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COST

Domain Committee "Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)"


COST Action FP0901

Start Date 15/10/2009
Analytical Techniques for Biorefineries
MONITORING

PROGRESS REPORT
Reporting Period: from 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012

This Report is presented to the relevant Domain Committee.

It contains three parts:
I. Management Report prepared by the COST Office/Grant Holder

II. Scientific Report prepared by the Chair of the Management Committee of the Action



III. Previous versions of the Scientific Report; i.e., part II of past reporting periods
The report is a “cumulative” report, i.e. it is updated annually and covers the entire period of the Action.

Executive summary (max.250 words):

FP0901 has now been running for 38 months altogether and the number of COST countries participating is currently 27, with four active non-COST members (two reciprocal agreements). The number of registered participants is +130, of which about 100 have been actively participating. The number of female participants and ESRs are bot very good, both being about 50%. The number of joint publications by the partners involved in FP0901 in the field of the Action is up to now +70 and +100 on meeting abstracts as well. The industry has also shown appreciable interest in the Action one important task is still to involve them also on a practical plane, not only as watchers. From scientific and networking aspects, the main success stories have definitely been the successful STSM visits. 21 STSMs have so far been finished and 11 of these have been by female ESRs. The analytical Round Robin type activities have also been important and will allow the Action to develop and get closer to reaching the goals. It is also nice to see that especially ESR’s and also young female researchers seem to have found activities within the Action. The Chair, Steering Group, and some MC members have actively been promoting the Action at conferences and meetings, as well as in direct contacts with the industry. FP0901 has had joint activities both with other Actions and EU projects.





I. Management Report prepared by the COST Office/Grant Holder





I.A. COST Action Fact Sheet


  • COST Action FP0901, Analytical Techniques for Biorefineries

  • Domain Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)




  • Action details:

CSO Approval: 26/5/2009

End date: 14/10/2013

Entry into force: 11/07/2009

Extension: -




  • Objectives

Trees, annual and perennial plants, recycled fibres, and lignocellulosic side streams from forest and agroindustry are renewable resources for the development of natural materials, biochemicals, and bioenergy. The chemical complexity of plant materials, the feed material of Biorefineries, renders the analyses of the feed constituents, processes, and valorised products challenging. The main objective of the Action is to develop new and evaluate existing analytical methods related to forest-based and agroindustrial Biorefineries. Thus, the Action covers the analytical methods for the Biorefinery feed material and for processed biochemicals, biomaterials, and process residues. Especially analytical pretreatments will be evaluated. Critical steps are the representativeness of the sampling and samples, the extraction, fractionation, and sample storage methods applied. New methods will be applied and evaluated for their relevance. Other emphasised areas will be development of analytical on-line applications, hyphenated techniques, and applying statistical multicomponent analyses to sort out the relevant data from the main data stream. The European forest-based, bioenergy-based and agroindustrial industries will benefit from the Action in receiving relevant information on their developments of sustainable and environmentally benign solutions for novel utilisation of renewable resources. The development of analytical tools will lead to cost effective and sustainable processes and products.


  • Parties: list of countries and date of acceptance




Austria (11/07/2009)

Italy (11/07/2009)

Switzerland (31/07/2009)

Belgium (31/07/2009)

Latvia (11/07/2009)

Turkey (25/11/2009)

Bulgaria (14/06/2011)

Netherlands (08/09/2009)

United Kingdom (11/07/2009)

Czech Rep. (20/08/2010)

Norway (15/09/2009)




Denmark (20/01/2010)

Poland (03/12/2009)




Estonia (21/10/2010)

Portugal (07/01/2010)




Finland (10/09/2009)

Romania (31/07/2009)




France (04/08/2009)

Serbia (30/09/2009)




Germany (11/07/2009)

Slovakia (31/07/2009)




Greece (11/07/2009)

Slovenia (31/07/2009)




Hungary (31/07/2009)

Spain (11/07/2009)




