GI1.3/AS4.13/BG1.33/CL4.42/GD1.7/GM12.7/GMPV7.16/NH11.15/NP9.4/SM1.10/SSP1.7/SSS13.20/ST4.9GI1.3/ AS4.13/ BG1.33/ CL4.42/ GD1.7/ GM12.7/ GMPV7.16/ NH11.15/ NP9.4/ SM1.10/ SSP1.7/ SSS13.20/ ST4.9

COST Actions in Geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results (co-organized)
Convener: Lara Pajewski  | Co-conveners: Simona Fontul , Aleksandar Ristic 
The nature of science has changed: it has become more interconnected, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and data intensive. Accordingly, this session aims at creating a common space for interdisciplinary scientific discussion, where EGU-GA delegates involved in running and recently ended COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions can share ideas, present the research activities carried out in their Actions, and disseminate their scientific results. The session represents an invaluable opportunity for different Actions to identify possible synergies and establish new collaborations, create a network of networks, find novel links between different disciplines and design innovative research approaches that would not be possible if handled by the Actions separately. Scientists not yet involved in the COST programme are most welcome to attend, inasmuch as ongoing Actions are always open to new participants. The event is planned to be widely advertised among different branches of the geosciences community.

The first edition of the session was successfully held in 2018. Scientific contributions stemming from 25 COST Actions were presented, covering different areas of the geosciences (sky, earth and subsurface monitoring, terrestrial life and ecosystems, earth's changing climate and natural hazards, sustainable management of resources and urban development, environmental contaminants, and big data management). Inspiring and fruitful discussions took place; the session was very well attended. Some abstracts authored by scientists not involved in COST Actions were presented, too: by disseminating the results of their studies to the multidisciplinary audience of the session, the authors of those abstracts aimed at broadening their perspective and at finding new partners for future research ventures.

We are looking forward to receiving several interesting abstracts and to organizing another successful edition of the session in 2019.

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This session is a follow up initiative of COST Action TU1208 “Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar” (2013-2017,

COST ( is a EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks (the “Actions”), in Europe and beyond. COST provides funds for organising conferences, workshops, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges and other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. Academia, industry, public- and private-sector laboratories work together in Actions, sharing knowledge, leveraging diversity, and pulling resources. Every Action has a main objective, defined goals and clear deliverables.