyramid, where the axis theory to asymmetry is surrounded by 3 areas of integration.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, EL, ES, FR, HU, IL, IT, LT, NL, PL, UK

CM0601 - Electron Controlled Chemical Lithography (ECCL)
Chair: Prof. Oddur INGOLFSSON (IS) - E: odduring@hi.is The ability to understand, manipulate and control chemical reactions at the molecular level is one of the great challenges of modern research. Since chemical processes are dominant in most areas of science and technology, the ability to control their pathways provides exciting new opportunities that may be exploited by both the research and technological communities. Such ‘single molecule engineering’ requires selective bond cleavage in target molecules to allow subsequent management of the local site chemistry. In electron beam experiments it is well established that low energy electrons offer this selectivity with high efficiency, a selectivity that is controllable by simply ‘tuning’ the electron energy.Recently, low energy electrons derived from the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope have also been used to control bond rupture and subsequent linkage of individual molecules to the substrate. This Action aims at an interdisciplinary European programme to combine state-of-the-art in electron induced chemistry and surface science with these recent advances in scanning tunnel microscopy to pioneer
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specifically addressing the real barrier consisting of specialist language and tools. such as chemistry with several domains of life sciences. IE. UK CM0603 . CZ. RS. IL.passarella@unimi. UK Non-COST participation: Flinders University (AU) Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) CM0602 . DK. EL. NO. FR. aromatic-. FR. SK. PT. exploitation and improvement of modern methods for development of new angiogenic inhibitors. BE.it Excessive or insufficient angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) is connected with many human diseases. CY. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. Daniele PASSARELLA (IT) - E: daniele. cyclic. culminating in the biological complexity.a new field of ‘Electron Controlled Chemical Lithography’.Inhibitors of angiogenesis: design. DE. TR. short-term scientific missions. IS. training schools and conference will ensure the expansion of effective cooperation in the development of new drug candidates. The Action aims at improving communication and exchange among neighbouring scientific fields. DE. interdisciplinary approach in the research is necessary. SK. ES. ES.cnr. Exchanges of information and presentations of experiences and skills from chemical and biological research will be performed for effective introduction. HR. reactivity and fate of free radicals involving bio-molecules.and sulphur-containing amino acid residues. cancer included. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. workshops. This COST Action focuses on networking of interdisciplinary oriented chemistry and biology researchers who are actively involved in rationale designing and development of small organic compounds with anti-angiogenic properties. SI.it The main objective of the Action is to promote a chemical biology approach for the investigation of free radical pathways. Meetings. RS. NL. CH. IT. Four working groups address the formation. PL. Chryssostomos CHATGILIALOGLU (IT) - E: chrys@isof. with the prospect of designer synthesis down to the nanoscale and electron controlled manipulation of surface properties with spatial resolution ranging from the millimetre down to the nanometre scale. DK. synthesis and biological exploitation (ANGIOKEM) Chair: Prof.Free Radicals in Chemical Biology (CHEMBIORADICAL) Chair: Prof. TR. SE. – 46 – . PL. Chemical reactivity and molecular libraries are the start of a multidisciplinary research context ‘from small molecules to large systems’. For effective disease intervention. CH. CZ. SE. such as unsaturated lipids.

NL. EE. RO. HU. SE. CZ. RO. FR. TR. PL.and microsize systems. Photonic. Physical. in the framework of physiologically and pathologically related processes relevant to human quality of life and health. FR. SK. BE. DK.Department of Chemistry (RU) D36 . IE. defining structural and functional modifications. mechanistic. UK Non-COST participation: Moscow State University . CH. BE. magnetic and spintronic behaviour.and space. electronic. IL. DE. timeand space. 2. UK D35 . molecular cooperativity and build-up of organised molecular nano. Magnetic and Spintronic Behaviour Chair: Prof. laser control in condensed phase. PL.uk The main objective of the Action is to increase the knowledge and understanding of molecular electronic. CH.From Molecules to Molecular Devices: Control of Electronic. IT. time.es The main objective of the Action is to increase the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the chemistry occurring at surfaces – 47 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) sugar and base moieties of nucleic acids.ac. electronic. ES.vlcek@qmul. PT. CY. . IT. FI. Methodology development: quantum-chemical methods to simulate environmental effects and dynamical processes.csic.dependent studies will proceed from a fundamental level to property-evaluation for possible device applications. SE.End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.Molecular structure-performance relationships at the surface of functional materials Chair: Dr Miguel BANARES (ES) - E: banares@icp. magnetic and spintronic properties and processes ranging from a singlemolecule level to understanding of environmental effects. HU. photonic. ES. EL. FI. Antonin VLCEK (UK) - E: a. CZ.resolved methods. LT. RS. DK. property-evaluation procedures. Design and synthesis of molecular building blocks and their organisation into molecular systems with new photonic. EL. 3. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. LT. DE. Tasks concern the role of free radicals in normal cell metabolism and in damages. HR. The collaborative research will be centred around the following three general areas: 1. magnetic and spintronic behaviour and to design new active chemical systems and processes that could find use in molecular devices. Search for and investigations of photonic.

EL. PL. NL. CY. and to use this enhanced knowledge in combination with modern genomic research to develop new classes of metallodrugs with truly novel mechanisms of action and novel spectra of biomedical activity.fr The main objective of the Action is the development of metal-based imaging probes for cellular and molecular imaging applications. molecular or cluster level and theoretical understanding of these properties in relation to chemical composition and the structure of the surface. Viktor BRABEC (CZ) - E: brabec@ibp. PT. This requires precisely defined problems at all levels and an interdisciplinary approach i. IT. UK D39 . LV. NL. assessment of disease progression and treatment evaluation. PT. FR. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. FI.and interfaces and the factors that tune it. even for industrially oriented research projects. based on MRI.jakabtoth@cnrs-orleans. SPECT and optical imaging that will facilitate early diagnosis. ES. CH. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. IE. HU. CZ. SE. As a consequence. SI. PL. understanding surface properties at the atomic. FR. DE. synthesis and activation of the materials. ES. BE. – 4 – .e.cz The main objective of the Action is to increase knowledge and understanding of the design and mechanisms of action of metallodrugs. ranging from the design of imaging units endowed with enhanced sensitivity to the control of the structural and electronic determinants responsible for the molecular recognition of the target molecule. BG. UK Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) D38 . DK. TR. PET. NO. EL. The goal of this Action is to further the development of innovative imaging probes through the pursuit of innovations in a number of different areas. FI. the secondary objective is to gain advanced knowledge for modelling/ predicting of the structure/composition reactivity/surface properties relationships of the materials. DE. An interdisciplinary. measurement of the surface properties.Metal-Based Systems for Molecular Imaging Applications Chair: Dr Eva JAKAB TOTH (FR) - E: eva. CZ. HU. A fundamental approach is advocated.Metallo-Drug Design and Action Chair: Prof. combined effort is the approach. TR. IT. CH. RO. by means of characterisation of the bulk and surface properties under real operation conditions and for preparing materials with tuneable properties.

RO. University of Western Australia (AU). PL. IT. DE. Peter KRALCHEVSKY (BG) . and life science applications. DK.ac. PT. EL. NL. SE. Mintek (ZA) D40 . EL. UK Non-COST participation: University of South Australia (AU). FI. HU. Al-Quds University (PS). pharmacological and organic nanotechnological utility. RO. SE. IL. IE. SI. using metal-ligand approaches for the synthesis of organic compounds of biological. CH. ES. TR. NL. IL. LV. UK D43 . RS. NO.Colloid and Interface Chemistry for Nanotechnology Chair: Prof. CZ.uk The main objective of the Action is to allow the containment of new innovative C-H. TR. CH. RO. HU. FI. NO. SK. IE. FR.bg The main objective of the Action is to fabricate functional nanostructured materials and nanoscale devices for analytical. LT. TR.Innovative Catalysis: New Processes and Selectivities Chair: Prof. Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute (EG). IE. DE. ES. BG. FR. University of Western Sydney (AU). PL. SI. NL. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. SI. ES. C-O. HU. biomedical. FR. BE. SK. IT.Parties: AT. PT. LT. MT. Institute of Biocolloid Chemistry (UA) – 49 – Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST) End of Action: 2011 . RS. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.uni-sofia. IT. CY. PT. Simon WOODWARD (UK) - E: simon. DK. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU). PL. CH. DE. BE. SE.E: pk@lcpe. C-C and C-Heteroatom bond forming processes. CZ. HR.woodward@nottingham. EL.

The scope of the Domain is not restricted to these activities. The core of Earth System Science is to enhance our capacity and operational forecast systems to understand.g. Enhancement of Environmental Management: This will contribute to the development of early-detection technologies and indicators to managing natural resources (e. as well as to the development of systems for renewable energy production. and development of environmental policies. air/soil pollution). model and predict these interactions at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. remote sensing and satellite technologies and observing networks. The following examples illustrate aspects of potential research and development in this Domain. geohazards. A key aspect is to analyse and predict the trends.g. Prediction. this will contribute to predicting global and regional environmental changes. city development.Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) www. hydrosphere and cryosphere.eu/essem The Domain of Earth System Science (ESS) and Environmental Management addresses the interactions within and between the major Earth compartments of the lithosphere and pedosphere. and to assess the impacts of natural processes and human activities on the Earth system functioning and natural resources.cost. and includes influences of the Sun and the near-space environment. anthroposphere and atmosphere. adaptation and mitigation of hazards: This requires developing advanced modelling and early-warning systems (e. ESSEM puts emphases on science and technology related to improving natural resource management for minimising environmental degradation. Modelling and observing the changing Earth systems: Based on improving our understanding of physical and biogeochemical principles through new and integrated observing and modelling capacities. integrated with upgraded in-situ. observe. risk management. biosphere. modelling of water and energy – 50 – . nitrogen and phosphorous cycling). biodiversity loss. severe hydro-meteorological events. especially in the context of competition for natural resources. The core of Environmental Management is to provide support to decisions related to environmental issues.

es This COST Action aims at coordinating the European studies concerning the oceanographic data exploitation of the European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission. This COST Action will coordinate European teams working on two major research areas. process and climate studies. PT. . ES1001 .heimo@meteotest. But.Strong interactions with international initiatives. programmes or organisations are welcome. ESSEM is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD0902. ES. This Action is the ideal framework to capitalize the often fragmented efforts of the identified experts working in these research areas. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE. a variable of renowned importance in the broader scientific context of the climate change analysis. CY. Recently launched in November 2009. UK ES1002 . The second will assess the added value of such products in operational oceanography.SMOS Mission Oceanographic Data Exploitation Chair: Dr Antonio TURIEL MARTINEZ (ES) - E: turiel@icm. TD0803. IT. DK.ch Due to climate change and shrinking fossil resources. as wind and solar energy is strongly dependent on highly variable weather processes. MT. FI. TD0903. it is timely to scientifically – 51 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) production scenarios and their impact on the environment. The first one will focus on the improvement and development of SMOS-derived data products. increased penetration rates will also lead to strong fluctuations in the electricity grid which need to be balanced. IE.Weather Intelligence for Renewable Energies (WIRE) Chair: Dr Alain HEIMO (CH) - E: alain. DE. The monitoring of ocean salinity. profiting from the imminent availability of SMOS data. underlines the European relevance of the Action. Therefore. Proper and specific forecasting of 'energy weather' is a key component for this. FR. the transition to more and more renewable energy shares is unavoidable. The overall goal targeted by the network is the synergy of the European efforts in the interpretation of the measurements and their applications.csic. SMOS will provide for the first time Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) maps over the oceans. NO. EL. ESSEM also supports interdisciplinary research networks on adaptation and mitigation for regional or local authorities and policy makers.

including novel interdisciplinary approaches for research. DK. OSPAR and Barcelona conventions as well as EU directives (Bird and Habitat Directive. SE. CH. CZ. HR. NL. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. EL. PT. IS.nl Marine biodiversity varies over large scales of time and space.knaw. In EMBOS the needed large-scale network of research locations in Europe will be installed to assess long-term changes in marine biodiversity and their possible causes taking into account natural and anthropogenic gradients. HR. SI.Development and implementation of a panEuropean Marine Biodiversity Observatory System (EMBOS) Chair: Prof. MT. Research that covers these scales requires a permanent international pan-European network of observation stations with an optimized and standardized methodology. second investigate the difficult relationship between the highly intermittent weather dependent power production and the energy distribution towards end users. ICZM). The cooperation leads to a focused and cost effective long term research agenda for EU marine observatories. ES. UK Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES1003 .hummel@nioo. and EMBOS will extend and optimize this observatory system. IE. and requires a research strategy beyond the tradition/capabilities of classic research. Towards such aims. FR. DK. EE. ES. IE. this Action will have two main lines of activity: first develop dedicated post-processing algorithms coupled with weather prediction models and measurement data especially remote sensing observations. BG. IT. WFD. PL. DE. The second goal will raise new challenges as this will require from the energy producers and distributors definitions of the requested forecast data and new technologies dedicated to the management of power plants and electricity grids. FI. and contributes to ERA. MSFD. TR. NL. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE. HU. Herman HUMMEL (NL) - E: h. and supports legal obligations of the EU regarding the CBD. FR. UK – 52 – . PT. RO. IT. NO. DE. PL. EL. NO. SK. BE.address the requirements to provide the best possible specific weather information for forecasting the energy production of wind and solar power plants for the next minutes up to several days ahead. LIFEWATCH and GEOSS/GEOBON actions.

by assessing quantitatively the different contributions of solar variability to the terrestrial environment. IT. interplanetary perturbations. The objective of this Action is to make solid progress on this problem. 2) Interactions. Four Working Groups will address respectively the impact of solar radiative forcing.ES1004 . PL. UK (in progress) ES1005 . interplanetary and energetic particle variability. Alexander BAKLANOV (DK) - E: alb@dmi.dk This COST Action will focus on a new generation of online integrated Atmospheric Chemical Transport (ACT) and Meteorology (Numerical Weather Prediction and Climate) modelling with two-way interactions between different atmospheric processes including chemistry (both gases and aerosols). The deliverables include online tools such as a catalogue of proxy data for solar. validation. The framework will consist of four working groups namely: 1) Strategy and framework for online integrated modelling. and the interfacing between upper and lower atmospheric layers and corresponding models. The mechanisms by which solar variability affects various layers of the terrestrial atmosphere are still poorly known. two application areas of the integrated modelling are planned to be considered: (i) improved numerical weather prediction (NWP) and chemical weather forecasting (CWF) with short-term feedbacks of aerosols and chemistry on meteorological variables. and energetic particles upon the atmosphere. 3) Chemical data assimilation in integrated models. and applications. ES. meteorology and climate. clouds. emissions. EL.European framework for online integrated air quality and meteorology modelling (EuMetChem) Chair: Prof. and also a topic of controversy. DK. European teams have developed strong expertise on various aspects. boundary layer. – 3 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) . NL. radiation. best practices for validation. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. education and forecasting. FR. fact sheets for policy makers. a catalogue of models. Establishment of such a European framework (involving also key American experts) will enable the EU to develop world class capabilities in integrated ACT/NWP-Climate modelling systems. parameterisations and feedback mechanisms. At least. including research.Towards a more complete assessment of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate Chair: to be confirmed The role of solar variability in climate change is a topic of considerable scientific and societal importance. and capacity building events for training young researchers. but the lack of interaction has hampered progress toward a more global and quantitative picture. and (ii) two-way interactions between atmospheric pollution/ composition and climate variability/change. and finally 4) Evaluation.

IL. to coordinate and to harmonize European efforts in threat assessment and reduction for local-scale airborne hazards. IT. FI. CH. FI.uk The main objective is to undertake a pan-European comparison and evaluation of methods for flood frequency estimation under the various climatologic and geographic conditions found in Europe. to characterize their performance and to establish strategies for their improvement.Evaluation. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BE. The Action is a first cross-community initiative to join. it is of exceptional interest to compile a detailed inventory of the different models and methodologies currently in use. UK (in progress) ES0901 . the Action is aiming for a substantial improvement in the implementation of localscale emergency response tools. CZ. FR. IL. By characterizing threat scenarios. EL. PT. efficient and suitable model approaches for given local threats and their scientific advancement is imperative. NO. Therefore. HU. EL. A consensus on reliable. improvement and guidance for the use of local-scale emergency prediction and response tools for airborne hazards in built environments Chair: to be confirmed Releases of hazardous agents in complex built environments pose a tremendous challenge to emergency first responders and authorities in charge due to the large number of casualties potentially involved. Air motions in built-up areas are very complex and adequate modelling tools have to be applied properly in order to predict the dispersion of hazardous materials with sufficient accuracy within a very short time. however. RO. it is not always clear what the advantages and limitations of individual model approaches are. CZ. the Action is delivering guidance for a reliable application of local-scale emergency response tools. UK (in progress) Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES1006 . revealing model limitations and improving model approaches. FR. ES. DE. a significant enhancement of present knowledge and a long-term structural improvement in the interaction between scientific communities. BG. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. DE. BG.European procedures for flood frequency estimation (FloodFreq) Chair: Dr Thomas KJELDSEN (UK) - E: trkj@ceh.ac. HR. Consequently. compiling dedicated test cases. ES.The main benefits will be an authoritative source of information on the role of the Sun in global climate change. NL. Different types of tools are applied. NO. IT. – 4 – .

A scientific framework for assessing the ability of these methods to predict the impact of environmental change (climate change. EL. SK. both on land and in marine sediments. Naval Research Laboratory (US) ES0903 . IE. NO.it The main objective of the Action is to develop common protocols and new instruments within a larger European network for optical measurements. RS. could increase atmospheric concentrations of this greenhouse gas much faster than predicted. UK Non-COST participation: GNS Science (NZ). FR. DE. land-use and river engineering works) on future flood frequency characteristics (flood occurrence and magnitude) will be developed and tested. TR. The exchange of information about these ongoing and also planned activities with respect to gas hydrate destabilization and permafrost thawing is minimal within the EU and almost non-existent at an international level. IT. CZ. EL. NO.Permafrost and gas hydrate related methane release in the Arctic and impact on climate change .European cooperation for long-term monitoring (PERGAMON) Chair: Dr Jens GREINERT (NL) - E: greinert@nioz. there are a handful of unconnected projects involving research on methane seepage in this area. At present. HU. CY. FI. ES.End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. PL. FI. PT. BG. SE. NL. DK. IL. CH. and ultimately to evaluate the impact of Arctic methane seepage on global climate. NIIOkeangeologia (RU). LV. bringing together scientists and industries in order –  – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) and different levels of data availability. PL. The vast Arctic continental shelf. FR. ES. LT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. . The main objective is to quantify the methane input from marine and terrestrial sources into the atmosphere in the Arctic region. IT. NL. BG.Spectral sampling tools for vegetation Biophysical Parameters and Flux measurements in Europe Chair: Dr Loris VESCOVO (IT) - E: vescovo@cealp.nl The Arctic is a key area in our anthropogenically-warming world as massive releases of methane currently locked up in permafrost and gas hydrates. DE. UK ES0902 . wetlands and Tundra might become major emitters of methane in the future. DK.

data management systems. scientific and organizational levels for a European capacity for sustained observations of the oceans with gliders. FI. which can be considered a fundamental tool in monitoring Biophysical Parameters (BP) and which act as a "bridge" between the flux tower and the remote sensing community. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. DE. SE. This will be beneficial for both academic oceanographic research and especially operational oceanography systems on which a large number of marine activities now rely. PT.upmc. CY. However. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. The Action will focus entirely on the optical sampling strategies. HU. important EU initiatives have been started (such as EUFAR. value and cost-efficiency of the existing spectral observations within the European flux network.to increase the reliability. DE. NO.fr Underwater gliders are intelligent and affordable platforms useful for long term multi parameter marine observations. the deployment of swarms of gliders requires highly skilled operators and a sophisticated level of cooperation. and metadata protocols will make a significant contribution to the European research community. ES. IE. DK. In the last years. BE. EE. FR. Development of common measurement methodologies. IL. NO. ICOS and COST Action ES0804) to coordinate a common dataset for characterizing the carbon balance of Europe. they provide near real-time high spatial and temporal resolution data that will efficiently fill the gaps left by existing in-situ observation networks based on other marine platforms such as the profilers in the ARGO network. SE. and to facilitate interdisciplinary science collaborations between the optical sampling. EL. ES. Dissemination and coordination will be fundamental in this Action. They play an important role for present and planned marine observation networks. UK Non-COST participation: University of Technology Sydney (AU). to introduce a new low cost sensor to continuously monitor BP. PL. IE. IT. IS.European Gliding Observatories Network (EGO) Chair: Dr Pierre TESTOR (FR) - E: testor@locean-ipsl. to analyse the limits and opportunities of the current tools. Massey University (NZ) Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0904 . The objective of the “European Gliding Observatories” Action is to build cooperation at the technological. IMECC. remote sensing and flux tower scientific communities. FI. Deployed in swarms. UK – 6 – . Flux towers remain a primary tool for understanding ecosystem carbon fluxes within the FLUXNET and CarboEurope IP networks. IT. The objectives are also to standardise ground spectroradiometric measurements. TR. FR.

UK ES0906 .de The main objective of the Action is to provide clear theoretical guidance on convection parameterizations for climate and numerical weather prediction models. CZ. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. FI. The Action aim is to form a European-wide research coordination network that integrates expertise in physiological ecology. The Action responds particularly to urgent needs which have arisen from increasing the resolutions of forecast models. the parameterization must be extensively reformulated with more sophisticated physics under new constraints.yano@zmaw. but associated physical processes become increasingly complex. HU. Modellers and theoreticians join together under this framework. SE.pt Seagrass ecosystems rank with coral reefs and tropical rainforests in their many ecosystem services. DE. In spite of this. eutrophication. yet are drastically declining worldwide as a consequence of both anthropogenic and natural pressures including habitat fragmentation. poor water clarity and climate change stressors. RO. Both global and regional atmospheric models are concerned. The Action achieves this objective by creating a core theoretical group to address the fundamental issues of convection parameterization. IT. Seagrass research is fragmented and there is little integration between researchers and coastal zone managers. CH. The Action contributes to reduce uncertainties in weather forecasts and climate projection by overcoming the often weak physical basis of the current parameterizations. Rui SANTOS (PT) - E: rosantos@ualg. – 57 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) . PL. PT. Proposed alternative approaches intend to replace conventional tuning-based approaches.Basic Concepts for Convection Parameterization in Weather Forecast and Climate Models Chair: Dr Jun-Ichi YANO (FR) - E: jun-ichi. SK.Seagrass Productivity: From Genes to Ecosystem Management Chair: Prof.ES0905 . Thus. The Action proposes a clear pathway for more coherent and effective parameterizations by integrating existing operational schemes and new theoretical ideas. the level of awareness is low and management ineffective. The Action complements extensive inter-comparison based validations performed by operational modellers. ecological genomics and conservation-resource management. In these newgeneration models. BE. NL. not only the traditional approximations break down. HR. ES.

NL. This is a much talked-about approach that has not been implemented. IS. it is at the scale of Europe and the North Atlantic that abrupt climate variability needs to be fully explored.dk The main aim of this Action is to develop common protocols and methods to reconstruct abrupt and extreme climate change across the full range of European environments (ice. Past climate and environmental data provide critical tests of global and regional climate models. SE. IL.ku. SE. incorporate reconstructions within climate models. NO. The main objectives of this Action are to standardize methodologies across Europe. to build European research capacity. understand seagrass responses to global changes. FI. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. establish a modelling and monitoring tool based on seagrass light requirements. in-situ measurement devices for seagrass productivity. NO. PT. End of Action: 2014 Parties: DE. Doing so will critically underpin our ability to model future climate change and ecosystem response. FI. DK. MArine and TErrestrial records (60 000 to 8 000 years ago) . IT. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU). FR. and facilitate interdisciplinary science collaborations. and thereby reduce the uncertainty of future prediction. which are critical for informing on the dynamic nature of past climate change. The European capacities for seagrass research will be integrated to carry out six tasks: establish continuous. LT. assess seagrass genetic adaptative variation at photosynthetic related loci. DE. marine and terrestrial) over the period 60 000 to 8 000 years ago. evaluate the effectiveness of existing and new seagrass-health ecological indicators and provide guidelines to improve the conservation and management of seagrass dominated ecosystems. MT. It is crucial that independent records of abrupt climate change across Europe are generated and robustly compared to test for leads/lags in the climate system and the interaction between different climate forcing mechanisms.Uniquely. including early-stage and established scientists. DK. ES. ES. to better understand the mechanisms and impact of change.INTegrating Ice core. EL. EL. NL. scientists and managers will work together to close the pure/applied research gap and to develop comprehensive best practices for integrated seagrass habitat management. While there are a small number of high profile records. such as the Greenland ice cores.INTIMATE Chair: Dr Sune Olander RASMUSSEN (DK) - E: olander@gfy. Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0907 . PT. UK –  – . CH. IE. FR. IS.

CH. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. SE.g. transboundary method for the monitoring of the atmospheric boundary layer and the underlying surface of the Earth. ES.ox. under the aspects of climate change and sustainable development. to contamination of the ocean.no Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will be of large and increasing importance for environmental monitoring in the future.ac. These systems will help to close the recent observational gap between established ground based and satellite based measurements. and will allow realisation of cross-national goals of that programme within the European research area.ES0801 . UK Non-COST participation: University of Tasmania (AU) ES0802 . FI. This will distinctly increase the understanding of the atmospheric boundary layer and related surface-atmosphere exchange processes which – 59 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) .reuder@gfi. This Action will liaise closely with international programmes with similar interests. particularly the GEOTRACES programme.Henderson@earth. IT. and to assessment of past climate change. PL. NO. IL. e. Gideon HENDERSON (UK) - E: Gideon. DE. PT. This Action seeks to maximize the benefit from research on the marine chemistry of trace elements conducted in a large number of countries. and. National research cruises will use new analytical and modelling techniques to dramatically improve understanding of ocean trace-element cycles.The ocean chemistry of bioactive trace elements and paleoclimate proxies Chair: Prof.uib. The Action will coordinate ongoing and conceive future research on the development and application of UAS as a cost-efficient. and will provide relevant atmospheric data both with high temporal and spatial resolution and unique data coverage in space and time. EL. NL. A fourth Working Group will co-ordinate significant training and outreach activities. IE. to the carbon cycle.uk The cycling of key trace elements in the ocean is critical to the functioning of ocean ecosystems. SI. IS.Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in atmospheric research Chair: Prof. though which the Action will generate an international community of young scientists who understand traceelement cycles sufficiently well to contribute to a wide range of future interdisciplinary studies. iii) data management and the production of global data products for a wide range of endusers. This Action will unite these national efforts with Working Groups focused on: i) maximizing the research achieved on nationally-funded cruises through international collaboration. FR. HR.E: joachim. CY. Joachim REUDER (NO) . ii) intercalibration and standardisation of analytical measurements across the European research area.

Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation (RU). NO. DK. Although Europe has much scientific expertise on the physics and effects of Space Weather. the Action will promote the conception and further development of prototypes for a fleet of UAS of different size. .noa. HU. Finally this interdisciplinary approach will establish a forum on the European level for the coordination of the relevant scientific.Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (RU). complexity and equipped with different instrumentation. DE. ISTP . to: . . ES. IT. important progress in modelling and predicting Space Weather effects has been made through the launch of large-scale research projects and the implementation of national prediction systems. Space Research Institute (RU). IS. SE. Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism. IT. EL. IE. IE. FI. UK Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0803 . First prototypes of UAS systems of different size. CH. have successfully proven their functionality.Foster the ties between European Geospace research and space technology establishments. instrumentation. IL. In the US. BG. DE. This COST Action has the primary goal to form an interdisciplinary network between European scientists dealing with different issues of Geospace. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. CY. ionospheres and atmospheres.Determine and recommend the specifications for new products and services that best meet the user's requirements. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. FR. NO. UK Non-COST participation: Yerevan Physics Institute (AM). FI. ES.Developing space weather products and services in Europe Chair: Dr Anna BELEHAKI (EL) - E: belehaki@space. BE.is crucial for future improvements in numerical weather prediction and climate simulation. CY. technical and legal aspects connected to a safe and permanent operation of UAS for routine environmental monitoring purposes. . Institute of Ionosphere (UA) – 60 – . as well as warning system developers and operators. PL. its optimal use suffers from a lack of coordination between the national research programmes.Assess the European potential in advanced Space Weather observational and modelling techniques and in reliable products and services.gr Space Weather originates mainly in solar activity and affects the interplanetary space and planetary magnetospheres.Define the needs of a broad range of users and. and operation range with respect to various specific observational requirements. SK. FR. SI. CH. PL. CZ. PT. RO. It can affect ground and space technological systems as well as humans in space. Based on this. Extreme space weather conditions have economical consequences and may threaten safety and security of the technological infrastructures. IL. RS.

NL. LU. data management systems and protocols will increase the reliability. EL. land atmosphere interactions are important factors controlling and affecting the Earth climate system. long-term integrated interdisciplinary monitoring efforts are necessary. EE.The Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System Chair: Dr Christian REICK (DE) - E: christian.E: timo. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. Timo VESALA (FI) .vesala@helsinki. assessment of future needs and further development of a European integrated monitoring program for comprehensive trace gas flux observations. momentum and matter. the remote sensing community is improving the monitoring of ecosystem conditions and trends with very high spatial and temporal resolution. NO. operationality. DK.Advancing the integrated monitoring of trace gas exchange between biosphere and atmosphere Chair: Prof. scope and quality of flux monitoring. CH. and synthesis. dissemination. networking by this Action creates added value and is invaluable to advance the continuity.de The Earth system modelling community started recently to include terrestrial biospheric dynamics on an equal level with atmosphere and ocean dynamics into their models. harmonisation. FR. and coordination will also be addressed in this Action.ES0804 . interactions and feedbacks between biosphere and atmosphere. The ample amount of recently acquired information about the functioning of the terrestrial biosphere and an ever-increasing spatial resolution of Earth system models call for a new level of integration between modellers. LT. RS. The existing national and European flux monitoring communities work separately. PT. Current methodologies. SE. CZ. At the same time. as well as in more operational short to medium term forecasting of weather and air quality. FI.reick@zmaw. The land surface-atmosphere interface plays a vital role in the functioning of the Earth System by controlling transfers of energy. IE. Biologists are revising classical theories by analyzing huge datasets of plant trait data collected during the last decade. HU. IT. UK ES0805 . This Action advances the applicability of produced data in climate and Earth system modelling research. value and cost-efficiency of European flux observations. PL. The main objective of the Action is a cross-disciplinary assessment of our current understanding of the terrestrial biosphere from an Earth system perspective to improve – 61 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) . Thus. ES. developers of ecological theory and data gathering communities.fi The global environment is a complex system with numerous intricately linked processes. To increase and evaluate our understanding of the critical controlling processes. Development of common methodologies. IL. This Action creates a platform for analysis. DE.

agrl. BE. SE.Improved Constraints on Models of Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Chair: Dr Matt KING (UK) - E: m. 2) assess current state-of-the-art models to improve process representation and to better link experimental and modelling communities.ch Predicting impacts of global change on the Earth system requires detailed understanding of interactions between biota and biogeochemical processes in different environments and management regimes. LU. This Action addresses the current uncertainty in polar ice mass contributions to present-day global sea level rise. However. CH.uk The main objective of the Action is to place improved constraints on models of glacial isostatic adjustment through the development of state-of-the-art surface velocity measurements with the consequent production of new ice mass change estimates for the major ice sheets. IL. LT. HR. which are contaminated by glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA). PT. IT. UK Non-COST participation: The University of Western Australia (AU) ES0701 . DK. IE. NL. PL. ES. the GIA signal in the GRACE results currently exceeds the expected Antarctic ice mass balance signal. LU. NL. The ice mass change is derived from gravity-signals. SI. NO.and systemoriented research areas. 3) benchmark and advance innovative cutting-edge technologies. Nina BUCHMANN (CH) - E: nina. FR. EL. FI. UK Non-COST participation: European Space Agency.ac. The focus is ice mass change signals derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission (2002-present). BE. EL. SE. CH. DK.king@newcastle. IT. RS.buchmann@ipw.the reliability of future Earth system projections in coupled climatebiosphere simulations. PL. (4) create a training/teaching network across Europe. nitrogen. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.ethz. DE.a. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. The main objective of the Action is to use stable isotopes on carbon. FI. DE. SK.Stable Isotopes in Biosphere-AtmosphereEarth System Research (SIBAE) Chair: Prof. GIA models are data poor in polar-regions and new constraints from precise and geographically widespread surface – 62 – . BG. oxygen and water cycles as a critical research tool in Biosphere-Atmosphere-Earth System research across scales and disciplines to: 1) synthesize isolated experiments in Europe to identify innovative process. Macquarie University (AU) Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0806 . FR. ES.

