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New members bring COST up to 32 countries

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, and Lithuania now have full membership of the Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research (COST) initiative, following a recent meeting of the COST Senior Officials Committee in Warsaw. The new members, who have recently been participating in mee...
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, and Lithuania now have full membership of the Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research (COST) initiative, following a recent meeting of the COST Senior Officials Committee in Warsaw. The new members, who have recently been participating in meetings as observers, bring the total number of countries participating in COST to 32.

At the same meeting, the Committee also endorsed the recommendations of an ad hoc group for nanosciences and nanotechnologies to establish the 'Nano group'. This will be a permanent nanoscience coordination and advisory group with particularly responsibility for coordinating the interdisciplinary aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

The Committee also approved a number of research and development institutes from non-COST countries, including Ukraine, Israel and Russia, to participate in specific Actions, and discussed the possibilities for improved cooperation in COST environmental research. Furthermore, it agreed, in principle, to launch a number of new Actions, before the New Year, in the fields of transport, meteorology, agriculture, food science and biotechnology, medicine and health, chemistry, forestry and physics.

The COST members include, the 15 Member States of the European Union, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.

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