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COST – a vision for European Science: A four day COST exhibition at the European Parliament to illustrate the impact of research projects that are of concern to the European citizen

Brussels, 07 Apr 2006

On 18 April at 18.30 COST will inaugurate its four days exhibition at the European Parliament. The European research networks displayed will give an impression on how research projects and their results make our societies safer, more inclusive and conscious, and improve competitiveness.

'Sunshine makes water safer to drink', 'preserving cultural heritage through laser cleaning', 'harnessing the cleaning power of plants' and 'easier access of people to buses' are just a few examples of projects presented at this exhibition.

This will be accompanied by a practical demonstration of a COST Network (Improved Accessibility of Buses for people with reduced mobility). A special bus will be parked at Place du Luxembourg and will show easy access of people with reduced mobility. The meeting point for this showcase will be at 18.00 in front of the Luxembourg Station at Place du Luxembourg.

The whole event will be hosted by Ms. Pia Locatelli, MEP. The inauguration will be accompanied by presentations from Commissioner Janez Potocnik, ITRE Committee Chair Giles Chichester, MEP Pia Locatelli, COST CSO President Francesco Fedi and ESF CEO Bertil Andersson. This will be followed by a cocktail reception. Please find the programme enclosed.

Background: COST is an intergovernmental European framework for international cooperation between nationally funded research activities. COST stimulates European research by bringing researchers together in Actions (networks) to exchange knowledge, synergise working groups, conduct comparative studies and jointly synthesise findings. Topics of the COST exhibition will be the aims, achievements and the reforms that have been recently introduced in COST to maintain its precursor role in the European Research Area.

Contacts for further information:

For more information please contact Gabi Egartner at gegartner@cost.esf.org

Please register on the COST website for the inauguration of the exhibition: http://www.cost.esf.org/.

DG Research
http:///europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
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