CH. Atmospheric observing systems for GEOSS/GMES in Europe will be integrated to satisfy requirements for climate. Recent advances (GIA modelling and geodetic observations) indicate that a collaborative approach at this point in time would lead to a significant improvement in GIA model accuracy.European Ground-Based Observations of Essential Variables for Climate and Operational Meteorology (EG-CLIMET) Chair: Prof. IT. Greenland and the smaller ice caps. SE. DE. DK. . ES. BE. FR. UK – 63 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) velocity measurements are needed. NO. The observing infrastructure will also be used to evaluate and improve climate and weather forecast models. Whilst surface velocity estimates have been derived in many of the key regions their accuracy and precision is presently too low. EE. NL. on contemporary ice mass balance estimates for Antarctica. PT. Development in data assimilation techniques will allow the observations to be fully exploited in numerical models. SE. including satellite and aircraft. CH. LU.j. BE. Long term deployments (“testbeds”) of observing systems will be used to judge their effectiveness and cost-efficiency so design recommendations for the future European integrated observing network can be delivered. DE.illingworth@reading.ac. hence. This Action will coordinate deployment and further development of integrated ground-based remote sensing systems to provide key atmospheric variables such as clouds.Climate and weather observations are essential for the development of climate change policies and weather services securing the safety and quality of life of the public. ES. RS. NO. HU. IT. Further. EL. temperature and humidity. University of Otago (NZ) ES0702 . and to validate other observing systems. development and demonstration of cost-effective ground-based integrated profiling systems suitable for future networks providing essential atmospheric observations for both climate and weather. additional data in key locations (Antarctic and Greenland) will be added during the International Polar Year (2007-9). PT. UK Non-COST participation: University of Tasmania (AU). to provide improved constraints on GIA models and. IE. In this Action leading geodesists and geophysicists from Europe will focus together. FI. FR. These data will be available to the remodeling effort. FI.uk The main objective of the Action is the specification. CY. PL. environment and security. Antony ILLINGWORTH (UK) - E: a. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. NL. winds. IS.End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. These systems observe at high time resolution providing observations of atmospheric processes relevant to climate and weather but will need to be cost-effective.

Advances in homogenisation methods of climate series: an integrated approach (HOME) Chair: Dr Olivier MESTRE (FR) - E: olivier. BG. FI. a direct analysis of the raw data series can lead to wrong conclusions about climate change. it would be cost-effective and beneficial for citizens and society and decision-makers that national chemical weather forecast and information systems would be networked and seamless across Europe. CZ.Towards a European Network on Chemical Weather Forecasting and Information Systems (ENCWF) Chair: Prof. FR. CH. SK. It is regulated by EU legislation. standardising and benchmarking approaches and practices in data – 64 – . IT. IE. ES.kukkonen@fmi. HU. BE. LV. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. However. RO. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (AU) ES0602 . SI. trends or cycles. SE. In order to deal with this crucial problem many statistical homogenisation procedures have been developed for detection and correction of these inhomogeneities.mestre@meteo. The method will be derived from the most adapted statistical procedures for detection and correction of varying parameters at different space and time scales. BA. DE. NL. The Action’s main objective is to achieve a general method for homogenising climate and environmental datasets. CY. RS. instrumentation and others). such as long-term variations. PL. PT.fi Air quality is a key element for the well-being and quality of life of European citizens. This Action will provide a forum for harmonizing. informing the public on air quality. UK Non-COST participation: Andorran Research Institute (AD).E: jaakko. due to changes in the measurement conditions (relocations. As air pollution crosses national borders. NO. which requires monitoring and assessment of air pollution (using modelling tools where there is no observational data). At present only a limited number of publications intercompare some common methods and their impact on the climate record. forecasting the potential exceedances.fr Long instrumental climate records are the basis of climate research. There is therefore a need for a coordinated European initiative in order to produce standard methods designed to facilitate such comparisons and promote the most efficient methods of homogenisation. these series are usually affected by inhomogeneities (artificial shifts). EL. As the artificial shifts often have the same magnitude as the climate signal. implementation of short term action plans and air quality management to attain specific limit and target values. HR. The large number of different methods could be seen as a weakness in the science and is a challenge for the climatological community to address. Jaakko KUKKONEN (FI) .Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0601 .

E: mikhail. The pollen-related research is currently conducted within several scientific disciplines. Their proper investigation requires an integrated approach. IL. CH. BG. PL. EL. ES.g. The overall prevalence of seasonal allergic rhinitis in Europe is about 15% and increasing. CZ. IL. IT. . SE. HU.sofiev@fmi. BE. FR. DK. Applications and collaboration with End Users. HU. IT. EL. EE. it will serve as a platform for the information exchange between the meteorological services. LV. SE. It will examine existing and work out new solutions for integrating the development efforts at national and international levels. in the framework of GMES . TR. DK. UK Non-COST participation: Moscow State University – 6 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) exchange and multi-model capabilities for air quality forecast and (near) real-time information systems in Europe. Transformation and Interaction. In particular. and the forecasting of their atmospheric dispersion.. however.Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) towards the same goals. PT. FI. EE.Assessment of production. The World Health Organization has therefore recommended new studies in the area. their coordination could be substantially improved. SI.fi Diseases due to aeroallergens are among major causes of a growing rate of morbidity and demand for healthcare. (iii) the development of a strategy and an action plan that aim to bridge the gaps of knowledge. PT. The proposed concerted Action will establish a multidisciplinary forum for (i) the critical review of existing information and its use in current assessment systems. NO. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. SK. environmental agencies. (ii) the improved co-ordination of on-going research. SI. but rather support and complement ongoing initiatives (e. and finding out the gaps of knowledge. ES. LT. Adequate protective and pre-emptive measures require both the reliable assessment of production and release of various pollen species. IE. RS. DE.End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. HR. NO. countries and targeted activities. release. NL. and international initiatives. FR. UK Non-COST participation: Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory (RU) ES0603 . Specific research directions will be: Pollen Production and Release. CZ. NL. CY. DE. Several poorly understood complex biological. (iv) strengthening the dialogue with end users. distribution and health impact of allergenic pollen in Europe (EUPOL) Chair: Dr Mikhail SOFIEV (FI) . FI. This Action will not develop or create the whole system. PL. meteorological and climatic factors can significantly affect the timing and strength of pollen seasons. Pollen Transport.

IT. BG. DE. RS. IL. space agencies. FI. IE. HU. CZ. HU. It brings together expertise that is both unique and timely. DK. DK. SK.fierli@isac. IT. NO. EL. To achieve this. The objective is to offer to the scientific community and the broader Earth Observation community an integrative approach to understanding the processes controlling the atmospheric water vapour distribution. theory. in particular those elements linking water vapour and climate.Atmospheric Water Vapour in the Climate System (WaVaCS) Chair: Dr Federico FIERLI (IT) . The specific task of this Action is to promote knowledge dissemination activities at various levels through scientific missions.E: simone. PT. EL. BG. the Action is structured into 4 working groups which together aim to increase knowledge on observations. NO. ES.it The main objective of the Action is the evaluation of possible impacts from climate change and variability on agriculture and the assessment of critical thresholds for various European areas. FR. DE.cnr. it is necessary to integrate knowledge acquired from research based on different methodologies. HR. environmental agencies and policy makers. ES. NL. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. UK 734 . Beneficiaries of this Action include the meteorological services. including: atmospheric monitoring. BE. RO.orlandini@unifi. FI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. SE. CH. CY. PL. UK Non-COST participation: Lincoln University (NZ). FR. thematic training schools. This Action is needed to integrate research carried out in different areas. PL.it The proposed Action brings together leading European scientists to address the issue of atmospheric water vapour and its impact on climate. CZ.Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on European Agriculture (CLIVAGRI) Chair: Prof. PT. SI. Joint Research Centre – 66 – .Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) ES0604 . IE. Simone ORLANDINI (IT) . CH. support toward conference participation. SE. LU. data analysis and modelling.E: f. University of Nebraska (US). In order to make significant progress in the field of water vapour and climate. and data assimilation in the context of water vapour and climate. TR. and special issues in world-class scientific journals.

and the production of.ac. DE. CH. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE.uk The action aims at developing the tools for. NO. HU. NL. CY. Peter LISS (UK) - E: p. IE. TR.Tools for assessing global air-sea fluxes of climate and air pollution relevant gases Chair: Prof. FI.liss@uea. best estimates of global air-sea fluxes of compounds relevant to climate and air pollution. ES. DK. IT. PL. FR. SE.735 . EL. UK Non-COST participation: National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NZ) – 67 – Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) .

food safety. food and nutrition. Agriculture as a Human Activity addresses socio-economic aspects of food and agriculture and other relevant concerns. agriculture & fisheries. biosafety. Proposals may also address changes in European agriculture under the influence of major issues such as reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. natural resources and conservation. functional foods. Societal issues concerned with animal health (disease prevention in animals and people) and animal welfare are also included. interesting and interdisciplinary proposals that do not necessarily fit into a traditional category of research in food and agriculture. rural economy and rural development. semi-processed and processed foods and encompasses food and feed quality. The primary aim of the Domain is to encourage networking and coordination of research in any field linked to these activities as well as the related demands and needs. The Domain actively seeks innovative. Agriculture and Environment includes issues such as sustainability. Human Nutrition and the Food Chain covers the entire food chain leading to non-processed. nutritional and consumer issues. agricultural system science or any other fundamental discipline related to food. animal science. genetics and breeding. and relates to a large number of areas of human activity.eu/fa The Food and Agriculture Domain covers all aspects of research in the field of agricultural and food sciences in its widest sense. soil science. The Biological Functions of Organisms aims to advance understanding of the functions of organisms relevant to agriculture.is also addressed. It includes all the processes and techniques used in food technology that are needed to bring food to the consumer’s fork. It is emphasized that they are examples and the scope of the Domain is not restricted to these areas alone. The following examples illustrate aspects of actual research in this Domain. the domain welcomes proposals where fundamental science is an essential component of the topic. bioremediation. veterinary science. and bioenergy.cost. such as the relationships between agriculture. Biotechnology the use of the most recent techniques and applications that spring from their use . plant science. – 6 – . This includes biological science. biodiversity and genetic resources. world trade patterns and energy scarcity. microbiological science.Food and Agriculture (FA) Food and Agriculture (FA) www. global warming. This naturally encompasses a very wide number of subjects.

Ingredient formulation and production processes have a major role in commercial food development but their impact on food structure is poorly characterised.uk There is an increasing awareness of the potential of proteomic technologies to study production animals but the use of proteomic strategies to investigate animal health and disease has been limited by the lack of international coordination and collaboration. convenient. it is anticipated that successful proposals will vary widely in nature from closely focussed topics of a fundamental nature using the most innovative and up-to-date techniques (such as tools for genomics. TD0803. PT. Furthermore the influence of structure and physical properties on the nutritional and health inducing properties of foods (e. HR. bioavailability/efficacy of nutrients/ bioactives) has received very little research.Farm Animal Proteomics Chair: Prof. This Action will create an interdisciplinary team to apply the fundamental structure-properties knowledge of multiphase-foods (foams.piazza@unimi. FA1001 . emulsions) to real food systems. NO. The Action will create an expert network to bridge the gap between material scientists. ES. FI. EL. NL. this network will benefit the European Research Area scientific community by – 69 – Food and Agriculture (FA) Since food and agriculture involve so many scientific disciplines. HU. The COST Action will form a network of the leading European scientists who are focused on farm animal proteomics. BG.FA is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD0801. wellness and pleasure Chair: Prof. DK. David ECKERSALL (UK) - E: david. SE.it The food industry is constantly challenged to meet consumer demands for new food products that are safe. TR. with a view to designing end-products with good sensory quality and health benefits. IE.g. UK Non-COST participation: Riddet Institute (NZ) FA1002 . affordable. BE. RO. . IL. EE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IS. proteomics and metabolomics) to interdisciplinary projects having a more holistic approach (such as new farming systems for the production of quality food). food technologists and nutritionists. SI.eckersall@glasgow.The application of innovative fundamental food-structure-property relationships to the design of foods for health. Laura PIAZZA (IT) - E: laura. FR. IT. pleasurable and healthy. PL.ac. DE. An understanding of fundamental structure– function relationships of food components is a key to the design of new foods. RS.

BG. National Institute of Vine and Wine Magarach (UA) – 70 – . CH. CH. PT.failla@unimi. At the same time. IS. RO. Viticulture and Oenology (GE). HU. CZ. It will benefit the European economy by providing advanced analytical tools to enhance animal production. DE. AgResearch Ltd (NZ) Food and Agriculture (FA) FA1003 . long-term conservation and a greater quality of grape production in Europe. its patterns. CY. IT. DK. Sharing experiences. EL. IE. LU. FI. FR. DE. To address this challenge scientists and breeders need to work together at an international level to generate knowledge about the valuable diversity. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. CZ. creating beneficial knowledge. HU. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. grapevine genetic resources in the presumed area of its domestication (south-eastern Europe and particularly the Caucasus) and along the migration route across Europe are poorly known while enclosing still untapped diversity and richness. Osvaldo FAILLA (IT) - E: osvaldo. PL. IL. MT. ES. SI. HR. NO.it The grapevine genepool is particularly threatened in the marginal areas of its distribution range. NL. ES. SK Non-COST participation: Armenian Academy of Viticulture and Winemaking (AM). IT. EE. This COST Action will enable researchers from east and west European countries to work together to explore. BG. health and welfare.providing a conduit for the rapid dissemination of knowledge on the techniques and applications of this rapidly advancing area. the genetic diversity and mobilize adaptive traits for breeding and sustainable use of this very valuable horticultural crop. Institute of Horticulture. LU. responsibilities. processes and correlations with traits such as resistance and grape quality. BE. as well as in the assessment of food quality and safety related to the protein in food produced from animal origin. FR. information and materials for the development of phenotyping methods and association genetics studies in core collections will greatly improve the impact of the research conducted by each partner and will introduce innovative areas of research at the European level. SI. on a large geographic scale and in a very wide range of countries. SK. PT. UK Non-COST participation: Agricultural University of Tirana (AL).East-West Collaboration for Grapevine Diversity Exploration and Mobilization of Adaptive Traits for Breeding Chair: Prof.

EU legislation.fr The main objective of the Action is to spread and improve current basic knowledge on food digestion. improve their predictive power. through integration of the physiological approaches into general conservation research. The main benefit of establishing this network will be both at the scientific and policy levels.dupont@rennes. and identify conservation priorities. There is a lot of data being generated on the link between the food digestion and human health and a significant effort continues to be expended separately in each EU country on optimizing food for preventing the development of food-related diseases. UK (in progress) FA1005 . The Action will lead to improved scientific advice in support of policy commitments such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Physiologists. and provide evidence in support of operational policies such as the Common Fisheries Policy. NO. ES.FA1004 . IT.Improving health properties of food by sharing our knowledge on the digestive process (INFOGEST) Chair: Dr Didier DUPONT (FR) - E: didier. This will improve the predictive power of ecological forecasting models. In addition. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. The Action will establish a mechanism-based cause-and-effect understanding of current and future effects of environmental and anthropogenic pressures on fish biodiversity and common marine fish resources. A multidisciplinary scientific community will be built on this topic gathering scientists from different – 71 – Food and Agriculture (FA) . FR. demands proper scientific data in nutrition and health claims. as advised by EFSA. NL. the OSPAR and HELCOM conventions. IS. elderly. including an apprecation for policy and management needs. and thereby to sustainable management of biodiversity and fishery resources.inra. This COST Action will gradually build a European network that will spread and improve current basic knowledge on food digestion and promote harmonization of currently used digestion models used including validation with human data from different populations such as infants. community ecologists and forecast modellers aim to integrate physiology into models. sport professionals etc. the Convention on Biological Diversity. on the release during digestion of protein beneficial food components known to have a potential effect on human health and to promote harmonization of currently used digestion models. will advance multi-disciplinary conservation biology expertise.Conservation Physiology of Marine Fishes Chair: to be confirmed The multidisciplinary network will contribute to the understanding of the physiological mechanisms that determine distribution and abundance of marine fish species.

systems biology and computational biology. and develop synthetic approaches in plant metabolic engineering.Plant Metabolic Engineering for High Value Products Chair: to be confirmed The main objective of the Action is cross-linking within a multidisciplinary network European scientists with diverse expertise on plant natural products (PNP) chemistry. nutrition. and chemistry to define and develop rational design strategies to produce known and novel PNP of pharmaceutical and industrial interest in a sustainable. Deepening our understanding of halophytes – 72 – . many of which are of high relevance as pharmaceuticals or fine chemicals for industries. FI. FR. Halophytes have evolved in saline habitats and are an untapped source of food. Timothy FLOWERS (UK) . immunology. fibre and bioenergy.disciplines (food science. NL. As more than 40% of the Earth is arid or semi-arid and most of the planet’s water is saline. PL. IL.uk The growing human population presents a huge challenge to world agriculture. define target pathways and prioritize compounds. plant enzymology. set standards for computational support.j. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. EL. The Action will facilitate the transfer of new scientific advances to European food companies (large groups as well as SMEs) for developing new functional foods and reinforcing their competitiveness in a growing world market. RS.E: t. cell biology…). Outcomes will help guiding researchers in the design of plants as production host and provide building blocks for pathway engineering. and ecological way. FR. economical. physiology. PT. UK (in progress) FA0901 . End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. UK (in progress) Food and Agriculture (FA) FA1006 . PL. disseminate novel technologies and applications. we advocate the sustainable use of these under-exploited resources for human benefit. To fully exploit the capacity of engineering plants for the production of high value PNPs this COST Action will support and enhance a pan-European network which will amalgamate resources.flowers@sussex. plant metabolic engineering.ac. IT.Putting Halophytes to Work: From Genes to Ecosystems Chair: Prof. IL. ES. A tremendous amount of knowledge has been gained during the last decades about the biosynthetic capacity of plants and the pathways leading to the formation of plant natural products (PNPs).

NL. of PRRS. Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj Cedria (TN) FA0902 . MK.uk Twenty years after its emergence. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. soil erosion. ES. CZ. RO. EL. DK. ES.Understanding and combating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome in Europe Chair: Dr Tahar AIT-ALI (UK) - E: tahar. MK.ac. RO. BG. The main objective of the Action is to collate existing knowledge of halophytes from gene function to ecosystems that will impact on conservation and management of saline environments and agricultural productions. UK Non-COST participation: Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (PK). SI. FR. PT. porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is still having major impacts on pig health and welfare. BA. The strategies derived from this Action will benefit animal health. HU. PL. RS. and hence better control. FR. PRRS remains a challenge to the sustainability of pig production. CH. IT.ed. especially with the emergence of new highly pathogenic PRRSV strains. SE. SI. UK – 73 – Food and Agriculture (FA) . CZ. To date. HR. DK. European PRRS research programs have been fragmented. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. FI.aitali@roslin. loss of biodiversity and bioproductivity. IT. EL. The main objective of the Action is to improve knowledge on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in Europe in order to identify effective strategies to combat it. BE. NL. public health and allied organizations that have a stake in animal agriculture systems. NO. The etiologic agent is the PRRS virus. DE.and saline ecosystems will help combat salinisation. IL. With a specific emphasise on genetics and genomics this Action will improve understanding of. producers. DE. SK. The objectives are also to generate specific outcomes such as the identification of key challenges and propose potential solutions to problems to increase progress and facilitate the use of new technologies in animal health. PL. CY. The Action will tackle the problems of salt-affected agricultural land and support the timely development of a saline agriculture using brackish water as a replacement or a supplement for diminishing freshwater. The recommendations will be widely disseminated and serve as a roadmap for training and future initiatives.

cnr. safety. apomixis technology would allow the fixation of heterosis in F1 hybrids. no plant breeding tools exist. Participants will identify the barriers (in research and technology. DE. BE. IT. FR. which allow the efficient fixation of multigenic traits over successive generations. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. Among several reproductive system-related strategies for fixation of desirable agronomic traits.it Although most desirable crop traits are polygenic. HU. DK. one of the best choices is apomixis (i. The main objective of the Action is to understand the mechanisms of sexual/apomictic plant reproduction and to facilitate the use of this increased knowledge in the development of new approaches in biotechnology.it The Action will constitute an international scientific and technology network on issues related to Eco-sustainable Polymer Nanomaterials for Food Packaging (PNFP). trained workforce and technology transfer) that prevent a complete successful development of PNFP and will indicate the strategies to proceed further. ES. For instance. environment.Eco-sustainable Food Packaging Based on Polymer Nanomaterials Chair: Dr Clara SILVESTRE (IT) - E: silvestre@ictp. agriculture and food industry through improved crops. NO. and thereby allow for better coexistence systems in Europe. clonal seed production) that would enable the instantaneous fixation of the complete genome of the best plants. RS. standardisation. NL. Emidio ALBERTINI (IT) - E: emidio. UK Non-COST participation: CSIRO Plant Industry (AU). conservation and distribution of high quality and safe food. PT. CZ.e.Harnessing plant reproduction for crop improvement Chair: Prof. cost and the specific requirements of the food industry. The envisioned direction is to look at the complete life cycle of the PNFP by the combined efforts of leading research and industrial groups. It aims at exploiting the potentiality of polymer nanotechnology in the area of food packaging treating in a complete way the demanding needs of the users.Food and Agriculture (FA) FA0903 . CH. Moreover. – 74 – .albertini@unipg. University of Georgia (US) FA0904 . taste. for the preservation. IE. apomictic reproduction (with no need for male contribution) could help in addressing issues related to transgene escape from GM crops to organic or conventional crops. PL. when coupled with male-sterility systems. such as health. SK.

singh@umb. FI. the content of toxic minerals. BG. Zn. SE. ES. needs to be reduced to improve food safety. NL.ie Significant new understanding of UV-B mediated processes in plants has been gained during the last decade. physiological. and innovative food processing techniques in an interdisciplinary and integrated approach. food/feed processing. HU. BG. genomic. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. DE. PL. BE. UK FA0906 . RO. Rather than being a damaging agent. CH. At the same time. The aim of this Action is to develop an integrated vision of the role – 75 – Food and Agriculture (FA) End of Action: 2014 . plant biology. IE. LV.Parties: AT. IT. productivity and well-being of people. CZ. Four working groups will focus on soil mineral bioavailability. IL. LT. LT. biotechnological. PL. FI. ES. it is now recognised that UV-B radiation is a specific regulator of gene expression. Mg and Se will improve the nutritional value of cropderived food or feed. IL. Cd and As. FR. Improving content especially of Fe. MK. This COST-Action will generate knowledge on the fundamentals of plant growth. metabolic and ecological processes. University of Texas (US) FA0905 . food quality. and anti-nutritional compounds limiting mineral bioavailability. potentially enhancing human and animal health. Bal Ram SINGH (NO) - E: balram. IT. and plant-environment interactions by integrating nationally and internationally funded research on UV-B mediated regulation of molecular. NL. SK. UK Non-COST participation: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (CA). LU. EL. EL. NO.no Global food systems are failing to provide adequate quantities of essential nutrients and other factors needed for good health. and responses to climate change parameters. DE. SE. and food/feed mineral bioavailability related to human/ animal health. PT. RS. metabolite profiles. CZ. In this COST Action several bottlenecks in the food/feed production chain limiting mineral status will be addressed by employing agronomic. NO.jansen@ucc. SI. FR.Mineral-improved Crop Production for Healthy Food and Feed Chair: Prof.UV-B radiation: A Specific Regulator of Plant Growth and Food Quality in a Changing Climate (UV4growth) Chair: Dr Marcel JANSEN (IE) - E: m. BE. TR. DK. CH. RO. DK. SI.

of UV-B in plant growth across a range of organisational levels and natural and agricultural systems.
End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RS, SE, SI, UK Non-COST participation: Lincoln University (NZ), University of Waikato (NZ), Massey University (NZ), Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (UA)

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FA0907 - Yeast flavour production - New Biocatalysts and Novel Molecular Mechanisms (BIOFLAVOUR)
Chair: Dr Gustavo M. DE BILLERBECK (FR) - E: debiller@insa-toulouse.fr Flavours and Fragrances (F&F) are highly important quality components in food, beverages, cosmetics, detergents and pharmaceutical products. Nowadays, most F&F molecules are produced by chemical synthesis or by extraction from plants. The need for environmentally friendly processes and the consumer’s preference for natural products encourage research and development in the biotechnological production of F&F. This calls for a strong investment in capacity building through molecular, genetic and metabolic studies of the microbial flavour synthesis, which is at the moment relatively scarce. This COST Action will build a unique European Yeast Flavour Network addressing fundamental research in natural bioflavour production through an innovative systems biology approach.
End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, NL, PL, PT, RS, SE, SI, SK, UK Non-COST participation: Federal University of Pernambuco (BR)

FA0801 - Critical success factors for fish larval production in European Aquaculture: a multidisciplinary network (LARVANET)
Chair: Dr Amos TANDLER (IL) - E: Tandler@ocean.org.il Sustainable growth of the European aquaculture industry requires an improved knowledge basis that allows a predictable supply of high quality juvenile fish for the grow-out phase and up to the consumers’ standards. Relatively low survival rates and sub-optimal quality are largely attributed to uncontrolled problems during larval rearing, and lack of tools for early prediction of larval phenotype and quality. There are over 100 universities, colleges and research institutions in Europe involved in aquaculture, as well as an equal number of research institutions. Currently the European aquaculture industry
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produces about 1.3 million tonnes of fish, equal to one third of the EU fishery value. The aim of this Action is to contribute to the scientific knowledge basis as to support a sustainable development of aquaculture. This requires identifying critical success factors and gaps in knowledge in order to overcome the present limiting predictable mass supply of quality juveniles. The multidisciplinary network of researchers and producers intends to achieve this through integration of knowledge obtained in national and European research projects and practical experience. This Action will contribute to a better understanding of fish larval physiology, identify quality and performance predictors for larval-juvenile production and enhance a rapid development of improved production protocols and hatchery management procedures.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FR, HU, IL, IT, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, TR, UK Non-COST participation: Western Australia (AU), Ilia Chavchavadze State University (GE)

FA0802 - Feed for health
Chair: Dr Luciano PINOTTI (IT) - E: luciano.pinotti@unimi.it As in human nutrition, concepts in animal nutrition are changing. Optimal nutrition is now considered fundamental whereas in the past adequate nutrition was considered sufficient. Optimal nutrition implies that feeds must be considered not only in terms of their nutritional properties but also in terms of their ability to promote health and protect against disease. The health of the animal is fundamental in determining the quality, safety and wholesomeness of foods of animal origin for human consumption. This Action will focus on the role of animal nutrition in improving animal health; the role of animal nutrition in designing functional foods for humans; and the development of the concepts of feed safety, feed quality and feed functionality, as counterparts of these ideas as they are currently applied foods for humans. The main task of the network will be to promote the acquisition and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge in these areas and encourage cooperation between various groups working in the area.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, IE, IL, IT, LT, MK, NL, NO, PL, RO, RS, SE, SI, TR, UK Non-COST participation: Agricultural University of Tirana (AL), AgResearch (NZ), Joint Research Centre

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FA0803 - Prevention of honeybee Colony Losses (COLOSS)
Chair: Dr Peter NEUMANN (CH) - E: peter.neumann@alp.admin.ch In Europe, China and the USA, beekeepers are being regularly confronted with severe inexplicable and sudden colony losses (Euro 400 million per year, excluding pollination value), with colonies exhibiting diverse symptoms (CCD = Colony Collapse Disorder). This major pollinator decline may lead to even more serious economic and ecological consequences than already experienced (severe pollination deficits in major crops) because beekeepers and veterinary authorities are unaware of the underlying factors and cannot implement effective mitigating measures. Efforts by individual countries to reveal the drivers of colony losses are doomed due to the high number of interacting factors. COLOSS will identify the factors at the individual honeybee and colony levels causing severe colony losses and investigate synergistic effects between them. This will enable the development and dissemination of emergency measures and sustainable management strategies to prevent large scale losses. For this purpose, leading scientists, beekeepers and industry will collaborate with complementary approaches, thereby providing the crucial R&D link for the success of this Action. This worldwide integrated approach will mitigate the detrimental impact of honeybee colony losses for beekeepers, agriculture and natural biodiversity.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BA, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, MK, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, TR, UK Non-COST participation: Instituto Nacional De Tecnologia Agropecuaria (AR), Bee Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CN), World Save Bee Fund (RU), University of Florida (US)

FA0804 - Molecular farming: plants as a production platform for high value proteins
Chair: Dr Kirsi-Marja OKSMAN-CALDENTEY (FI) - E: kirsi-marja.oksman@vtt.fi Proof-of-principle for Molecular Farming (MF) has been established over the last 15 years through sustained efforts of a growing number of European research groups. This work has been supported by the strategic decision of the EU to fund several initiatives through FPs 4-6 resulting in an impressive volume of generated knowledge. The aim of the Action is to leverage fruits of earlier EU, national and industrial investments in Molecular Farming to reach the next level, i.e. to move from R&D to applications, to develop productoriented platforms, to enable new classes of products, to lower the costs and ultimately to commercialize the products. This Action will create new opportunities for European agriculture, horticulture and
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LT. RS. Lincoln University (NZ) FA0806 . NL.gr Goat production is an example of a sustainable production fully integrated within the local rural development. DE. The Action brings the key players together and will increase European momentum. IT.Goat-parasite interactions: from knowledge to control (CAPARA) Chair: Dr Smaragda SOTIRAKI (EL) - E: smaro_sotiraki@yahoo. including developing countries. FR. DK.related technology sectors as the plants dedicated to Molecular Farming constitute new high-value crops. IL. PL.gr The currently applied virus control methods are limited in number. PT. CH. EL. BE. NO. SE. McMaster Laboratory (AU). IT. SE. UK Non-COST participation: F. ES. BG. EE. capacity and infrastructure. Andreas VOLOUDAKIS (EL) - E: avoloud@aua. dissemination and public engagement activities. LT. UK FA0805 . CY. intellectual property (IP). DK. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. it has been considered that the data obtained on parasite infections in sheep can be directly transferred to goats. A very promising and exciting approach is the exploitation of a natural. NO. FI. Several recent studies in different disciplines have underlined the existence of significant specificities in the goat-parasite interactions. DE.Plant virus control employing RNA-based vaccines: A novel non-transgenic strategy Chair: Prof. For years. endogenous mechanism in plants providing virus resistance known as RNA silencing. TR. IL. – 79 – Food and Agriculture (FA) . BE. FR. Thus new methods are urgently called forth. The main objective of the Action is to advance our knowledge on various aspects of goats’ parasitology and health management towards a better understanding of the different components explaining the specificities of goat-parasite interactions as well as to develop sustainable strategies to control parasitic diseases in goats. regulatory. One of the main threats on the outdoor breeding of goats is parasitism. The concrete outcome will be a sustainable European Molecular Farming community with a clear vision.D. IS. CH. efficacy and environmental suitability. PT. HU. CZ. RO. ES. It will also expand activities to countries that have not thus far been able to participate. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. SK. EL. MK. and links and input into scientific. This is a sequence-specific process leading to viral mRNA degradation. HR. SI. biosafety.

