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1 COST Presentation COST Office Brussels, 2013 COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through a European Commission contract

2 What is COST? COST is the oldest and widest European intergovernmental framework for transnational Cooperation in Science and Technology. For 40 years COST has supported networking of research activities across all its Member countries (36 today) and beyond. COST is open to all disciplines, to all novel and ground-breaking S&T ideas, to all categories of partners, to the world where mutual benefit is real. 2

3 What is COST Mission? COST enables breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. It thereby contributes to strengthen Europe s research and innovation capacities. 3

4 What are COST Principles? Highest S&T Quality S&T-driven (bottom-up) Transdisciplinarity Young researchers Sharing knowledge Inclusive Leverage 4

5 What are COST features? Intergovernmental Pan-European Open to global cooperation on the base of mutual interest Light-weight administration Easy implementation 5

6 COST Strengths networking of researchers (its Actions), which are open to: all fields of S&T (including interdisciplinary, new and emergent fields) any novel and original idea (innovative) all partners (public and private, big and small) all career stages (young and senior investigators) all countries (small and big, leader and follower countries), and to non-cost countries (fostering international cooperation) 6

7 COST in Figures Established in founding COST countries now Cooperating State 4 reciprocal agreements with Non- COST countries 250 MEUR of FP7 7

8 COST Organisation Governance Operations EC Grant Agreement FP7 8

9 COST Countries The 28 EU Member States EU Acceding & Candidate Countries former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Iceland Republic of Serbia Turkey Other Countries Bosnia and Herzegovina Norway Switzerland COST Cooperating States Israel 9

10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Luxembourg Malta Iceland Latvia Cyprus Estonia The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Lithuania Slovakia Croatia Bulgaria Turkey Serbia Slovenia Romania Hungary Czech Republic Israel Austria Norway Ireland Sweden Finland Portugal Poland Netherlands Denmark Switzerland Greece Belgium France Italy Spain Germany United Kingdom Country participation in COST Actions Total running Actions 2012:

11 Near Neighbour countries participation 165 Participations in running COST Actions (16 countries) May 2013 Belarus (5) Russia (47) Moldova (2) Montenegro (7) Ukraine (31) Georgia (6) Albania (13) Azerbaijan (4) COST Countries NN countries Morocco (12) Tunisia (10) Armenia (4) Syria (1) Lebanon (7) Algeria (7) Jordan (1) Egypt (8) 11

12 International Partner Countries Participation in COST Actions excluding Near Neighbour Countries Canada (39) Mexico (9) USA (109) Costa Rica (1) Iraq (1) Saudi Arabia (1) UAE (1) Sudan (1) China (27) Japan (12) Rep of Korea (3) Pakistan (3) Taiwan (1) India (07) Hong Kong (2) only one Action COST Countries RA Countries Colombia (2) Bangladesh (1) Thailand (1) Singapore (3) Peru (1) Indonesia (1) Brazil (11) Mauritius (1) Namibia (1) Chile (3) Uruguay (1) South Africa (36) Argentina (29) 482 Participations in running Actions (31 countries) May 2013 Australia (112) New Zealand (62) 12

13 COST Action At least 5 countries Expanding networks Average 20 countries Across 9 Domains or interdisciplinary Obtains funds for networking research activities 13

14 COST Action networking tools Science management meetings Working Group meetings Scientific workshops & seminars Training schools Scientific Exchange Visits (STSMs) Dissemination + publications 14

15 COST Action - Statistics Actions (943 since 1971) > 1000 scientific workshops and meetings > participants 1250 STSMs ~ 3 weeks > 90 Training Schools > 1200 participants COST cited in around 1400 peer review publications (2010) 15

16 COST Office Scientific and technical implementation of COST activities Science operations: Domain Committees COST Actions Strategic activities: S&T-driven Policy-driven Communication policy 16

17 Developing space weather products and services in Europe COST Action ES0803 Develop reliable European Space Weather forecasts Near real time space weather information 17

18 European procedures for flood frequency estimation (FloodFreq) COST Action ES0901 Compile dataset and inventories of existing data and methods Use of statistical methods for flood frequency estimation Flood frequency analysis using rainfallrunoff methods Flood frequency estimation methods and environmental change 18

19 Euroberry Research: from Genomics to Sustainable Production, Quality & Health COST Action 863 Berry production is economically significant COST helped berry growers to grow Specific thematic area has been included in FP7 19

20 How new telecommunications can benefit people with disabilities COST Action 219 ter Accessible communication infrastructure Smart houses Equipment design 20

21 Sunshine makes water safer to drink COST Action P9 Radiation Damage in Biomolecular Systems Solar Disinfection (SODIS) 1 Mio Bacteria to 0 EU Millennium Development Goals EU Water Initiative (EUWI) World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Implementation Plan 21

22 Domain pages: e.g. Open Call: Guidelines: FAQ: Reciprocal Agreements: procal_agreements Library: Events: 22

23 COST News by ? Sign up at COST.Programme groupregistration?gid= COST Office Avenue Louise Brussels, Belgium T: +32 (0) F: +32 (0)

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