Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)
STSM Coordinator: Dr. Alamin Mansouri (FR)

The aim of a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) shall be to contribute to the scientific objectives of this COST Action.
These Missions (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young scientists.

Please find below a list of all STSM including a short description. For further information about the outcomes of these STSM please contact the Action Chair.

Current and finished STSMs Current and finished STSMs

Grantee Host Institution Subject Duration Report
Ferdinand Deger Swiss National Museum, Zürich, Switzerland Acquisition of prehistoric funerary stone stelae. 15.07.2013-29.07.2013 read more
Kinjiro Amano University of Minho, Portugal Hyperspectral imaging on historical manuscripts and natural scenes. 01.08.2013-31.10.2013 read more
Mona Hess Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium Practical Assessment of a new metric heritage test object. 26.08.2013-06.09.2013 read more
Jakub Krzesłowski i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany Applicability of reflectance estimation in 3D shape documentation techniques. 01.09.2013-30.09.2013 read more
Zina Ruzdic i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany Improve knowledge in the modern approach in preserving the heritage, photogrammetry, remote sensing surveying, 3D-visualzation. 08.09.2013-22.09.2013  
Francesco Carlo Nex University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands 3D image data integration for advanced Cultural Heritage documentation. 15.09.2013-15.12.2013 read more
Francisco Javier Burgos Fernández University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland Spectral analysis of Finnish icons with spectral imaging techniques. 20.09.2013-19.12.2013 read more
Julio del Hoyo-Meléndez National Museums Berlin, Rathgen Research Laboratory, Berlin, Germany Establishment of a standard methodology and further application of microfading spectrometry to the study of CH objects. 17.11.2013-23.11.2013 read more
Francesca Piqué Château de Germolles, France Germolles technical photography. 08.12.2013-15.12.2013

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Waldemar Mordwinzew Virtual Reality Techniques Division at the Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland Investigation on possibilities of an improved calibration methods used for creating 3D models of cultural heritage objects 02.11.2013-02.12.2013 read more
Tatiana Vitorino IFAC-CNR, Florence, Italy Red Organic Pigments: hyperspectral acquisition on historically accurate reconstructions 02.12.2013-06.12.2013

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Corina Nicolae 3D Optical Metrology (3DOM) research unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy Photogrammetry applied to problematic Cultural Heritage artefacts 04.11.2013-13.12.2013 read more
Tibor Lukic University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, UK Algorithms and Procedures for Analysis and Documentation of Cultural Heritage Objects 01.12.2013-10.12.2013 read more
Xana Delpueyo Español University of Minho, Portugal Analysis of art paintings with a hyperspectral system composed of a LCD tunable filter 27.10.2013-06.11.2013 read more
Ann-Kathrin Wiemann Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium Assessment of tested technologies for COSCHKR App 09.06.2014-20.06.2014 read more
Seana Vida Farrington King's College London, UK Key concepts and definitions of CH visualization 16.06.2014-27.06.2014

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Paul O'Shea King's College London, UK Creating and Maintaining Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Cultural Heritage Visualisation 16.06.2014-27.06.2014 read more
Romain Jeanneret Ecole Centrale de Nantes - Research Institute for Communication and Cybernetics of Nantes, France The use of 3D imaging techniques to digitalize and visualise technical Cultural Heritage artefacts 16.06.2014-24.06.2014 read more
Bojan Marinković i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany Integration of knowledge and data in the COSCHKR 21.07.2014-01.08.2014 read more
Aurore Mathys i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany 3D digitisation for Scientific and Cultural Heritage collections: further analyses and results 04.08.2014-15.08.2014 read more
Julio M. del Hoyo-Melendez Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain Documenting the light sensitivity of Levantine rock art paintings in Cova Remigia, Castellon (Spain) 31.08.2014-07.09.2014 read more
Tatiana Vitorino Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara" - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy Analysis of the Round Robin Test data acquired at IFAC-CNR 31.08.2014-27.09.2014 read more
Francesca Piqué Châteaux de Germolles, France Color measurements on Germolles's wall paintings 29.09.2014-05.10.2014 read more
Julien Guery Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven, Germany Photogrametry images of the Bremen Cog ou 3D Model of the Bremen Cog 21.10.2014-28.10.2014 read more
Isabella Toschi University College London, UK Metrological evaluation of 3D imaging systems – Guidelines & Best Practices 01.11.2014-30.11.2014 read more
Magdelena Stoyanova Gallery Matica srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia Spectral investigation of Serbian Baroque icons for their scientific documentation 06.11.2014-25.11.2014 read more
Irina Ciortan Gjøvik University College, Gjøvik, Norway Quality Evaluation of Spectral Imaging Systems 11.11.2014-30.11.2014  
Mieke Pfarr-Harfst Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Analysis, evaluation and comparison of 3D modelling workflows as basis for guidelines and vocabulary 09.02.2015-13.02.2015

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Mieke Pfarr-Harfst King's College London, UK Investigation of 3D modelling workflows in CH for the development of key concepts and definitions 02.03.2015-06.03.2015
Antonio Pelegrina Jimenez Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina User evaluation in the context of cultural heritage visualization applications 06.03.2015-25.03.2015 read more
Massimiliano Ditta Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven, Germany Total Station recording and monitoring of the Bremen "“Cog" - German Maritime Museum  (Bremerhaven, Germany) 07.04.2015-27.04.2015 read more
Keats Webb IFAC-CNR, Florence, Italy Elaboration of Hyperspectral Image Data from Round Robin Test Acquisition 10.04.2015-26.04.2015

