COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.
COST funds interdisciplinary research networks called COST Actions. These Actions bring together researchers, innovators and other professionals including industry specialists, who are based in Europe and beyond, to collaborate on research topics for a period of 4 years. The funding a COST Action receives covers the expenses of networking activities
rather than research and as such is used to organise meetings, training schools, short term scientific missions and other networking activities.
COST activities in Israel are co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
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"Participating in a COST network offered me an unexpected opportunity to upgrade my research by introducing novel and promising approaches that couldn't be obtained without this collaboration.
During a COST meeting I met Prof. Anna Zamensky from the Technion Institute. During our discussions we realized that we can extend our collaboration beyond COST. One of the projects that we study in my lab aims to investigate the effects of Artificial Light At Night (ALAN; light pollution) on physiology, behavior, and brain plasticity in birds. Among other aspects, we compare the locomotion activity of birds that are exposed to either complete dark nights (control birds) or to nights that are polluted with low-intensity illumination (experimental birds). Until recently, we analyzed these data manually, with a method that limited the recording capacity, and was also very time consuming. However, because Anna is an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) we discussed the option that our data will be analyzed in her lab, using state-of-the-art techniques. And indeed, after just a few preliminary trials, we both realized that this could be a promising collaboration and a new way of approaching the question of whether ALAN affects sleep behavior in birds.
This collaboration is a great example of the possible benefits arising from these networks."
Prof. Anat Barnea, Department of Natural Sciences, partner in COST network entitled: “LIFT: Lifting farm animal lives – laying the foundations for positive animal welfare" .