University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 University od Primorska became a grant holder of another COST action

We are glad to announce that the University of Primorska acquired a new COST action. At the beginning of June, the COST’s governing board, Commitee of Senior Officials approved another COST action, entitled »An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st Century« (CA18201), signed by dr. Živa Fišer Pečnikar, from the Department of Biodiversity UP FAMNIT. Her COST action was confirmed among 40 new COST actions. In the applications, collected by last November, were included 29 institutions from 32 countries.


Even though plants represent an essential part of our lives offering exploitational, supporting and cultural services, we know very little about the biology of the rarest and most threatened plant species, and even less about their conservation status. Rapid changes in the environment and climate, today more pronounced than ever, affect their fitness and distribution causing rapid species declines, sometimes even before they had been discovered.

Despite the high goals set by conservationists to protect native plants from further degradation and extinction, the initiatives for the conservation of threatened species in Europe are scattered and have not yielded the desired results.

The main aim of this Action is to improve plant conservation in Europe through the establishment of a network of scientists and other stakeholders who deal with different aspects of plant conservation, from plant taxonomy, ecology, conservation genetics, conservation physiology and reproductive biology to protected area's managers, not forgetting social scientists, who are crucial when dealing with the general public.

The main instigator is Slovenia with the network of participating countries: Austria, Finland, France, Greece, Switzerland and United Kingdom.


About COST 

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks. Their Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.

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