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What is COST?

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level ( COST contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence.

COST aims to strengthen Europe in scientific and technical research through the support of European cooperation and interaction between European researchers. The funds provided by COST support the coordination costs of the research networks (Actions), in the nine key domains among which is Food and Agriculture (FA).

FA covers all aspects of research in the field of agricultural and food sciences in its widest sense. The primary aim of the Domain is to encourage networking of research in any field linked to these activities as well as the related demands and needs.

What is CAPARA?

CAPARA stands for CAPRINE PARASITOLOGY and it’s the acronym of “Goat-parasite interactions: from knowledge to control”,  a COST Action (FA0805) under the frame of Food & Agriculture.

The main objective of the Action is to establish a network of European researchers working on various aspects of goats parasitology and health management to advance towards a better understanding of the different components explaining the specificities of goat-parasite interactions as well as to develop sustainable strategies to control parasitic diseases in goats.

CAPARA is covering 4 scientific fields organised in Working Groups which are:

WG1: Epidemiology of parasitic infections in goats
WG2: Goat immune response to helminths
WG3: Pharmacokinetics of antiparasitic drugs in goats  
WG4: Alternatives to chemical drugs.

CAPARA came into force 23/01/2009 and includes scientists from 28 countries.

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