Ireland (16/03/2010)

Sweden (16/10/2009)









  • Other participants:
    Scion, New Zealand

North Carolina State University, United States

Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil



CSIR Forestry and Forest Products Research Centre, South Africa


Chair: Prof. Stefan Willför, Åbo Akademi University, Porthansgatan 3, FI-20500, Åbo, Finland, mobile phone +358 40 504 7904, swillfor@abo.fi or costfp0901@abo.fi



DC Rapporteur: Dr. Klaus Niemelä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, PO Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland, phone +358 40 7510819, klaus.niemela@vtt.fi

Science Officer:

Dr Xin-Ying Ren, fps@cost.eu

Administrative Officer:

Cassia Azevedo, fps@cost.eu




  • Action Web site: http://www.abo.fi/costfp0901




  • Grant Holder Representative: Stefan Willför, swillfor@abo.fi




  • Working Groups (list of WGs and names and affiliations of participants)





WG1: Biorefinery feed material sampling and characterization

WG1 Leader: Marco Orlandi (IT)

Members of WG: Mehrdad Arshadi (SE), Christos G. Athanassiou (GR), Søren Barsberg (DK), Sylwia Bialczuk(FI), Anna Bogolitsyna (AT), José C del Rio (ES), Wolfram Dietz (DE), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Lucia Dumitrescu (RO), Cazacu Georgeta (RO), Richard Gosselink (NL), Janis Gravitis (LV), Stephen Harding (UK), Jorn Heerenklage (DE), Callum Hill (UK), Zdenka Hromadkova (SK), Ari Ivaska (FI), Anna Jacobs (SE), Ayben Kılıç (TR), Petri Kilpeläinen (FI), Zuzana Kostalova (SK), Mirjana Kostic (RS), Jens Krogell (FI), Jalel Labidi (ES), Walter Milacher (AT), Nils-Olof Nilvebrandt (NO), Marco Orlandi (IT), Hannu Pakkanen (FI), Maria Cristina Popescu (RO), Andrey Pranovich (FI), Ritva Savolainen (FI), Selim Şen (TR), Huesyin Sivrikaya (TR), Daniel Stratev (AT), Maija Tenkanen (FI), Thomas Ters (AT), Ibrahim Tumen (TR), Päivi Tuomainen (FI), Caroline Vanderghem (BE), Cornelia Vasile (RO), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Anna Wajs (PL), Bjørge Westereng (NO), Stefan Willför (FI), Elisabeth Windeisen (DE)

WG2: Characterization of processed biochemicals and biomaterials

WG2 Leader: Claudia Crestini (IT)

Members of WG: Mehrdad Arshadi (SE), Daniela Manea (RO), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Valentin Popa (RO), Irina Volf (RO), Petronela Nechita (RO), Daniela Manea (RO), Ioana Ignat (RO), Cornelia Vasile (RO), Diana Ciolacu (RO), Mihaela Popescu (RO), Raluca Dumitriu (RO), Claudia Crestini (IT), Raffaele Saladino (IT), Tarja Tamminen (FI), Torbjorn Lestander (SE), Ingvild A. Johnsen (NO), Richard Gosselink (NL), Lari Vähäsalo (FI), Ann-Sofie Leppänen (FI), Victor Kisonen (FI), Michael Schrems (AT), Petronela Nechita (RO), Sanchi Nenkova (BG), Ivo Valchev (BG), Danilson Da Silva Perez (FR), Janis Gravitis (LV), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Karin Fackler (AT), Klaus Niemelä (FI), Søren Barsberg (DK), Dimitris S. Argyropoulos (US), Jurgen Puls (DE), Anna Sundberg (FI), Caroline Vanderghem (BE), Koel Mihke (EE), Hannu Ilvesniemi (FI), Emrah Dönmez (TR)

WG3: Characterization and fate of process residues

WG3 Leader: Elisabeth Sjöholm (SE)

