STSM call 8

Eighth call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth

We received nine applications, six of which have been approved by the STSM Committee. We are happy to announce that five STSM Grants were given to:
Name Affiliation Title Host Report
Manuel Anguita Maeso Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Córdoba, Spain Effect of plant genotype, plant niche and environmental conditions on the diversity and structure of microbial communities in cultivated olive trees National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland not yet available
Noe Arroyo-Velez Laboratory of Plant-Microorganism Interactions, Toulouse, France Deciphering the contribution of Xanthomonas campestris type III effectors to immune suppression Center for Plant Molecular Biology, Tübingen, Germany not yet available
Florian Goettelmann Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland Using comparative genomics to define pathovar-specific factors in Xanthomonas translucens The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA not yet available
Leonor Martins Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Portugal Evolution and contribution of pathogenicity factors in walnut-infecting xanthomonads Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France not yet available
Angeliki Sagia Department of Biology, University of Crete, Greece Characterization of new type VI effectors in Xanthomonas Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France not yet available
Ana Cláudia Silva Department of New Biopesticides, InnovPlantProtect CoLab, Elvas, Portugal Skills exchange-towards learning the standardized methods for Xylella fastidiosa and plant endophytic bacteria isolation and detection Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Córdoba, Spain not yet available


Dear colleagues,
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 8th call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth: Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe. We are now receiving applications for STSM due to take place between July 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.
The deadline for application was 31st May 2020.
Generally, STSM are:
  • Exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country;
  • Aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories;
  • Minimum of 5 calendar days.
The financial contribution for such a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the applicant’s budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM assessment committee (max. 3500 € covering travel and subsistence with max. 160 € per day for accommodation and meal expenses).
To apply, please register at e-COST (if you did not so before in the frame of another activity) and send the following documents to the STSM Coordinator (Dr Monika Kałużna, and to the Chair (Dr Ralf Koebnik,
  • Written agreement of the Host Institution;
  • Letter of support from the Home Institution (written agreement from the supervisor or group leader);
  • Supporting documents (Cover letter incl. cost estimate for travel and subsistence; Scientific work plan of max. 3 pages; CV of max. 3 pages, incl. list of relevant publications, ).
Please consult the COST Vademecum for more details on eligibility for application and the reimbursement rules. Please be aware that you need to provide all travel documents and a written report within 4 weeks after return from the STSM in order to get reimbursed. 
Following a decision of the Management Committee, taken on July 18, 2018, we herewith announce that the name and affiliation of all grantees, the titles of the STSM projects and the host institutes will be published on our EuroXanth website. All other information will be kept confidential.
Specific provisions have been introduced to enable researchers from ITC participating in the respective COST Action to receive 50% of their STSM Grant when they complete the first day of their STSM. The remaining 50% of the Grant is payable once the administrative requirements have been satisfied.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
With kind regards,
Monika Kałużna (STSM Coordinator)
Ralf Koebnik (Chair)