COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area.
The COST Association, an International not-for-profit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the framework.
The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries.

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Industrially Contaminated Sites and Health Network (ICSHNet)

In Europe, earlier industrialization and poor environmental management practices have left a legacy of thousands of contaminated sites. Past and current industrial activities can cause local and diffuse contamination, to such an extent that it might threaten human health of resident populations, especially in vulnerable subgroup.

COST Action IS1408 is centred on developing a common European framework for research and response on environmental health issues in industrially contaminated sites, and establish a European network of experts and institutions involved in assessing the health impacts and/or managing remediation and response.

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BACKGROUND

Contaminated sites are areas hosting (or having hosted) production and processing plants and facilities for chemicals, petrochemicals, manufacturing, waste disposal and/or treatment, cement, power generation, mining and metals. In Europe, earlier industrialization and poor environmental management practices have left a legacy of thousands of contaminated sites.

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MISSION AND OUTCOMES

COST Action IS1408 is centred on developing a common European framework on industrially contaminated sites and health.
It aims at clarifying needs and priorities, and collecting and evaluating available data and experiences, which are very heterogeneous across Europe.

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OBJECTIVES

Expand and consolidate collaborations for the collection of data and dissemination of information on environment and health in contaminated sites across Europe.
Identify needs and priorities on strategies to address environmental health impact and to promote interventions and public health in contaminated areas.
Map expertise and resources for responding to questions of different nature on contaminated sites and health.
Formulate priority research in the domain.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME AND WORKING GROUPS

Based on the main objective of this Action, the most important primary goal will be to coordinate and guide expert networking, conferences, workshops, training and dissemination activities in order to develop a common framework for research and response on environmental health issues related to industrially contaminated sites. This Action is scientifically focused on the following four specific Tasks, strictly interconnected to each other. Read more >>


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