Call for Short Term Scientific Missions COST

GreenInUrbs is a four year COST Action that will develop the scientific knowledge-base on the role of
urban forests and green spaces for green infrastructure implementation and ecosystem service provision
in urban areas. The Action runs from 2013 to 2017.
By linking and creating synergy between social and environmental research, GreenInUrbs takes a novel
and interdisciplinary approach with the aims to 1) increase the knowledge from a scientific and socioeconomic
perspective, 2) identify priorities and challenges for future research, 3) provide indicators and/or
thresholds to be included by policy makers at local, national and international level, and 4) develop
guidelines for Green Infrastructure planners and managers on how to integrate and maximize the
environmental and social services of urban forest and trees.
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are pivotal for the Action to achieve these targets. STSM is
targeted to support early career scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country in
order to learn from or collaborate on innovative concepts and methodologies. Applicants are commonly
post graduate students or postdoctoral fellows employed at an institution in a COST Country having
accepted the Memorandum of Understanding (see the MoU at the Action’s homepage
http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1204)
GreenInUrbs activities are structured in four Working Groups (WGs):
1. Environmental services of Green Infrastructure and Urban Forest and implications of climate
change
2. Social/cultural services of Green Infrastructure and Urban Forest
3. Governance of Urban Forest in a Green Infrastructure approach
4. Integration and Dissemination of the role of Urban Forest for Green Infrastructure to stakeholders
Applications should relate to the WGs focus areas. Applications can only be submitted by using the
on-line registration tool on https://e-services.cost.eu/w3/index.php?id=91. The applicant should also
submit a letter of endorsement from the Host institution to the STSM coordinator Anders Busse Nielsen
(anders.busse.nielsen@slu.se). Information about participating countries and institutions can be obtained
by consulting the national Management Committee members (see MC members at the Action’s
homepage http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1204)
Deadline for application is May 1, 2013