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STSMs seen as a major success within COST FP1303

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One of the key activities for Early Career Investigators (ECIs) within COST Actions is to participate in Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

During the four-year lifetime of COST FP1303, a total of 36 STSMs have been undertaken. These are listed below: 

Applicant

Host

STSM title

Period

Dr Serkan Ozdemir

(TR)

Dr. Andreja Kutnar

(SI)

Wood densification treatments of veneer specimens and environmental impact assessment

11-22.08.2014

Mr Michael Burnard

(SI)

Dr. Mark Hughes

(FI)

Investigating Views of Naturalness Across Europe

10-20.02.2014

Ms Linda Meyer

(DE)

Dr. Pia Larsson Brelid

(SE)

Isolation of decay fungi from in-ground and above ground durability field tests

30.06-04.07.2014

Dr. Christelle Ganne-Chédeville

(CH)

Dr. Johannes Welling

(DE)

LCA of Bio-Based Ultralight Particleboard

24-28.03.2014

Mr Jinbo Hu

(FR)

Dr. Graham Ormondroyd

(UK)

The life cycle assessment of novel timber treatemnts

01-30.06.2014

Mr Alireza Bastani

(DE)

Dr. Anti Rohumaa

(FI)

Investigation on bonding properties of modified birch veneers using ABES machine

11-18.05.2014

Ms Sónia Duarte

(PT)

Dr. Carl Gunnar Fossdal

(NO)

Assessment of subterranean termite symbiotic fauna under different diets

18-29.08.2014

Mr David Zerbst

(DE)

Dr. Peter Niemz

(CH)

Analysis of the behaviour of bonded wood under cyclic stress

15.09-06.10.2014

Dr. Petr Cermák

(CZ)

Dr. Lauri Rautkari

(FI)

Influence of dry-soak cycles on dim. stability and OH-group’s accessibility of thermally mod. wood

20.10-07.11.2014

Ms. Mariana Palumbo

(ES)

Dr. Miha Humar

(SI)

Mould and fire resistance of biobased insulation boards

20-25.10.2014

Dr. Lauri Rautkari

(FI)

Dr. Emil Thybring Engelund

(CH)

Raman imaging of naturally and artificially decay resistant wood

09-20.02.2015

Dr. Anna Sandak

(IT)

Dr. Marion Noël

(CH)

Microscopic evaluation of morphological changes to spruce wood after short term natural weathering

22-28.03.2015

Ms. Carola Hesse

(DE)

Dr. Miha Humar

(SI)

Studies on the material resistance & moisture performance of four european wood species

23.03-01.04.2015

Ms. Carolina Gomes de Oliveira Griebeler

(ES)

Dr. Gianluca Tondi

(AT)

Effect of thermal modification on the colorimetric parameters and physical properties of Eucalyptus

09.02-08.05.2015

Mr. Lothar Clauder

(DE)

Dr. Graham Ormondroyd

(UK)

Emissions from bio-based building materials

29.03-18.04.2015

Dr Pavlo Bekhta

(UA)

Dr. Jan Sedliacik

(SK)

Properties of plywood panels manufactured from thermally compressed veneer

01-30.06.2015

Dr Marion Noel

(CH)

Dr. Graham Ormondroyd

(UK)

DMTA analysis of modified and weathered wood samples

10-20.05.2015

Dr Charalampos Lykidis

(EL)

Dr. Jakub Sandak

(IT)

The use of NIR spectroscopy as a quality marker of hydrothermally treated wood

14-24.09.2015

Dr Eduard Correal Mòdol

(ES)

Dr. Stefanie Wieland

(NO)

Performance of adhesives on glulam made with European chestnut timber

17.10-01.11.2015

Dr Petr Cermák

(CZ)

Dr. Lauri Rautkari

(FI)

Performance of post-manufacture thermally modified linear welded birch wood (Betula pendula Roth): shape stability, mechanical properties and environmental effects

15-26.02.2016

Mr Malte Janus

(DE)

Dr. Simon Cragg

(UK)

Laboratory screening of thermo-mechanically densified and thermally modified timbers for resistance to the marine borer Limnoria quadripunctata

06.03-04.04.2016

Dr Athanasios Dimitriou

(UK)

Dr. Jakub Sandak

(IT)

Surface charachterisasion fo spruce after natural weathering

29.02-29.04.2016

Ms Susanna Källbom

(SE)

Dr. Holger Militz

(DE)

Influence of high humidity exposure on sorption properties and morphology of wood particles after thermal modification

09-18.03.2016

Mr Petter Stefansson

(NO)

