Prof. Grimaldi expressed his honor in being appointed as the President of the COST Association, emphasizing the program’s inclusive nature and its utilization of the diverse talents and expertise found throughout Europe’s research community. With his extensive experience, Prof. Grimaldi aims to contribute to the distinctiveness of the COST program, a crucial component of the European Research Area.
Prof. Grimaldi holds a PhD in Hydrology for Engineering and is currently a Full Professor in Hydrology at the University of Tuscia in Italy. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. As the Director of MechHydroLab, an interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on advanced environmental monitoring systems, Prof. Grimaldi has played a significant role in the field. Additionally, he was elected President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) for the period 2025-2029.
Before assuming the position of COST President, Prof. Grimaldi served as a member of the COST Scientific Committee from 2021 to 2023 and as a COST Review Panel expert from 2015 to 2019.
As President of the COST Association, Prof. Grimaldi will oversee the work of the Committee of Senior Officials, which defines the strategic direction of the COST program and guides the association’s activities. With his extensive experience, Prof. Grimaldi’s guidance and expertise will shape the association’s strategy and policy decisions.
Prof. John Bartzis, Vice-President of the COST Association, expressed the association’s anticipation, stating that COST looks forward to collaborating with Prof. Grimaldi, who brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of COST’s mission. His appointment is expected to advance the strategic priorities of COST in the coming years.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) serves as a vital funding organization that fosters the establishment of research networks known as COST Actions. Since 1971, COST has received EU funding under Research and Innovation Framework Programs such as Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, reinforcing its commitment to driving scientific progress and collaboration.