HU. SK. sugar beet. CZ. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (NZ). Since current EU decisions restrict transgenic plant usage. CY. EE. University of Windsor (CA). BE.unibo. ES. PL.it Phytoplasmas are insect-transmitted plant pathogenic prokaryotes causing serious diseases in important crops such as grapevine. The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research (NZ). Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (MU). NL. IT. Plant Pathology Institute (EG). BG. Agriculture and Agri-Food (CA).Integrated Management of Phytoplasma Epidemics in Different Crop Systems Chair: Prof. Universidad de Chile (CL). NO. BG. vegetables.INTA (AR). UK Non-COST participation: Department of Primary Industries (AU). ES. CH. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. Sugarcane Research Station (IN). Stellenbosch University (ZA) – 80 – . oil-seed crops and fruit trees throughout Europe. EL. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. TR. RS. SE. RS. IL. IT. Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (BR). DE. non-transgenic approaches exploiting the silencing mechanism for plant virus control are needed. HU. IL. vegetables and grapevine. American University of Beirut (LB). Assunta BERTACCINI (IT) - E: bertaccini_a@cib. Instituto Politécnico Nacional (MX). Universidad Militar Nueva Granada (CO). Recent advances in phytoplasma genomics have generated an impetus for research into control and management of these diseases.triggered by the presence of short interfering RNAs (siRNAs). HR. The main objective of the Action is to promote information exchange in order to design integrated phytoplasma management strategies for the sustainable production of high-quality plant products and to reduce pesticide use resulting in less residues in fresh market products fruit. NO. UK Non-COST participation: Instituto de Biotecnologia . EL. BA. PT. LT. CZ. PT. DE. SI. MT. Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LB). BE. RO. FR. NL. FI. efficient and cost-effective methods for reactive and proactive responses to viral diseases of plants for a sustainable agriculture. DK. an outcome of the degradation of double-stranded RNA (homologous to virus sequences). The main objective of the Action is to develop suitable. MK. University of Pretoria (ZA). FR. FI. University of Cape Town (ZA) Food and Agriculture (FA) FA0807 . PL. TR. DK. RO. corn. Kafrelsheikh University (EG). SI. CH.

ES. LV.fazeli@sheffield. CZ. Research on symbiosis is an interdisciplinary subject requiring methods and protocols from various fields. Institute of Cytology and Genetics (RU).and paracrine interactions between gametes. both in livestock and the human. public concern over pesticide use and more stringent environmental regulations creates the need for new technologies.Arthropod Symbiosis: From Fundamental Studies to Pest and Disease Management Chair: Prof. EL. IL. The initiative will be managed in a way that will insure maximum interactions and its successful implementation will put the EU at the forefront of both basic and applied research in the area of arthropod symbiosis. DK. PT. Kyungpook National University (KR). IT. NL. University of California (US). SI. University of Western Sydney (AU).uk The main objective of the Action is to establish a network of European researchers working on different aspects of maternal interaction with gametes and embryo in different species to advance towards creation of a so called “Interactome” map of cell-to-cell interactions as well as endo. One new approach to control arthropod pest populations or to reduce vector competence is by symbiont-based control strategies (SCS) that are environmentally friendly and may replace chemical control methods. To achieve this goal. Arthropod-Symbiont Metagenomes.FA0701 . HR. Mechanisms of interactions of gametes or embryos with their maternal environment are important biological filters limiting reproductive success. The network will cooperate in the form of five working groups: Arthropod Symbiont Diversity. Bacterial symbiosis is prevalent in arthropods that can be devastating pests and efficient disease vectors. UK Non-COST participation: University of Queensland (AU). IE. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. PL.gr Pest and disease management poses significant challenges for the medical and agricultural communities. Although several aspects of the gamete/embryo-maternal interactome have been studied. NO. DE. Host-Symbiont Interactions. In addition. It is therefore essential to coordinate the actions of EU groups working on symbiosis.ac. Purchase College (US). BE. SE. CH. Symbiont-Based Control Strategies and Ethical.Maternal Interaction with Gametes and Embryos Chair: Dr Alireza FAZELI (UK) . FR. embryos and female reproductive tract during different stages of reproductive cycle and pregnancy at health and under disturbed maternal nutrition and metabolism. Regulatory and Commercial Aspects of SCS. Université de Tunis El Manar (TN). HU. RS. Kostas BOURTZIS (EL) - E: kbourtz@uoi. State University of New York (US) FA0702 . the Action will bring together all European leading teams in this field.E: a. there is so far no systematic analysis of this biological – 81 – Food and Agriculture (FA) .

BE. DK. IT. inter-disciplinary workshops. IE. many depleted stocks have failed to recover. Thus the Action aims at joining laboratories from European member states with excellent expertise in the fields of reproductive biology and biotechnology with stateof-the-art technology and methods in transcriptomics. demonstration of the latest advances and the creation of a common research platform that can provide fisheries managers with realistic tools for fish stock recovery. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. proteomics. Despite the technical measures implemented. Invermay Agricultural Centre (NZ) Food and Agriculture (FA) FA0601 .es Most of the European marine fish resources are overexploited. SE. egg production is also influenced by ambient environmental conditions. University of Sydney (AU). metabolomics and systems biology. SK. In addition to these projects there is a need for increased cooperation between researchers. standardisation and cross calibration of the different protocols being used. SI. IL. PT. DE. LT. CH. The Action intends to promote capacity-building of young researchers in this growing field by providing opportunities for further development and education via providing focused. EL. EE. enhanced exchange of ideas. UK Non-COST participation: Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology of Rosario (AR). This novel approach will further strengthen the already leading position of Europe in the field of reproductive biology and animal production. ES. the exact effects of which are still not quantified.Further novel molecular markers of fertility will help to improve the fertility of livestock population by genomic selection and thus provide unique competitive advantages to the European animal breeding industry. Currently there are a number of research projects specifically examining the linkages between fish reproductive success and the subsequent population dynamics.module. The main objective of the Action is to establish a network of researchers to co-operate on the improvement of knowledge on fish reproduction in relation to fisheries and the enhancement of the current assessment – 82 – . Knowledge of the gametes/embryo-maternal interactome will facilitate novel approaches for improving the efficiency and safety of assisted reproduction techniques. FR.csic. There is increasing awareness that the traditional indicators of stock viability are inadequate because the capacity of the population to annually produce viable eggs and larvae is extremely important for stock viability and recovery. NL. In addition. an inter-disciplinary training school and the creation of working groups for different lines of research among the components of the consortium. Such an ambitious task can obviously not be fulfilled by an individual laboratory or discipline. HU. PL. HR.Fish reproduction and fisheries Chair: Dr Francisco SABORIDO REY (ES) - E: fran@iim.

Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (RU) FA0602 . SE. HU. RO. LU. NL. The name protein comes from the Greek πρώτα (“prota”). IT. NO. PL. HR. as all other living organisms depend on proteins to perform most of their vital functions. ES. DK. CZ. UK FA0603 . Ilia Chavchavadze State University (GE). This provides opportunities for the improvement of human health and represents development opportunities for the food industry and science.lu Plants. PT. CH.nl Good functional mitochondria are essential for a healthy organism and dysfunction leads to disease. FR. for example in response to environmental changes.End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. IE. UK Non-COST participation: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (CA). The performance of mitochondria can be influenced by diet and dietary components. aims to identify all proteins present and to characterize their qualitative and quantitative modifications. DE. BE. BG. DK. the large-scale analysis of proteins in biological systems at a certain time point. Better understanding of this interaction may lead to important economic and social benefits by improving health. Proteomics is a relatively recent technology currently undergoing fast development and growth. IE. research in this area is extremely limited. NL. IT. Despite its importance world-wide.Bioactive food components. SE. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. EL. Proteomics. This COST action will set up a structure to bring the mitochondrial research community and the nutrition research community together and build an integrated European research community aimed at understanding the interdependency between bioactive food components and mitochondrial function. DE. boosting industrial innovation and sustaining European competitiveness in this field. i. TR. RS.e. FR. ES. EE. mitochondrial function and health Chair: Dr Jaap KEIJER (NL) - E: jaap.keijer@wur. Proteins are the functional molecules that drive metabolic and regulatory pathways in a cell. EL. NO. PT. logically complementing the genomic and transcriptomic – 3 – Food and Agriculture (FA) methodology in order to promote sustainable exploitation of marine fish resources. . meaning “of primary importance”. LT. SK.Plant proteomics in Europe (EUPP) Chair: Dr Jenny RENAUT (LU) - E: renaut@lippmann.

EL.E: alan. South Plan Biotechnology Center (UA) – 4 – . Although protocols have been developed to perform proteomic analysis in the human. BE. high-quality. CY. CZ. DE. CH. LV. FI. BE.fi Europe faces the challenge of delivering safe. NO. EL. RS. sustainability and quality improvement. PT. and joint databases and publications. environmentally sensitive. PL. The four Working Groups will arrange workshops. FR. Such a strategy is massively complex and can only be carried out efficiently at the international level. Existing germplasm resources and current breeding methods alone are insufficient for understanding the mechanisms underlying important traits and for catalysing a quantum leap in yield. UK Non-COST participation: Institute of Molecular Biology and Biological Physics (GE). animal and microbial domains of life. EE. LU. barley. TR. BG. and health-promoting food and feed as well as bio-products in an economical. a website. NO. FI. This proposal will also increase public understanding for new technologies. LT. PT. SI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. UK Non-COST participation: New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research (NZ) Food and Agriculture (FA) FA0604 . IE. IT. and sustainable manner across environments that face climatic change and increasing abiotic and biotic stresses. rye) are essential in human and domestic animal nutrition and are arguably the most important crops for European agriculture. PL. Major advances in crops will require a broad suite of direct genomics approaches. critical for further development by the industry. to generate fundamental information about plant metabolism.Triticeace genomics for the advancement of essential European crops (TritiGen) Chair: Prof. SK. HR. CZ. BG. ES. Institute of Cytology and Genetics (RU). EE. SK. Brachypodium). NL. IS. DE. This proposal aims to build up expertise in plant proteomics through an integrated network of European scientists. built on relevant data from model plants (rice. the plant kingdom still awaits a systematic approach for proteome analysis. HU. CH. LT. IL. NL. investigate responses to environmental constraints and assess food quality.schulman@helsinki. DK.studies as well as the other emerging field of metabolomics. IT. RS. Short Term Scientific Missions. SE. Alan SCHULMAN (FI) . DK. Tools for proteome analysis in fundamental and applied plant research areas will be developed and shared. SE. All-Russia Research Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (RU). ES. TR. Triticeae cereals (wheat. FR. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.

SE. IL. University of Tasmania (AU). Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax (TN). salt and cold tolerance traits of crops are controlled by biological regulatory mechanisms governing the production of highly effective stressprotecting metabolites. Antonio TIBURCIO (ES) - E: afernandez@ub. including polyamines and proline.FA0605 . TR.ac. the network program aims at the identification of key regulators of plant abiotic stress responses and their essential stress-protective end-targets. BE. IT. TR. EL. IE. Karl STICH (AT) - E: kstich@mail. PL. National Research Centre (EG). IT. MT. plant physiologists and breeders.Signaling control of stress tolerance and production of stress protective compounds in plants Chair: Prof. International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (IN). BG. Universidad Nacional de San Martín (AR). The research topics will focus on plant-pathogeninteractions. agriculture and environmental protection. FR. FR. EE. IE. LV. and biotechnological approaches.edu Unravelling signalling steps and metabolic pathways controlling abiotic stress tolerance of plants. LU.at The main objective of the Action is to increase the knowledge on the plant-biology involved in pome fruit health by establishing a network of scientists dealing with pome fruit growing and by creating an interface between basic and applied science for disease and pest management. IL. SE. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. NO. SI. CH. PL. Tohoku University (JP).Combining traditional and advanced strategies for plant protection in pome fruit growing Chair: Prof. CZ. BE. SK. PT. biochemists. DE. HR. DK. LU. FI.zserv. LT. CY. frost damage and desertification in European and also in other non-COST participating countries. By stimulating scientific exchange among molecular geneticists. Drought. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. NL. HU. CZ. LT. production methods. ES. RO. SI. NO. Institute for Wine Biotechnology (ZA) 864 . NL.tuwien. Improvement of efficacy of plant stress tolerance is essential for successful combating salinization. CH. The major goal of this Action is to stimulate cutting-edge collaborative research towards understanding the regulatory mechanisms of abiotic stress signalling pathways leading to the production of major stressprotective plant compounds. ES. provides essential tools for coping with the accumulating negative effects of climate changes in breeding. UK Non-COST participation: Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (AR). FI. DK. BG. HU. UK –  – Food and Agriculture (FA) . DE. germplasm-resources and breeding. Institute of Botany (UA).

HU. CH. SE. HU. DK. SK. EL. FR. SI. HU. IE. BG. DE.kiessling@umb. NO. RO. ecological and geographical conditions. FI.chardon@wur. BE. NL. Georg GÜBITZ (AT) - E: guebitz@tugraz. NL. University of Auckland (NZ) 868 . CH. IT. CZ. IT. UK Non-COST participation: SCION (NZ). CZ. CZ. SK. ES. UK Non-COST participation: University of Tasmania (AU). BG. Pastoral Agricultural Research Institute (NZ) – 6 – . IL. NO. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RU) 869 . TR. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. DK. SI.Mitigation options for nutrient reduction in surface water and groundwaters Chair: Dr Wim CHARDON (NL) - E: wim. IT. TR. SE. UK Non-COST participation: National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NZ). End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. LV.at The main objective of the Action is to generate a synergistic approach for utilisation and upgrading of different biomaterials. PL.Biotechnical functionalisation of renewable polymeric materials Chair: Prof.Food and Agriculture (FA) 867 . FR. CH. MK. IS. LU. RO. PT. LT. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. LT. ES. ES. PT. FR. DE. EL. PT. FI. IL. PL.Welfare of fish in european aquaculture Chair: Prof. to assess the potential of enzymes for surface functionalisation as well as the production of recombinant biopolymers with special functions and together with advanced and sustainable clean processing technologies generate new added-value polymer products with a broad application range. Anders KIESSLING (NO) - E: anders. including their limitations in terms of applicability under different climatic. RO. IE. EL. FI. TR.nl The main objective of the Action is to undertake a scientific evaluation of the suitability and cost-effectiveness of different options for reducing nutrient loss to surface and groundwaters at the river basin scale. PL. SE. EE.no The main objective of the Action is to improve the knowledge on welfare of fish and formulate a set of guidelines embodying a common and scientifically sound understanding of the concept of welfare in farmed fish and to construct a range of targeted operational welfare indicator protocols to be used in the industry. NL. IL. BE. LV. DK. CY.

NL. IL. CH. DE. NO. PT. LT. PL. TR. RO. BE. American University of Beirut (LB). DE. Wollongong University (AU). NL. PL. NO. ES. HU. HU. ES. Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd (NZ). IL. SI.870 .nl The Action takes a multidisciplinary approach to increase the knowledge needed for implementation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural systems. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. UK Non-COST participation: University of Tasmania (AU). UK Non-COST participation: State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (AU). ES. IE. LV. EL. SK. DE. TR. CH. Victorian Department of Primary industries (AU). RS. IE. SE. RO. BE. PT. SI. CZ. IL. BG.Exploiting genomics to understand plantnematode interactions Chair: Dr John JONES (UK) - E: jjones@scri. University of Pretoria (ZA) – 87 – Food and Agriculture (FA) .From production to application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural systems: a multidisciplinary approach Chair: Dr Jacqueline BAAR (NL) - E: jacqueline@tripleee. IT. FI. EL. HR. PT. CH. HortResearch Ruakura Research Centre (NZ).admin. BE.uk The main objective of the Action is to develop a coordinated approach to exploitation of genomics information that is appearing for plant parasitic nematodes and host crops. CZ. LV. FR. SE. Institute of Horticulture (UA). IT. DK. PL. SI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. Institute of Plant Protection (UA) 873 . in order to reduce agricultural inputs and reduce losses to the environment.ch The Action aims at developing strategies to prevent biological invasion and spread of bacterial diseases of stone fruits and nuts that will be used for the design of integrated approaches for plant health management.Bacterial diseases of stone fruits and nuts Chair: Dr Brion DUFFY (CH) - E: duffy@acw. TR. NO. DK. IT. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. FR. HR. EL. UK Non-COST participation: United Nations Protected Area 872 . Agricultural Research Centre (EG). FR. NL.ac.

storms. water and soil protection. The FPS Domain has the mission to promote research along the whole forest products value chain by providing a platform for the effective coordination of nationally funded research activities with relevance to this value chain including the whole forest sector from forests and forestry to wood technology and pulp & paper.Forests. energy efficient and renewable resource in existing (buildings. abiotic and biotic hazards (fires. and bioenergy are important aspects of this domain.cost. reliable and accurate information on forests and forest ecosystems as they are essential for public understanding and knowledge-based decision-making. pests and diseases…) in order to maintain their full multiple values and the important roles of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. however. Wood Technology research aims at an increase of knowledge necessary for an enhanced and broader use of wood as a sustainable. constructions etc) and new applications. restricted only to these activities. bioenergy. their Products and Services (FPS) –  – . the performance of timber and its indoor and outdoor usability. climate regulation. Forests and Environment research activities focus on the protection of forests from pollution. Forestry related climate change adaptation and mitigation.eu/fps The Domain Forests. habitats for wildlife. recreation and public health. With the objective to enhance the competitiveness of wood and wood composites. The following examples illustrate aspects of research in this Domain. DC FPS supports research activities focusing on the improvement of wood properties. The scope of the Domain is not. environmental and social needs of present and future generations in a sustainable way. carbon sinks and reservoirs. rural development. In the light of the current international forest dialogue the DC FPS offers a forum for encouraging a scientific debate on ensuring a sustainable provision of forest products and services. Forestry Research supports activities aiming at meeting the economic. landscape diversity. Forests. their Products and Services (FPS) www. In this context adequate importance is attached to the provision of timely. such as wood and wood products. their Products and Services is concerned with complex processes which form the basis for present and potential capacity to provide renewable resources for human needs as well as environmental services.

ku. chemical and biological characteristics of the pulps and the resulting products. CZ. The research also enables the development of intelligent and efficient manufacturing processes. IS. At a cross-sector level the DC FPS addresses issues such as sustainability assessment. IE.Bioenergy from forests research enhances our knowledge about how to use biomass from forests to meet the energy needs of present and future generations sustainably and without damaging the forest’s ability to meet other needs. NL. . CH. SE. FP1001 . EL. trees outside the forest. FI. High priority is placed on optimising the level of utilisation of the resources and to improve both the sustainability of pulp and paper making and the competitiveness of paper products in particular in new applications. EE. ES. life-cycle analysis. environment. Such harmonised information is urgent to improve the calculation basis for decision makers in the forest. their Products and Services (FPS) Pulp and Paper research contributes to increased knowledge of the physical. IT. 134 Mm3 in 2010. Biorefinery research develops the potential for the forest-based sector to extract higher value innovative products for changing markets and customer needs. SI. UK – 89 – Forests. Therefore. FR. social and ecological conditions. energy production and recycling. and in the wood and energy sectors. Future scenarios at EU-level highlight a deficit of wood supply compared to wood consumption of 47 Mm3 in 2005. which will determine the wood supply. new ideas and interdisciplinary initiatives are welcome. LV. NO. This COST Action aims at improving information and methodologies on the potential sustainable wood supply based on the National Forest Inventories to reduce the given uncertainties. PT. HU. Major issues to be clarified are the potential supply of tree biomass. and the economic. public health. DE. DK. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. RO.Improving Data and Information on the Potential Supply of Wood Resources: A European Approach from Multisource National Forest Inventories (USEWOOD) Chair: Dr Annemarie BASTRUP-BIRK (DK) - E: ab@life. and to support the proposal of an increased use of wood as a post-Kyoto decision. RS. including reduced energy consumption.dk The question of availability of wood in Europe on a sustainable basis is highly relevant to define global change mitigation strategies and targets for biomass energy as adopted at national and European level. possibly reaching 436 Mm3 in 2020. PL. tourism.

BE.development of renewable fibre and bio-based materials for new packaging applications Chair: Mr Kennert JOHANSSON (SE) - E: kennert. PT.g. NL.Forests. leading to increasing transfer and establishment of new damaging organisms.Pathway Evaluation and pest Risk Management In Transport (PERMIT) Chair: Dr Hugh EVANS (UK) - E: hugh. Murdoch University (AU).uk Movements of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) globally by trade and human movement present severe and increasing risks of transfer of plant pests (principally invertebrates and plant pathogens) globally. thus exploring the full potential of the fibres. CH. However. Institute of Zoology (CN). Climate change adds further opportunities for pest establishment and impact. both by providing increased survival and growth opportunities for pests and.gsi. MT. e.Impact of renewable materials in packaging for sustainability . ES. DK. To fully understand the benefits it is important to assess the solutions from a sustainability point-of– 90 – . Institute of Plant Protection (CN). Russian Plant Quarantine Center (RU). RS. To give the forest industry a competitive edge this Action will focus on packaging solutions based entirely on renewable resources in order to remove the serious disadvantages associated with future paper and board packaging solutions that continue to rely on non renewable materials. BG. FR. In particular. The COST Action PERMIT addresses this shortfall in knowledge and practice and will focus on reducing threats from exotic pests through promoting ENHANCED PATHWAY MANAGEMENT. therefore giving them an environmental advantage compared to other materials. through environmental stresses. multiple PATHWAYS for transfer of pests internationally are poorly characterised. paper and board are nearly always used in combination with non renewable materials. IT. FI. Canadian Forest Service (CA). PL.johansson@innventia. The Action will explore possibilities that the forest itself can offer as a raw material base for different components within a given package. UK Non-COST participation: Agricultural University of Tirana (AL). HU. In relation to ecosystem services and their longevity. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT.evans@forestry. making trees more vulnerable to those pests. HR. SI. in packaging applications. The Action is an opportunity and a strategic objective for the forest sector value chain and will reduce environmental impact thus making it of potentially great importance for contributing to European policy. DE. forests are particularly vulnerable to IAS. com Paper and board are made from renewable resources and are low carbon footprint materials.gov. barrier materials derived from oil based plastics or aluminium. their Products and Services (FPS) FP1002 . IS. SK. Sukachev Institute of Forest (RU) FP1003 . SCION (NZ).

Enhance mechanical properties of timber. ES. their Products and Services (FPS) view taking account of the total packaging value chain. IT. value chain efficiency. FI. UK (in progress) FP1005 . stiffening and toughening techniques. HU. Due to over– 91 – Forests. This Action may also create opportunities for patenting possible new technologies and products for reinforcing timber mechanical properties. especially in the drive towards sustainable technologies and construction. it is very important to improve their properties to be more competitive and reliable as a sustainable low-carbon material and a major contributor to affordable buildings. PL.g. supporting timber construction and its wider uptake in the European construction industry. thereby improving use of timber in construction in existing and new applications. FI. NL. Exchanging information will highlight gaps in knowledge and inform future work and potential collaboration between research groups. RO. modelling enhanced performance and experience in real projects to create new opportunities for timber construction. SE. This includes the enhanced predictability and reliability of timber structures. . That is why the Action also addresses research in e. PL. DK. engineered wood products and timber structures Chair: to be confirmed Timber and wood-based engineered products are becoming very important as structural materials. FR. For structural wooden products. NO.a key for innovation and competitiveness in the pulp & paper industry Chair: to be confirmed Competitiveness of pulp and paper industry is challenged dramatically in Europe and North America today. Improving the mechanical performance of connections and reinforcing timber in weak zones are large-scale research domains in Europe which will require coordination and scientific/ engineering approaches. IT.End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. end-of-life and supply of raw material. SCION (NZ) FP1004 . This applies particularly to larger. DE. UK Non-COST participation: Confederation of European Paper Industries. This COST Action will deliver increased knowledge of improving strengthening.Fibre suspension flow modelling . This Action aims to boost the performance of structural timber products/construction. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. SI. more complicated structures where timber is becoming a realistic alternative. FR.

PT. chemical and biological interchange of various molecules with the materials surface. The objectives of the Action deal with numerical modelling of fibre suspension flows as well as validation measurements. ES. despite of its importance for the papermaking industry. their Products and Services (FPS) FP1006 . The Action will offer industry a forum to solve test cases relevant to industry and to compare simulated results to experiments. This COST Action aims to provide the scientific-based framework and knowledge required for enhanced surface modification of wood and wood based products towards higher functionalization and towards fulfillment of higher technical. As a consequence of this complexity. PL. This is especially true for the use of wood and wood based products due to the special wood characteristics like anisotropy. the understanding of the suspension flow dynamics remains poor and incomplete. bringing new functions to wood through surface modification is needed in order to enhance the quality of the existing wood products and to open the way to new applications. The Action. This will be achieved by working within three main areas: Wood surface modification and functionalization. Pulp and paper production is largely determined by fluid dynamics of fibre suspension flows. and based on the physical. Their introduction into industrial practice seems to be the crucial issue for innovative and competitive European papermaking industry. FI. IT. several production plants have been shut down in the last couple of years. air bubbles and additives) interact mutually in a complex way. FR. This usually results in conservative design of industrial equipments and leads to low energy efficiency and equipment oversizing. products or markets. Wood interface modification and interface interaction and Process and Service – 92 – . Together simulations and experiments will result in more reliable simulation tools to industry. numerous examples of successful practical applications may be given. UV-degradation. for much more precise predictions of fibre suspensions dynamics. Fibre suspensions are extremely complex solid-liquid systems since their components (fibres. will help to speed up this process. by gathering together scientists. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. however. Although it is still a fundamental research area. Thus.Bringing new functions to wood through surface modification Chair: to be confirmed Many applications of products are determined by their special surface properties. traditional papermaking as well as new fibre-based products should be developed in order to maintain Europe's leading role in pulp and paper technology. NL. economic and environmental standards. Nowadays fast development of computer techniques and flow simulation methods allows. researchers and practitioners. flocs. UK (in progress) Forests. Thus.capacity in these markets.

The European forest-based. RS. fractionation. .Analytical Techniques for Biorefineries Chair: Prof. Stefan WILLFOR (FI) . ES. DE. CSIR Forestry and Forest Products Research Centre (ZA) FP0902 . SI. DK. hyphenated techniques.roser@metla. IT. LV. SCION (NZ). PL. recycled fibres. New methods will be applied and evaluated for their relevance. FI. their Products and Services (FPS) life modelling. TR. RO. and valorised products challenging. processes. FR. Especially analytical pretreatments will be evaluated. HU.willfor@abo. PT. FR. EE. Other emphasised areas will be development of analytical on-line applications. SI. and applying statistical multicomponent analyses to sort out the relevant data from the main data stream. biomaterials. NO. biochemicals. DE. IE. EL. the feed material of Biorefineries. the Action covers the analytical methods for the Biorefinery feed material and for processed biochemicals. CZ. The development of analytical tools will lead to cost effective and sustainable processes and products. UK (in progress) FP0901 . NL. bioenergy-based and agroindustrial industries will benefit from the Action in receiving relevant information on their developments of sustainable and environmentally benign solutions for novel utilisation of renewable resources.fi Trees. Critical steps are the representativeness of the sampling and samples.Development and harmonisation of new operational research and assessment procedures for sustainable forest biomass supply Chair: Mr Dominik ROSER (FI) . North Carolina State University (US). and process residues. NO. the extraction. annual and perennial plants. The chemical complexity of plant materials. EL.E: stefan. UK Non-COST participation: Federal University of Viçosa (BR). CH. Thus.E: dominik. SE. SK. and lignocellulosic side streams from forest and agroindustry are renewable resources for the development of natural materials. and bioenergy. BE. renders the analyses of the feed constituents. The main objective of the Action is to develop new and evaluate existing analytical methods related to forest-based and agroindustrial Biorefineries.End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. and sample storage methods applied.fi The main objective is to harmonise forest energy terminology and methodologies of forest operations research and biomass availability – 93 – Forests. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.

University of California (US). NL. long-term monitoring and applied modelling at comprehensive forest research sites – 94 – . EL. FR. LT. Forest biomass offers the largest potential as a renewable fuel. The Action will provide an original synthesis of multidisciplinary research efforts and an innovative European wide reference for forest biomass for energy terminology. ES. This synthesis will promote the increase in the use of forest biomass for energy as laid out in the EU strategies.calculations thereby building the scientific capacity within forest energy research and supporting the technology transfer of the forest biomass procurement chain and sustainable forest management. SI.it Forests are expected to face significant pressures from climate change and air pollution. the most suitable research methods can be identified. RS. standard measurements. their Products and Services (FPS) FP0903 . Furthermore. DK. By harmonising research methodologies in forest biomass operations research it is anticipated that more solid conclusions can be drawn from research results since the Action enables more comparable repetitions of the same studies across Europe. EE. Petrozavodsk State University (RU). Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (JP). Stellenbosch University (ZA) Forests. Through the possibilities of the networking concept. and to reconcile process-oriented research. PL. recommended more integration between approaches and themes in order to assess the risks for European forests.paoletti@ipp. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. IT. BG. PT. research results will be more comparable and the generalisation of research results will be improved. FP Innovations – Feric Division (CA). The main objective is to increase understanding of state and potential of forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a polluted environment. IS. IE. CZ. University of Canterbury (NZ). DE. harmonised and standardised throughout the EU. sampling methods. FI.cnr. The Action contributes to provide a more solid basis for the decision making on national and EU levels on biomass supply. TR. At present the use of forest biomass for energy is an increasingly important topic particularly in light of the debate on climate change. SK. The COST Strategic Workshop “Forest Ecosystems in a Changing Environment: Identifying Future Monitoring and Research Needs”.Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment Chair: Dr Elena PAOLETTI (IT) - E: e. Ukranian National Forestry University (UA). In order to ensure the reliable and sustainable supply of forest fuel new technological solutions to procure forest biomass are needed. MK. and research methodologies. SE. LV. Laurentian Forestry Centre (CA). held in Istanbul in 2008. UK Non-COST participation: CRC Forestry Ltd. NO. (AU).

Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Wood Behaviour and Processing Chair: Prof. plant and atmospheric sciences and monitoring. PL. IT. Supersites of Level III were proposed in Istanbul. Joint Research Center. to produce eco-friendly new materials and to develop new products. including high temperature steam with or without an applied mechanical force. HU. however. DE. SE. HR. FI. BG. to date research has been rather fragmented.navi@bfh. NO. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. can be utilised to enhance wood properties. DK. their Products and Services (FPS) Present forest monitoring in Europe is carried out at Level I and II plots by the ICP Forests programme on behalf of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. UK Non-COST participation: Institute for World Forestry. NL. RS. An investigation of these phenomena requires collaboration between groups from different wood disciplines. ES. EL. DK. process improvement and the enhancement of product properties and the development of new products. . DE. RO. PL. This COST Action aims to apply promising techniques in the fields of wood mechanics. and providing policy-oriented modelling with scientifically sound indicators of pollution and climate-related risks. wood chemistry and material sciences through an interdisciplinary approach to improve knowledge about the chemical degradation and mechanical behaviour of wood during THM processing. Various types of processing techniques. SK. During these THM treatments. RO. which depend upon the processing parameters and material properties. BE. EL. BA.End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.ch The polymeric components of wood and its porous structure allow its properties to be modified under the combined effects of temperature. Parviz NAVI (CH) - E: parviz. TR. CZ. CH. LT. FR. IT. FR. SE. UK Non-COST participation: INGREF (TN) – 95 – Forests. PT. moisture and mechanical action – so-called ThermoHydro-Mechanical (THM) treatments. LV. SYLVA (MA). IE. with the main aim of integrating soil. CH. This will help overcome the challenges being faced in scaling-up research findings. USDA (US) FP0904 . IL. SI. FI. SI. EE. wood undergoes mechano-chemical transformations. NL. HR. as well to improving full industrial production. PT. NO.

FI. Pinus spp. Oregon State University (US). Agricultural University of Hebei (CN). Eucalyptus spp. UK Non-COST participation: Agricultural University of Tirana (AL).vettori@cnr. This Action will focus on four key aspects related to the biosafety of GMTs: (a) analyses of the efficiency of existing gene containment strategies to avoid or if not possible to minimize gene flow.Biosafety of Forest Transgenic Trees: Improving the Scientific Basis for Safe Tree Development and Implementation of EU Policy Directives Chair: Dr Cristina VETTORI (IT) - E: cristina. EE. New York University (US).. NO. activities of plant pathogens in the genus Phytophthora are increasing. AgResearch Limited (NZ). threatening the biodiversity and sustainability of European forest ecosystems. SK. RS.Forests. ES. SCION (NZ).it The potential for unintended consequences of spread of foreign genes (via vertical or horizontal transfer) and of pleiotropic effects following transgene expression may be enhanced in long-lived forest trees.) as well as extensive expertise in correlated topics. This Action combines multidisciplinary knowledge generated with transgenic lines of forest trees (such as. Canadian Forest Service (CA).uk With the rapidly growing international trade in plants and ongoing impacts of climate change.. (c) evaluate possible methods to monitor GMTs in the whole production chain.. BE. (b) facilitate efforts to develop site-specific integration of transgenes in tree genomes to minimize variability of transgene expression and pleiotropic effects.ac. IT. RO. University of Melbourne (AU). Stellenbosch University (ZA) FP0801 . Queen’s University (CA). BA. SE. HR. Castanea spp. EL. This Action unites scientists and disease control experts working on Phytophthora in forest ecosystems with the overall aim of increasing understanding of the biology and ecology of Phytophthora species with potential to cause damage to European forestry.. DK. SI. ARC Infruitec (ZA). Populus spp. BG. and (d) conduct socioeconomic and cost/benefit analyses in relation to the use of GMTs in plantations. FR. their Products and Services (FPS) FP0905 . Betula spp.Established and Emerging Phytophthora: Increasing Threats to Woodland and Forest Ecosystems in Europe Chair: Dr Stephen WOODWARD (UK) - E: s.. Research Institute of Forestry (CN). University of Ottawa (CA). etc.. Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (NZ). Universidad Nacional de la Plata (AR). NL. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. The knowledge gained will be summarised in a book as a final output of this Action. this knowledge will be used – 96 – . LV. IL. The information gained should contribute to strengthen the scientific basis for the execution of the EU policy directives related to transgenic trees intended for cultivation in Europe. DE. Picea spp.woodward@abdn.

ES.hofstetter@tuwien. temperature. FR. starting off at the scale of the wood cell wall or its constituents. load. DK. LT. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of moisture. examine methods to detect host resistance. thus. MK. BE. and to the general public. FR. LV. IE. TR. IT. DK. SE. TR. UK Non-COST participation: Murdoch University (AU). RS. Stimulating the use of wood as a renewable and CO2 neutral raw material will contribute to a sustainable development in Europe. In four interrelated working groups the ways in which Phytophthora species spread into and within Europe. University of Pretoria (ZA) FP0802 . PT. and seek sustainable techniques for management and control of the diseases. and time on the mechanical behaviour. University of Sousse (TN). The increased knowledge of the hygro-thermo-mechanical behaviour of wood will result in a better predictability of the material properties and their changes over time and. HU. RS. the better knowledge base will create new possibilities for the development and engineering design of innovative wood-based products in the future. SK. HU. Project outcomes will include understanding of threats to forest ecosystems by Phytophthora. CZ. Institute of Plant Protection (BY). RO.at The emerging techniques in the fields of physics. chemistry. EL. LT. FI. and sustainable management solutions to the diseases caused by these destructive organisms. DE. IT. SI. EL. CH. PL. Together with the improved characterisation techniques. UK Non-COST participation: IREQ (CA). RO. materials and computer science bear an enormous potential for the investigation of wood materials. their Products and Services (FPS) . NO.Experimental and Computational MicroCharacterisation Techniques in Wood Mechanics Chair: Dr Karin HOFSTETTER (AT) - E: karin. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques in combination with increasing computer processing power and memory capacities allow studying materials at always smaller length scales. NO. CH. Their appropriate application will boost the state-of-the-art in wood mechanics. SCION (NZ). This knowledge will be promoted in an effort to increase knowledge and awareness of the problem by disseminating information to end-users and authorities in the forestry sector. increased abilities rapidly to detect the pathogens. SCION (NZ). CZ. BE. SI. NL. Oregon State University (US).in the development of effective control and management protocols for the problems caused. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. enhance the reliability of the material. LV. FI. University of Canterbury (NZ) – 97 – Forests. This Action aims at exploiting the emerging experimental and computational techniques for improving the knowledge of microstructural features of wood and their relevance for the macroscopic material behaviour. NL. BG.ac. ES. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. PT. SE. PL. disseminate state-of-the art rapid molecular diagnostics. DE.

NL. BA. RO. TR. DE.eriksson@srh. EL. ES. IS. PT.slu. little is known about the mechanisms and processes of belowground C allocation. Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science (RU) FP0804 . While inputs and outputs of C in the aboveground part of forest ecosystems can be measured relatively easily and continuously. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. DK. and to implement the obtained values in improved biogeochemical models to develop sustainable belowground C management strategies for European forest ecosystems to ensure a maximum of resilience under adverse or gradually changing environmental conditions.Belowground carbon turnover in European forests Chair: Dr Ivano BRUNNER (CH) - E: ivano. The main objective of the Action is to improve and to coordinate the methods and the knowledge to measure and calculate belowground C turnover rates.se Forests serve a multitude of purposes and address many different. These include processes affecting the turnover rates of fine roots. such as expert and knowledge based systems. and society at large. Foresty and Forest Products Research Institute (JP). SK. – 98 – . mycorrhizal fungi. The need for enhanced forest decision support systems (DSSs) is evident in several EU documents related to the future role of European forests. CH. information standards and guidelines for the development. testing and evaluation as well as the application of Decision Support Systems for forest management problems in multifunctional forestry. IL. NO. Landcare Research (NZ). SI. This poses considerable challenges to forest managers. European experience with developing and applying forest DSSs for forest management provides a solid foundation for technological innovation and collaboration between research partners. their Products and Services (FPS) FP0803 . Ola ERIKSSON (SE) - E: ola. UK Non-COST participation: University of Western Australia (AU).brunner@wsl. IE. Forest DSSs allow the forest manager to use advanced decision support tools. and soil organic matter. Nagoya University (JP). HR.Forests. goals to satisfy the needs of forest owners. SE. LT. CZ.Forest Management Decision Support Systems (FORSYS) Chair: Prof. multi-criteria techniques as well as communication and visualization tools. forest industry. often conflicting. LV.ch The importance of belowground carbon (C) turnover in the functioning of forest ecosystems is often underestimated. PL. EE. FI. BG. The main objective of the Action is to develop a procedural framework. IT. FR. BE.

as the effect of climate change. SI. IL. CH. Although focused on Southern Europe. IT.utl. ES. Water and Forests (TN) FP0702 . CH. Department of Agriculture. their Products and Services (FPS) End of Action: 2013 . Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science (RU).Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe Chair: Dr Francisco MOREIRA (PT) - E: fmoreira@isa. the outcomes of this Action will be of great value for central and northern European countries as well. PT. IT. the Action aims at transferring this scientific knowledge into management practices. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BG. EL. EL. LT. PL. UK Non-COST participation: European Forest Institute. NO. LV.Net-Acoustics for Timber based Lightweight Buildings and Elements Chair: Mr Michel VILLOT (FR) - E: michel.villot@cstb. The acoustic behaviour of TBLBs is predominantely determined by the natural frequencies of resonance and the low mass of building materials used in this construction method. the acoustic measurement procedures and characterizations of timber based components as well as the – 99 – Forests. SE. National Forest School of Engineers (MA). In recent years an increasing interest in timber based lightweight components and buildings (TBLB) can be observed. Moscow State Forest University (RU). TR. HR. burning half a million hectares of land.fr The main objective of the Action is to improve the acoustic behaviour of timber based lightweight buildings as well as to develop effective prediction models and measurement schemes. LV. PL. FR. DK. SCION (NZ). SI.Parties: AT. in particular fire hazards are affecting a steadily increasing area of forests. Ukrainian Research Institute for Mountain Forestry (UA). Thus. EE. FR. ES. UK Non-COST participation: Joint Research Center. DE. it will support efforts to communicate these practices to the end-users. SK. NL. National Forest School of Engineers (MA).pt Every year about 45000 fires occur in Europe. The main objective of this Action is the development and dissemination of scientifically based decision criteria for post-fire forest management from stand to landscape level planning. Thirdly. CY. Secondly. HU. Institute of Mathematical Problems in Biology (RU). TR. PT. DE. Stellenbosch University (ZA) FP0701 . SCION (NZ). FI. National Institute for Research on Rural Engineering. SK. BE. Forest Service (US). All-Russian Research Institute of Silviculture and Forestry Mechanization (RU). MK. RO. IE. Post-fire forest management deals with the restoration of burned areas and with the opportunity for establishing more resilient forests and landscapes.

HR. NL. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT.prediction of the acoustic performance in situ are research areas that require further activities.Forest Management and the Water Cycle (FORMAN) Chair: Prof. IT. SE. FR. DK. NO. UK Non-COST participation: European Forest Institute. EL. ES. LT. and an adoption of mitigation and adaptation measures. CY. FR. ECHOES will support European decision makers and forest managers in elaborating strategies aiming at the reduction of forest losses. ES. DK. IE. RS. SI.org The main objective of the Action is to mobilise and integrate the existing scientific knowledge for European forest policymakers and managers who have to make decisions on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (UA) FP0601 . HU. IE. Forest–water interactions comprise the water resource aspect and – 100 – . BE. Many scientific activities initiated in that field have not yet led to clear and tested strategies for action as they are of a too global character for European forestry or their scopes have been too limited to actually contribute to the further development of sustainable forest management. their Products and Services (FPS) FP0703 . University of Canterbury (NZ) Forests. PT. NL. as the predicted changes are of major concern for forestry. EE.Expected Climate Change and Options for European Silviculture (ECHOES) Chair: Dr Jean-Luc PEYRON (FR) - E: jean-luc. It also aims at suggesting improvements for monitoring systems and identifying research priorities. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. LT. PL. FI. DE. RO. an increase of forest gains. Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy (RU). BG.peyron@gip-ecofor. This Action will aim at advancing the relevant technical knowledge and will contribute to the development of guidelines for TBLBs focusing on an improvement of their performance regarding acoustics and low frequency vibration behaviour. SK. In order to reach these goals. the Action will foster holistic and cross-sectoral approaches taking in particular into consideration the broad range of products and services provided by forest ecosystems. BE. NO. CH. UK Non-COST participation: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (AU). LV. SE. DE. SI. CZ. CH. and the elaboration of science-based guidelines for the improvement of the management of forests predominantly designated for the production and storage of water.de The Action aims at the enhancement of knowledge on forest–water interactions in Europe. Michael BREDEMEIER (DE) - E: mbredem@gwdg.

bio-based polymers and chemicals. EL. NO. NL. BE. enzymes and micro-organisms. SE. IL. EE. CH.and water-related research in Europe in an integrated interdisciplinary approach.viikari@helsinki. PT. It is speculated that the frequency and intensity of such floods are currently increasing owing to global climatic change and a concomitant amplification of extreme weather situations. IL. 2) application of enzymatic tools and processing methods to improve the competitiveness of renewable fibre products and 3) production of second generation biofuels. PT. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. Water regulation contributing to flood control. IS. LT. FI. genetics. BE. fibre technologies). The Action is covering the following three areas: 1) development of new biotechnical tools. The Action is cooperating closely with the European forestry-agro sector and industry. The participating experts are active in a broad range of related scientific fields (enzymology. chemicals and bioenergy. DK. BG. SK. The primary objective is to develop environmentally sound and cost-effective biotechnical tools and production technologies to be exploited in the production of fibres. PL. their Products and Services (FPS) . HU. DE. DK. CZ. The Action will contribute to the further development and implementation of biorefineries. This Action will strengthen the position of Europe in the areas of white biotechnology and lignocellulose-based biorefineries. it will contribute to overcoming the currently existing fragmentation. thereby assisting the member countries to achieve the targets set by the European Commission for sustainable energy supply and bio-based economy. DE. these are potentially at risk under a changing climate and changing management practices. CY. SI. FR.Biotechnology for lignocellulose biorefineries (BIOBIO) Chair: Prof. ES. polymer chemistry. ES. SI. IT. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. BG. Along river systems and in their larger floodplains. biochemical engineering. UK Non-COST participation: State Agricultural University (MD) FP0602 . European industry and R&D already have a strong position within white biotechnology. However. IE.fi This Action aims at developing innovative biosciences and technologies required to build and implement advanced lignocellulose biorefineries. TR. TR.E: liisa. UK Non-COST participation: SCION (NZ) – 101 – Forests. EL. and water supply by forest soils and aquifers are among the most prominent forest ecosystem services. SE. SK. HR. This COST Action will pull together the enormous potential of forest. FR. IT. Liisa VIIKARI (FI) . NO. Thus. peak flow rates may entail devastating floods. RO. The state of knowledge concerning actual risk is still very limited. CZ.also the problem of potential hazard to the human population. CH. FI.

SE. PL. BE. address risks and society needs and explicitly address forest management and its role within sustainable development. biodiversity indicators. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. and effects of disturbances. State Agricultural University (MD). ES. FR. throughout Europe. LV. account for changes in growing conditions. LT. ES.baug. CH. NL. Sustainable forest management requires detailed information on tree growth and forest dynamics. DE. SI.Sydney (AU). and will improve sustainable forest management practices. UK Non-COST participation: University of Technology . RS. IE.ch The main objective of the Action is to provide the basic framework and knowledge required for the efficient and sustainable use of timber as a structural and building material. CH. PT. The Action will enhance the quality and consistency of forest growth models to simulate the responses of forests to alternative managerial and climate scenarios. This will be beneficial for the advancement of forest science in Europe. NO. Jochen KÖHLER (CH) - E: jochen. IT. The main objective of the Action is to promote the developing of methodologies to improve forest models to support the sustainable management of forests. Margarida TOME (PT) - E: magatome@isa. HR. SI. IT. LT. versatile forest growth models which are able to forecast forest growth. University of Auckland (NZ) – 102 – . BG. FR. PT. DK.utl. DK. SCION (NZ) E55: Modelling of the performance of timber structures Chair: Prof. on more detailed. EE. CZ. The Action will also demonstrate variations in regional concepts as they have evolved depending on the background of the model developers and society needs. SK. EL. FI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. IE. NL. UK Non-COST participation: Southern Cross University (AU).pt Forest growth models are important tools within research to investigate and understand key ecosystem processes and to support forest management decisions. HU. HR.ethz. DE. FI.koehler@ibk. NO.Forests. their Products and Services (FPS) FP0603 .Forest models for research and decision support in sustainable forest management Chair: Prof. This is reflected in increasing emphasis. BE. including structural development.

Language development. Science. Gender. cognition and complexity.Individuals. Material cultures. Cultures of communication. literatures. Education and Individual Development: Mind. expertise and insights for citizens. Poverty and Inequality. Cultures and Health will promote the creation of knowledge. Education and skills development. Economic development. democratic debate and decision-making in the public. – 103 – Individuals. The conceptual scope of the Domain is not restricted to these themes or areas. etc Histories. Audience studies. Regional/national histories and European history. science and society. etc. Media and communication. Work and Leisure. Health. The following examples illustrate aspects of potential research topics in this Domain. Risk and regulation. Institutional and organisational frameworks. Socialisation. music and art. Cultures of food and drink. War and conflict.eu/isch The Domain Individuals. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . continuity and change. Values. Social policy. Media and Technology: E-learning. Families and parenting.cost. Public safety and security. Societies. International and inter-group relations. etc. Locational and spatial variation. Human capital and creativity. etc. Policy and Politics: Governance and citizenship. Media sociology. Popular cultures. Health and well-being. Labour markets. Entrepreneurship. Demographic change and migration. Creativity. Management. Cultures and Health (ISCH) www. Welfare regimes. Innovation and Economy: Knowledge society. Philosophies of humans. Cultural heritage. People and landscapes/cityscapes. Human impact on the environment. Human well-being. Identities and Attitudes. Learning. Social cohesion. Societies. Decision-making and risk-taking. etc. private and voluntary spheres. Cultures and Identities: Cultural diversity in Europe including languages. Law. Intergenerational relations. Societies. nature.

PT. and there is an urgent need for new methods and instruments to trace new and emerging occupational health (OH) risks. DK.Inter-disciplinary topics linking social science/humanities perspectives are also welcomed by this Domain in so far as the social science/humanities aspect is predominant. how does the public-private interface shape the making of bio-objects?.uva. IT. and setting the basis for comparative evaluation and development of new techniques to enhance the information on trends in ODs. FR. NL. ISCH is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD1005. how do bio-objects change social relations?. workers’ and physicians’ reporting coupled with novel – 104 – . the information on incidence and prevalence of occupational diseases is rather poor and inconsistent between countries. chimera.Bio-objects and their boundaries: governing matters at the intersection of society. such as stem cells. play a key part in this endeavour. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU) IS1002 . and finally. TD0904. ES. tissue samples or genetically modified organisms. from the level of the European Union and its Member States to the sub-political level. and finally in clinics and laboratories? End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. Individuals.spreeuwers@amc. organic and non-organic.metzler@univie. FI. Societies.Modernet. The core questions answered through this COST Action are: how are the boundaries between human and animal. DE. and science Chair: Ms Ingrid METZLER (AT) - E: ingrid. TD0902. PL. living and the non-living opened up?.ac. and the production and circulation of “bioobjects”. SE. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS1001 .nl Occupational diseases (ODs) impose a heavy burden on both workers and employers and represent enormous economic costs. This Action’s objective is to develop a network for exchange of knowledge on. their production and governance. IS. This Action develops novel interdisciplinary tools based on a range of evidence that will improve our understanding of “bio-objects”. how does the governance of bio-objects perform at different levels.at Europe seeks to become the most dynamic knowledge-based economy of the globe. In general. TD0804. on discovering and validating new OH risks more quickly (data mining. politics. a network for development of new techniques for discovering trends in occupational and work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks Chair: Dr Dick SPREEUWERS (NL) - E: d.

ES.End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE.vu. NL. as well as for new emerging forms of web-based data collection. UK IS1004 . The proposed network will provide a platform to develop a sound theoretical and empirical foundation for web-survey methodology. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. and mobile Internet research. the resurrection of targeted killings. social media).International Law Between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation Chair: Prof. Cultures and Health (ISCH) statistical techniques) and use of modern techniques to discuss and disseminate information (platforms. DK. economists. The current literature treats fragmentation. non-reactive data collection. media researchers and public opinion researchers to accumulate and synergize knowledge of methodological problems of data collection on the internet.werner@rechten. RO. These challenges escape the constitutive confines of the state system and require new answers. NL.nl International law faces several structural changes: from the advent of asymmetric wars. ES. IS. FI. NO. It will tackle several web-based data collection problems and discuss scientific validity by using different data sources. . politicization and constitutionalisation as separate or opposite trends in the international legal order. the war on terror. IT. CZ. NO. This Action therefore brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to analyze this complex relationship and assess the changing structure of the legal system. DE. Societies. WEBDATANET will benefit from communication throughout the social sciences by establishing a network bringing together social scientists. web-based experimenting. sociologists.WEBDATANET: web-based data-collection . Wouter WERNER (NL) - E: w.methodological challenges. PT. and data users. piracy to the degradation of the global environment or the challenges posed by the global economic crisis. survey and web-based data collection experts. This Action takes as a vantage point that they have to be thought together as dimensions of a more fundamental systemic change. – 105 – Individuals. solutions and implementations Chair: to be confirmed WEBDATANET will contribute to the creation of a multidisciplinary network of web-based data collection experts. FR. FI. testing. UK Non-COST participation: Monash University (AU) IS1003 . DE. psychologists. EL. IL. (web) survey methodologists. CZ.

Agostino PARAVICINI BAGLIANI (IT) - E: agostino. UK (in progress) Individuals. Medioevo Europeo links modern technology to medieval studies and combines technological development with intensive training of researchers. End of Action: 2015 Parties: BG. WEBDATANET will promote web-based data usage in the EU by supplying web-based teaching and discussion platforms. PL. Medioevo Europeo promotes social. VCMS design.ch Medieval Cultures & Technological Resources (Medioevo Europeo) groups experts from important European entities in 13 countries to create a Virtual Centre for Medieval Studies: a virtual. Societies. IT. IT.0 technologies. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS1005 . and research exchanges. relating to Authors and texts. It develops a key scientific resource and defines improved technical standards for academic databases. It will contribute to the theoretical foundation of webbased data collection. Through 4 years of cooperation. disseminating findings.Medieval Europe: Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources Chair: Prof. IS. team work space in which to collaborate. and suitability for differing academic contexts. and specifically on interoperability between databases used for storage and research in this area. PT. social networks. Manuscripts and textual tradition. It promotes researcher employability through extensive skill enhancement. while ensuring interoperability. and organizing conferences. IL. UK (in progress) – 106 – . Medioevo Europeo fits into the COST framework as it coordinates existing research on the use of ICT for Medieval Studies. and other web 2. NO. Textual Corpora and Reading Tools. a field where ICT has potential to improve and substantiate research. IL. technological and scientific advances.paravicini@unil. MT. DE. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. The European framework offers the means to connect the wealth of scientific material available. NL. working groups. The Action includes 4 interrelated Working Groups.such as existing web-surveys. It promotes an understanding of Europe as a union of diverse but complimentary heritages. and enhance its credibility in the name of public interest. communicate and share work and research tools. stimulate its integration into the entire research process (e-science). data security. ES. ES..

PL (in progress) IS1007 . Yet the theoretical and conceptual understanding of culture within the general frames of sustainability remains vague. In parallel. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. The work will be carried out 1) by investigating and operationalizing the concept of culture in the context of SD through multidisciplinary approaches and analyses. deepening the knowledge on SL grammars with a theoretically informed comparative approach will contribute to the characterization of the human faculty of language. ES. policy makers. Therefore.Investigating Cultural Sustainability Chair: to be confirmed Due to its broad definition and understanding “culture” can be regarded as a fundamental issue. even a precondition to be met on the path towards Sustainable Development (SD) that is necessary to get to grips with in our various European societies. Making SL grammars available to signing communities.IS1006 . which are indispensable tools. which are generally lacking or of limited validity if they exist. EL. This COST Action aims to develop the first European network to design a blueprint for those reference grammars. policy makers. IT. descriptive grammars are essential for the documentation of a European linguistic and cultural heritage which is largely unrecognized to date. The results of the Actions will be exploited by the scientific community. the ultimate goal of this proposed COSTAction is to increase understanding of and determine the role of culture in SD based on multidisciplinary principles. and 3) by developing means and indicators for assessing the impacts of culture on SD. Consequently. empirical and theoretical results from SLs will have an impact on several domains of the current agenda of Cognitive Sciences. 2) by examining the best practices for bringing culture into policy and practical domains. the role of culture in the political framework of sustainable development is poorly operationalised. whose study is severely biased towards spoken languages. In this way.Unraveling the grammars of European sign languages: pathways to full citizenship of deaf signers and to the protection of their linguistic heritage Chair: to be confirmed Language policies for signing deaf Europeans require reliable reference grammars of their sign languages (SLs). They constitute the basis for teaching and training purposes. Societies. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . linguists and to civil society in general will strengthen the status of SLs and support full participation of their users in society. administrative personnel and – 107 – Individuals. In addition.

PT. IL. RS. Valdés) and new technological means.practitioners working with sustainability and culture from the EU to the local level. In particular women’s contribution to European literary practice can and must be accounted for in a much more adequate way than current literary histories do.knaw. since the Middle Ages.Kessler@rug. NO. prepared the way for their massive entrance into the “literary field” (Bourdieu) during the 20th century. IS.Systemic Risks. EL. MK. FR. directly relating to gender inequality in modern societies. At the end of the Action the network will be ready to carry out a large European research programme that contributes to a more balanced picture of western and eastern Europe’s cultural heritage). DK. The main objective of the Action is to create a strong collaborative international Research Network and to produce a Road Map outlining future systematic collaborative research in European women’s literary history. IL. The neglect of women as cultural agents is indeed an international phenomenon. SI. Characteristic of the Subprime Crisis was the tight connection between the American real estate credit market – 108 – . PL. IE. dynamics and consequences of the Subprime Crisis Chair: Dr Oliver KESSLER (DE) - E: O. FI. CH. UK (in progress) Individuals.van. UK Non-COST participation: University of Arizona (US) IS0902 . FI. NL. SE.nl What started as a burst of a speculation bubble in the US real estate market has developed into the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression. NO.A. DE. Using recent theoretical insights (Moretti. End of Action: 2015 Parties: EL. PL.dijk@huygensinstituut. International cooperation is needed in order to change things and demonstrate that women’s growing presence. IT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BA.Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture Chair: Dr Suzan VAN DIJK (NL) - E: suzan. Societies. Financial Crises and Credit: the roots. the Action will prepare avenues for collective research by organizing a strong network of European (and other) researchers. ES. PT. This Action lays the foundations for an innovative Europeanscale approach to this problem. RO.nl The historiography of literature needs renewal. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0901 . BE. ES. Hutcheon. BG.

UK Non-COST participation: IPM Research Center (BY). The crisis is therefore as much a crisis of the modern capitalist system as it is of finance.ac. MK. and new actors like Credit Rating Agencies who provided first class ratings and thereby suggested what turned out to be false security. EE. Discursively. CH. FR. HU. the crisis has challenged core ideas of monetarism and led to a revival of Keynesian monetary and fiscal policies.leeds. innovation and user voice. IE. NL. BG. DE. theoretical and policy relevant knowledge about the changing role of medical professionals in the management of healthcare. ES. DK. ES. SI. NO. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. training and career structures. reach a better understanding of financial crises in general. This interdisciplinary Action critically assesses sources. Higher School of Economics (RU). comparative. Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (UA) IS0903 . dynamics and consequences of the global financial crisis. IS. IL. CZ. LV. IT. German University in Cairo (EG). SE. FR. there is less research adopting a rigorous. These changes are assumed to be positive. NO. It has led to greater transformation of the American and European financial markets than any planned reform. and Hedge funds that generated demand. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. FI. modern practices like securitization. However the evidence supporting such conclusions remains fragmented. LU. leading to improvements in organization learning and control. PT. Innovation and User Voice Chair: Prof. NL. UK Non-COST participation: University of Cape Town (ZA). The main objective of the Action is to provide comprehensive documentation and state of the art analysis of the current Subprime Crisis and its consequences. MK. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . DK. While changes in the relationship between management and medicine have received some attention at national levels. RO. CZ. HU.uk This Action is rooted in a number of recent trends in healthcare: the growing involvement of doctors in management and changes in medical education. EL.Enhancing the Role of Medicine in the Management of European Health Systems: Implications for Control. Societies. SK. The main objective of the Action is to increase empirical. interdisciplinary perspective. The slicing and dicing of subprime was made possible by modern financial instruments like derivates. University of the Witwatersrand and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital (ZA) – 109 – Individuals. SE. DE. It aims to develop a completely new approach to financial stability. IT. PL. and formulate specific policy goals to make financial markets more secure. FI.and the structures and processes of global markets. EL. CH.kirkpatrick@lubs. Ian KIRKPATRICK (UK) - E: i.

the challenge is to contribute to the writing of a global history of modern European culture. FR. DE. The goal of the network is to implement a research agenda that will be of value to all stakeholders and policy makers in Europe as they grapple with this facet of globalisation. IT.volait@inha. IE. NL. French architecture in Algeria or British architecture in India). including overseas expansions and transnational dynamics in its scope. UK – 110 – . CH.ie Traditionally Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has flowed from advanced developed economies into developed and developing countries. the intention is to map and analyze more complex dissemination patterns and border-crossing relationships. PT. Historical Data and Material Legacy (19th20th centuries) Chair: Prof. HR. ES. HU. connections. CH. this Action proposes joining efforts at the European level in collaboration with non-European researchers.g. FR. IL. A major outcome will be the development of accurate digital resources on the topic. To that end. Societies. More recently a new trend has emerged in the pattern of FDI. EL. BE. Outward bound FDI from emerging economies has begun to increase significantly and has been growing at a faster pace than FDI from the advanced developed world. UK Non-COST participation: University Ferhat Abbas (DZ) IS0905 . NO. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IL.fr This Action aims to produce a broader understanding of the worldwide spread of European architecture across empires during the 19th and 20th c. SI. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0904 . BE. TR. DK.The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe Chair: Prof. Mercedes VOLAIT (FR) - E: mercedes. PT. DK. by focusing on its vectors. Louis BRENNAN (IE) - E: brennaml@tcd. RO. By combining architectural history with area studies’ knowledge. ES. represented but one aspect of a larger multifaceted history. Beyond architecture. as a first step towards the building of a research infrastructure. DE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BA.European Architecture beyond Europe: Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes. IT. semantics and materiality in a large range of geographic and linguistic contexts engaging both Western and non-Western environments.Individuals. NL. It posits that the bilateral colonial channel (e. The Action seeks to develop and sustain an international research network to study the impact of this new phenomenon for Europe and its stakeholders. IS.

organisation. CZ. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. BA. LT. to policymakers and regulatory bodies. NL. EL. NO. and (b) paying equal attention to audience-focused issues (especially media interpretations and mediated experiences) and user-focused issues (both adoption and use of technologies). Bringing all maternity care in Europe up to the standard of the best is the ultimate aim of the Action. Transforming Societies Chair: Dr Geoffroy PATRIARCHE (BE) - E: patriarche@fusl.ac. and outcomes. cultural and political areas of European societies. uptake. EE. TR. LT. by (a) bringing together experts who study a wide range of media. CY. and by identifying and learning from the best. Soo DOWNE (UK) - E: sdowne@uclan. and to media-oriented NGOs and citizen initiatives. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. DE. The work will include an examination of first trimester prenatal diagnosis. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . CH. SE. Hangzhou Normal University (CN). HU. CH. The Action will offer a perspective which is different from that of conventional ICT-focused audience research. PT. UK Non-COST participation: University of Technology Sidney (AU). ES. FI. Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal well-being. NL. ‘old’ mass media included.Childbirth Cultures. routine intrapartum interventions for low risk women. IT. IE. IS. IE. HR. There are significant cross-EU differences in maternity care cultures. but there are now concerns about iatrogenic morbidity.Transforming Audiences. IL. North-West University (ZA) – 111 – Individuals. in what circumstances. RS.IS0906 . PT. for who. communication and ICT industries and professionals. Survival rates have improved. The Action will be of benefit to the scientific and education communities. UK IS0907 .be The Action will coordinate research efforts into the key transformations of European audiences within a changing media and communication environment. philosophies. PL.ac. Societies. This Action will advance scientific knowledge about ways of improving maternity care provision and outcomes by examining what works. BE. RO. DE. FR. NO. to media. identifying their complex interrelationships with the social. to understand how these relate to each other and to everyday life. and care for migrant women. and Consequences: Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care Chair: Prof.7 million European women experience childbirth annually. BG. MK. DK. SE. Concerns. FI. RS. SI.uk Around 4.

