“Small countries such as Estonia are inherently benefiting from COST Actions as small and big countries have an equal representation of participants in the Management Committee. My lab has been active in several successful Actions, most recent of which was ‘Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases’ (AMICI), 2016-2020. In this Action I was nominated to lead one of the central tasks and was a core group member.
Most importantly, this network led to the publication of 8 joint scientific papers in my team with key participants of this Action. In addition, students and post-docs from other labs(Krunoslav Ilic from Zagreb, Croatia, Virginija Kalciene from Vilnius University, Lithuana, Svetlana Vihodceva from Riga Technical University, Latvia) worked in my lab and my lab’s students(Merilin Rosenberg) and post-docs (Angela Ivask) worked in the lab of Prof. William C. Keevil (University of Southampton, UK) during their short-term scientific missions.
Finally, my lab hosted a successful AMICI seminar in Tallinn (2017) and was active in all the annual and working group meetings of AMICI. Thus, this COST Action has been a real success story for my lab. ”
Prof. Anne Kahru – Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB), Tallinn, Estonia