Members of WG: Brebu Mihai (RO), Totolin Marian (RO), Irina Volf (RO), Teodor Malutan (RO), Alina Stingu (RO), Anca Hainal (RO), Camelia Draghici (RO), Lucia Dumitrescu (RO), Mihaela Sica (RO), Ileana Manciulea (RO), Crsitina Aurica Bogatu (RO), Janis Gravitis (LV), Emmanuel G. Koukios (GR), Stylianos AVELAKIS (GR), Emmnaouil AVGERINOS (GR), Lamprini DIAMANTOPOULOU (GR), lazaros KARAOGLANOGLOU(GR), Ioannins OANAGIOTOPOULOS (GR), Dionyssios Perdikis (GR), Bodo Saake (DE), Stefan Voorspoels (BE), Domien De Paepe (BE), Frédérique Bertaud (FR), Ida Brodin (SE), Johanna Persson (SE), Fredrik Aldeus (SE), Elisabeth Sjöholm (SE), Per Lindgren (SE), Jääskeläinen Anna-Stiina (FI), Matti Häärä (FI), Johan Henriksson (SE), Kurt Messner (AT), Tatiana Dizhbite (LV), Celal DURAN (TR), Antje Potthast (AT), Akın Saraçbaşı (TR), Juan Carlos Parajó (ES), Bishop (Bruce) Sithole (SA), Nikolay Yosifov (BG), Hanna Schweinebarth (SE), Johannes Kappen (DE), Regina Fuchs (DE)





