April 30, 2019 Brussels – 36 countries have confirmed their participation in the Horizon2020-funded COST Action (ref. 18125) launched project.
42 members of the Management Committee have participated in the kick-off meeting of the project entitled Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences.
During the day, MC has elected the projects’ Chair, Vice-Chair, Science communication manager, STSM Coordinator, ITC Conference manager and WG Leaders to establish the Core management group. Short and long term plans were established to fulfill the activities of the launched project (AERoGELS). Action Chair is Dr Carlos A GARCIA GONZALEZ, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Vice Chair is Prof Irina SMRINOVA, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, who coordinated NanoHybrids. Many researchers from the NanoHybrids team participate in this COST action. Thus, the research community will continue their collaborative efforts to drive aerogels towards more knowledge and innovation.
AERoGELS is intended to bring together the knowledge on research and technology of aerogels at the European level from academia, industry and regulatory experts.
The full potential of these special class of nanostructured mesoporous materials are still to be assessed for various additional applications. In this Action, the use of aerogels will be specifically explored in the context of environmental and life sciences applications joining the knowledge and efforts of the most renowned experts on cutting-edge aerogel technology, on advanced characterization of materials as well as on biomedical and environmental research.
Aerogels will be assessed from a materials performance point of view but also regarding health and environmental implications. AERoGELS COST ACTION 18125 will set a forum to disseminate knowledge to society and to train European young researchers on research, innovation and entrepreneurial skills via technical schools, publications and STSM exchanges.
The interdisciplinary collaborations to be promoted within this Action are expected to yield innovative and integrated solutions for environment and for life sciences. The long-term scope of this Action is to develop an aerogel technology able to improve the welfare of European people and to move towards cleaner and smarter production in Europe.