COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science
and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a
European level. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST
plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA). It
anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes,
constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of emerging
countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and
fosters the establishment of scientific excellence in the nine key domains:
Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences, Food and Agriculture, Forests, their
Products and Services, Materials, Physics and Nanosciences, Chemistry and
Molecular Sciences and Technologies, Earth System Science and Environmental
Management, Information and Communication Technologies, Transport and Urban
Development, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health. COST is one of the
main sponsors of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate.
COST Action ES0803 "Developing Space Weather Products and Services in Europe" is a broad European coordination and networking activity involving the active participation of 28 countries and more than 80 experts. The Action has the primary goal to form an interdisciplinary network between European scientists dealing with different issues of Geospace, as well as warning system developers and operators, to i) foster the ties between European Geospace research and space technology establishments, ii) assess the European potential in advanced Space Weather observational and modelling techniques and in reliable products and services iii) define the needs of a broad range of users and iv) determine and recommend the specifications for new products and services that best meet the users requirements. The Action is one of the main drivers of the European Space Weather Week, and maintains close links with ESA, SWWT, the European Regional Warning Centers and ISES.
COST Action ES0803 website
The Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, STCE is a scientific institute focussing on the Sun, through space, up to the Earth and it's atmosphere. The solid base of the STCE is the existing experience in fundamental solar and earth atmospheric physics research, the involvement in earth-based and space missions, a broad variety of space weather linked services and a fully operational eligible space weather application centre. The scientists act at different levels within the frame of internal, national and international collaborations of scientific and commercial oriented partners. The STCE benefits also from the platform of interaction offered through the ESA (SWWT, SWENET), EU (COST, FP7) and others (ISES, …).
The STCE skills are based on know-how, sharing knowledge, man power, infrastructure and a reliable network in the field Sun-Space-Earth.