I.B. Management Committee member list




Name

Country

E-mail

Antje POTTHAST

Austria

antje.potthast@boku.ac.at

Karin FACKLER

Austria

k.fackler@tuwien.ac.at

Ute HENNIGES

Austria

ute.henniges@boku.ac.at

Katherine NOTT

Belgium

knott@ulg.ac.be

Stefan VOORSPOELS

Belgium

stefan.voorspoels@vito.be

Edwin DE PAUW

Belgium

E.DePauw@ulg.ac.be

Sanchi NENKOVA

Bulgaria

nenkova@uctm.edu

Nadezda VRCHOTOVA

Czech Republic

nada@usbe.cas.cz

Tomas VANEK

Czech Republic

vanek@ueb.cas.cz

Petr MARSIK

Czech Republic

marsik@ueb.cas.cz

Jens Eibye SCHMIDT

Denmark

jeej@risoe.dtu.dk

Anne Belinda THOMSEN

Denmark

abbj@risoe.dtu.dk

Mihkel KALJURAND

Estonia

mihkel@chemnet.ee

Mihkel KOEL

Estonia

vmihkel@argus.chemnet.ee

Maria BORISSOVA

Estonia

mariab@chemnet.ee

Tarja TAMMINEN

Finland

Tarja.Tamminen@vtt.fi

Maija TENKANEN

Finland

maija.tenkanen@helsinki.fi

Hannu PAKKANEN

Finland

hannu.pakkanen@jyu.fi

Anna-Stiina JAASKELAINEN

Finland

Anna-Stiina.Jaaskelainen@vtt.fi

Denilson DA SILVA PEREZ

France

denilson.dasilvaperez@fcba.fr

Valerie SIMON

France

valerie.simon@ensiacet.fr

Frederique BERTAUD

France

Frederique.Bertaud@webCTP.com

Juergen PULS

Germany

juergen.puls@vti.bund.de

Roland ULBER

Germany

ulber@mv.uni-kl.de

Ina KORNER

Germany

i.koerner@tu-harburg.de

Dionyssios PERDIKIS

Greece

dperdikis@aua.gr

Leandros SKALTSOUNIS

Greece

skaltsounis@pharm.uo.gr

Nikolaos FOKIALAKIS

Greece

fokialakis@pharm.uoa.gr

Istvan LELE

Hungary

ilele@axelero.hu

Andreas VIG

Hungary

avig@mail.bme.hu

Pal GERE

Hungary

pgere@fmk.nyme.hu

Daniel HAYES

Ireland

daniel.hayes@ul.ie

Karla DUSSAN

Ireland

karla.dussan@ul.ie

Marco ORLANDI

Italy

marco.orlandi@unimib.it

Claudia CRESTINI

Italy

crestini@stc.uniroma2.it

Maris DAUGAVIETIS

Latvia

maris.daugavietis@silava.lv

Janis GRAVITIS

Latvia

jgravit@edi.lv

Tatjana DIZBITE

Latvia

ligno@edi.lv

Janis RIZIKOVS

Latvia

rijans@inbox.lv

Richard GOSSELINK

Netherlands

richard.gosselink@wur.nl

Henk A SCHOLS

Netherlands

henk.schols@wur.nl

Nils-Olof NILVEBRANT

Norway

nils-olof.nilvebrant@borregaard.com

Ingebjorg LEIRSET

Norway

ingebjorg.leirset@pfi.no

Anna WAJS-BONIKOWSKA

Poland

anna.wajs@p.lodz.pl

Radoslaw BONIKOWSKI

Poland

radoslaw.bonikowski@p.lodz.pl

Armando SILVESTRE

Portugal

armsil@ua.pt

Cornelia VASILE

Romania

cvasile@icmpp.ro

Valentin POPA

Romania

vipopa@ch.tuiasi.ro

Maria Cristina POPESCU

Romania

cpopescu@icmpp.ro

Irina VOLF

Romania

iwolf@ch.tuiasi.ro

Mirjana KOSTIC

Serbia

kostic@tmf.bg.ac.rs

Zdenka HROMADKOVA

Slovak Republic

chemhrom@savba.sk

Matjaz KUNAVER

Slovenia

matjaz.kunaver@ki.si

Primoz OVEN

Slovenia

Primoz.Oven@bf.uni-lj.si

Edita JASIUKAITYTE

Slovenia

edita.jasiukaityte@ki.si

Jose Carlos DEL RIO

Spain

delrio@irnase.csic.es

Jose Calros Parajo

Spain

jcparajo@uvigo.es

Ana GUTIERREZ

Spain

anagu@irnase.csic.es

Mehrdad ARSHADI

Sweden

mahrdfad.arshadi@btk.slu.se

Elisabeth SJOHOLM

Sweden

elisabeth.sjoholm@innventia.com

Jairo LORA

Switzerland

jhlora@greenvalue-sa.com

Alfred ABAECHERLI

Switzerland

abaecherli.ili@bluewin.ch

Huseyin SIVRIKAYA

Turkey

h_sivrikaya@yahoo.com

Yalcin COPUR

Turkey

yalcincopur@duzce.edu.tr

Ibrahim TUMEN

Turkey

tuemen_t@yahoo.com

Callum HILL

United Kingdom

C.Hill@napier.ac.uk

Mike JARVIS

United Kingdom

mikej@chem.gla.ac.uk

Steve HARDING

United Kingdom

Steve.Harding@nottingham.ac.uk

Florent BOUXIN

United Kingdom

flobou@chem.gla.ac.uk

Daniel VAN DE PAS

New Zealand

Daniel.vandePas@scionresearch.com

Dimitris ARGYROPOULOS

United States

dsargyro@ncsu.edu

Jorge COLODETTE

Brazil

colodett@ufv.br

Bruce SITHOLE

South Africa

bsithole@csir.co.za






I.C. Overview activities and expenditure



(2012) Budget


































Total Action Budget:

145,245 k€













Remaining Action Commitment:







41,516.89 €



















Meetings



















Meeting Type

Date

Place







Cost

Total

 WG meeting

 27-28.3

 Tulln, Austria

 

 

 28695.6

33117.16

Other relevant

16-17.4

Lisbon, Portugal







4421.56




MC meeting (see workshops)

 30-31.8

 Espoo, Finland


































STSM



















Beneficiary

Date

Place

 

 