ES. EL. There are also positive uses of new technologies for relationships in schools. a final Conference.uk Cyberbullying refers to bullying and harassment of others by means of new electronic technologies. Societies. three Workshops. LU. but cyberbullying has arisen and increased in the last few years.Pattberg@ivm. parents. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0801 . Peter SMITH (UK) - E: p. regional and national authorities. for example. BG. and exchange of personnel. This Action aims at sharing expertise on cyberbullying in educational settings. HU. that is. TR. The vital question for European societies is to design effective. BE. FI. national and international levels that can ensure a co-evolution of nature and human societies under the overarching goal of sustainable development. and local. with some success. LV. pupils. IT. There has been much research and action on traditional forms of bullying in schools. that is.and trans-governmentalisation. growing relevance of transnational and supranational institutions. using a school intranet for peer support services. IE. IL. CZ.smith@gold. in relationships in educational settings Chair: Prof. in consultation with mobile phone companies and internet service providers. Researchers. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. IS. in Europe and beyond. are all in various ways starting to grapple with the issues involved in cyberbullying. PL. primarily mobile phones and the internet. stable and legitimate governance systems at local. NO.Individuals. University of South Australia (AU).The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risks and Opportunities (TGEG) Chair: Dr Philipp PATTBERG (NL) - E: Philipp.Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies. and (iii) – 112 – .vu. Queensland University of Technology (AU). though Working Groups. the growing relevance of public and private actors beyond national governments. UK Non-COST participation: Edith Cowan University (AU). This is the starting point of this Action on Transformation of Global Environmental Governance. CH. DK. LT. FR. (ii) increasing supra.ac. unions. NL. DE. The Action addresses the current transformation of global environmental governance that can be described as (i) increasing trans-nationalisation. PT. EE. especially early career researchers. and coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies. This will be done across a wide range of countries. Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University (UA) IS0802 . SE. teachers. and involving all the stakeholders listed above. SI. Flinders University (AU).nl Governance for sustainability is one of the great current challenges for political decision-makers.

FI. (c) a focus on remaking borders. (b) a simultaneous focus on what borders separate and what they bring together. these transformations are not sufficiently understood. increasing segmentation of the policy process through additional layers of decision-making and parallel regulatory systems. moral and material elements of how these borders are experienced and thought about. CH. Societies. FR. SK. Through a focus on the informal. SE. rather than take borders for granted and then study their effects. UK IS0803 . EL. through: (a) exploring the process through which borders themselves become visible and meaningful (or disappear). social and moral aspects of border-making and allows the study of border transgressions. this Action draws together researchers focusing on the North-East (Baltics and environs) to the South-East (Balkans and environs). which means studying understandings of possible futures as well as the past. BE. BG. political.Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social. and it also combines empirical with conceptual specialists – 113 – Individuals. (d) a focus on money. This Action will also increase the ability of policy-makers.uk The main objective of the Action is to develop a new multi-disciplinary approach to study the process of remaking borders in the eastern periphery of Europe. legitimacy and robustness. SI. combining research on everyday social. NO. gender and sexuality. Unusually. that is.ac. Sarah GREEN (UK) - E: sarah.End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. This Action is designed to address this situation as it focuses on the causes and consequences of the transformation of global environmental governance as well as on its effectiveness. everyday aspects of this. which in both empirical and conceptual terms brings together material. . moral and material relocations of Europe’s eastern peripheries Chair: Prof. moral and material aspects of this. PT. the Action draws together existing knowledge and develops new understandings of the combined social. IE. Cultures and Health (ISCH) increasing fragmentation. DE. Its aim is to develop a new approach for studying changes in the Eastern periphery of Europe. business representatives and civil society to understand and influence current environmental governance. However. The significance of the eastern borders of Europe is currently changing. LT. NL. IL. and bringing together expertise in both empirical and conceptual research from across the whole region.green@manchester. CZ.

SE. Consequently. Petersburg branch (RU) Individuals. CZ. FR. Higher School of Economics. TR.zeebroek@grip.ac. EL. UK Non-COST participation: University of Alberta (CA).New Challenges of Peacekeeping and the European Union’s Role in Multilateral Crisis Management Chair: Mr Xavier ZEEBROEK (BE) - E: x. MT. IL. ES. NL.biu. DE. NO. NO. EE. SI. HR. St. CY. LU. DE. FI.org Considering the growing importance of multilateral peacekeeping missions in the world. SE. St.to tackle the complexities of what happens in everyday. HU. Arizona State University (US). PL. the Action will also contribute to strengthening the concept of effective multilateralism. The main objective of the Action is to profile bilingual Specific Language Impairment (SLI) by establishing a network to coordinate research on linguistic and cognitive abilities of bilingual children with SLI across different migrant communities. LT. informal terms around border regions during periods of transformation. PT. These needs are best served by studying SLI in bilingual contexts.Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment Chair: Dr Sharon ARMON-LOTEM (IL) - E: armonls@mail. DK. RO. More practically. DK. SK. EL. when and with whom the EU should envisage common peacekeeping and peace building missions. HU. University of Minnesota (US). BG. UK Non-COST participation: Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Art Studies (AL). which is at the heart of the EU – 114 – . LV. NL. This drives the need for coordinated research and policies which reflect bilingual situations when planning assessment. RO. TR. MK. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. IT.il European expansion and European integration have led to increased linguistic diversity in Europe and to dramatic increases in the number of children being raised in multilingual settings. IL. Saint Joseph University-Speech Therapy Institute (LB). LT. Stellenbosch University (ZA) IS0805 . this Action aims at stimulating exchange of views and new research on a European vision for peace operations. IE. FR. the purpose of the Action is to stimulate exchanges among researchers on why. IT. treatment and placement of migrant children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in appropriate educational frameworks.Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Institut (RU). HR. RS. End of Action: 2013 Parties: CY. IS. LU. FI. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0804 . Societies. how.

uk Surveillance. the South and the East of the Continent.r. ES. EE. CH. NL. This shall be done by establishing a network of scholars and by building the necessary database for a comprehensive co-operative analysis of these threats.ac. HU. effective political representation in postcommunist societies is threatened by the legacies of communism. NO. For large-scale democracies. EE. FI. BE. PT. CY.webster@stir.Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) Chair: Dr William WEBSTER (UK) . CH. general elections are the ultimate link between societal interests and demands on the one hand. SI. PL. Building on the achievements of the European Voter project.schmitt@mzes. PT. . IE. IL. these threats manifest themselves differently in different parts of Europe. Another threat is a far reaching ideological depolarization of electoral choice option. SE. FR.the ‘electoral connection’. SE. Cultures and Health (ISCH) Security Strategy (ESS) adopted in 2003. BE. is a ubiquitous feature of European society with citizens routinely monitored by a range of sophisticated – 115 – Individuals.uni-mannheim. UK IS0806 .End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. UK Non-COST participation: Simon Fraser University (CA) IS0807 . ES. DK.The True European Voter: A Strategy For Analysing the Prospects of European Electoral Democracy That Includes the West. Chair: Dr Hermann SCHMITT (DE) E: hermann. Finally.de The main objective of the Action is to increase the material preconditions and the scholarly competence for analysing variations in the effectiveness of electoral democracy in Europe across countries and over time. this Action intends to advance the knowledge of the imperfections of electoral democracy in Europe. IT. A third results from the changes of European political parties over the last decades. FI.is experiencing a number of threats.w. FR. socio-political development and recent history. BG. and to come up with sound conclusions and policy recommendations. this link . One is the European unification process itself due to its inherent diminution of political accountability. Societies. NO. RO. DE. NL. DE. the systematic and purposeful attention to the lives of individuals or groups. BG. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. In contemporary Europe. Due to diversities in the institutional make-up. EL. IT. and governmental action on the other.E: c. SI. HR.

IL. Firm Performance.Higher School of Economics (RU) – 116 – . promises to shed light on ways in which policies can encourage smooth reallocation and economic growth while minimizing social costs.and employee-level information. DE. IT. Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) Individuals. The research exploits these unusual data to analyse the roles of industry dynamics and firm performance in economic growth and the tradeoff between improved performance and social costs for employees. IL. DE. and Worker Outcomes Chair: Dr Stefan BENDER (DE) . CH.de The main objective of the Action is to enhance international collaboration to produce cross-country comparative research using improved data to study the firm-level sources of economic growth and the consequences of the growth process for workers. This Action will establish a network bringing together leading researchers from across Europe to work with national statistical agencies and to collaborate on new comparative research using large firm-level databases. BG. BA. PL. RO. BE. SE. NL. IE. LV. ES. UK Non-COST participation: Monash University (AU). and subsequently to make recommendations about its future governance and practice. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0701 . The Action addresses the urgent need for comparative research on these topics. FR. Increasing levels of surveillance are typically justified by the threat of terrorism. crime and disorder. University of Queensland (AU). DK. in order to better understand the consequences and impacts of enhanced surveillance. SI. One important subtopic is the measurement of competitive pressures and estimation of their relationship with economic policies and with firm-level productivity. DK. FI.E: Stefan. PT. EL. HU.Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data: Industry Dynamics. CH. UK Non-COST participation: State University .technologies.Bender@iab. NO. HR. and to improve public and private services. NL. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. NO. A second concerns the many new insights made possible from recent data that combines firm. FR. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. HU. CZ. BE. SK. with their variety of regulations and institutions. The main objective of the Action is to increase and deepen knowledge about living and working in the surveillance age. IT. which have so far been studied almost exclusively at the national level. Societies. SI. Comparing industry dynamics and productivity growth across European economies and some non-European comparators. RO. BG. PT. FI. ES.

Societies. These include the building up of a totally new institution of universal periodic review and the ambitious reform of the human rights treaty bodies system. LU.E: Denis. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. PL. IL. UK IS0703 . However. The European Union has great interest in the outcome of the reforms underway in both these central institutions. MK. NL. sharing theoretical. especially children at school and adults in the workplace. “Improvements in written communication”. so as to recommend standpoints for the European Union in this process working towards strengthening the protection of human rights world-wide. the new political power balance in the Council and the existing dangers to a fundamental reform of the treaty body system pose far-reaching challenges to the role of and contribution by the EU.at The main objective of the Action is to increase and consolidate knowledge of the ongoing process of institutional.E: manfred. NO. The United Nations is involved in the promotion of human rights in a number of areas. “Design of written documents” and “Technological advances in writing tools”. Manfred NOWAK (AT) . DK. structural. BE.IS0702 .ac. By bringing together European research – 117 – Individuals. and procedural reforms of the United Nations human rights system. especially children at school and adults in the workplace. SE. methodological and educational resources. A key objective is to improve our understanding of how written production is mastered and how this learning process can be made more effective for each and every European citizen. It is moreover an Action with an innovative central component: strengthen the treaty body system with the establishment of a world court of human rights.fr The main objective of the Action is to improve our understanding of how written production is mastered and how this learning process can be made more effective for each and every European citizen.Alamargot@univ-poitiers. ES. particularly through the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the newly established Human Rights Council.nowak@univie. Given the diversity of educational systems and languages. This Action deals with a concrete and topical issue of great importance for EU internal and external policy in an important area. This research programme needs to focus on four complementary areas: “Early acquisition of writing skills”.The European Research Network on Learning to Write Effectively (ERN-LWE) Chair: Dr Denis ALAMARGOT (FR) . it is important to build a common multidisciplinary research programme. Cultures and Health (ISCH) .The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform Chair: Prof. IE. RS. It is mainly through writing that knowledge is created and shared across boundaries of culture. IS. IT. FI.

DK. There is a great need for international cooperation in the development of tools for scholarly digital editing and analysis of literary material. FI. RO. SE. NL. publishing. PT. IT.nl The main objective of the Action is to produce a ‘roadmap’ or ‘manual’ conceptualizing the development of a technical infrastructure for collaborative digital preparing. editing. UK – 118 – . editing. EL. PL. FR. CY. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE.or are intending to do so -.teams that are already working on the topic of writing . A shared technical infrastructure for the preparation. NO. but these results and advances often cannot be scientifically verified or tested because the used hardware and software is not available to or easy to use by other researchers. NL. EL. The Action will deliver a roadmap for the implementation of such an infrastructure. learn to write and teach writing more effectively within their particular cultural context.knaw. MK. DE. IT. Research groups from individual institutes exchange research results through conferences and journals and report on their methodological advances. IS. DK. Societies. This Action aims to form an international Management Committee of researchers that have a thorough experience in electronic editing and digital text analysis for scholarly purposes in a national context. IL. MK. DE. analysis and visualization of literary material does not exist. PL. universities. research meetings and junior researchers’ training. publishing.zundert@huygensinstituut. the Action will support the building of an active and open network sustained by regular scientific events. NO. UK Individuals. IE. A series of meetings will be called for researchers in the field of literary research and information technology to meet on the topic of a shared supranational networked infrastructure for digital scholarly editing and analysis. BE. BG. analyzing and visualizing of literary research materials. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0704 . End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. CH. ES. FR.An Interoperable Supranational Infrastructure for Digital Editions (Interedition) Chair: Mr Joris VAN ZUNDERT (NL) E: joris. workplace) in order to help professionals and citizens write. This research network will provide a means of disseminating recommendations throughout European society (schools. FI.van. as well to communicate across cultural boundaries through writing. BG.

A. BE. ILDC aims to: . Although governments are adapting to these trends at an increasing pace.be New trends changing the structuring and functioning of the public sector are observed. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . Andre NOLLKAEMPER (NL) . DE. their effects may not be fully understood without explanations about the underlying domestic legal system. access to domestic case law has been limited. ILDC will create a network of reporters and researchers who will analyse domestic cases and conduct research on the internationalisation of law and its development in domestic jurisdictions. FR.International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) Chair: Prof. few translated into English. Specialization within large bureaucracies results in the establishment of autonomous “agencies”. UK IS0602 . PL. and new ways of contract-based result control. and ill-concerted research methods. A proper understanding of international law requires knowledge of the role of domestic jurisdictions. there remains lack of scientific proof of the beneficial effects of these trends for the performance of the public sector.Make available judgments of domestic courts on matters of international law. Many cases are unpublished. FI. RO. and even if they are available. Until now. CH. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. results that are grounded in scientific research will inspire policyrelevant recommendations to guide decision-makers in their policies on the organization of the public sector. HU.Comparative Research into Current Trends in Public Sector Organization (CRIPO) Chair: Prof. SK. ES.Nollkaemper@uva. . theoretical and methodological advancements in the field.nl The ILDC Action aims to provide access to domestic case law concerning international law and to enhance understanding of its relevance for domestic and international law. – 119 – Individuals. Societies. where necessary to translate these judgments and to explain the domestic legal frameworks that produced them. urging stricter coordination of policy sectors and governmental levels. DK. Geert BOUCKAERT (BE) E: Geert. longitudinal data. SE.Bouckaert@soc.E: P. IT. NO. This Action resolves these drawbacks by bringing together scholars on a European platform for comparative and longitudinal research.kuleuven. NL. IL.Feature in-depth commentaries written by a network of legal experts. EE.IS0601 . Most research efforts suffer from a lack of internationally comparative data.Inform and educate stakeholders about the domestic application of international law. LT. Also. PT. . IE. HR. which will lead to empirical.

policy-makers in Europe have an urgent need for evidence-based – 120 – . UK Non-COST participation: Xi’an Jiaotong University (CN). RO. In Southern.be Based on the understanding that investment in research. CH. ES. HU. PT. Its three Working Groups will be concerned with social and policy factors. PT. Central and Eastern European Countries. joint publications and training activities to discuss and disseminate its findings. RO. The Action will produce ‘state of the art’ reports on the most urgent themes and will organise workshops.ingleby@uu. EL. . and recommend ways forward. CY. SK. FI. AT. BE.d. PL.veugelers@econ. DK. TR.E: j. Societies. BG.Science and Technology Research In a Knowledge-based Economy (STRIKE) Chair: Prof. NL. FI. BG. EL. SE. David INGLEBY (NL) . and improvements in service delivery. ES. however. SI. George Washington University (US). DK. development and innovation is a major driver of long-term economic performance. DE.Disseminate information to a wider audience. University of Pretoria (ZA) Individuals. FR. HR. conferences. MK. IE. IL.kuleuven. CH. UK IS0604 . IT. IE.nl The recent increase in the numbers of migrants in Europe has generated a growing volume of research on their state of health and the need to adapt care services to their needs. identify blind spots and persistent problems. the addition of a cross-national perspective can yield new insights into the causes of ill-health and can further the exchange of good practices. American University (US). is held up by a lack of interdisciplinary and international collaboration.Health and Social Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe (HOME) Chair: Prof. Cultures and Health (ISCH) IS0603 . CZ.. IT. Reinhilde VEUGELERS (BE) E: reinhilde. Moreover. BE. CY. NO. End of Action: 2011 Parties: . NL. IS. This Action will bring together an international group of experts to consolidate and review work carried out so far. MT. HU. migrants’ state of health. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. DE. work on migration and health is in particular need of strengthening and encouragement. LT. IL. Scientific progress in this field. NO.Analyse the larger consequences for international law. TR.

A Telecommunications Economics COST Network (ECONTEL) Chair: Prof. diffusion of science and technology. and scientists working in communications and content economics. SE. DE.uzh. HU. development of markets. International Telecommunications Union – 121 – Individuals. The research is organized into four Working Groups: science. UK Non-COST participation: National Information Learning Centre (GE). BE. IS0605 . Societies. IT. BE. intellectual property rights. MK. ECONTEL coordinates the development of research methodologies and tools from engineering. PT. RO. CH. PT. CH. ES. policy makers. FI. engineers. IL. DK. FR. A critical mass of established and young researchers will be brought together to shed light on these issues and to develop policy recommendations. IT. SK. FR. HR. technology and knowledge creation. BG.policy recommendations that promote appropriate strategies for the governance. DE. NL. incentives and conduct of scientific research and of the knowledge transfer between public and private entities. UK Non-COST participation: Human Sciences Research Council (ZA). Burkhard STILLER (CH) . PL. IL. TR. NL. ES. DK.E: stiller@ifi. CY. harmonization and provision of micro data and will thereby make a lasting contribution to science and technology research. FI. content providers) concerning the provision to citizens and enterprises of new converged broadband and wireless content delivery networks. SI. EE. EL. media and business research. CY. and to provide guidelines and recommendations to European players (end-users. PL. NO. enterprises. Furthermore. operators. regulators. Regulatory issues helping or hindering the adoption of economically efficient services are identified. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.ch The goal of ECONTEL is to develop a strategic research and training network linking key individuals and organizations in order to enhance Europe’s competence in the field of telecommunications economics. ECONTEL mobilizes the “critical mass” and diversity of economists. to support related R&D-initiatives. EL. RO. the Action will improve the collection. The main objective of the Action is to improve our understanding of the process of scientific and technological development and of the transfer of scientific and technological developments to markets and into economic development. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. business research experts. HU. IE. Cultures and Health (ISCH) . SI. NO.

e-learning. In fact. intelligent and expert systems. open to new ideas and initiatives. Related areas are computer science. development. Research in this area concentrates on fundamental aspects and applications regarding physical. networking aspects. pre-competitive technology development and standardization activities. analysis. – 122 – . ambient assisted living. TD0801. The following research areas are covered by the ICT Domain. The scope of the ICT Domain is actually broader and by definition multi-disciplinary.Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) www. storing. electromagnetic and functional modelling of all elements of information and communication systems such as terminals. software engineering. on the contrary. Telecommunications. This area covers both the influence of ICT on society (technology push) and the requirements imposed by society on the ICT infrastructure and services (market pull).eu/ict The Domain Information and Communication Technologies covers scientific research and technological innovation in all areas of information and communication science and technologies. in fields like sustainable development. Nevertheless. energy efficiency. the term ICT refers to a combination of technologies and services for capturing. high performance computing and embedded systems. wireless mobile communications and the Future Internet. as well as optical components (e. displaying data and information electronically. advanced interfaces. bioinformatics and many others. with emphasis on emergent fields. e-health. This area includes all the aspects related with the foundations.cost. ICT is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD1001. information management. antennas. Societal aspects of ICT. Interdisciplinary cooperation with other disciplines dealing with societal needs is instrumental for the development of this research area.g. Information science and technologies. TD1006. and application of hardware and software systems. transmitting. photonic devices). the scope of the Domain is not restricted to such activities. encompassing a wide range of scientific areas. design. In general. software development technologies. this area is characterized by the use of ICT as enabling technology for the benefit of society. transmission channels and propagation. user aspects.

IL. This Action aims at consolidating European research on this important field. inherently parallel and distributed deployment platforms. and Applications (Euro-TM) Chair: Dr Paolo ROMANO (PT) . combine. but also in terms of the changes to the content available. Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MUMIA) research and development will be a key part of the next generation of search technology. – 123 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) . DE. including theoretical foundations. lock based synchronization. integrate. These increased and new demands mean that search technology must be able to search. End of Action: 2015 Parties: CH. and process multiple and distributed sources of multilingual content.E: cs1msa@it. extract. SE. However. EL. Algorithms. Transactional Memories (TMs) answer the need to find a better programming model for PP. language integration and development tools. such as those provided by cloud computing. Machine Translation (MT). and the dynamics of Web 2.0+ data being produced. delivered to an even wider global audience and variety of population. ES. Information Retrieval (IR) and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MIIA) are three disciplines which address the main components of MUMIA. Tools. capable of boosting developers' productivity and allowing ordinary programmers to unleash the power of parallel and distributed architectures avoiding the pitfalls of manual. algorithms. filter. and the emergence of new. Inevitably. almost instantaneously to millions of user queries on a daily basis is one of the greatest successes of the past decade. hardware and operating system support. not only in terms of volume of requests.Multilingual and multifaceted interactive information access (MUMIA) Chair: Dr Michail SALAMPASIS (EL) .inesc-id. UK IC1002 . This next wave of search technology is faced with even greater demands. It is therefore no surprise that TM has been subject to intense research in the last years.Transactional Memories: Foundations. IT.IC1001 . such as scientific and high-performance computing applications. However. by coordinating the European research groups working on the development of complementary. and applications. DK. interdisciplinary aspects of Transactional Memories. While this technology empowers users need to extract relevant information from the hundreds of thousands of terabytes of existing data available on the web. FR. PT. parallel programming has definitely become a mainstream concern. the next decade presents many new grand challenges.teithe. with the proliferation of multicore processors.pt Parallel programming (PP) used to be an area once confined to a few niches.gr The tremendous power and speed of current search engines to respond.E: romanop@gsd.

Touradj EBRAHIMI (CH) . This Action will coordinate the collaboration between these disciplines. DK. DK. UK IC1004 . NO. SI. an already established international conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience. which is vitally important for the development of next generation search systems. To form a common basis for collaboration the domain of patent retrieval has been selected as a use case. The radio channel is – 124 – . MK. and certification of products and services. energy efficient buildings. FI. SI. MT. IE. CH. UK Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC1003 .chl The goal of this Action is to establish a strong network on Quality of Experience (QoE) with participation from both academia and industry. Its main objective will be to develop and to promote methodologies to subjectively and objectively measure the impact in terms of quality of future multimedia products and services. IT. This Action will explore innovative frameworks to empower the synergies from the disparate research fields of MT/IR/MIIA within the specific context of patent search and other next generation Web applications. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. vehicular or urban environments. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT.relevant research. by coordinating the research under the catalytic COST umbrella.ebrahimi@epfl. BE. like the human body. EL. this Action also aims at bringing a substantial scientific impact on fragmented efforts carried out in this field. as it provides highly sophisticated and information intensive search tasks that have significant economic ramifications. NO. FI. SE. PT. FR. CZ. fostering research and technology transfer in these areas and play an important role in the definition of the future of search. Observing that there are currently no European networks focusing on the concept of QoE. DE. RS. are populated by many devices connected by wireless networks. EL. IT. and at setting up a European network of experts facilitating transfer of technology and know-how to industry. coordination in standardization. IE. for researchers and professionals to interact and to report their findings on QoE issues. RS.E: touradj.European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services (QUALINET) Chair: Prof. This network will leverage on QoMEX. SK. is fragmented. NL. HR. HR. DE.Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environments Chair: to be confirmed Smart Environments (SEs). ES. CH. FR. ES. BG. CY. PL.

IT. techniques. store. RS. We can see detail in regions that vary significantly in luminance. CY. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging can capture. as GSEs will be one of the key components of the broader field (and exploding market) of the Internet of Things. UK (in progress) IC1005 . The main goal of the Action is to increase knowledge of cooperative communications applied to Green SEs (GSEs). ES. transmission and display of real-world lighting Chair: to be confirmed The natural world presents our eyes with a wide range of colours and intensities from moonlight to bright sunshine. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. BG. DE. NO. to be pursued e. NL. storage. as it allows very efficient cooperation among industries and academia. DE. IE. EL. PT.HDRi: The digital capture. NO. BA. IT. PL. Europe will benefit from the activities of this Action. This COST Action (HDRi) assembles leading academic and industrial researchers and practitioners to propose a set of standards for the complete HDR pipeline and establish Europe firmly as the world leader in HDR. Radio communications in SEs need to be green and based on cooperative paradigms to mitigate the effect of interference and improve efficiency. Widespread uptake of HDR requires common interface standards. MK. PL. SK.g. FR. via annual training schools. PT. RO. Currently they do not exist. IL. by exploring and developing new methods. a domain of interest to many large and small companies in Europe. This gives a step change in viewing experience. NL. FI. BE. COST is the ideal framework. and more energy efficient. Current imaging techniques are incapable of accurately capturing or displaying such a range of lighting. in a context enriched by deep industry-academia links. There are isolated pockets of high-quality HDR endeavour across Europe. UK (in progress) – 125 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) . as it impacts the design of transmission techniques and communication protocols. for example the ability to clearly see the football when it is kicked from the shadow of the stadium into sunshine. This Action addresses research issues in the field of cooperative radio communications to make our society cleaner.central to SEs. IE. MK. but not a co-ordinated approach. 2009 saw the appearance the first commercial HDR display and the world’s first HDR video camera. safer. strategies and tools. Some areas under-exposed and others over-exposed. IL. transmit and deliver real-world lighting. models. ES. These European-led developments reinforce the timeliness of developing HDR standards and the special position Europe is in to lead the rapid acceleration of future HDR developments and market penetration. Training of young researchers is also one of its main objectives. FR. CZ. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT.

FR. Rich Models support modeling at a wide range of abstraction levels. DE. from knowledge bases and system architecture to software source code and detailed hardware design. ES.ing. the Action develops and deploys new tools for automated reasoning that communicate using these standardized formats. DK. This Action goes beyond the above trend by integrating the cognitive concept across all layers of system architecture. hardware.kuncak@epfl. MT. Viktor KUNCAK (CH) . NO.Rich-Model Toolkit: An Infrastructure for Reliable Computer Systems Chair: Prof. RS. Several efforts are currently in place in European research centers and consortia to introduce cognitive mechanisms at different layers of the communications protocol stack. Maria-Gabriella DI BENEDETTO (IT) E: gaby@acts. Moreover. UK IC0902 . The resulting tools will have a wide range of applicability and improved efficiency. CH. enabling specification of software. Rich Models have the expressive power of a large fragment of formalizable mathematics. EE. SI. resource allocation. introduces standardized representation formats and incorporates a number of automated reasoning tools. The Action contributes to the construction of Rich-Model Toolkit. embedded and distributed systems.E: viktor. IL. resulting in the definition of a European platform for cognitive radio and networks. The Action proposes coordinated research in the field of cognitive radio and networks. The cognitive concept applies to coexistence between heterogeneous wireless networks. helping system developers construct reliable systems through automated reasoning. a new unified infrastructure that precisely defines the meaning of Rich Models. in view of joint optimization of link adaptation based on spectrum sensing. hardware designers and information system users and developers. IT. analysis and synthesis. PL. as well as making them easier to use by researchers.it The main objective of the Action is to integrate the cognitive concept across all layers of communication systems.uniroma1. The Action coordinates activities on developing infrastructures for automated reasoning about the new notion of Rich Models of computer systems. that share the electromagnetic spectrum for maximum efficiency in resource management. FI.Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC0901 . – 126 – . RO. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. SE. software developers.ch The main objective of the Action is to make automated reasoning techniques and tools applicable to a wider range of problems.Cognitive Radio and Networking for Cooperative Coexistence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks Chair: Prof. CZ.

g. IT. BE. EL. animals. focusing on representation and analysis of movement including spatio-temporal data mining and visual analytics. Overcoming these limitations calls for COST-like networking. LV. and goods). RS.weibel@geo. CZ. IE.g. from courier services and transportation to ecology. based on a global optimization process that integrates existing cognitive radio projects. and epidemiology. FR.ch The main objective of the Action is to develop improved methods for knowledge extraction from massive amounts of data regarding moving objects. While movement records are nowadays generated in huge volumes. ES. NO. The final result will be the definition of a European platform for cognitive radio and networks. RO. RS. IE. PL. BE. Results will be demonstrated through showcases for decision makers. methods for extracting useful information are still immature due to fragmentation of research and lack of comprehensiveness from monodisciplinary approaches. among others. To reach this goal. this Action will empower the development of substantial and widely applicable methods in mobility analysis. humans. TR. . This will make Europe a central stakeholder in an emerging key domain.End of Action: 2013 Parties: BA.uzh. IS. ES. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. SE. UK – 127 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and selection between multiple networks. industrial and user communities. PT. spreading diseases). including underlay technologies. provided by over 30 academic and industrial partners. CY. FI. thanks to the merging of a wide-range of expertise. In response to a strong expression of interest from the academic. as well as trajectories of abstract concepts (e. PL. DE. MT. vehicles. This knowledge is essential to substantiate decision making in public and private sectors. The cross-layer approach will provide a new perspective in the design of cognitive systems.E: robert. CY. DK. SE. FI. TR. from hardware to applications. MK. Researchers from various subdomains in computer and geographic information sciences will join domain specialists from a broad range of relevant applications. DK. IL.Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects (MOVE) Chair: Prof. UK Non-COST participation: Joint Research Centre IC0903 . Moving object data typically include trajectories of concrete objects (e. algorithms and protocols for all layers of the communications stack will be designed and a set of standard interfaces as well as a common reference language for interaction between cognitive network nodes will be defined. RO. IL. EE. EL. PT. DE. CH. FR. Robert WEIBEL (CH) . IT. SI. NL.

