As a precursor of advanced interdisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in the creation of a European research area. It previews and complements the activities included in the programming frameworks of the European Union, which constitute a “bridge” toward the scientific communities of emerging countries.
It also enhances the mobility of researchers all over Europe and promotes the creation of scientific excellence in nine basic sectors:
Thirty-six countries are members of the COST program: the 27 member-states of the European Union, Norway, FYROM, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia as full members, and Israel as an associate member.
The participation of the Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering at AUTH is a particularly active member of the COST program, due to the involvement of several Faculty members in the various sectors covered by the program. More specifically, the members of the Faculty of Engineering participate in the fields of transport and urban development, environmental management and ICT.
Through such actions, the framework of activities at the Faculty of Engineering at AUTH is enhanced, through its collaboration with other universities abroad and with European and international organizations, which has paved the way for new educational and research paths for its undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for the Faculty staff.