Cost

Total

 Manuel Becker

 29.1-19.2

 Finland

 

 

 2000

17475

Lilia Adriana Perez Cantu

30.1-24.2

Austria







2000




Conde Piñeiro Enma

9.4-30.6

Finland







2500




Ida Poljansek

12.5-3.6

Finland







2500




Melita Vukovic

18.8-1.9

UK







2000




Ute Henniges

28.10-16.11

Netherlands







1975




Mirjana Kostic

5.11-25.11

Austria







2500




Frédéric Pouyet

3.12-21.12

Austria







2000

























Workshops



















Title







Cost

Total




Date

Place













 Challenges in lignin analytics: thermal properties and quantitation

 30-31.8

 Espoo, Finland

 

 

 

42096.85











































II. Scientific Report
II.A. Innovative networking
Round Robin-type activities on method evaluation and analytical method development continued from the last year. Several biomass samples at different stages of processing are available for distribution to WG members upon request from the partners responsible of each sample. Analytical results are compared and thus methods and pretreatments evaluated, with the common goal to develop novel methods applicable for the different sample types. This means of interaction will give new knowledge on analytical methods necessary for building fruitful Biorefinery projects and create new networks, also in the form of joint STSM works on these samples. Industry will eventually benefit from the application of novel methods, for example as better process and product safety, more efficient processes, and a better understanding on how to utilise biomass in the future. This will eventually also have a positive environmental impact and hopefully decrease the use of oil-based products in the future. The industry has also actually shown an interest in following these activities. Especially the STSMs on lignin and polyphenol analysis have been interesting and also valuable from an industrial point of view. So far, no direct spin offs of the Action have been identified or brought to the knowledge of the Chair.

II.B. Inter-disciplinary networking

Good contacts have been retained with other Actions and the European/international conferences; 2012 the MC meeting/workshop was again in conjunction to the EWLP conference and with the Chair of Action FP1105 as an invited speaker. This allowed for all participants to be able to broaden their own scientific areas in discussions with the other researchers.

Cooperation with the FP7 Biocore project was arranged so that FP0901 also participated with lecturers the Biorefining, Principles and technologies, 2nd European training course in Wageningen. For the Afore FP7 project summer school in Lissabon, both lecturers and students participated in the course.

The Chair was invited to a meeting of the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence to present FP0901 to them and to their industrial partners. Due to health reasons, the vice-chair did however go there.

Generally, the level of inter-disciplinarity is good and the networking outside the core group of FP0901 is important for method development.

II.C. New networking

The number of COST countries participating in FP0901 is 27 and thus we have a very good overall European presence of the most important countries in the area of the Action. The non-COST participation is appreciable, with four members in total. Two of these are from countries with reciprocal agreements. STSM visits to some of these partners have actively been under discussion.

The actual number of actively participating persons dropped from the second year. One reason may be the confusion with meeting arrangements and reimbursements due to reasons not possible to control from the Action. Furthermore, it seems as if many institutions have chosen one contact person while several are following our web pages. It also seems as if industry closely follows the web pages, as we hoped for. The number of female participants is very good, being close to 50% and the number of ESRs is also growing. Altogether 21 STSMs have been completed during the first three years (7+6+8). STSMs and ESRs are expected to participate actively in meetings, which also seem to be the case. 5 trainees were reimbursed for taking part in a session/meeting of a summer school and in that and another summer school, trainers from FP0901 participated (not paid by the Action). The efforts of our participants from non-COST countries was mainly to take part in the meetings and give presentations, as well as to be involved in the Round Robin Activities.


