Use of COST networking tools

The challenge of this COST Action is an ambitious one, and can only be met if the participants in the Action meet regularly, at various occasions, and the participating ESRs are mobile, have internships and short-term stays at other sites. Therefore, the Action will be very active in communication and collaboration, so that the Action challenge can be achieved by generating new common research results, demonstrated on a variety of problems in several application domains. Results will be shared, published on the website and a repository of publications and problem information available to all participants will be set up.

Milestones and deliverables mentioned in the following will be closely monitored by the Action Management Committee (MC).

After the Action approval, the first steps will be performed, most notably the formation of the Management Committee for the COST Action, and the definition of the Working Groups that will be responsible for a variety of tasks.

It is envisaged to have one major event per year where all Action participants have the opportunity to meet and discuss research results. This annual meeting will also be used to discuss progress, and project into the future by assigning new tasks if necessary, discuss internships, review deliverables. Summer schools will also be held on an annual basis.


As mobility of ESRs is a key issue in the Action, the MC will make an effort to accommodate as many STSMs as possible. Short-Term Scientific Missions are an ideal tool to foster communication within the Action, by direct contact between researchers of different groups participating in the Action Network. In this way, the network is strengthened, allowing a STSM grantee to learn a new technique or gain access to specific instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution; and/or to gather and analyse data and to produce a joint publication or write a joint research proposal.

Call for STSMs, Industrial internships and themed one-day industrial mathematics workshops will be launched four times a year, in January, April, July, and October.

STSM applications will be assessed within one month; the assessment based on excellence and impact, prioritising applications from countries that have less capacity in the field of the Action. Industrial internship and STSM applications are assessed by the WG 3, while Themed one-day workshop applications are assessed by WG 1.


  1. One page summary report prepared by visiting researcher.
  2. Joint peer-reviewed publication or funding proposal co-authored by visiting researcher.

Action Conference: the Action Conferences are scientific conferences organized by the COST
Action for researchers to present, discuss and disseminate their work.

These COST Action Conferences:

  • Provide an important channel for exchange of information between researchers
  • Are composed of various presentations including those by keynote speakers
  • Feature panel discussions, round tables or workshops.
  • The work presented will be published as papers in selected journals (special issues); as conference proceedings or in a shorter form as a book of abstracts.
  • Are open to the participation of any self-funded participant (i.e. any researcher or stakeholder outside the COST Action).
  • Are an opportunity to network

As attendance of these conferences will be high, they will also be used to discuss new funding opportunities, and form separate teams to work on these (including finding industrial or other partners if necessary for the type of project).

Deliverables from Action conferences:

  1. Technical summary of Conference.
  2. Report uploaded to Maths In Industry (MIIS) repository.
  3. Dissemination of research results: presentation to a wider audience (industry, general public).

Summer Schools

In order to enable ESRs to profit optimally from the acquired knowledge within the COST Action, tutorials will be given by experts during annual Summer Schools. These tutorials will start from the basics, and then build towards well established but advanced methodologies. In this way, ESRs having attended a summer school will be able to assess the latest developments presented at the Action Conferences.


  1. Collection of tutorials added to ‘living handbook’ on website

Industrial internships

In order to obtain hands-on experience with industrial problems from various scientific domains, industrial internships will be made available based on the large contact database possessed by the Action participants. These internships will allow, on the one hand, to get acquainted with challenging problems that need model reduction for their solution. And, on the other hand, they will allow researchers to have direct access to problems and software, so that tests can be carried out with newly developed methods, and compare with existing techniques.


  1. Each internship student to prepare a one page case study summarising their project.
  2. Collection of case studies to be collated in a booklet under the supervision of WG 4.

Themed one-day industrial mathematics workshops

It is envisaged to organize short 1-day meetings to provide a bridge between researchers in the Action, and specialists from various application areas, so as to discuss requirements and expectations of these specialists, and
disseminate the results obtained by the Action researchers.


  1. One page summary report prepared by local organising committee.