Before COST FP1303
In recent years, there has been a considerable drive towards the use of bio-based building materials. In 2011, discussions were held over the need for a new COST Action addressing performance issues, drawing on some of the knowledge and expertise developed across several previous Actions, including:
Outcomes of COST FP1303
Since the start of the Action in 2013, the Action has attracted a lot of attention all over Europe, as shown by the initial 19 countries at the start of the Action increasing to 29 by the time of its end. This interest is also clear from the more than 260 participants in activities, either as presenters, trainers and trainees, students or attendees of events. Over the 4 years of the Action, there were:
- 13 meetings
- 4 training schools
- 39 Short Term Scientific Missions
- 7 ITC grants awarded (only introduced in the second part of year 4 of the Action)
- 6 books/publications
- Involvement in 3 international conferences (International Panel Products Symposium, European Conference on Wood Modification, International Research Group for Wood Protection), as well as interactions with 2 COST Actions: COST FP1404 (Fire Safe Use of Biobased Building Products) and COST FP1407 (Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach "ModWoodLife").
Details of these various key points can be found in the various drop-down menus on this website.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area. The COST Association, an International not-forprofit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative 10 functions necessary for the operation of the framework. The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries. www.cost.eu