Individual contacts between FP0901 partners and other COST Action participants are on a high level. FP0901 arranged an MC meeting/workshop in conjunction with the EWLP conference in August 2012, which was an excellent opportunity to broaden especially the networks of our ESRs. The contacts between parties within our Action also seem to be at a high level, where the STSM possibility is the best tool to even increase these contacts. Very welcome and in conjunction with the goals of the Action has been the good cooperation and new networks between groups from different areas. Most participants have a good track record in raising national and European research funds, and at least one joint project have been initiated through the Action to the Woodwisdom ERA-NET. Two STSMs were last year also coupled to that project.
A poster was presented at the EWLP 2012 meeting in Espoo. The number of publications by the partners involved in FP0901 in the field of the Action (year 2010-2012) is about 65 (25 articles, 40 conference papers and STSM reports, and additionally 107 presentations in FP0901 workshop). However, keeping track of these are difficult due to people not really reporting anything.
II.D. Self evaluation
From scientific and networking aspects, the success stories have definitely been the STSM visits, with 21 altogether so far for FP0901. The implementation of the Round Robin type activities have also been important, although a bit slow in the start-up, and will allow the Action to develop and get closer to reaching the goals. Several RR activities are in progress. The industry still show appreciable interest in the Action but their direct involvement is hard to implement. ESR’s and also young female researchers are active within the Action. The number of non-COST participants is also good, with 4 accepted partners. Two of these are from counties with reciprocal agreements, which can be considered a valuable asset to the Action, although no partner yet has utilised the possibility to directly cooperate with any of them. Good contacts have been established with other Actions, European conferences (Italic, EWLP), and projects (Biocore, Afore, Pinobio). A training school on the application of chemometrics was organized 2011 and FP0901 also participated with both lecturers and students to several non-COST training schools. The Chair, Steering Group, and some MC members have actively been promoting the Action at conferences and meetings, as well as in direct contacts with the industry.
Difficulties still occur in the use of the new e-cost system and getting all partners to understand how the system and the reimbursements are supposed to work. And now it has changed again. Still also from the GH and Chair point of view, running this kind of work is challenging. This led to the decision that the GH changes for the last year. Also, some more activity from MC members and participation in meetings could be wished for, since the action is only as good as the participants make it. It is also difficult for the WG leaders and the Chair to prepare reports when the Action members report very scarcely on any activities or joint publications they may be involved in. FP0901 is outmost thankful for the valuable help we have got from our scientific officer and the COST Office in general.
III. Previous scientific report(s)
II. Scientific Report
II.A. Innovative networking
Round Robin-type activities on method evaluation and analytical method development have been agreed on and initiated. Several biomass samples at different stages of processing have been identified as interesting and selected for distribution to WG members upon request from the partners responsible of each sample. Analytical results are compared and thus methods and pretreatments evaluated, with the common goal to develop novel methods applicable for the different sample types. This means of interaction will give new knowledge on analytical methods necessary for building fruitful Biorefinery projects and create new networks, also in the form of joint STSM works on these samples. Industry will eventually benefit from the application of novel methods, for example as better process and product safety, more efficient processes, and a better understanding on how to utilise biomass in the future. This will eventually also have a positive environmental impact and hopefully decrease the use of oil-based products in the future. So far, no direct spin offs of the Action have been identified.
II.B. Inter-disciplinary networking
So far, FP0901 has agreed to arrange an MC meeting/workshop in conjunction with the final meeting of FP0602 (Biotechnology for lignocellulose biorefineries) and the Italic 6 conference in September 2011. This is especially welcome since the biotechnology area is represented also in FP0901 analytical methods and both Actions and the conference will complement each other and broaden the cooperation within analytics, which most certainly will provide a scientific impact in the future.

Furthermore, 2011 there will be an international training “workshop” on biorefinery, which will be organized within the framework of the FP7 project BIOCORE. The FP0901 Chair was contacted by Michael O’Donohue (Research Director, LISBP-Biocatalysis group, INSA/INRA UMR 792, Institut National de la Recherche, Argronomique), with whom the first contact actually was established through the COST network.



II.C. New networking

The number of COST countries participating in FP0901 is currently 26, with one additional accepted by the MC but not yet by the DC. The non-COST participation is appreciable, with three members and one more pending the DC decision. Two of these are from countries with reciprocal agreements. For year 1, a 10% contribution of these will grow for next year. These participants have been actively participating in the meetings, presenting interesting results from their own work and in e-mail contacts with other participants. STSM visits to some of these partners have actively been under discussion but not yet realised. The increased number of parties from the beginning is hopefully going to be seen also in future budgets.



The actual number of registered participants is about 120, of which about 80 so far have been actively participating, but it seems as if many institutions have chosen one contact person while several are following our web pages. We are convinced that if the budget would have allowed larger meeting participation, this would actually also have been seen in these numbers. It also seems as if industry closely follows the web pages, as we hoped for. The number of female participants is very good, being about 50% and the number of ESRs is also growing. Again, it may be that from some places, it is more the supervisors that have registered. 7 STSMs have been completed year 1 and we expect a growth in this number now that this is getting more familiar to the participants. STSMs and ESRs are expected to participate actively in meetings, which also seem to be the case.

Individual contacts between FP0901 partners and other COST Action participants are on a high level. FP0901 has also agreed to arrange an MC meeting/workshop in conjunction with the final meeting of FP0602 (Biotechnology for lignocellulose biorefineries) and the Italic 6 conference in September 2011, which will broaden especially the networks of our ESRs. The contacts between parties within our Action also seem to be at a high level, where the STSM possibility is the best tool to even increase these contacts. Very welcome and in conjunction with the goals of the Action has been the good cooperation and new networks between groups from different areas. Most participants have a good track record in raising national and European research funds, but so far no joint projects have been initiated through the Action.

FP0901 has prepared and distributed a flyer to get other groups aware of the possibilities within the network. A poster was also presented at the EWLP 2010 meeting in Hamburg and at several smaller meetings in Finland. The Chair has also actively promoted the Action at several meetings in Europe. The number of publications by the partners involved in FP0901 in the field of the Action (year 2010) is 205 (66 articles and book chapters, 94 conference papers and 45 presentations in FP0901 workshops, see separate list/file)


II.D. Self evaluation
From scientific and networking aspects, the main success stories have definitely been the successful STSM visits. The start-up of the Round Robin type activities have also been important and will allow the Action to develop and get closer to reaching the goals. The industry has also shown appreciable interest in the Action and the next task would be to involve them also on a practical plane, not only as watchers. It is also nice to see that especially ESR’s and also young female researchers (e.g. 3 out of 7 STSMs) seem to have found activities within the Action. The number of non-COST participants is also good, with 3 accepted partners and one pending a DC decision. Two of these are from counties with reciprocal agreements, which can be considered an valuable asset to the Action. Some additional interest has also been shown from other non-COST participants, but not to completion. The Chair, Steering Group, and some MC members have actively been promoting the Action at conferences and meetings, as well as in direct contacts with the industry.
A temporary drawback was the delay in the organization of the planned Training School, but due to very active partners, this will take place early during year 2 instead. Otherwise, difficulties have mainly been found in the use of the new e-cost system and getting all partners (and the chair and grant holder) to understand how the system is supposed to work. FP0901 is outmost thankful for the valuable help we have got from our scientific officer and the COST Office in general.

III. Previous scientific report(s)
Reporting Period: 15/10/2009 to 31/12/2009
II.A. Innovative networking


  • Since FP0901 has recently only started up, there are no news or items to report here yet. We are currently getting organised and beginning the work.


II.B. Inter-disciplinary networking


  • Since FP0901 has recently only started up, there are no news or items to report here yet. We are currently getting organised and beginning the work.

II.C. New networking


  • Since FP0901 has recently only started up, there are only a few news or items to report here yet. We are currently getting organised and beginning the work.

  • Total number of individual participants involved in the Action work is currently 88 persons of which approximately 45’% are female and 40% Early Stage Researcher participants. However, these numbers will be updated and checked continuously.

  • Public web site recently established for FP0901


II.D. Self evaluation
Since we have only started up the Action, we have nothing to report here yet.

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