COST Action TU1303 Newsletter - July 2015
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Novel Structural Skins  Newsletter

Dear member of COST Action TU1303 'Novel Structural Skins',


Upcoming meeting

Our next COST Action meeting will be organized at the University of Minho in Guimarães (Portugal) on the 8th and 9th of September 2015. More information can be found on this page, which will be updated regularly with practical information.

The official e-COST invitation for the meeting has been sent by e-mail. If you did not receive the e-mail, please check your spam folder or contact us. Please do not forget to ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ the invitation by following the link in the invitation e-mail. This allows us to estimate the amount of participants.


Taxi from and to airport not reimbursed

The closest airport to Guimarães is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, which is about 50 km from Guimarães. Please note that COST will NOT reimburse transport by taxi between the airport and Guimarães. Public transport, such as the train (indirect via Porto Centre) or the direct bus (getbus), will be refunded by COST. Please take this into account when booking your flight. We will add more information with regard to the transportation as soon as available to the webpage.


Next meetings

Working Groups 1a (Adaptable skins & structures) and 1c (Fabric Formwork) will already meet shortly at the IASS Symposium in Amsterdam (not reimbursed by COST) to prepare the working group meeting in Guimarães. Contact Arjan Habraken (WG1a) or John Orr (WG1c) if you would like to receive more information on these preparatory meetings.

Three additional Working Group meetings are also already planned. Working Group 4 and 5 will meet in Nantes during the 1st Training School of this COST Action (see further). All working groups will meet on the 16th and 17th of March 2016 at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and from the 26th to the 28th of October 2016 for our TensiNet-COST Symposium in Newcastle (UK). More information will  be online soon on our ‘Meetings’ page.


Training School EUROMEM

We would like to announce the first training school of this COST Action, called ‘EUROMEM - From uncertainties to partial safety factors calibration: application to tensile membrane structures, discover the birth of a Eurocode’. This training school will be organized at the University of Nantes (FR) from the 29th of September till the 1st of October 2015. More information can be found on this page. Working groups 4 and 5 will also meet during this event.


TensiNet-COST Action TU1303 Symposium 2016

The 5th TensiNet Symposium is organized by the TensiNet Association, under COST Action TU1303 and hosted by Newcastle University (UK) from the 26th to the 28th of October 2016. The three-day symposium will refer to the TensiNet and COST Action TU1303 Working Groups.

Please note that the deadline of abstract submission is already on the 15th of October 2015. More information, such as the planning of the sessions and the keynote speakers, can be found on the webpage of the TensiNet-COST Action TU1303 Symposium 2016.


Minutes are online

The minutes of the Working Group meetings and plenary sessions held in Denkendorf (24th and 25th of March) are available online, under Documents. You can consult them with the following password: TU1303WG . If you have problems consulting them, or if you have remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Acknowledge COST

Dissemination of research results is very important for COST. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate it if you could mention this COST-Action on your publications related to your Working Group activities. This can for example be done under Acknowledgements. Please also notify the chair of the Action of your COST-related publications. Many thanks!


Conferences & events

IASS2015 Annual International Symposium on Future Visions - 17-20 August 2015
COST Action TU1303 Working Groups meetings - 08-09 September 2015
Euromem-Training School of COST Action TU1303 - 29 September-01 October 2015
Design Modelling Symposium - 30 September-02 October 2015
Structural Membranes 2015 - 19-21 October 2015

COST petition

We received from the COST Association the news that the COST Framework is facing a budget cut. This would unfortunately impact the number of future COST Actions and most likely lower the funds available per COST Action.

The COST Association has therefore launched an online petition pleading for a conservation of budgets. The intention is to demonstrate to EU policy makers the importance of bottom-up, open and inclusive science and technology networks for the European research community. More information can be found in their News Release.


Enjoy the holidays!

We are looking forward to meet again on our next meeting in Guimarães. Meanwhile, we hope you can all make some time to enjoy the holidays.

Marijke Mollaert, Lars De Laet & Katja Bosman

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