1st COST Action CA17140 Conference

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Tue, 18/06/2019 - 07:47

Dear COSTers,

this fall we are going to organize the 1st COST Action CA17140 Conference. The event will be held in Riga, Latvia from the 15th to 17th of October. Prof. Maria Issagouliantis kindly agreed to host it.

As this is a COST official event, there will be no fee for attending the conference.

The Conference programs includes the following sessions:

- design, sythesis, scale up and GMP aspects of nanodrugs

- physico-chemical characterization of nanodrugs

- preclinical studies of nanodrugs

- clinical trials and regulatory aspects of nanomedicines.

You are all kindly invited to submit an abstract to the conference. Please use the abstract template downloadable from this page and send your contribution by mail to

The successful abstract submission will be immeditely acknowledged by an automatic reply message.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is July 19, 2019.

Also, please inform early career investigators (ECIs) and Ph.D. students iabout the conference. A special session entirely dedicated to ECIs and PhD student presentations is planned.

The Action chair, vice-chair, the Scientific and Local Organizing Committe really look forward to your important contirbution to this First ACTION Conference!

Useful downloads

ACTION WG1 MEETING in Madeira - Agenda and Book of Abstracts

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Tue, 18/06/2019 - 06:42

Dear COSTers,

our upcoming ACTION WG1 Meeting (July 13-14, 2019) will be held at the Universidade da Madeira, Colégio dos Jesuítas, Rua dos Ferreiros, Funchal on the Madeira Island, Portugal.

The Meting Book of Abstracts, which includes the Meeting Agenda, can be downloaded from this page.

Looking forward to seeing all COSTers participants and to an inspiring and productive meeting!

Useful downloads

A 3.5 year PhD studentship in development of a simple, cheap, reliable device with shape variant nanoparticles for pathogen sensing

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 09:05

Dear COSTers,

we are pleased to inform you that a 3.5 year PhD studentship in development of a simple, cheap, reliable device with shape variant nanoparticles for pathogen sensing is available at UCL, London, UK.

Deadline for application submission is June 20, 2019. However, the position will be filled as soon as suitabale candidate is found.

Funding is guaranteed, whether it will be deal or no deal Brexit.

Interested candidates are urged to contact Prof Thanh ( as soon as possible.

More info about the project can be found here:


EU Commission opens recruitment for Horizon Europe mission boards

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Fri, 31/05/2019 - 15:36

Dear COSTers,

please find below the message from our Officer, Dr. Lucia Forzi, about the possibility of becoming a member of the European Commission expert groups who will be resposible for designing and managing the upcoming Horizon Europe Missions:

Dear all,

Please be informed that the European Commission has opened recruitment for Horizon Europe Mission Boards. More info can be obtained by reading the pdf file which can be downloaded from this page.

A total of 75 successful applicants, divided equally among five themes, will be responsible for designing and managing the Missions, the deadline for applications is midday on 11 June. For the background some reading is available here:

The five already agreed themes for the missions are:

  • adapting to climate change
  • cancer
  • healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  • smart, climate-neutral cities
  • soil health and food

We would appreciate to be informed in case any of you would be selected to contribute to the Mission Boards.

Thanks a lot.

Kind regards,

Lucia Forzi

Useful downloads

Results of the First CA1740 Training School questionnaire

Submitted by Prof Sabrina Pricl on Sat, 18/05/2019 - 08:28
TS average score

Dear COSTers,

following the conclusion of our First CA17140 Training School (TS), held in Trieste from April 8-11, 2019, we are glad to publish the results of the TS questionnaire, received from 40 our of 50 attendees.

We are proud to announce that, in a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), the average answer score  to all questions is equal to 4.5! Thank you attendees for helping us to make this TS a great event:  we are really happy to know you not only enjoyed the TS but also learned a lot of new, useful concepts in cancer nanomedicine which will inspire you along your scientific research journey.

The full questionnaire results can be download from this page, while a limited, country-distributed selection among all enthusiastic comments received from the TS young trainees is reported below.

See you at the next CA17140 TS!
The local organizer committee

"Attending th TS was a great learning experience. I had the chace to learn from and to talk to experts from different fields in a relaxed atmosphere, to exchenge information and experience with othr trainees, and i hae become aware of some aspects I have not considered before, whcih will be extremely beneficial for my future work." Marina Kovacevic, The Republic of Serbia

"This TS was a "mind opener" for me who just finished my PhD. Not only it made me realize the important of risk assessment instaed of looking only to the efficacy of nanometerials, but also all new tools this TS introduced me to are crucial for my rsearch. During this week I was able to understand the GMP practices that we need to pursue since the beginning of our investigations, adn important computational and instrumental ttools that can improve and complete our research. Moreover, it allowed me to fully realize the difficulties and the most important steps we will face along the translational pathway of nanomedicines." Rita Pires, Portugal

"The variety and quality of lectures at the TS was great. I learnt about a range of areas I had not previously come across!" Anna Patterson, United Kingdom

"The first TS of the COST Action Nano2Clinc was an inportant moment for applied nanomedicine in Europe, because after a long time it brought together the major European experts in a research network to try to overcome all the challenges of nanopharmaceuticals for the benefit of patients." Enrico Catalano, Norway

"I attended the TS under the advice of my Company Tutor. Since I work on extracellular vesicles, I was a little
worried about my lack of knowledge in the field of nanomaterials, but I must say that the course was
understandable, very interesting and It opened my mind to aspects that I had not previously known.
Thanks for giving me this opportunity.
" Eleonora Trovato, Italy

"The first Nano2Clinic COST Action TS in Trieste was very well organized including compact and high quality lectures. We had small-groups discussions every afternoon. during these discussions we had ti complete assignments as a group. These assignments created a friendly learning environment and opportunity of exchanging ideas." Bilge Guvenc-Tuna, Turkey

"This experience opened my eyes regarding the scale-up aspects in nanomedicine, and enriched my knowledge in cancer specific features, that all need to be taken into account when working with nanomedicies." Andra-Sorina Tatar, Romania

"Overall my experince was wonderful. Firstly I enjoyed and explored the Trieste city and found people
was awesome and friendly. Regarding to TS, it gave me opportunity to show my research to other
researcher through poster session and which helpful me to generate new ideas after discussion with them.
Further trainers gave me ideas about the cutting edge techniques like microfluidic, molecular simulation
can be used for in depth analysis of our research
." Prakram S. Chauhan, Israel





Useful downloads
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) logo
EU flag logo

Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
of the European Union