The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation.

COST is bottom up, this means that researchers can create a network – based on their own research interests and ideas – by submitting a proposal to the COST Open Call. The proposal can be in any science field. COST Actions are highly interdisciplinary and open. It is possible to join ongoing Actions, which therefore keep expanding over the funding period of four years. They are multi-stakeholder, often involving the private sector, policymakers as well as civil society.

Since 1971, COST receives EU funding under the various Research and Innovation Framework Programmes, such as Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. COST funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities, such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination and communication activities.

You can find detailed information about COST actions and funding at the COST website www.cost.eu.

Action Chair

Dr Katarzyna BATANI, IPPLM, Poland
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Action Vice Chair

Dr Daniele MARGARONE, ELI ERIC, Czechia
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant Holder Scientific Representative   

Dr Daniele MARGARONE, ELI ERIC, Czechia
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Science Communication Coordinator

Prof Michael TATARAKIS, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant Awarding Coordinator

Prof Dimitri BATANI, Université de Bordeaux, France
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG1 Leaders
Training and dissemination

Leader: Dr Ioannis FITILIS, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-Leader: Dr Georgia ANDRIANAKI, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG2 Leaders
Experiments: Proton boron and
towards the practical realization of
compact 
laser-driven α-particle sources

Leader: Dr Lorenzo GIUFFRIDA, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-Leader: M.Sc. Valeriia ISTOKSKAIA, ELI Beamlines, Czechia
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG3 Leaders
Modelisation including
development and optimization
of numerical simulations 

Leader: Dr Aldo BONASERA, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-Leader: Dr Shivani CHOUDHARY DE MARCO, ELI ALPS, Hungary
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG4 Leaders
Development / optimization of
advanced diagnostics for
proton boron experiments

Leader: Dr Fabrizio CONSOLI, ENEA, Italy, 
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-Leader: Dr Giada PETRINGA, ENEA, Italy
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG5 Leaders
Targetry: development and
detailed characterization of
proton-boron targets

Leader: Dr Antonino PICCIOTTO, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy, 
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-Leader: Dr Davide ORECCHIA, Politecnico di Milano, Italy,
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are two modalities of participation in a COST Action:

 

 Working Group (WG) participation (long-term participation):

  • Participation as WG member shall be open to any individual affiliated in a legal entity wherever in the world, except in cases of Incompatibilities as per Article 4.2 of the COST Action Rules.
  • Participation as WG member shall imply a duty to contribute to the realisation of the objectives of the WG and shall give rights of access to activities and information shared in the Action.
  • Participation as WG member shall be reflected on the COST website for visibility purposes.
  • Participating in a COST Action shall be bound by the COST Action Rules as complemented by the Annotated Rules (level C) and the COST Principles

In order to become a WG member, any individual shall be affiliated to a legal entity which may be based wherever in the world. The seat of the legal entity shall be used to determine the country of affiliation of the WG participant (Article 4.1.1 of the Annotated Rules (level C).

Applications to become a WG member shall be submitted via the Action page on the COST website.

The Action MC (or the delegated group) shall review the WG membership applications on a regular basis. The maximum delay between application and decision shall not exceed 3 months.

 

 Ad-hoc participation (short-term participation):

Participation to a COST Action may also take the form of an ad-hoc participation, subject to invitation by the Action MC during the lifetime of the Action. Incompatibilities as per Article 4.2 of the COST Action Rules shall also apply to ad-hoc participation.

The COST Members through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) wish to undertake joint activities of mutual interest and declare their common intention to participate in the ProBoNo COST Action CA21128 “Proton Boron Nuclear Fusion: From Energy Production To Medical Applications (ProBoNo)”

Here you can find the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the ProBoNo COST Action.

The ProBoNO Action will aim at bringing together the main competences in the study of pB fusion, at an experimental, theoretical and computational level. The main objective is to develop an inter-disciplinary collaboration across many institutions and countries having similar interests and complementary capabilities in laser-plasma physics, nuclear physics, medical physics, fusion energy and accelerator technology. The main goal is to coordinate research at different laboratories, train staff and develop a deeper collaborative connection between the individual groups and their research. The individual partners excel at different activities and in various specializations, thus, by sharing these skills and knowledge, the Action will be able to push the field further ahead to the frontline of cutting edge science maximizing the production of new knowledge and breakthrough discoveries.

The Action will be organized in the following five (5) Working Groups (WG):

WG1: Training and dissemination

This WG addresses the training and dissemination activities of the Action. It will bring together people of different fields related to the Action in order to participate in the realization of activities such as training schools, workshops, seminars, informative videos, educational material, informative content for the website and the social networks.

WG2: Experiments: Proton boron and Towards the practical realization of compact laser-driven α-particle sources

This is the main experimental part of the Action and concerns the coordinated preparation of proposals and realization of experiments in laser facilities open to users. The WG will include all the experimentalists involved in the Action but there will be strong links with WGs 3, 4 and 5 in order to design and optimize experiments, and analyze results. Collaboration between laser, plasma, nuclear physicists and target development specialists will be realized within this WG. In order to realize the experimental program, contacts and agreements have already been established with various facilities.

This WG aims at summarizing all experimental, theoretical, practical results in order to build the basis for the development of compact laser-driven α-particle sources. This work will be conducted with the essential involvement of companies working on lasers, interaction chambers, diagnostics, targetry and, last but not least, the companies working in medical instrumentation.

WG3: Modelisation including development and optimization of numerical simulations

This WG addresses the “Challenge on development of adapted numerical simulation”. Researchers working on theory / simulations will work in this WG with a strong interaction with experimentalists in order to validate the needed code chain.

WG4: Development / optimization of advanced diagnostics for proton boron experiments

This WG addresses the “Challenge on development of Novel Diagnostics”. The work will take advantage of the synergy between plasma physicists and nuclear physicists. New developed diagnostics approach could eventually be engineered and bring to development of novel instruments and possibly release of patents

WG5: Targetry: development and detailed characterization of proton-boron targets

This WG addresses the “Challenge on Targetry” and will be based on cooperation of experimentalists and material scientists with an input from theory and simulation.

NEWS