At the invitation of the French Authorities, the Committee of Senior Official for Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) held its 119th meeting in Grasse, France, on 15-16 June 1995. COST is currently coordinating part of the national research of 25 Member States (the 15 Member States of the European Union, Croatia, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Turkey). This research is primarily oriented towards applications. A total of 119 projects are currently in progress. In the context of COST decisions to authorize R&D institutes in non-COST countries to participate in individual actions, the Committee approved projects in Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Estonia. With regard to projects already underway, the Committee agreed to the following extensions: - Evaluation of action against drug abuse in Europe (extended for a period of two years); - Evaluation of rules for a single European market (extension for two years); - Harmonization in the preprocessing of meteorological data for atmospheric dispersion models (extension for one year); - Complex three-dimensional viscous flows: prediction, modelling, manipulation and control (extension for four years); - Continuous heat treatment of food (extension for four years); - Advanced materials for power engineering components, high efficiency, low emission system (extension for two years). In addition, the following new draft actions were agreed to in principle: - Forest reserves research network; - Timber frame building systems; - Eurosilva: Forest tree physiology research; - Application for microwave radiometry to atmospheric research and monitoring; - UV-B forecasting; - Odontogenesis; - Regulation of voluntary feed intake in fish. The Committee agreed to the organization of a multidisciplinary workshop on nanosciences, to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, on 2 October 1995. Nanosciences have developed in the fields of physics, biology, telecommunications and medicine. The workshop will examine which research actions could be developed under COST. The European Commission presented the Committee with an update on preparations for the forthcoming COST Interaction Conference which will be held in Basel, Switzerland, on 9-11 October 1995. The three main topics to be discussed at this conference will be: - The reasonable exploitation of the Earth's resources; - The development of new processes, products and services; - The human and social relationship with science and technology. The COST Committee will next meet in Basel, within the framework of the Interaction Conference, and in Brussels on 9-10 November 1995.
Bulgaria, Switzerland, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey