STSM call 9

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


We received four applications, three of which have been approved by the STSM Committee. We are happy to announce that three STSM Grants were given to:
Name Affiliation Title Host Report
Chloé Peduzzi UCLouvain, Earth and Life Institute, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Generation and visualization of fluorescently labelled Xanthomonas translucens strains and implementation of bioinformatic analysis for studying the role of type VI secretion system in bacterial killing The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA not yet available
Tamara Popović Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Plant Health, Podgorica, Montenegro Characterisation of Xanthomonas spp. associated with bacterial leaf spot of pepper in Montenegro University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Plant Pathology, Belgrade not yet available
Pilar Velasco Amo Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Córdoba, Spain New biotechnological approaches to study Xylella fastidiosa interactions with microbial synthetic communities in the xylem University of Oxford, UK not yet available


Dear colleagues,
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 9th 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 April 1, 2021, and August 15, 2021.
The deadline for application was 11th March 2021.
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)