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COST showcase of European Research success

On 30 November, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) will present past and current achievements in a wide variety of research activities.

30 November 2004 - 30 November 2004
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Eminent speakers from across Europe who have been involved in COST research networks will present these achievements as follows:
-COST Advances Science illustrating work on brain repair and on new molecules for green chemistry;, ,-COST Working for Society including work on policy for disabled access to transport and the use of new, advanced techniques in analysis of art works and museum objects;
-COST supporting industry in setting standards for the GSM system a European industrial success- and in new bio-control methods in agriculture;
-COST helping the environment demonstrating previous work which led to the establishment of the European Centre for Medium-range weather forecasting and in the life cycle analysis for forestry.
As can be seen from the attached programme, the high level speakers come from across Europe. Professor Francesco Fedi, President of the main governing body of COST, the Committee of Senior Officials, said COST is one of the cornerstones of the European Research Area. Its extensive researcher-driven networks have had an enviable record of success for more than 30 years. It leverages huge research investment in Europe and brings together several tens of thousands of researchers. COST will demonstrate its success on the COST Day. I believe strongly that COST has to continue and that it must receive strengthened financial support from the EU Framework Programme in the future in order to fulfil its role in the ERA, as recognised recently by the Competitiveness Council of Ministers of the EU.
In addition to scientific presentations, the meeting also involves Members of the European Parliaments Committee on Industry, Research and Energy including its Vice-Chair, Mr Miloslav Ransdorf and its rapporteur, Signora Pia Elda Locatelli, who is representing the Committee Chair, Mr. Giles Chichester. Mr Philippe Busquin, former European Commissioner for Research and now a Member of the European Parliament will also address the meeting in the introductory session as will the Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, Professor Bertil Andersson. The COST Day will be introduced by Professor Francesco Fedi, who will deliver the opening keynote talk on 30 years of European success in Science and technology.
Journalists wishing to attend the COST Day, who have not yet received an invitation, should contact Ms. Gaby Egartner for programme and details (tel : +32 (0)2 533 38 03, e-mail: gegartner@cost.esf.org). The meeting will be followed at 17.45 by a short Press Conference and then by a Reception.