IT. SE.Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation Chair: Dr Effie Lai-Chong LAW (CH) .ch The main objective of the Action is to harmonise research and practice on design and evaluation methodologies for computing artefacts. This implies a need for informed method choice sensitive to domains. is fragmented and scattered. RO.lt This Action will establish a multi-disciplinary European forum focused on coordinating techno-economic studies for the development of a harmonised European regulatory framework to facilitate the advancement and broad commercial deployment of Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio (CR/SDR) systems. EL. Effective method use requires complex judgments about applicability across applications and genres. DE. across sectors and disciplines.Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC0904 . FR.ethz. LV. These collaborative activities in Working Groups and open Workshops will facilitate production of a generic D&E method selection and application framework and scientific publications reaching the wider research community. The Action aims to provide harmonization and leadership currently lacking in this field by bringing together researchers and D&E professionals. Relevant research work.vgtu. Effective cross-sectorial transfer of design and evaluation (D&E) methods is plausible and demonstrable. MK. ES.Techno-Economic Regulatory Framework for Radio Spectrum Access for Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio (TERRA) Chair: Dr Arturas MEDEISIS (LT) . PT. UK IC0905 . Third-wave human computer interaction (HCI) is characterised by a diversifying user base and use contexts. – 128 – . with failure implying significant financial and human costs. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. SI. DK. The adoption of ICT across ages and abilities further increases the need for sound D&E methods. desirable computing artefacts that improve life quality. TR. which bring about useful. assessing transferability of both established and novel approaches.ee. The Action will also provide young interdisciplinary researchers with systematic training and networking opportunities such as STSMs and Training Schools. usable.E: arturas.E: law@tik. MT. FI. RS. however. NO.medeisis@el. CH. PL. CY. new emphasis on user experience and new interaction styles. IE. IS. BE. Their broad experience of D&E methods deployed in different sectors and disciplines enables comparison of method applications. NL. user groups and system objectives.

cars or unmanned aerial vehicles. SE. LV. CZ. DE. UK Non-COST participation: Communications Research Centre (CA) IC0906 . Examples of such objects may include humans. IT. will require global interoperability amongst objects/devices not typically common place due to inherent features of today’s Internet. decision makers and public exhibitions. FI. To overcome the current shortcomings. NO. They stated willingness to use the results of the Action in their work on developing the harmonised European regulatory regime for CR/SDR. RS. HR. IE. FR. HR. DK. UK Non-COST participation: Belarusian State University (BY). PT. SI. Yevgeni KOUCHERYAVY (FI) . The Action will increase knowledge and coordinate research efforts of national and international projects in the area of Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO). NL. NL. serving as an internationally recognized reference point through capacity building of WiNeMO stakeholders offering appropriate networking opportunities to early-stage researchers. PT. . End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. The results will be also demonstrated through joint living labs and show cases for researchers. development of applications and services as well as realistic use-cases. TR. CH.End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. Achieving the Internet of the Future. LT. Proposals elaborated by the Action could also be used as a part of European contributions to the forthcoming World Radiocommunications Conference in 2012. EL. FR. FI. The need for this Action has been supported by European regulators in the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). IE. PL. Its activity will foster wide dissemination of research results. relaying and/or absorbing data. IT.E: yk@cs. NO. DE. a number of research challenges have to be addressed in the area of networking including protocol engineering.tut. MK. ES. which has CR/SDR regulatory policy on its agenda. CH. with every object acting as a networking device generating. EL. SPIIRAS (RU) – 129 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) The Action will leverage on results and experiences from national and international research initiatives and early standard-setting activities by recommending sound regulatory policies that will facilitate fastest possible uptake and proliferation of CR/SDR.fi The Internet of the Future will incorporate a large number of autonomous wireless objects moving with diverse patterns and speeds while communicating via several radio interfaces.Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO) Chair: Prof. CY. ES.

LU. argumentation. EE.Propagation tools and data for integrated Telecommunication. DE. This Action aims at coordinating national efforts on a new paradigm for next generation distributed systems. CH. Security on execution will be based on trust and reputation measures. IE. Autonomy. HR. An entity may choose whether to fulfil an agreement or not.int Telecommunication. UK Non-COST participation: The British University in Dubai (AE). University of Otago (NZ). and it should fulfil it when there is an obligation to do so derived from the standing agreements. Navigation and Earth Observation systems Chair: Dr Antonio MARTELLUCCI (NL) . IT. real time.E: antonio.Agreement Technologies Chair: Prof. Navigation and Earth Observation systems and services are developing world-wide with a multiplicity of standalone terrestrial and space systems that operate in diverse frequency bands.es Agreement Technologies refer to computer systems in which autonomous software agents negotiate with one another. Brooklyn College (US) IC0802 . mobility and openness are the characteristics that the paradigm will cover from a theoretical and practical perspective. These measures will help agents to determine with whom to interact and what terms and conditions to accept. RS.E: sascha. MT. RO. FI. and several other technologies will be in the sandbox to define. BE. NL.ossowski@urjc. interaction. virtual organisations. Universidad Nacional Del Sur (AR). This activity will develop a coordinated set of models.martellucci@esa. Global Integrated Networks (GIN) will be necessary in the near future to provide better integrated services. CY. EL. FR. PT. Up to now radio channel modelling has been performed separately for each type of radio systems. SI. Their design requires a comprehensive knowledge of the various propagation media. in order to come to mutually acceptable agreements. Both functional and nonfunctional properties are to be studied. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. University of Technology Sydney (AU). Semantic alignment. techniques and data related to the radio channel in order to improve the design and performance of Global Integrated Networks. The activity – 130 – . learning. Instituto de Informática da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (BR). typically on behalf of humans. PL. negotiation. IL. specify and verify such systems. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (MX). HU. Swinburne University of Technology (AU). ES. based on the concept of agreement between computational agents. Sascha OSSOWSKI (ES) .Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC0801 . SE.

End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HU, IL, IT, LU, NO, PL, PT, RS, SE, SI, SK, UK Non-COST participation: Telecommunications Centre - Catholic University (BR), Communications Research Centre (CA), McMaster University (CA), Indian Institute of Technology Kharag-pur (IN), National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (PK), Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (US), ESA/ESTEC

IC0803 - RF/Microwave Communication Subsystems for Emerging Wireless Technologies (RFCSET)
Chair: Dr APOSTOLOS GEORGIADIS (ES) - E: ageorgiadis@cttc.es A plethora of new applications for novel RF/microwave subsystems is being introduced as new communication and security systems, radar, surveillance, and positioning services are becoming available. Such systems include mobile networks (4G), wireless communications systems (WiMAX, WiBRO, WiFIBER, UWB), radar, satellite navigation systems (GPS, Galileo), and sensor networks. Theoretical advances in signal processing lead to the conception of new architectures, applications, and a better use of the capacity of the underlying media. These advances, in turn, push the performance requirements of the analog front-ends to their limits. In order to fulfil the complex requirements of the new systems it is necessary to bridge the gap between the signal processing and the RF/microwave electronics communities by bringing together experts to collaborate towards the implementation of better communication subsystem design and optimization methodologies. On one hand, analog circuit design is improved by more accurately taking into account the properties of the transmitted signals. On the other hand, signal processing techniques for novel system architectures are also optimized by taking into consideration the properties of the analog front-end. Within this context, a balanced mix of experienced researchers,

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will recommend and provide the most appropriate radio channel models, channel assessment techniques and data for the design and operation of these GINs. The frequencies of interest range from 100 MHz to 100 GHz (VHF to W band) and cover optical free space communications. The target architectures include mobile and fixed, satellite and terrestrial communication systems (including optical links), satellite navigation systems and Earth Observation systems. The physical propagation fundaments will be based on experimental and climatological data. The activity will bring together remote sensing, propagation and systems experts at the European level, thus contributing to advance the state-of-the-art in the field, with a clear added value for Europe.

selected representatives from the European industry, and young researchers is brought together, to define the future subsystem requirements, applications, and trends.
End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT, BE, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IT, NO, PL, PT, RS, SE, SK, TR, UK Non-COST participation: La Trobe University (AU), Southeast University (CN), Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (TN), Texas A&M University (US)

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IC0804 - Energy efficiency in large scale distributed systems
Chair: Prof. Jean-Marc PIERSON (FR) - E: pierson@irit.fr As large scale distributed systems gather and share more and more computing nodes and storage resources, their energy consumption is exponentially increasing. While much effort is nowadays put into hardware specific solutions to lower energy consumptions, the need for a complementary approach is necessary at the distributed system level, i.e. middleware, network and applications. The main objective of the Action is to foster original research initiatives addressing energy awareness/saving and to increase the overall impact of European research in the field of energy efficiency in distributed systems.
End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT, CH, CY, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LU, PL, PT, RO, SE, TR, UK Non-COST participation: The University of Sydney (AU), University of Toronto (CA), University of Otago (NZ), University of Hawai`i at Manoa (US), Virginia Tech (US)

IC0805 - Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments
Chair: Mr Emmanuel JEANNOT (FR) - E: emmanuel.jeannot@loria.fr In different fields of science and engineering it is necessary to solve complex and challenging problems with high computational cost. For this purpose, scientists and engineers normally use homogeneous high performance computers. Nowadays, the emergence of heterogeneous computing allows research groups, enterprise and educational institutions to use networks of processors which are already available. On the other hand, high performance computers have become more and more hierarchical and heterogeneous (e.g., a cluster of multiprocessor nodes using multicore processors). These modern hierarchical and heterogeneous computing infrastructures are hard to program and use efficiently, particularly for extreme-scale computing. Consequently, none of the state-of-the-art solutions are
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End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE, BG, CH, CY, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, TR, UK Non-COST participation: Cadence Design Systems LLC (RU), CHPC (ZA)

IC0806 - Intelligent Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems
Chair: Dr Elias KYRIAKIDES (CY) - E: elias@ucy.ac.cy Everyday life relies heavily on the reliable operation and intelligent management of large-scale critical infrastructures, such as electric power systems, telecommunication networks, and water distribution networks. The design, monitoring, control and security of such systems are becoming increasingly more challenging as their size, complexity and interactions are steadily growing. Moreover, these critical infrastructures are susceptible to natural disasters, frequent failures, as well as malicious attacks. There is an urgent need to develop a common system-theoretic framework for modelling the behaviour of critical infrastructure systems and for designing algorithms for intelligent monitoring, control and security of such systems. The main objective of the Action is to develop innovative intelligent monitoring, control and safety methodologies for critical infrastructure systems, such as electric power systems, telecommunication networks, and water systems.
End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, LV, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, TR, UK Non-COST participation: American University of Beirut (LB), Technical University of Moldova (MD), University of Central Florida (US), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (ZA), University of Pretoria (ZA)

IC0701 - Formal Verification of Object-Oriented Software
Chair: Prof. Bernhard BECKERT (DE) - E: beckert@kit.edu The main objective of the Action is to develop verification technology with the reach and power to assure dependability of object-oriented programs on industrial scale. Software is vital for modern society. The efficient development of correct and reliable software is of
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able to efficiently use such environments. The main objective of the Action is to develop an integrated approach for tackling the challenges associated with heterogeneous and hierarchical systems for High Performance Computing (HPC).

The logical next goal is the verification of industrial software products. LT. NO. EL. PL. Already. DE. SE. ES. FR. NL. Logic-based technologies for the formal description.ever growing importance. and validation of software can be expected to complement and partly replace traditional software engineering methods in the future. Most programming languages used in industrial practice (such as Java. NO. Soft computing focuses on obtaining working solutions quickly. C++. EE.Combining Soft Computing Techniques and Statistical Methods to Improve Data Analysis Solutions Chair: Dr Christian BORGELT (ES) . as a branch of mathematics. analysis. PL. UK – 134 – . as an engineering science. IT.es The main objective of the Action is to strengthen the dialogue between the statistics and soft computing research communities in order to cross-pollinate both fields and generate mutual improvement activities. PT. CH. The Action will therefore focus on the verification of programs written in objectoriented languages and the particular problems this entails. PT.borgelt@softcomputing. CY. EE. it emphasizes the need for intuitive and interpretable models. BG. DK. model validation). TR. Soft computing. and C#) are object-oriented. UK Non-COST participation: Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC0702 .E: christian. construction. IE. accepting approximations and unconventional approaches. and industry is showing serious interest. Statistics is more rigorous and focuses on establishing objective conclusions based on experimental data by analysing the possible situations and their (relative) likelihood (context of justification. NL. HU. model generation). In addition. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. ES. IT. LU. DE. which are tolerant to imprecision and uncertainty. while preserving the flexibility to solve real-world problems efficiently and intuitively. program verification methods have outgrown the area of academic case studies. IL. This Action will concentrate on program verification: the construction of logical proofs that programs are correct. emphasize different aspects of data analysis. RO. and statistics. Its strength lies in its flexibility to create models that suit the needs arising in applications (context of discovery. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. It emphasizes the need for mathematical methods and tools to assess solutions and guarantee performance. Bringing the two fields closer together will enhance the robustness and generalisability of data analysis methods. BE. SI. CH. FR.

Today. packet traces. meaning. techniques. Modern packet networks are highly complex and ever-evolving objects. IL. thus driving the research towards real-world applications. tools and applications for the future networks Chair: Dr Fabio RICCIATO (IT) . FR. PT.ricciato@unisalento.Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis: theory. as typically the detection of attacks and intrusions requires the analysis of detailed traffic records. Understanding. FI. CY. Davide ROCCHESSO (IT) . e. and aesthetic/ emotional qualities in interactive contexts. BG. It will foster the adoption of common monitoring tools and analysis platforms.E: roc@iuav.E: fabio.Sonic Interaction Design (SID) Chair: Prof. DK. While being advanced through a few sparse projects. PL.it Sonic Interaction Design is the exploitation of sound as one of the principal channels conveying information. this field relies on the COST – SID Action to strengthen the links between scientists. tools. so as to catalyze the emergence of a European de-facto standard for traffic monitoring. and – 135 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) . CH. NL. promoting the development of novel techniques and focusing the research efforts towards commonly recognized problems. RS. cognition. IE. Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA) has always been seen as a key methodology to understand telecommunication technology and operation. developing and managing such environment is difficult and expensive in practice. NO.IC0703 . LT. ES. TMA is therefore the basis for prevention and response in network security. The recent advances in the field of TMA suggest that evolved TMA-based techniques can play a key role in the operation of real networks. artists. IT. the lack of insight and early recognition of emerging risks and/or performance issues can expose the network infrastructure to stability and security problems. BE. HR. This Action will coordinate both Research Groups and Network Operators active in the field of TMA.g. and designers in the European Research Area. ultimately increasing the impact of European research in the field. and practices in this innovative and interdisciplinary domain. The COST – SID platform stands on four legs: (i) perception.it The main objective of the Action is to increase the quality and the impact of European research in the field of Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA). The Action pro–actively contributes to the creation and consolidation of new design theories. UK Non-COST participation: Institute of Control Sciences (RU) IC0601 . SE. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. EL. DE. HU. and the complexity of the Internet has attracted many researchers to face traffic measurements since the pioneering times.

IT. FI.ch Antennas are a key constituent of all terrestrial. DE. Discrete Mathematics. BE. Health Care.dauphine. ES.E: Juan. FR.emotion. University of Auckland (NZ). IE. UK Non-COST participation: Sonic Communications Research Group (AU). PT. CH. informational. communications and sensor systems. (ii) design. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. airborne and space based wireless multimedia. PL. HU. CH. McGill University (CA). driven by the demanding needs of the Information Society Technologies. RO. IS. epidemiology.Algorithmic Decision Theory Chair: Prof. IT. IL.fr The Action aims to put together researchers coming from different fields such as Decision Theory. The Action will coordinate ongoing research projects and provide a more solid framework to already existing networked activities. risk assessment and management. IL. NL. NO. Due to the breadth of its application spectrum. MK. new unforeseen and challenging problems are appearing. These are each supported by the research and development of the requisite new interactive technologies. partial and/or uncertain information and distributed. combinatorial structures. the COST – SID Action has the potential of affecting everyday life through physical and virtual interactive objects. Traditional antenna areas still demand research and innovation efforts. DE. Alexis TSOUKIAS (FR) E: Alexis. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) IC0602 . (iii) interactive art. But also.Tsoukias@lamsade. FI. DK. Antenna functions are fast evolving. as today there is the possibility to design and actively control their acoustic response so that it conveys an intended aesthetic. Such problems arise in several real world decision problems such as humanitarian logistics. SE. PT. DK. e-government and the implementation of recommender systems. Antennas and electromagnetic sensors are also becoming a major system component in areas such as Consumer Electronics. – 136 – .Mosig@epfl. MOSIG (CH) . CY. (iv) information display and exploration. NO. LU. BG. or emotional content. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. LT. possibly interoperating decision makers. Juan R. SE. ES. NL. BE. UK Non-COST participation: NICTA (AU). Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (ZA) IC0603 . DIMACS (US). Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in order to improve decision support in presence of massive data bases.Antenna Systems & Sensors for Information Society Technologies (ASSIST) Chair: Prof. EL. homeland security. FR. IE.

EL. access. LV. UK Non-COST participation: Georgian Telemedicine Union (GE). DE. DK. the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and other bodies (DICOM. Wipro Technologies (IN). HL7.E: marcial@cim. Cooperation towards a deeper understanding of antenna operation in these new complex environments and for the corresponding development of adequate modelling and measuring tools are the main scientific objectives of this Action. HR. with support of national and other European programs. Radio Astronomy. FI. EE. mobility of young researchers and support of Pan-European initiatives (European Conference and European School of Antennas). the fusion standards to represent. Image & Pervasive Access Lab (SG) – 137 – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Biology. These transdisciplinary oriented goals will benefit both antenna specialists and researchers working on the above mentioned domains. . BG. FR. IL. UK Non-COST participation: University of Queensland (AU). Royal Military College (CA) IC0604 . RS. NL. PL. FR. IT. learning and research purposes. End of Action: 2011 Parties: CH. ES. FI. This will definitively open the path to integration. Based on common standards developed by European Normalization Committee (CEN). IT. PT. Earth Sciences. RO. NL. SE. IE. LT. NO. PT. HU. CZ. CY. The Action will consolidate the most renowned research references in the field of informatics applied to Anatomic Pathology in order to eventually develop. CY. exchange and upgrade of digital pathological images and associated reports among different hospital information systems regardless of their location. and Earth Resources Monitoring. this coordinated research shall bring about a comprehensive R&D project which will deliver a much needed world wide search engine based on WebServices. Additional benefits include university-industry collaborations. PL.End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. DE. ES. HR. SNOMED). RS. TR. interpret.Telepathology Network in Europe (EUROTELEPATH) Chair: Dr Marcial GARCíA ROJO (ES) . In a latter stage. EL. browse and retrieve digital medical images while preserving their diagnostic quality as needed for clinical. search. the direct result of this Action shall be a new Pathology Technical Framework (IHE Pathology) to be taken as a new reference standard by the specialized E-health industry as well as the entire medical community.es Coordination of research efforts to develop the most adequate technological framework for the management of multimedia electronic healthcare records (data and images) through the Internet. NO. CH.

E: ph.Advanced Voice Function Assessment Chair: Prof. PT.nl The main objective of the Action is to combine previously unexploited techniques with new theoretical developments to improve the assessment of voice for as many European languages as possible. IL. NL. while acquiring in parallel data with a view to elaborating better voice production models. UK – 138 – . DK. . DE. FI. P. BE.H.Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 2103 . SE. HU. EL.dejonckere@umcutrecht. ES. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. DEJONCKERE (NL) . LT. CZ. FR. IE. SI. Specifically. this Action is a joint initiative of speech processing teams and the European Laryngological Research Group (ELRG). IT. Progress in the clinical assessment and enhancement of voice quality requires the cooperation of speech processing engineers and laryngologists as well as phoniatricians.

telecommunications. The Domain thus also incorporates nanomaterials and nanosciences and the nanotechnological applications thereof. to actual application and service. Physics and the Human Condition for Actions studying the relationships between physics and the environment. as well as related databases.related sectors. theoretical and experimental. transport. New developments in industrial technology requiring the development. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) .cost. Multidisciplinary Research: The Domain maintains close interaction with other COST Domains on wide-ranging issues such as the environment. Technology-Driven Physics underpinning many industries and technological processes and contributing to the development of new materials and a broad variety of new devices for areas such as optics and plasma or surface physics. By recognising the huge potential of Nanosciences in such different areas. standards and inspections. Emerging Technologies in the hydrogen. evaluation. examination. codes.eu/mpns The Domain Materials. aerospace and lighting. fabrication and development. which also trigger innovative progress in conventional sectors such as power generation. the built environment and historical artifacts. however. characterisation and production of new materials and providing solutions for sectors such as energy. Cultural Heritage in which the most fundamental questions as to the structure of matter. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) www. informatics and health. The following examples illustrate aspects of actual research carried out within this Domain. medicine or biology. the Domain encourages multidisciplinary – 139 – Materials. global warming and social aspects of nanotechnology. birth of the universe and the origin of life are considered in addition to Actions focusing on the restoration and conservation of ancient architecture. solar and bio. as a key to understanding the laws governing the behaviour of matter and energy. It also supports exploratory basic and applied research in physics. Physics and Nanosciences is home to material science.Materials. The scope of the Domain is not restricted to these areas alone. transport. extending from conception through to production and includes characterization.

de Ion beam therapy offers the possibility of excellent dose localization for treatment of malignant tumours. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. mass. IT. frequency standards e. Notably. Physicists can now trap single atoms or photons. spin. Andrey SOLOV'YOV (DE) . The first ion beam cancer therapy clinical centres are now opening in Europe. has been transformed from a dream to a reality. the production of cold molecules and the study of chemical dynamics at ultralow temperatures are areas of remarkable current growth within the field.fr In the last two decades our ability to study individual quantum systems (or controlled ensembles of them). CMST and ICT. MPNS is present in the following Trans-Domain Actions (see related chapter): TD1001. PT. ES. TD1007. The proposed Action therefore aims to – 140 – . quantum information and cavity quantum electrodynamics.uni-frankfurt.g. Scientific and technological applications include frequency metrology for the precise determination of fundamental constants. life-time. However. This Action will advance the frontier of knowledge regarding basic questions in order to foster the emergence of novel applications. TD0802. providing the key to a deeper understanding of many of the underlying principles of Physics and Chemistry.E: solovyov@fias. the full potential of such therapy can only be realised by better understanding the physical. new ideas and initiatives are welcome as well as those with high interdisciplinary elements and close links and overlaps with other Domains. Deeper insight into the fundamental scientific principles leads to the emergence of innovative applications and stimulates technical evolution. UK MP1002 .g. virtually free from outside perturbations. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP1001 . PL. prepare these particles in well-defined states and follow their evolution in real time.Actions and cooperates especially closely with BMBS.Knoop@univ-provence. that lead to cell death under ion irradiation. while maximizing cell-killing within the tumour. TD0903.Nano-scale insights in ion beam cancer therapy (Nano-IBCT) Chair: Prof. FI. BE.E: Martina. IL. TD1003. the determination of atomic ground state properties e. TD0906. CH.Ion Traps for Tomorrow's Applications Chair: Dr Martina KNOOP (FR) . chemical and biological mechanisms. TD1002. Materials. DK. RO. Therefore. Trapped atomic and molecular ions have been at the heart of this revolution. minimizing radiation damage in normal tissue. on a range of time and space scales. global positioning. DE. FR.

FI.it The objective of this COST Action is to foster and accelerate longterm advancement of ‘artificial muscle’ science and technology based on electroactive polymers (EAPs) as smart actuation materials. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. early-stage researcher training. SI. NO. along with industrial exploitation. CZ. PT. called ESNAM. NL. so as to properly target the wide-spread use of the EAP technologies in the European industry. required data and mechanistic insight which is indispensable for optimization of this new therapy. IT.E: f. ES.European Scientific Network for Artificial Muscles (ESNAM) Chair: Dr Federico CARPI (IT) . dissemination.unipi. Partners involved in this COST Action intend to stretch forward their networking activities well beyond the inevitably limited time frame of this Action. PT. . Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) combine. UK – 141 – Materials. EL. able to strengthen the impact of European science and technology. CZ. the unique experimental and theoretical expertise available within Europe to acquire greater insight at the nanoscopic and molecular level into radiation damage induced by ion impact. at global level. bridging material science. RS. ES. SE. standardisation of methods. BG. Success in this endeavour will be both an important scientific breakthrough and give great impetus to the practical improvement of this new therapeutic technique. SK. SE. Ion therapy provides potentially a revolution in cancer therapy and this COST action will be very significant in ensuring European leadership in this field. DK. mechanical and electrical engineering. HU. DE. EE. RO. BE. PL. especially by preparing a road-map aimed at merging both research and industrial perspectives and needs. and medical disciplines. Research and development on EAP materials and devices is a well established scientific field. A COST Action intends to provide content and form to this network through coordination of mutual research activities and creation of a common platform for education. using a multiscale approach.End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IT. In Europe. a number of world-leading research institutes with consolidated expertise in this field have formed an informal network. DE. IS. FI. through a scientific network among leading European institutions and industries. IE. DK. FR. NL. This will represent. the first example of its kind. UK MP1003 . IS. techniques and processes. providing the science background. CH. PL. SK.carpi@centropiaggio. HU. FR.

UK (in progress) MP1005 . characterization. – 142 – . NAMABIO will be focused only on the interdisciplinary research related to biomaterials and stem cells of interest for the regenerative medicine of bones and teeth. In these circumstances it was highlighted once more that the topic of energy storage solutions deserves to be treated with increased attention from scientists and engineers and from the society as a whole. RO.From nano to macro biomaterials (design. implantation on animals.Hybrid Energy Storage Devices and Systems for Mobile and Stationary Applications Chair: to be confirmed The recent turmoil in global economy once more dramatically raised the currently unsatisfied demand for appropriate energy storage solutions. The concrete outcomes of the Action will be to produce an information exchange as a basis for activity coordination. PL. physical and mechanical characterization. ES. (b) chemical. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. and histological and molecular evaluation.Materials. The proposed COST action addresses hybrid energy storage devices and systems based on innovative materials and technologies as well as on innovative system architecture. Innovative materials and material processing for improved energy storage devices and associated “intelligent” hybrid solutions will emerge from improved de-fragmentation and the enhancement of multidisciplinary and multinational cooperation during this Action. In particular the partners of the present Action are scientists involved in the following activities: processing of innovative biomaterials. The aim of NAMABIO is to coordinate research efforts in order to obtain a real breakthrough in these areas. environmentally-friendly and reliable solutions for transport and energy. (c) modeling of physical and mechanical properties. modeling) and applications to stem cells regenerative orthopedic and dental medicine (NAMABIO) Chair: to be confirmed The main objective of NAMABIO is to develop innovative biomaterials and their applications (through stem cell) in regenerative medicine of bones and teeth. In this manner the Action will strengthen the competitiveness of the European industry in this field and provide a framework for European responses to the economic and societal need for resource efficient. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP1004 . Regenerative medicine is a new discipline based on biomaterial development and increasing knowledge in cell science. (d) stem cells loading on biomaterials. improvement through a feedback loop between the end-user (biologist and clinicians) and the different material scientists involved. processing.

IT.Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics Chair: to be confirmed The Actions objectives include the clarification of quantum paradoxes. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) (e) 3D structural characterization of tissue engineered bones and teeth by X-ray synchrotron microtomography (or holotomography). major breakthroughs in foundational questions will be achieved. focused on the foundations of quantum mechanics. ES. boosting the research. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. Technology is now entering a period of convergence between theory and – 143 – Materials. PL.End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. MT. theoretical and experimental physics and quantum chemistry. UK (in progress) MP1006 . By combining existing research strengths in mathematical. the detailed analysis of the quantum-to-classical transition. IT. The Action will create the necessary platform for enhancing synergies among the participants. strengthening the leading role of Europe in the field. analysis of the connection with relativity.E: Carla. There is an urgent need to create a common platform to overcome the existing fragmentation. since atomically controlled interfaces play a key role in the performance of nanodevices. The Action aims at strengthening the cooperation and boosting the research activity among European groups working in the foundations of quantum mechanics. Limitations in characterisation and theoretical modelling tools have been a major obstacle to the development of controllable device interfaces. FI. This Action will be the first network in the world. Strategic objectives include the coordination of the research units. Europe has the largest number of scientists working on the fundamental problems of quantum mechanics. Engineering of surfaces and interfaces of nanostructures remains a central goal of modern solid state physics and chemistry.ac. DE. the dissemination of results. to reach the goal of a full understanding of the quantum world. the involvement of early-stage researchers. RS. There is a need for unifying research in a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach. (f) Biomedical evaluation of the results obtained in (e). .Designing novel materials for nanodevices: From Theory to Practise (NanoTP) Chair: Dr Carla BITTENCOURT (BE) . exchanging knowhow. PL.Bittencourt@umh. coordinating the research and disseminating the results. and experimental tests of its limits of validity. RS.be The main objective of the Action is atomic-scale interface design and characterisation. aimed at unifying the community. UK (in progress) MP0901 . DE.

EE.. PT. IL.Composites of Inorganic Nanotubes and Polymers (COINAPO) Chair: Prof. siesta/transiesta. TR. IE. Irena DREVENSEK OLENIK (SI) . Nanotubes made of inorganic materials are an interesting alternative to carbon nanotubes. developments within the available computer codes (AIMPRO. photovoltaic elements. DE. PL. PT. SE. wear protection materials. DE. and predefined electrical conductivity depending on the composition of the starting material. and electrical properties. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.) allow routine handling of systems with many 100s of atoms.si The main objective of the Action is to develop new composite materials from inorganic nanotubes and polymers and to establish appropriate links and transfer of knowledge needed for application and commercialisation of this kind of composite media by European industry. STXM-NEXAFS has been used to characterise individual nanoobjects. i. showing advantages such as e. The Action will generate a fundamental knowledge and create widespread links needed for application and commercialization of this kind of composite media by European industry. TR. IT. Concurrently. Target applications for this kind of composites are materials for heat management. The Action will link together European scientists working on this rapidly emerging field to create a basis for a highly interdisciplinary research network focused on development and exploration of inorganic nanotubepolymer composites. IT. PL.. These developments will allow theoretical modelling and experimental characterisation at the same nanometric scale. LV. CH. SE. SI. IE. RO. BG. SI. electrostatic dissipaters.e.characterisation tools: new electron microscopy tools can provide images and chemical mapping with atomic resolution. mechanical. UK Non-COST participation: Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv (UA) – 144 – . End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE.drevensek@ijs.g.E: irena. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP0902 . CZ. HU. This approach will support the design and integration of novel materials of high technological relevance. CH. This Action combines development of these new tools with the expertise needed to exploit them for improved nano-interface control and novel device design. LT. ES. ES. easy synthetic access. EL. etc. FR. developments in near-field optical microscopy probes enable Raman spectroscopy of individual nano-objects. NL. BE. They are therefore very promising candidates as fillers for polymer composites with enhanced thermal. EL. and latest results show the promise of scaling this down by a factor of 10-100. FR. RO. into the range of realistic nano-objects. SK. UK Materials. DK. good uniformity and solubility. FI.

IE. to contribute to the future competitiveness of Europe in this research topic. UK MP0904 . supported nanoparticles/wires/ribbons/islands/toroids. DE. shape and interfacemediated phenomena. Ferroic and multiferroic oxides with various boundary conditions (thin films. BE. IL. Nanoalloys present very complex structures and properties. composition and chemical ordering. FR. RO.Single. IE.E: ferrando@fisica. Controlling and tailoring the properties of nanoalloys. require the concerted effort of experiment and computer modelling. Active links among European laboratories will be established to increase knowledge beyond the state-of-the art in this research field. ES. optical devices and catalysis. hollow particles. BG. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) . DK. IT.Nanoalloys as Advanced Materials: From Structure to Properties and Applications (NANOALLOY) Chair: Prof.it Alloy nanoparticles (also known as nanoalloys) are multicomponent metallic particles in the 1-100 nm diameter range. and which can therefore be tailored for specific and industrially relevant applications .and Multiphase Ferroics and Multiferroics with Restricted Geometries (SIMUFER) Chair: Prof. SE.E: lmtsr@uaic. in which new properties are driven by engineering size. CZ. DE. Liliana MITOSERIU (RO) . NL. PL. investigated by manifold complex tools and theoretically described by multiscale modeling. hierarchical structures) and multiphase systems with at least one ferroic or multiferroic component will be produced by innovative synthesis and a top-down approach. leading to new materials and applications. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT.MP0903 .unige.as in data storage. free-standing. FI. RO. TR. PT. synthesis and characterization of nanoalloys. RS. RS. CH. CH. SK. PL. SK. ES. which crucially depend on their size. FI. Specific tools will be promoted to create a young researchers group with high scientific level and managerial competence. EL. NANOALLOY brings together European experimental and theory/modelling research groups from universities and other research institutions to develop new methodologies for the growth. LT. LT. FR. Riccardo FERRANDO (IT) . UK – 145 – Materials. SI. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. BE.ro The goal of the Action is to build a high level European scientific knowledge platform in the field of single and multiphase nanoscale ferroic and multiferroic oxides with restricted geometries. and determining their phase diagrams. CZ. IT.

RO. with physicists and particle physicists as well as theoreticians.Physics of Competition and Conflicts Chair: Dr Peter RICHMOND (IE) . EL.Black Holes in a Violent Universe Chair: Dr Silke BRITZEN (DE) . UK Non-COST participation: Monash University (AU) MP0801 . rooted in statistical physics and probability theory is at the core of these developments. FI. BE. from the smallest structures up to the largest masses in the Universe (i. for example. HU. i. The collaboration of scientists and engineers in this Action will also catalyse an increase of European industrial competitiveness to meet the technological challenges of upcoming large-scale facilities (e. industry and government. IT. The Action will promote discussion and research. social scientists. RS. SKA). The Action will promote discussion and research across the physical and sociological disciplinary divide by providing a platform from which the participating researchers can develop important. SE. Better understanding in these areas will provide routes to greater social stability and economic well-being across an increasingly networked world.com Recently physicists have extended ideas of atoms and lattices to more generalized concepts of agents and networks and are facilitating new understanding of systems traditionally the province of other disciplines. CZ.E: sbritzen@mpifr-bonn. ES. To attack the elementary and far-reaching demands posed by BH-related science. Set to undergo a renaissance in the 21st century. observers and software and technology developers. E-ELT. By strengthening Europe’s scientific networking capacities in BH research. The world’s first open and flexible network on BH research will counteract the existing fragmentation of this research field. the area of complexity. PL.mpg. working on all mass scales of Black Holes.e. Quantum BHs to SMBHs). FR. Overall the Action will provide a unique forum for physicists and mathematical scientists to share leadingedge knowledge. Europe’s leading role in the international competition will be enhanced. SI. End of Action: 2012 – 146 – . mergers and acquisitions. experience and build up a common language with economists. competition between firms. evolutionary dynamics. DK.de Black Hole physics is both fundamental and broad ranging and hence multidisciplinary. DE. IE. an overarching framework is required. PT.g. Applications include. new and substantial research initiatives aimed at tackling these key trans-disciplinary issues. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT.e. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP0905 . cultural change and transportation networks. It will connect astronomers from all wavelength regimes (from low energy radio bands up to ultra-high energies such as TeV).E: peter_richmond@ymail.Materials.

it will also develop and implement a strategy for education on plasmonics in Europe. NL. EL. NL. Emphasis will be put on the integration of plasmonic components into CMOS and organic devices. BE. ES. DK. FI. ES. DK. These properties will be explored in detail with the goal to increase the knowledge on basic principles of guanosine-assembly. FI. FR. CZ. TR. PL. ES. UK . HU. NL. Institute for Condensed Matter (UA) MP0802 . RS.Self-assembled guanosine structures for molecular electronic devices Chair: Dr Lea SPINDLER (SI) . since similar fundamental and technological issues are at stake. Over the last 10 years. The Action will cover both fields of application.si Guanosine is one of the DNA nucleotides and together with its derivatives it has a high potential for self-recognition and selfassembly. The key innovation is in merging the biorecognition properties of guanosine-based materials with their promising electronic properties.has emerged as a very promising technology. FR. PT. BG. CH. FI. IL. TR.E: alexd@chalmers. which opens up a wide range of possible biomedical applications. BE.the optics of metallic nanostructures . coordinate and strengthen scientific and technological collaboration in plasmonics in Europe. SE. SK. DE.spindler@uni-mb. PL. Tokyo Institute of Technology (JP). SI. DE. and to explore their electronic and optical properties.se The Action will foster. CH. to synthesize new optimized materials. Two key applications of plasmonics are the processing of optical information at the nanoscale and label free biosensing. RO. Novel reproducible and well ordered supramolecular structures will be designed to serve as molecular-scale architectures for new hybrid molecular electronics. DE. Australian National University (AU). FR.Non-COST participation: Universidad de Buenos Aires (AR). IE. as well as the recognition ability for other biologically important molecules. IE. LT. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) Parties: AT. plasmonics . NO. IL. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. PT. UK – 147 – Materials. PL. HU.Plasmonic components and devices Chair: Dr Alexander DMITRIEV (SE) . LT. IT. UK Non-COST participation: ILTPE (UA) MP0803 . CZ. RO. CH. End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. IT. SI. PT. The Action will help bridge the gap between fundamental research and European industry.E: lea. MK. LT. EL.

density. TR. PT. FR. EL. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU). as shown by academia and will be transferred to industry. DK.Materials. CH. better adhesion. By joining knowledge and resources a new generation of deposition processes will be established with benefit for nearly all technical branches due to the cross sectional character of thin film technology.E: ralf. EL. BE. This Action will therefore also serve to spread the technology know-how in the field to all participating areas in Europe. CZ. LT. RO. FI. PL. UK – 148 – .fraunhofer. PL. refractive index. IT. ES. model. NL. and much more can be realized. This will lead to faster identification of and solution to problems and possibilities.ac. Enhanced properties such as increased hardness. IE. SE. The Action will bring together experts covering the full technology spectrum of semiconductor technologies and promote an open collaboration between groups already in the field. realise and characterise novel prototype devices that can be tested in an application context.uk The main objective of the Action is to advance novel gain materials based on III-V-N semiconductor compounds including dilute nitrides and indium rich GaInN. PT. The Action will provide resources for a pan-European effort. since also industrial partners are involved.Highly Ionised Pulse Plasma Processes Chair: Dr Ralf BANDORF (DE) . IE. FR. DE. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP0804 .de The main objective of the Action is to make optimal use of new Highly Ionised Pulse Plasma (HIPP) processes through a greater understanding of the physics involved and the development of improved products by superior HIPP coatings. End of Action: 2013 Parties: CH.E: balkan@essex. LT. IL. IS. ES. TR.bandorf@ist. DK. Naci BALKAN (UK) . as well as groups getting into the field. so that small laboratories lacking facilities will be able to collaborate with other groups to design. thus increasing the competitiveness of European electronics and optoelectronics industries. DE. modified crystal structure. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.Novel Gain Materials and Devices Based on III-V-N Compounds Chair: Prof. IS. FI. Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (US) MP0805 .

FR. Polymer materials reinforced with nanoscale components are adding new dimensions to composite materials and major improvements in functional and structural properties are within reach.Composites with Novel Functional and Structural Properties by Nanoscale Materials (Nano Composite Materials-NCM) Chair: Dr Erich KNY (AT) . The interdisciplinary network will create valuable links for the European research area. soot or droplets. CH.toschi@tue.Particles in turbulence Chair: Prof. PT. LT. and the exploitation of these innovative materials in Europe with a special focus on SME´s. IL. finite particles sizes. and will strengthen the approach to build scientific excellence in this field. technology transfer and will create valuable – 149 – Materials. DE. IT. aerospace. construction and building and consumer products with great economical and ecological benefits.ac. electronics. Open scientific issues such as inertia. pollution dispersion in the atmosphere. The dynamics of particles in a turbulent flow is fundamental to everyday life . ES. NL.examples of open scientific and technological issues include rain formation in clouds. BG. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. Such polymer nanocomposites are of great importance for a multitude of industrial uses in automotive. PL. plankton population dynamics .at The main objective of the Action is to form a European-wide scientific and technology knowledge platform on the topic of nanocomposite materials in order to advance the R&D.MP0806 . advection in complex flow geometries are examples of fundamental key ingredients which pose challenging theoretical problems and need to be understood in order to have an impact on applications. SE. health care. Cornell University (US).kny@arcs. CZ. IS. This new technology constitutes a driving force for new employment opportunities in Europe. It will stimulate European cooperation. The main objective of the Action is to support fundamental research on the statistical properties of particles transported by turbulent flows.E: erich. FI.nl Fluid turbulence is ubiquitous and so is its ability to transport particulate matter such as dust. UK Non-COST participation: Indian Institute of Science (IN). Federico TOSCHI (NL) . CY. optimization and emission reduction in combustion. Michigan Technological University (US) MP0701 . NO. the use. DK. HU. mechanical engineering.E: f. EL.and constitute a major scientific challenge with immediate practical implications and applications. collisions. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) .

DE. International Laser Center. CH. Optoelectronic Devices Group. CH. Macquarie University (AU). Saratov State University. where the structural dimensions are at or below the wavelength of light. Kharkiv National University of Radio-Electronics (UA). NL. RO. IL. BG. Fabrication of such structures has become possible due to the expertise delivered by nanotechnology. CY.E: M.Marciniak@itl. photonic diagnostic instruments. SK. which opens the way to the study of new functional artificial materials and plasmonic structures. FR. Laser Physics Group. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. RO. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. Flinders University (AU). LT.pl The main objective of the Action is to establish active links between European laboratories working in the field of artificial materials for photonics applications. FI. UK Non-COST participation: State Engineering University of Armenia (AM). RS. The technological impact of the Action will lead to the implementation of advanced optical equipment and devices with high performance and low cost. Institute for Command Engineers. RS. National Research Council (CA). (NZ). CY. Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (KR). RIKEN (JP). BG. the trade-off between strong localization and propagation losses. Australian National University (AU). IE. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP0702 .Towards Functional Sub-Wavelength Photonic Structures Chair: Dr Marian MARCINIAK (PL) . IL.waw. Fiber Optics Research Center (RU). Shevchenko University (UA). DK. Russian Academy of Sciences (RU). LV. Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism. HU. The scientific innovation concerns: the basic mechanisms of lightmatter interaction in micro. and nonlinear effects. LT. UK Non-COST participation: Flinders University (AU). M. Université Chaouaib Doukkali (MA). IE. MK. EL. DE. (RU). NO.and nanostructured materials . DK. INHA University (KR). SE. MQPhotonics Research Centre. IT.and which will allow exploration of new aspects of light-matter interaction. PT. Usikov Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics (UA). ES. University of Auckland (NZ). FR. The goal is to increase knowledge about the basic mechanisms of the interaction of light with matter on a sub-wavelength scale. NL. New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research Ltd.input from nationally funded projects for European industry with special focus on SME´s. cape Organic Chemical Optimisation (ZA) Materials. Ministry of Emergencies (BY). NO. TR. The scientific transformation resulting from the Action will facilitate interconnection between topics that will produce new results in the field of photonics and pave the way to the forthcoming era of nanophotonics. BE. CZ. SE. PL.V. Laser Physics Centre. promising progress in miniaturisation . CZ. PT. SI.including metals (plasmonics). ES. HR. HU. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RU). BE. TR. National Research Foundation of South Africa (ZA) – 150 – . SK. EL. University of North Carolina (US). IT. FI. PL.

E: kroupa@ipm. if they are confined to synchrotrons.ac. RO. research institutes or even industrial laboratories would have electron microscopes if electron sources cost EUR 100 Mio or more? Hence the need to develop bright but small and (relatively) cheap x-ray sources. national or international facilities.cz The focus of the Action is the investigation of Pb-free replacements for high-Pb solders for high-temperature applications. and therefore routinely available as analytical tools. ES. PL. IE. archaeology and other cultural heritage disciplines. SE. CZ. of necessity. This will involve the consideration of diffusion. Macro-scale: The creation of a phenomenological description of corrosion and deformation processes occurring in a solder joint during fabrication and service. This seriously limits their scope for applications in research and analysis. SK. A multiscale approach will be used: Meso-scale: The application of thermodynamics and kinetics to the study of alloying behaviour. Micro.Short Wavelength Laboratory Sources Chair: Prof.Advanced Solder Materials for High Temperature Application (HISOLD) Chair: Dr Ales KROUPA (CZ) . including studies of pollution and its effects. many applications will not become widespread. physical and mechanical properties of alloys containing a large number of permutations of different alloying elements. including cancer-related studies. FR. It is the purpose of this Action to facilitate such developments.uk Our ability to manipulate short wavelength radiation (~0.E: alan. DE. NO. HU. in both academia and industry. This has lead to major advances in applications in a wide range of disciplines such as: the life and medical sciences. IT. Alan MICHETTE (UK) .(nano-) scale: The investigation by experiment and modelling of the initial stage of the formation of intermetallic phases at the solder/substrate interface.michette@kcl. not to replace synchrotrons but to complement them.01–100nm. Although expansion in application areas is due largely to modern synchrotron sources.MP0601 . This comprises a study of the chemical. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. environmental science. BE. This is because synchrotrons require enormous capital and infrastructure costs and are often. and materials science. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) . UK MP0602 . This will be most efficiently achieved through coordinated – 151 – Materials. How many universities. equivalent to ~120keV–12eV) has increased significantly over the last three decades. the development of materials property databases.

UK MP0604 . Ural State Pedagogical University (RU). CARS-microscopy is accomplished with exceptionally high 3-D resolution. IL. TR. Instead. CARS-microscopy allows visualization of molecules under natural conditions without the need for exogenous markers. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. The action will increase the basic understanding of alloys that can be used as Pb-free alternatives to high-temperature solders for practical applications.Optical Micro-Manipulation by Nonlinear Nanophotonics Chair: Prof. The Action has a highly interdisciplinary character: advanced physical light interaction mechanisms will be explored and employed to provide fundamental structural and chemical information on a nano-scale for the benefit of material and life sciences. BE. IT. NL. CH.CONICET (AR).E: enejder@chalmers. DE. NL. carrying information on both molecular composition and physical state. Francesco SIMONI (IT) . CH. IT. their intrinsic vibrations are probed. The goal is to increase – 152 – . FI. SI. Ivan Franko National University (UA) Materials. SE. RS. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) MP0603 . End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. The Action will demonstrate the potential of CARS-microscopy by compelling applications.simoni@univpm.international cooperation providing a basis for interdisciplinary research. and to establish it among a broader scientific community in nanobiotechnology. involving 3-D mapping of the organization/dynamics of molecules in material and biological nanostructures. through thick samples. PL. IE. ES.it The objective of this Action is to establish active links between European laboratories working in the field of optical manipulation and related applications and to foster and accelerate long-term development of this field in Europe. PT. CZ. DK.se The aims of the proposed Action are to ascertain scientific exchange between European experts that have significantly contributed to the development of a novel laser-based microscopy method. BE. LT. BG. SK.Chemical imaging by means of CARSmicroscopy (MicroCARS) Chair: Dr Annika ENEJDER (SE) . RO. and with negligible photo-damage thanks to the nonlinear character of the CARS process and probe beams in the near-infrared regime. IE. FI. DK. Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscopy. FR. FR. DE.E: f. SE. UK Non-COST participation: IDEPA . for example in the aerospace and automotive industries. HU.

knowledge about the basic mechanisms of optical trapping and to develop novel methods of manipulation. wooden foundation piles. susceptible to physical chemical and biological deterioration. LT. FI. BG. chemical. interactions between WCHOs and the environment (in the atmosphere and in the soil. biological. DK. CZ. This Action aims to improve the conservation (including study. IT. e. patterning and templating of micro-devices. University of Queensland (AU) IE0601 . thus including archaeological wood). its ageing behaviour is not yet well known. DE.uzielli@unifi. by fostering targeted research and multidisciplinary interaction between researchers in various fields of wood science. EL. The scientific innovation concerns: basic mechanisms of the mechanical light-matter interaction. music instruments. micro-patterning and imaging.Wood Science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (WoodCultHer) Chair: Prof. to be exploited in the future bio-medical technology and in micro-mechanics. highly variable. PT. The scientific exchange resulting from the Action will facilitate the interconnections between these topics to obtain new results in the field of optical manipulation as well as to pave the way to new scientific understanding and technological advancement in the forthcoming era of nanobiotechnology. vehicles. Special emphasis will be given to the ageing of wood material (e. hygroscopic. wooden sculptures. The potential impact on technology concerns the implementation of advanced equipment and devices for: nondestructive and noninvasive manipulation and imaging of micro-objects. – 153 – Materials. timber structures. preventive conservation and restoration) of European Wooden Cultural Heritage Objects (WCHOs). evaluation of equipment for the diagnosis. monitoring and conservation of WCHOs. nonlinear optical methods in microscopy and trapping. its factors – physical. Wood is a peculiar material. evaluation of long-term compatibility of methods and products for restoration. conservators of wooden artworks. of biological origin. SE. IE. and only recently started to be applied to the conservation of wooden artworks. environmental – and their interactions). End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. HU. mechano-sorptive. anisotropic. measurements in microfluidics. Luca UZIELLI (IT) . restoration. viscoelastic. ES. SI. CH. furniture and fittings. tools. UK Non-COST participation: Australian National University (AU). Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) . Wood science has greatly developed in the last few decades. methods for studying long-term deterioration.E: luca.g. panel paintings. FR. swelling and shrinking due to temperature and humidity variations. other scientists from related fields. holographic techniques.it European Cultural Heritage includes large numbers of objects made partially or completely of wood. mechanical.g.

UK Non-COST participation: Agricultural University of Tirana (AL). ES. DE. IT. The technologies cover lowtemperature bioethanol reforming in hydrogen selective membrane reactors and cleaning methods as well as their combinations with any type of low-temperature fuel cell. RO. FI. LV.E: riitta. RISH (JP). DK. FI. SI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT.5 and 10 kW. DK. MK. CH.Research and Development of Bioethanol Processing for Fuel Cells (BIOETHANOL) Chair: Dr Riitta Liisa KEISKI (FI) . NL. CZ. IT. MT. TR. DE. EE. EL. SE. PL. NO. IE. FR. NO. UK – 154 – . PL. BE.fi The Action focuses on developing new technologies for bioethanol that can be used effectively in small-scale fuel systems of electric power output between 0. SK.implementation of results into preventive conservation practice and standardization. CH. SE. EL.keiski@oulu. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. ES. PT. NL. HU. HU. SCION (NZ) Materials. Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) 543 .

These include land use planning and management within or around urban areas. The Domain involves scientists.cost. Emphasis is given to green structures and particularly to the energy efficiency of products. The Domain covers all aspects of urban development. and sustainable mobility. etc. planning and management of transport systems covering issues like safety and security. processes. logistics.) and vehicles (alternative fuels. and architecture of urban structures. construction. rehabilitation and protection of buildings and infrastructure. transport policies. Intelligent Transportation System. safety and security. intuitive driving signals. enhancing human-machine interfaces and upgrading driving behaviour. etc. traffic management. modal diversion and re-equilibrium. maintenance. environmental impacts.Transport and Urban Development (TUD) www.eu/tud The Transport and Urban Development Domain fosters research coordination in the fields of transport and the built environment. which play a strategic role in the modern society and economy. urban-rural relationships. reconstruction. and organisation.). standards and policy recommendations. energy consumption. It focuses on improving transportation structures by developing new design and technologies both for infrastructures (materials. market issues. environmental management. A large component of the Domain is related to engineering. These lead to technical developments. These cover design methods and technologies for construction. disaster management. The Domain deals with assessment. decision-makers and industry in basic and applied research activities based on integrated and interdisciplinary approaches. and cultural heritage. – 155 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) . operation. TUD is present in the following Trans-Domain Action (see related chapter): TD0804. rehabilitation and renovation. practitioners.

pt Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknowledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. EL. in principal.gr While Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are now used in many countries for Transport capital projects. accessibility instruments are able to provide a framework for understanding the reciprocal relationships between land use and mobility. PT. FI. Transport and Water Department (US) TU1002 . DK. descriptive.Transport and Urban Development (TUD) TU1001 . CH. implementation and operation of PPP transport projects considering ‘sustainable procurement’ and ‘value propositions’. FI. both in terms of process – the establishment of bridges between scholars and practitioners from different approaches and different domains – and in terms of results – insights on how to improve the relevance of accessibility instruments for urban planning practices. UK Non-COST participation: Curtin University (AU) – 156 – . Findings are cross-studied by auxiliary working groups focusing on the national context and the modal (urban. SE. NL. DE. SI. ES. PL. IT. despite the large number of instruments available in literature. RS.E: ccsilva@fe. Energy. they are not widely used to support urban planning practices. SE. Myers-Lawson School of Construction (US). NL. PL. respectively. CZ.up. IE. FR. PT. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. EL. EE. FR. (iii) Implications of the financial arrangement. However. SI. BE. research has been. CZ. (ii) Identification of critical success factors. test criteria and knowledgebases for improved PPP performance. PPPs are complex contractual arrangements extending into an unpredictable future and the economic crisis has highlighted many shortcomings. Significant benefits are expected. UK Non-COST participation: University of Melbourne (AU). In particular.Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends and Theory Chair: Dr Athena ROUMBOUTSOS (EL) . NO. BG. University of Hong Kong (HK). NO. DE. IT. Such a framework has important potential advantages when transferred to the realm of urban planning. Key objectives to be addressed on a national and modal perspective by the three working groups are: (i) A decision making process for selection.E: athena@aegean. The scope of this proposal is to develop the theoretical basis for PPPs in the transport sector. surface and port) context. ES.Accessibility instruments for planning practice in Europe Chair: Dr Cecilia SILVA (PT) . IL. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. DK. The World Bank Group.

Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity (both in technical and human terms) and by a long record of poor delivery. ES. End of Action: 2015 Parties: AT. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. Hence more attractive public transport systems are required. Since a shortage of funds for public transport is envisaged for the next years. which are a fundamental input for transport planning. consultancies and software developers with the main aim of giving rise to and of disseminating a new generation of transit assignment models tailored to the era of Intelligent Transport Systems. The Action will produce immediate guidelines to influence practice and a framework to guide future decisions on resourcing EU research in megaproject design and delivery.5 billion.) This Action seeks to bring together multi-disciplinary researchers from across COST Countries to tackle the issues of megaproject design and delivery. Their inability to be designed appropriately and delivered on time and to budget has profound implications not only for the construction organisations delivering them but also for the client organisations commissioning them (which are often governments spending public money.TU1003 . efforts are needed to allocate money in the most effective and efficient way. nor do they exploit to the full the amount of high quality data made available by the new technologies. UK (in progress) – 157 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) . This Action gathers together researchers in the field of transport and urban and regional planning. transport operators and authorities. PL. ES. BG. PL. EL. IT. The models currently used do not take adequately into consideration the effects brought about by the increasingly advanced and widespread Intelligent Transportation Systems on transit operations and on transit user behaviour.MEGAPROJECT: The Effective Design and Delivery of Megaprojects in the European Union Chair: to be confirmed Megaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than EUR 0. DE.Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems Chair: to be confirmed The challenge of sustainability that the European Union is facing calls for a shift of the demand for mobility from individual to collective means of transport. Transit assignment models describe and predict the patterns of network usage by passengers. This deficiency can delay the realisation of the benefits of enhanced passenger information provision. IT. UK (in progress) TU1004 . above all in urban contexts.

NO. TR. emit less pollution. University of Canterbury (NZ) TU0902 .Integrating and Harmonizing Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban Housing Constructions Chair: Ms Birgit RASMUSSEN (DK) . End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. FR. DK.uk It is widely recognised that urban areas need to curb greenhouse gas emissions. PT.ac.) found in the nine existing national schemes and proposals in three more countries is an obstacle for exchange of experience. LT. NO. SE.E: richard. HU. etc. the bulk of resources and effort in the field of traffic simulation have focused on “model development”. are more resilient to the impacts of climate change and are more sustainable in general. CH. reduce consumption of resources and adapt to be more resilient to climate change impacts . development and trade. HU. UK Non-COST participation: RMIT University (AU). PT.dk In Europe. DE. FI. These models are – 158 – . grade of quietness achieved. leading to many simulation models being available on the market. HR.Integrated assessment technologies to support the sustainable development of urban areas Chair: Mr Richard DAWSON (UK) . LU. calibration and validation of traffic simulation models Chair: Dr Vincenzo PUNZO (IT) .E: vinpunzo@unina. The main objective of the Action is to harmonise the descriptors for airborne and impact sound insulation between dwellings and for airborne sound insulation of facades as well as to prepare a European classification scheme with a number of quality classes. FR. DK. The main objective of the Action is to develop better representations of the urban systems interactions and dynamics as well as new configurations of urban areas so that they consume fewer resources.it To this date. IS. EE. The diversity (indicators. ES. steps between classes. Institute for Research in Construction (CA). EE.Methods and tools for supporting the use. CZ. CH. IT. EL.Transport and Urban Development (TUD) TU0901 . NL. RO. BE. EL. PL. MK. BE. NL.and become more sustainable in general. IT.dawson@newcastle. RS. RS. SI. MK. IE. UK TU0903 . IL. MT. DE. CZ. ES. SK. LT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.E: bir@sbi. LV. PL. regulatory requirements concerning acoustic performance of buildings differ widely in performance descriptors and limit values. FI.

HU. MK. FI. the increasing complexity of models makes appropriate and correct use a difficult task even for experts. FR. PL. the Action will enable researchers with different fields of expertise and coming from different countries to understand better the recent advances in research in parallel fields. ES. the trustworthiness of the results almost entirely depends on the ability of the model users and on their intuition. PT. IT. The main objective of the Action is to develop. IL. RO. are questionable: the same simulation study carried out by different people. EL. SE. CH. UK Non-COST participation: Joint Research Centre TU0904 . but lack in-depth awareness of recent advances in research. active/passive fire protection. Thus.cvut. However the fidelity of results and conclusions drawn from a simulation study. discussion with the research community. Frantisek WALD (CZ) . Practitioners. LV.Integrated Fire Engineering and Response (IFER) Chair: Prof. Practitioners. Moreover. Through encouraging integration of different aspects of fire engineering and response. capacity and environmental efficiency of the road system. and identify opportunities in involvement of early-stage researchers and application of the results in national standards. FR. Since the background sciences of these disciplines are different at present there is little interaction between researchers. UK Non-COST participation: HERA House (NZ) – 159 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) . requiring very specific calibration and validation methodologies. tend to consider fire safety as a whole. especially on the topics of model calibration and validation. so that they see their own research in context. even when using the same tool. implement and promote the use of methods and procedures for supporting the use of traffic simulation models.cz Fire engineering researchers are specialists working in specific areas. BE. structural fire engineering. EL. environmental protection and human response. PL. as well as their limitations.E: wald@fsv. ES. IE. such as fire dynamics. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. FI. PT. and the sharing of best practice and others’ experiences. DE. as well as current requirements for new research and for the development of European standards. is likely to give different results.extensively used in applications that have great potential impact on the safety. CH. IS. NL. CZ. IT. SK. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. including fire engineers and building/fire control authorities. DE. as well as the range of possible applications the tools can reliably be used for. On the other side their input will make researchers aware of real-world constraints. fire fighting authorities and building control authorities will benefit from exposure to advanced research findings.

HR. MK. Furthermore.E: rbillen@ulg.neugebauer@fh-joanneum. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. DK. More specifically. (2) use an ontology-based methodology that could be reused.Transport and Urban Development (TUD) TU0905 . DE. so that they become an effective matrix of urban knowledge in a perspective of sustainability. FI. IT. cities ought to be studied in a comprehensive manner taking into account many interrelations between various urban issues. RS. in the perspective of a sustainable development. Roland BILLEN (BE) . the research themes supported by this COST Action will directly lead to a reduction in embodied energy and will contribute to reducing energy demand in buildings. CZ. the Action is expected to result in substantial benefits with respect to economics. NL. PT. In doing so. This Action will directly contribute to safer products and risk analysis-based design methods. Models which represent in 3 dimensions the geometric elements of a city are called 3D city models. These models are increasingly used in different cities and countries for an intended wide range of applications beyond mere visualization. TR. well-being and the environment.Novel Design Methods and Next Generation Products (Structural Glass) Chair: Dr Jurgen NEUGEBAUER (AT) E: juergen. In addition.ac.at This Action will result in high impact scientific and engineering advances. EL. building façades and renewable energy applications by developing European design methods and novel high-performance products. FR. Using ontologies is a robust way to achieve the semantic enrichment of 3D city models as well as their interoperability with other urban models. CH. (3) assess the usability of the – 160 – . Such uses are made possible by adding semantics to the geometrical aspects. This can be achieved by identifying and extracting the knowledge underlying in related data and models. Finally. which generally constitute an unacceptably high proportion of casualties in extreme loading events.be Many urban or environmental models are defined with the objective of helping practitioners and stakeholders in their decision-making processes. MT. IL. leading to semantically enriched 3D city models. This Action will (1) create an integrative platform based on semantically enriched 3D city models. the Action will strengthen Europe’s leading position in the growing market of architectural glass manufacture.Semantic enrichment of 3D city models for sustainable urban development Chair: Prof. SI. ES. it will reduce glass-related injuries. LT. BE. UK TU0801 .