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Piotr Kuroczynski King's College London, UK e-documentation within the computer-based visualisation of Cultural Heritage (CH) in the light of the upcoming Semantic Web technologies 13.04.2015-30.04.2015 read more
Fotis Arnaoutoglou Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Visualization of White Bastion fortress based on 3D Spatial Documentation of Material Cultural Heritage 04.05.2015-09.05.2015  
Róbert Fröhlich Université Jean Monnet, St.-Etienne, France Review on acquisition and fusion of heterogeneous data 31.05.2015-10.06.2015

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Carina Justus UMR 3495-map, CNRS, Marseille, France 3D Modelling and Semantic Enrichment in Cultural Heritage 28.06.2015-04.07.2015 read more
Christian Degrigny UMR 7325, CINaM - Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille, France Management of GERMOLLES case study data: operating chain, processing and dissemination 29.06.2015-03.07.2015 read more
Jose Ignacio Murillo

Athena-Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, Xanthi, Greece

3D models Historical buildings: method for an advanced system of analysis and conservation 02.09.2015-22.09.2015  
Ashish Karmacharya Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia Evaluation of semantic consistency and rule formalisations within COSCHKR 27.09.2015-03.10.2015 figure
Levente Tamas Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven, Germany Evaluation and validation of the 3D data from the Bremen "€œCog"€ monitoring case study 21.09.2015-27.09.2015 read more
Mona Hess 3D Optical Metrology (3DOM) research unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Italy Portable Heritage Metric Test Object - Optimisation of evaluation for image-based 3D modelling techniques. New design iteration and different recording strategies. 05.10.2015-25.10.2015 read more
Dimitris Mylonas Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain Characterisation and visualization of cultural heritage materials through colour naming. 11.10.2015-17.10.2015 read more
Stefan Röhrs Victoria and Albert Museum - Conservation Department, London, UK Assessing the photosensitivity of coloured architectural fragments from the Near East. 19.10.2015-23.10.2015 read more
Santiago Pozo-Antonio School of Science and Technology / ISAAC lab, Nottingham Trent University, UK Characterization of cinnabar tempera paint mock-ups by means of non-invasive techniques. 23.10.2015-15.11.2015  
Tatiana Vitorino University College London, UK The Russian icon: processing and assessing the usefulness of spectral imaging data from WG1 RRT. 26.10.2015-06.11.2015 read more
Nutsa Papiashvili Château de Germolles, France Condition survey and preliminary reconstruction of Germolles' wall paintings using imaging techniques. 30.11.2015-20.12.2015  
Aurore Mathys University College London, UK RTI Representation of Roman coins. 07.02.2016-20.02.2016 read more
Milan Todorovic i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany Incorporation of Prolog inference system into the COSCHKR. 22.02.2016-26.02.2016  
Keats Webb IFAC-CNR, Florence, Italy Continued Processing and Comparison of Spectral Image Data from WG1 Round Robin Test Acquisition. 02.03.2016-11.03.2016 read more
Krzysztof Lech Laboratoire LE2I, Université of Bourgogne Examining the potential of merging Reflectance Transformation Imaging and multispectral data. 14.03.2016-10.04.2016  
Vera Moitinho Virtual Reality Techniques Division at the Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland Geometrical comparison of 3D data of silver coins. 14.03.2016-27.03.2016 read more
Cristina Tedeschi Châteaux de Germolles, France Application of Infra Red Thermography to investigate the 14th century wall paintings at Germolles. 31.03.2016-06.04.2016 read more
Christian Degrigny UMR 3495-map, CNRS, Marseille, France Recommendations for solution providers and end-users to use properly close-range photogrammetry for the documentation of cultural heritage artefacts. 19.06.2016-25.06.2016 read more
Ruven Pillay IFAC-CNR, Florence, Italy Data Analysis of the WG1 Round Robin Test Results. 20.06.2016-24.06.2016  
Vera Moitinho AICON 3D Systems GmbH, Scanner Innovation Center, Meersburg, Germany. Evaluating 3D digital models of historical silver coins: a methodological approach. 28.06.2016-05.07.2016 read more
Ahmed Ali Hadabay Elamin i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany Description and implementation of orthorectification algorithms within COSCHKR. 15.08.2016-21.08.2016 read more


STSM application guidelines STSM application guidelines

Applicants: postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow or employer of an institution of a COST Country/Action participant. Selection through the MC.
Duration: min. one week (5 working days), max. 3 months.
Financial Support: The grant covers only travel and subsistence.
60-90 EUR/day for daily allowance, 300 EUR for travel expenses (the total must not exceed 2500 EUR up to three months)
Registration: Online registration tool (, applications may be submitted according to the schedules stipulated by the MC, the application together with the MC approval has to be sent to the Grantholder (at least 4 weeks before the STSM starts)
Applications need to be made through e-COST Service. Please log in to your e-COST account or create an e-COST account on the following website:

Assessment: The STSM coordinator will make the scientific and budgetary assessment and take the final decision
Approval: The STSM coordinator is responsible for circulating the application for decision in the assessment panel and has to inform the Grantholder about the decision. The Grantholder informs the applicant about the outcome of the assessment and will arrange all necessary formalities. The decisions and assessments regarding all STSM applications shall be reported to the next MC meeting in the minutes of the meetings.
STSM Scientific Report: After completion of the STSM the grantee is required to submit to the host institution and STSM coordinator a scientific report understandable to all scientific communities involved in COSCH within 4 weeks after his/her stay.
STSM coordinator: He will ensure the evaluation of the STSM applications, the selection of successful candidates, and the approval of the scientific report of the STSM applicants.
For more information please contact

1st Call for STSM 2013

2nd Call for STSM 2013

3rd Call for STSM 2014

4th Call for STSM 2014

5th Call for STSM 2015

6th Call for STSM 2015

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8th Call for STSM 2015

9th Call for STSM 2016

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