Dr. Jakub Sandak

(IT)

X-ray density mapping of weathered wood samples

14-25.03.2016

Dr Matthew Schwarzkopf

(SI)

Dr. Viacheslav Tverezovskiy

(UK)

Utilization and modification of the Istrska belica olive as a wood preservation treatment

01-15.04.2016

Dr Magdalena Broda

(PL),

Dr. Erik Larnøy

(NO)

Using DMA device to characterise physicomechanical properties of archaeological oak wood treated with silanes

29.05-28.06.2016

Mr. Lothar Clauder

(DE)

Dr. Magdalena Kutnik

(FR)

Analysis of fungi in TMT samples

28.08-10.09.2016

Dr. Jakub Sandak

(IT)

Dr. Ingunn Burud

(NO)

Development of a numerical model for computation of the weather dose in natural weathering of biomaterials

11-17.12.2016

Mr Davor Kržišnik

(SI)

Dr. Thomas Thiis

(NO)

Statistical modelling of colour change of wooden model house unit as a function of climatic exposure

23.01-13.02.2017

Dr. Andreja Pirc Barcic

(HR)

Dr. Andreja Kutnar

(SI)

Boostering knowledge and information about the importance of the LCA analysis in environmental impact assessment of wooden products

19-25.03.2017

Dr. Sanne Johansson

(SE)

Dr. Emil Engelund Thybring

(DK)

Wood-water interactions in brown-rot decayed wood characterized by low-field NMR

24-28.04.2017

Dr Magdalena Broda

(PL)

Dr. Maria-Cristina Popescu

(RO)

The reactivity of organosilicon compounds with wood - FT-IR study

23-29.04.2017

Mr. Albert Hernandez Estrada

(FI)

Dr. Jörg Müssig

(DE)

Investigation of the impact of dislocations in hemp fibres at the composite level

1.07-13.08.2017

Mr Jérôme Colson

(AT)

Dr. Torbjörn Pettersson

(SE)

Characterization of fundamental wood polymer to synthetic polymer interaction by means of colloidal probe technique

31.07-15.10.2017

Ms. Charlotte Grosse

(CH)

Dr. Merwenna Spear

(UK)

Wood modification with bio-polyesters. Analysis of performance with DVS and DMTA

02-17.08.2017

Dr. Dennis Jones

(UK)

Dr. Maria-Cristina Popescu (RO)

Determination of the effectiveness of a combined thermal/chemical wood modification by the use of spectroscopic methods

16-28.08.2017

How to apply for a STSM

The purpose of the STSMs is to support working visits to laboratories and institutions of COST Action FP1303 member countries.

A range of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are available for funding in the current grant period covering the period 1st May 2017 to 21st October 2017 (the official last day of the Action). Everyone is encouraged to apply, but especially PhD students and Early Career Investigators.  The maximum amount of funding per STSM is €2200. Please consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

STSMs can be from any Group/University/Institute from a country that has joined the Action to another Group/University/Institute in another member country in the Action.


Important dates

Deadline for submission of Applications: 
No less than 4 weeks before planned start of the STSM

Deadline for completion of the STSM: September 30th, 2017

 

 Application Procedure

Applications must be made online using the official COST registration tool which can be found at www.cost.eu/stsm.

The information required for the application includes: dates of STSM, length of stay, title of planned scientific activity, short description of the work-plan, short CV and a budget request (to cover travel and living expenses during the STSM). In addition to the information required by the COST Office, applicants should also provide the following information to the Action Chair (Dennis Jones: dr_dennisjones@hotmail.co.uk) and to the STSMs Manager (Carmen-Mihaela Popescu: mihapop@icmpp.ro), preferably in pdf format: 

  • a short abstract of the scope of the STSMs (1/2 page)
  • a plan of the work to be carried out (1 page, approx.)
  • a covering letter stating the benefits to be obtained from the STSM
  • full CV
  • letter of agreement from the host institution
  • Evaluation Criteria

The applications will be assessed by the Action's Core Group and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • scientific quality
  • relevance to the Action
  • benefit to the applicant

STSMs for periods of one to two weeks would be preferable and may be given priority. The final decision on the approval of the STMs applications should be expected within 2-4 weeks of submission.

NOTE: STSM grants will only be paid on receiving and approving a report AFTER the STSM has been completed.

For any additional information please contact Dennis Jones at dr_dennisjones@hotmail.co.uk or Carmen-Mihaela Popescu at mihapop@icmpp.ro. Additional information on STSMs can also be obtained from your country's Management Committee members.