minutes of the Dusseldorf Meeting

(1.)Welcome to participants
The meeting starts at 6pm. Alexis Tsoukias chairs the meeting.
See the attached list of attendees
(2.)Adoption of agenda
The agenda is approved by the MC.
(3.)Minutes of last meeting
The minutes are approved by the MC.
(4.)Matters arising
(5.)Report from the COST Office
None (in the absence of the COST officer).
(6.)News from the COST Office
Status of Action, including participating countries
(7.)Budget status, budget planning and allocation process
The current budget is 82Keuros, due to accounting problems at the COST office. It is likely that we are going to ask further money. This covers the forthcoming meetings (this meeting, the Manchester meeting, and the Paris meeting on Evidence-Based Policy Making), as well as the two training schools (MCDM school at Centrale which took place in June, and the planned Applying Decision Analysis to Real Problems in Manchester). AT recalls that the end of the action is the 2nd of May 2011, and that everything has to happen by this date. IC aks whether it would be possible to ask for an extension of the Action. AT says it is impossible. In any case, AT informs the MC that they should be prepared to react promptly in case an extra-budget is allocated. The MC approves the funding of the Summer School at Centrale (Paris) as well as the 2010-11 budget.
(8.)Action planning
Action Budget Planning
The budget planning is approved. See attached document.
(8.1)Action Planning (including meetings)
(8.1.1) Location and date of next meeting
Next meeting to take place in Manchester (10th of April--13th of April for the training school, and 14th/15thof April for the MC meeting). The dates are approved by the MC.
The training school will include lectures, demonstrations, ans seminars. The budget is currently tight because of budget cuts. There are discussions as to moving the MC meeting two months later could be a good idea, but the main concern is that it may end up being more expensive like that.
(8.1.2) Long term planning
Joint meeting with other COST actions (ALGODEC, Soft Computing and Statistics, Agreement Technologies, Forest and Natural Resources Management to promote our topics to FP7/8 officials. The MC approves the budget for this meeting (Brussels). Second Algorithmic Decision Theory Conference 26--28 October in Rutgers (RB to be PC chair).
(9.)STSM status, applications
At the time of the MC meeting, the figures are as follows: 4 STSMs, all are ESRs, 1 female, for an overall budget of 5035 euros.
All STSMs are documented on the (10.)Action's website.
Publications, dissemination and outreach activities

(11.)Request for new members

(12.)Promotion of gender balance and of Early Stage Researchers (ESR)

(13.)Non-COST country participations
A demand from New-Sealand (bilateral agreement exists, so they can join) is accepted by the MC. A question remains pending: is it necessary in that case to go to the academic partner of the COST action?
(14.)Web news
All the relevant information still available online at
A general discussion takes place on the future of ADT topics. Regarding the conference itself, AT mentions that it would be natural for the EURO working group on Preference Handling to take over and maybe form a Steering Committee.
Regarding the follow-ups of the Action, several options are discussed (different COST actions, FT projects, etc.)
The meeting is closed at 7: 25pm.