SK. development. UK TU0803 . FR. LT. SI. NL. HU.E: mccorms1@tcd. The main objective of the Action is to foster the interdisciplinary knowledge of regeneration strategies in shrinking cities across – 161 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) integrated platform for planning and decision-making. developing effective energy alternatives for buildings is imperative. LV. PL. IL. CY. DE. FR. IE.E: thorsten. RO. DE. This Action’s objective is to foster and accelerate long-term advancement of renewable energy systems and phase change materials research in Europe through design. PT.wiechmann@udo. ES. NO.Next generation cost effective phase change materials for increased energy efficiency in renewable energy systems in buildings. The difficulty with matching energy supply to energy demand can be overcome by incorporation of proper energy storage systems.End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT. Europe has many examples of the phenomenon of shrinking cities. . cooling and renewable energy applications. DK. economic and physical contraction processes. IT. PT. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BG.Cities Regrowing Smaller – Fostering Knowledge on Regeneration Strategies in Shrinking Cities across Europe Chair: Prof. Phase change materials (PCM) can absorb a large amount of latent energy at constant temperature during phase changes and can be used to control temperature in a range of applications. With buildings accounting for 40% of the total primary energy requirements in Europe. BE. HR. UK TU0802 . ES. SK. LV. One of the most challenging tasks for urban Europe in the near future is to deal with the results of demographic. FI. and to plan for the future of considerably smaller but nevertheless liveable cities. Thorsten WIECHMANN (DE) . characterisation and simulation of new generation modified hybrid phase change materials for use in energy storage for heating. MK. CH. IE. CZ. SE. RO. SI. SE. NeCoE-PCM Chair: Dr Sarah MCCORMACK (IE) . CY. DK. CH.edu At the beginning of the 21st century. EL. NL.ie The European Green Paper Towards a European Strategy for Security of Energy Supply sets to double renewables from 6% to 12% in 2010 with further targets in the Renewable Energy Framework Directive of 20% by 2020.

By promoting the exchange of scientific knowledge in Europe and stimulating new ideas in selected reference cities. The approach is based on a concept of Quality – 162 – . The main objective of the Action is to provide guidelines to harmonize European travel survey which will facilitate the assessment of policies at European level in terms of efficiency and equity while allowing each country maintaining comparability with its past surveys. PT. IE. which contributes to the social decay of suburbs. HU. PL. CH.Survey Harmonisation with New Technologies Improvement (SHANTI) Chair: Dr Jimmy ARMOOGUM (FR) . BG.increasing their value. BE. TR. IT.armoogum@inrets. CZ. Most of the buildings – generally multi-family housing blocks consisting of small apartments – were completed after 1950 using low-cost technologies and are often characterized by very poor quality. CH. PL. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. CZ. EE. DK. NL. The aim of the Action is to investigate. An essential prerequisite for sound decision making and policies are reliable and comparable data. . EL.E: dgr@unife. NO. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. IT. EL. DE. IL. procedures and technologies for: . FR.fr The issues of global warming and petrol scarcity have reminded us that a sustainable and efficient transport system is as crucial for our economy and standard of living as it will be for future generations. MK. FR. UK Non-COST participation: University of Sydney (AU) TU0701 .it The main objective of the Action is the development and dissemination of knowledge and tools to assess and promote the refurbishment of existing suburban building stocks. UK Transport and Urban Development (TUD) TU0804 . FI. compare. and .Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stocks Chair: Prof.Europe. SK.the renovation and revitalization of suburban housing settlements. LV. SI.E: jimmy. LU. NL. IE. ES. DK. DE. EE. RS. BE. the network will act as a catalyst for innovative solutions to deal with demographic change and urban decline. define and disseminate common knowledge concerning methods. Suburban building estates make up more than 50% of all European Urban Heritage.improving safety and the quality of life of inhabitants. ES. Roberto DI GIULIO (IT) . FI.

estimation and control that will improve the safety of traffic networks. FI. HR. new specific social. promote and implement strategies and tools to mitigate those impacts. TR. owners and designers. NL. SI. Surveillance and Control of Road Networks under Adverse Weather Conditions Chair: Dr Nour-Eddin EL FAOUZI (FR) . reliable and quick exchange of information and data over sensor networks for vehicular traffic. technical and procedural models must be developed to facilitate the decisions of local authorities. The advanced technologies for collecting and archiving weather data can assist the development of intelligent weather-based traffic management strategies. The main goal is to mitigate the negative impacts of adverse weather conditions to traffic flows and to predict the traffic flows under adverse weather conditions.End of Action: 2012 Parties: BE. Next. DE. RO.E: elfaouzi@inrets.fr The main objective of the Action is to understand better the impacts of weather on freeways/motorways as well as on urban networks highway operations and to develop. as well as the new European regulations concerning sustainability and energy savings. This project will bring together researchers actively working on road networks related issues. This project will address also many issues related to efficient. Adverse weather conditions can have a significant impact on traffic operations and quality of traffic flow. PL. CH. this project will focus on the development of strategies and techniques aimed at improving the road traffic management and safety. traffic flow prediction by reliable algorithms will be addressed in tight connection with the traffic sensor network. Additionally. NO. LV. EL. accessibility. UK TU0702 . A relevant number of representative case studies from the countries involved in the Action will be analyzed to test and validate the results achieved. IT. MK. In order to achieve these objectives. The term of ‘adverse weather conditions’ refers to the meteorological conditions that decrease the visibility and worsen the pavement conditions. PT. LT. It will concentrate on mutually complementary methodologies for modelling. DK. Traffic flows are highly dependent on weather conditions and researches on this issue are very limited in the literature. housing corporations. On the other hand. quality standards must be improved in order to satisfy user needs as regards comfort.Real-time Monitoring. sustainability and multi-functionality of buildings. there are missing data – 163 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) which incorporates a multitude of factors including energy efficiency. safety and accessibility. In view of the paramount importance of weatherresponsive tools for real-time traffic surveillance. SE. The data are received only at boundaries between some segments and averaged within possibly irregular time intervals. financial. monitoring and control systems. . RS.

mortgage system. PT. planning culture. PL. European cities largely differ from each other in their land ownership situation. End of Action: 2012 Parties: AT.baug. TR. and management tools.ethz. TR. DK. HR. UK TU0602 . and recent terrorist attacks have resulted in renewed international resources being devoted to the topic. CIB. a new risk-based approach for assessing robustness will be developed and a model code will be produced to guide improvements in future Eurocode revisions. IS.unibs. IL. RO. FI. NL. The COST Action aims to develop a foundation for treatment of structural robustness in future structural design codes. ES. building industry and real estate configurations. IE.and sensor failures that need to be taken into account.Robustness of Structures Chair: Dr Michael FABER (CH) . the engineering profession has yet to reach consensus on quantification of robustness for use in design codes and construction projects. This will greatly improve the efficiency of structural design.E: faber@ibk. SE. DE. Maurizio TIRA (IT) . protect societal functionality and economical assets and is expected to increase the international competitiveness of the European building and construction sectors. IT. CZ. NL. CY. NO. BE. ECCS. Rilem. DK. the actual impacts of – 164 – . However.it Previous studies in urban development show the decisive importance of the public actor’s ability to mobilize the required land resources for the success of urban projects. safeguard the qualities of the environment. CH. ensure the rational treatment of structural safety. Despite its importance. fib. advanced control strategies will be developed dealing with appropriate fusion of the multiple sensor data. Further.ch Robustness of structures first received significant attention 40 years ago following the partial collapse of Ronan Point. ES. PL. Building on the expertise and experience of European experts and close coordination with the European and international engineering associations such as IABSE. ISO and the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS). UK Non-COST participation: Monash University Melbourne (AU). PT. SI. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE.E: tira@ing.Land Management for Urban Dynamics Chair: Prof. CH. CZ. The University of Tokyo (JP) Transport and Urban Development (TUD) TU0601 . FI. with the developed models and estimators. HU. EL. policies. DE. FR. EL.

IT. the different conceptual approaches . the trunk network in Stockholm). IT. experiences from several French authorities.End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. NL. UK – 165 – Transport and Urban Development (TUD) those differences on the success of urban development are poorly known. new information and communication technologies…). EL. RO. . FR. and (3) the overall assessment of the performance of those regimes. taking into account the “Bus Rapid Transit” concept developed in the USA. End of Action: 2011 Parties: BE. NL. Throughout Europe. SI. such as in Sweden (e.gouv.Buses with a high level of service Chair: Mr Francois RAMBAUD (FR) E: Francois. (2) land management tools for large urban development projects. FI.fr In order to improve sustainable mobility in urban areas. and tools. the practitioners. SK. FR. RO. COST offers an accurate framework to lead an Europe-wide comparative study that focuses on (1) land management regimes and land policies for urban development and regeneration.Rambaud@developpement-durable. some cities experiment also with “High capacity bus systems”. as well as. TR. Bus manufacturers have continuously innovated technological fields (motorization. LT. CZ. which among many other criteria takes into account the infrastructure that acts as its backbone. CH. PT. such as Île de France. as well ass for the EU bus research.to identify and to understand best practises . PT. in England and in Ireland under the name of “Fastway bus” or “Quality Bus Corridor”. and to promote a useful way to enhance public transport networks and the bus image. but these developments will not have a significant impact unless a comprehensive approach is applied to the whole bus system. CH.to capitalise the state of the art. DE. policies. DK. we observe similar strategies. ES. as well as. in spite of their utmost importance for European long term economic growth. ES. In Germany (metrobus concept) and in The Netherlands (HOV – “Hoogwaardig Openbaar Vervoer”). CZ. especially for new Eastern EU members.g. DE. IE. UK TU0603 . PL. NO. This action will benefit the scientific community as well as the political and administrative bodies. and the main stakeholders. France launched recently its own concept “Buses with a high level of service“ (BHLS). In order to boost these trends with efficiency.to carry out recommendations for decision-making at all levels. Rouen and Nantes. SE. CY. LV. this Action will have the following main targets: .

PT. SE.Analysis and Design of Innovative Systems for Low-EXergy in the Built Environment (COSTeXergy) Chair: Prof. ES.Transport and Urban Development (TUD) C24 .E: koroneos@aix. IT. EL. BE. Christopher KORONEOS (EL) . SI. PL.meng. FI. DK.gr The main objective of the Action is to develop and define practical design support instruments in order to demonstrate the practical applicability of the exergy concept to the built environment.auth. NL. End of Action: 2011 Parties: AT. DE. UK Non-COST participation: Musashi Institute of Technology (JP) – 166 – . HU. NO.

data. transdisciplinary research can lead to the evolution of disciplines and have outcomes that are greater than the sum of the parts. Examples include synthetic biology. to share their knowledge in sensor development and system design.cost. concepts and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline area or area of research practice’. The involved Domains are listed after the Action name (the host Domain is marked in bold) TD1001 . cognitive sciences. nanorobotics. Transdisciplinary research can be considered as an extension of interdisciplinary research. economic development.e. food security.E: sinead. tools. systems biology. Inter-disciplinarity is ‘a mode of research that integrates information. By supporting collaboration of experts from multidisciplinary fields. these problems can be addressed and so new generation optical fibre sensor systems can be realised awarding fundamentally stable and – 167 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) .Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) www. it is a transcend process of knowledge production.Novel and Reliable Optical Fibre Sensor Systems for Future Security and Safety Applications (OFSeSa) Domains: ICT. perspectives. radiopharmaceuticals.ie Optical Fibre Sensors offer a definitive solution to monitoring extreme parameters associated with security and safety applications. While the advantages of such sensors are well known. MPNS Chair: Dr Sinead O'KEEFFE (IE) . there are a number of identified technical problems yet to be resolved. global environmental change. techniques.okeeffe@ul. energy. i. together with developing characterisation and validation procedures.eu/tdp Trans-Domain Proposals give researchers the possibility to create interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research networks that do not lie only within one Domain of COST. sustainability.

Life science scientists depend on collaboration with experts in physical sciences to utilize the power of AFM instrumentation. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IE. BE. IL. IT. DE. This COST Action aims at bundling the expertise of the most active European AFM laboratories with the biomedical scientific environment into a network to foster further enhancement of AFM instrumental development. HR. EL.E: jp. PL. New materials have emerged from life systems. DK. CY. and drug delivery. The result of this COST Action would be to shorten the transition period. ES.reliable sensors for enhancing public security and safety. EL.fr Over the last decades.fr Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) has become an enabling platform in nanotechnology. CH. which physicists and chemists have then promptly – 168 – . MPNS Chair: Dr Jean-Pierre AIME (FR) . DK. NanoMedicine is an emerging area.E: parot@cea. which has evolved to enabling Magnetic Resonance Imaging and its widely use in clinical diagnosis. AFM holds the promise to perform the same transition. due to the swift development of AFM. MPNS Chair: Prof. NL. NL. ES. FR. LU. HU. PT. PL. Although significant efforts have been devoted to enhancing the performance of AFM. RS. It has provided a great impact in Life Sciences and is becoming indispensable also in NanoMedicine.European network on applications of Atomic Force Microscopy to NanoMedicine and Life Sciences (AFM4NanoMed&Bio) Domains: BMBS. full exploitation of its capabilities has been hampered by the uncoordinated relationship between researchers active in fundamental sciences. FI. FI. and users in the biomedical field. and explore and support its extensive applications in Life Sciences and Nanomedicine. UK Non-COST participation: Tsinghua University (CN) Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) TD1002 .u-bordeaux1. Pierre PAROT (FR) . CH. pathological tissue analysis. UK TD1003 . BE.Bio-inspired nanotechnologies: from concepts to applications Domains: CMST. CMST. FR. RO. DE. Similar to the evolution of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technique. In addition. PT. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. IE.aime@cpmoh. SK. CZ. which focuses in imaging. SI. early diagnosis. IT. BMBS. biology has made significant advances in providing a rational understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing life’s processes.

CZ.fabricated. and sheds light on a new generation of robust tools. Properly designed agents will allow the in vivo quantitative assessment of the amount of drug reaching a pathological region and the visualisation of molecular changes due to the therapeutic effects of the delivered drug. A central challenge in technology is constructing multi-scale structures used to organize nanodevices and functional materials. in particular regarding the efficiency of drug targeting and release and the relationship with the therapeutic effect. FI. BMBS Chair: to be confirmed The main objective of the Action is to exploit nanotechnology advances in pharmaceutical and biomedical imaging fields to develop innovative image-guided therapies for the cure of highly social impact diseases. The implementation of therapies and surgical interventions with imaging technologies will – 169 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) . Researchers will join efforts to develop novel therapeutic treatments based on the visualisation of drug delivery/release processes and the monitoring of associated therapeutic effects. IE.Theranostics Imaging and Therapy: An Action To Develop Novel Nanosized Systems For ImagingGuided Drug Delivery) Domains: CMST. NL. UK TD1004 . to electronically address and integrate them into a functional device. SK. EL. The Action goals will be reached thanks to a strong interdisciplinary coordination work mostly focused to get a better understanding of crucial aspects of the whole drug delivery process in vivo. Future successes in this cross-disciplinary research field call for consortia that largely exceed the level of national programs. ES. The main objective of the Action is to demonstrate the potential of image-guided therapies in the treatment of diseases with high social impact. During this same period. Its current challenge though. IT. The emblematic example is DNA technology. DK. PT. is to develop lithographic technology for feature sizes below 20 nm and explore new classes of electronic devices based on carbon nanotubes and nanowires. The Action brings together the major European research groups working on the development of novel combined diagnostic/ therapeutic agents (theranostic agents). European consortia are necessary to rapidly reach new achievements. The marriage of the top-down and bottom-up fabrication methods paves the way to arrange complex molecular nano units. DE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. manipulated and addressed at the molecular scale. the semiconductor industry’s development has lead to impressive performance in miniaturisation. which affords the elaboration of programmable chemical synthesis routes to build complex architectures and functions with molecular precision. TR. RO. CH. FR. IL.

including pain diagnostics. ES. Since age is the main risk factor for dementia and pain. FI. PT. They can extend substantially the capacities of therapists who work with patients suffering from – 170 – . will apply for the COST Action. PL. The major aim is the development of a comprehensive and internationally agreed-on assessment toolkit for older adults targeting the various subtypes of dementia and various aspects of pain. FR. which will bring together leading researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines. UK (in progress) Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) TD1005 . BMBS Chair: to be confirmed The number of older adults will increase considerably in the next decades. Validation of this toolkit requires joint action of both basic and clinical sciences. optimal pain treatment and care. a new research initiative. End of Action: 2015 Parties: (in progress) TD1006 . End of Action: 2015 Parties: CH. especially Dementia Domains: ISCH. the number of patients with both dementia and pain will also grow.provide physicians with an extraordinary tool for accelerating the desirable translation towards molecular and personalized medicine.Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition. When dementia and pain concur. Robots for neurorehabilitation offer a significant advantage in addressing this need. It seems already now evident that pain is grossly undertreated in dementia. their impact on the European society multiplies and asks for transnational solutions. Other unanswered questions regard the underlying brain pathology. IT. NO. ICT Chair: to be confirmed The aging of the European population will inevitably accelerate the demand for effective rehabilitative therapies to ameliorate the motor deficits caused by major age-associated neurological syndromes such as stroke. A few centres in Europe have started relevant research but these are not yet linked in a systematic fashion. DE. The lack of validated pain assessment tools has yet prevented major progress. thus considerably extending the armoury of solutions for successfully combating the diseases. cognitive examination and guidelines for proper assessment. Members of PAIC. etc.European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation Domains: BMBS. Only hereby. the urgently needed improvement of pain management in dementia can start.

evaluated and optimised. and can objectively assess movement capabilities. can assist and guide the execution of motor actions. preclinical and clinical challenges. The rapid growth in genetics and molecular biology combined with the development of techniques for transgenic small animals has lead to an increased interest in in vivo preclinical molecular imaging. including soft tissue contrast and low radiation. aiming to – 171 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) . Molecular imaging with PET-MRI is an interdisciplinary topic. image processing and reconstruction algorithms need to be developed. including nanoparticles are promising candidates for a number of preclinical and clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. so they can increase the availability of effective. UK (in progress) TD1007 .Bimodal PET-MRI molecular imaging technologies and applications for in vivo monitoring of disease and biological processes Domains: MPNS. enhancing interaction with end users is still critical. The Action will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team of leading researchers from robot engineering. bimodal contrast agents. NL. The Action fulfils the need for European coordinated research in the development and application of peak technologies. Understanding the emerging biological needs. new instrumentation. efficient and patient-tailored robot-assisted therapies by coordinating basic and applied research perspectives. the Action will provide a clear structured overview about existing and emerging robot-assisted therapies to clinicians and therapists. clinical motor neurorehabilitation. Secondly. four prototypes of integrated hybrid PET/MRI scanners were installed at two PET centres in Europe (Germany) and the United States. The main objectives of this Action are firstly to develop new. will provide the directions for the design of efficient bimodal probes and optimized imaging equipment. BMBS. FI. Recently. The growing variety of robotic devices used in primary research and clinical practice offers a rich framework for expanding their use in an expanding number of different patient groups. CMST Chair: to be confirmed The main objective of this Action is to create a framework in which researchers involved in the development of PET/MRI equipment. computational neuroscience and motor neuroimaging. Typical robotic devices can convey instructions to patients on how to perform specific movements.motor impairments. PET-MRI has gained attention over the past five years due to the complementary advantages of those technologies. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE. ES. bimodal probes and related applications can share and increase knowledge and information. standardised clinical practice across Europe. In addition. data acquisition strategies. Although a number of prototype hybrid systems are being developed. IL.

E: gb502@york. EL. IT. ESSEM Chair: Prof.uk The main objective of the Action is to promote research on the archaeology. DE.ac. DK. TR. This drowned landscape preserves valuable sedimentary archives of long-term – 172 – . NL. pharmacology and translational medicine. LT. UK (in progress) Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) TD0901 . following the last Ice Age. The main objective of the Action is to promote basic research on hypoxia signalling pathways.bridge the gap between basic biological research and preclinical application with significant social impact. created during periods of lower sea level. CH. HR.000 and 6000 years. University of Cape Town (ZA) TD0902 . with the ultimate goal to exploit hypoxia signalling pathways for clinical application. anemia. inflammation. ES.ch Insufficient tissue oxygenation (hypoxia) occurs in a wide range of physiological and pathological conditions. ES. signalling and adaptation Domains: BMBS. Between 16. Geoffrey BAILEY (UK) .uzh. CZ.E: roland. signaling and adaptation is important to exploit this signaling pathway for therapeutic applications. sea levels have persisted at levels lower than present by as much as 130m. PL.Hypoxia sensing. End of Action: 2015 Parties: DE.Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf Domains: ISCH. EL. IL. which form a major part of the European cultural heritage. IT. SK. FR.wenger@access. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. FI. For most of human history on the European continent over the past one million years. A detailed understanding of the mechanisms of hypoxia sensing. including high altitude. transforming the geographical and environmental context of human development with consequences that persisted into the modern era. creating extensive coastal and lowland landscapes attractive to human settlement. RO. most of this territory was drowned by rapid sea level rise from -130m. and ischemic diseases such as infarction and stroke. IE. Roland WENGER (CH) . CMST Chair: Prof. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (UA). LV. climate and environment of the drowned landscapes of the continental shelf. wound healing. UK Non-COST participation: University of Adelaide (AU). cancer. RS. embryonic development. accelerating scientific progress on the levels of basic science. technology.

documenting human response and adaptation to this rapidly changing environment.E: medakovic@cim. government agencies. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BE. PL. DK. DK. PT. commercial organisations. SE. the quantity of evidence is increasing rapidly. provide guidance for archaeologists. MPNS Chair: Dr Davorin MEDAKOVIC (HR) . geological and palaeoenvironmental evidence of prehistoric human activity. Mechnikov University (UA) TD0903 . NL. ESSEM. HR. IL. This Action will improve knowledge on the location. preservation conditions. With intensification of commercial activity on the seabed and improved research technology. UK – 173 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) . End of Action: 2013 Parties: BA. IT. land and subterranean molluscs and to use these organisms in the biomonitoring of riverine and marine environments. In vivo manipulation of organisms at the biological level to create new inorganic materials will be carried out with the parallel development of strategies for new biomimetic routes to novel materials. IE. scientists.irb. DE. interpretation and management of underwater archaeological. investigation methods.hr The main objective of the Action is to promote research on the biomineralisation processes of selected land. DE. UK Non-COST participation: Odessa National I.environmental and climatic changes. and an increasing number of archaeological remains have been found. LV. on biochemical and crystallographic control mechanisms of the mineralization pathways in the embryonal and adult organisms. ES. FR. FR. HR. LT. freshwater. EL. IT. characterisation of specialised metabolic pathways in marine. policy makers and a wider public. MT. the creation of tailored nano-scale architectures and environmental monitoring Domains: CMST. NO.I. create a structure for the development of new interdisciplinary and international research collaboration. freshwater and marine species for both environmental biomonitoring and as a source of new biomimetic strategies and materials. PT. RO. The work will focus on monitoring the embryonic development of selected marine organisms. So too are the threats of destruction of this cultural heritage. SI. IE. IL. EE. ES. heritage professionals.towards new biomimetic strategies.Understanding and manipulating enzymatic and proteomic processes in biomineralization . RO.

This Action will develop a scientific network that will establish the first European community on TP and advance our understanding of TP by coordinating efforts on: a) developing a common-code of communication. IL.). bioimaging and clinical perspectives (TIMELY) Domains: ISCH. BMBS Chair: Dr A. University of California (US) TD0905 .EPIGENETICS: Bench to Bedside Domains: CMST. EL. d) studying developmental aspects of TP. duration.ac. Uncovering the processes underlying TP will specify its interactions with action. behavioral. and provide leads for novel therapeutic agents against diverse human diseases. and language and will make crucial contributions to our understanding of longstanding questions on various aspects of time (synchrony. d) creating new research materials. Epigenetic changes are orchestrated by enzymes that modulate chromatin structure by covalently altering DNA or histone proteins. b) advancing the understanding and treatment/neurorehabilitation of time distortions in neurological and mental disorders or other impairments. CH. EE. These post-translational modifications are dynamic. c) developing new behavioral/imaging paradigms. GANESAN (HR) . IT.E: argiro. ES. Progress in understanding these global processes of gene regulation will greatly improve our understanding of developmental and cellular biology. FI. FR. DK.E: A. SE. To investigate TP one has to move away from the single-discipline perspective and profit from the synergy of theoretical and methodological inputs from different disciplines.com Time perception (TP) represents a fundamental issue in cognitive science and neurosciences.Ganesan@soton. However. DE. The Action – 174 – . PL. PT.uk Epigenetics is the science relating to changes in biological phenotype without an underlying change in the organism’s genome. diagnostic and molecular probes but current efforts are uncoordinated and led by individual investigators. and regulate the pattern of gene expression and repression. NL.vatakis@gmail. attention. The Action will unite synthetic chemists and chemical biologists working in epigenetics.Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) TD0904 . UK Non-COST participation: Universidad Nacional Autonoma (MX). etc. End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. the cognitive mechanisms and brain areas involved are still underspecified. IE.Time In MEntaL activitY: theoretical. BMBS Chair: Dr Argiro VATAKIS (EL) . and attract new researchers to the area. Chemistry has a major role to play in epigenetics by providing analytical techniques. memory.

CH.nl New sequencing technologies either currently available or under development will eventually enable eukaryotic genomes to be sequenced for less than 1000 euros. LV. This COST Action will unite widespread European expertise and activities in the fields of biological and technological adhesives (biology. FR. superior industrial adhesives for an increasing variety of high-tech applications. PT. multinational pharmaceutical companies and small to medium enterprises. BMBS. IE. physics.ac. SK. BE.Flammang@umons.Biological Adhesives: From Biology to Biomimetics Domains: MPNS. biologists. avoiding duplication of effort. LT. ICT Chair: Dr Marco BINK (NL) . DE. and accelerating scientific and technological progress in Europe. RS. methods and techniques. HR. DE. End of Action: 2014 Parties: AT. pharmacologists and clinicians. multidisciplinary biomimetic approach. UK TD0801 . HU. FI. the potential to inspire novel. This will enable a focus on both innovative and translational science that targets grand challenges within this area. PT. The Action will feature participation from academia. IE.E: marco. decreasing costs. therewith. theoretically analyzed. UK TD0906 . Using an iterative. FR. functions and principles of natural models can be experimentally studied. . PL. IT. New innovative techniques are required to unlock the information contained in the sequence data and to apply the acquired knowledge for plant science and crop improvement. CZ. and engineering). IT. TR.bink@wur. IL. chemistry.End of Action: 2014 Parties: BE. CMST Chair: Dr Patrick FLAMMANG (BE) . ES. NL. IS. and prototyped in order to bring innovative bio-inspired adhesives to the market. The wide variety and often unique characteristics of plant genomes pose additional challenges and opportunities. streamlining and pooling knowledge.Statistical challenges on the 1000€ genome sequences in plants Domain: FA. CH. DK. structures. RO.E: Patrick. This technology-push will have a major impact on plant genomics and biological research and lead to a dramatic expansion in both the availability of sequence data and the range of sequence based applications.be Biological adhesives often offer impressive performances and. The need for and the dissemination of efficient strategies for handling – 175 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) will feature a unique cross-disciplinary approach that brings together chemists. EL. SI. FI.

FR. FR. End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT.lodz. aiming at a better understanding of biological systems in plants. FA Chair: Prof. DK. IE. SE. FI. efficient statistical and bioinformatics tools and strategies in order to produce. UK Non-COST participation: University of Queensland (AU) Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) TD0802 .Dendrimers in Biomedical Applications Domain: CMST. MPNS Chair: Dr Barbara KLAJNERT (PL) . IL. especially in hospitals. assemble. DE. RO. Currently. EL. NL. PT. Thomas BERENDONK (DE) E: thomas. NO. DE. CZ. The main objective of the Action is to improve existing therapies and find new drugs based on dendrimers by creating a multidisciplinary European Research Network that will share expertise and experience in the biomedical applications of dendrimers. within Europe. CH. IL. New medical applications of these nanostructures have appeared. The main objective of the Action is to use and/or develop. the pace of translating research from bench to bedside is not satisfactory.uni. BMBS. NO. BMBS. PL. BG. analyze.de It is well known that bacterial resistances to antibiotics are increasing and pose a serious threat to the public health. NL. it is largely unknown to what extent the environment serves as a reservoir for the evolution of new antibiotic resistances. through coordinated international efforts. IE.and analyzing high throughput sequence data in plants requires cooperation at the international level to develop new approaches & analytical tools and share best practice. TR. However.pl Dendrimers are a relatively new group of polymers of considerable interest to biomedical researchers because they may be manipulated during synthesis to introduce desired properties.Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe (DARE) Domain: ESSEM. IT. BE. PL. UK TD0803 . LV. and integrate high-throughput genomic sequence data. End of Action: 2013 Parties: BG. PT. leading to more rapid development of novel therapeutics and improving European competitiveness in this emerging field. DK. CMST. CZ. ES. CH. EL. IT. there is still a substantial gap in understanding how dendrimers act and.berendonk@tu-dresden. LT. The main objective of this Action is to identify and characterize – 176 – . ES.E: aklajn@biol. FI.

CH.uk The main aim of the Action is to provide the underpinning science for soundscape research and make the field go significantly beyond the current state-of-the-art. policies and practice. SE. ES.End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. aiming at the development of measures to control antibiotic resistance evolution. PT. aiming at improving/ preserving our sonic environment.kang@sheffield. TR. DE. PL. DK. NO. SI. FI.E: j. EL. IT. HR. IT. UK Non-COST participation: Griffith University (AU). DK. CH. Jian KANG (UK) . ISCH Chair: Prof. FR. LT. NO. SK. PT.ac. IL. FR. UK TD0804 . End of Action: 2013 Parties: AT. BE. NL.Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes Domain: TUD. The Action will promote soundscape into current legislations. MK. through coordinated international and interdisciplinary efforts. . EE. BE. PL. DE. University of Sydney (AU) – 177 – Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistance emergence and spreading of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance patterns. ES. CY. FI.

vandaele@belspo. Innovation and Technology Dept.COST National Coordinators President Dr Ángeles RODRÍGUEZ PEÑA (Spain) COST Office Avenue Louise 149/12 1050 Brussels (Belgium) T: +32 2 533 3821 E: president@cost. K3 .mieling@bmvit.Department for International Cooperation Tivolska cesta 30 SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia) T: +386 1 4005 971 E: primoz.Committee of Senior Officials Committee of Senior Officials .EU and International Affairs of Innovation Radetzkystraße 2 1030 Wien (Austria) T: +43 1 7116265 1300 E: helga.eu Vice President Dr Primož PRISTOVŠEK (Slovenia) Slovenian Research Agency .pristovsek@arrs.at Belgium Ms Lieve VAN DAELE Belgian Science Policy Office Louizalaan 231 Avenue Louise 1050 Brussels (Belgium) T: +32 2 2383487 E: lieve.si COST National Coordinators (National contact points) Austria Dr Helga MIELING Federal Ministry of Transport.gv.be – 178 – .

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